Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1984 Vol. 40 featuring Urusei Yatsura on the cover.
|First issue||April 5, 1959|
Weekly Shōnen Sunday (週刊少年サンデー Shūkan Shōnen Sandē ), first published on April 5, 1959, is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan. Contrary to its title, Weekly Shōnen Sunday issues are released on Wednesdays.
Shōnen Sunday was first published on Sunday, April 5, 1959, as a response to its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.
Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday was originally published on Tuesdays of each week, switching to Wednesdays in 2011. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.
Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.
Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran manga artist which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.
In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.
Currently running manga-series
|-Asaoka Koukou Yakyuubu Nisshi- Over Fence (-浅丘高校野球部日誌- オーバーフェンス)||Mitsuru Adachi||April 2011|
|Anagle Mole (アナグルモール)||Tsubasa Fukuchi||October 2011|
|Ane Log Moyako Neesan no Tomaranai Monologue (姉ログ 靄子姉さんの止まらないモノローグ)||Kenji Taguchi||September 2012|
|Arata Kangatari ~Engaku Kougatari~ (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜)||Yuu Watase||October 2008|
|Area D Inou Ryouiki (AREA D 異能領域)||Yang Kyung-il, Kyouichi Nanatsuki||March 2012|
|Be Blues! ~Ao ni Nare~ (BE BLUES!〜青になれ〜)||Motoyuki Tanaka||January 2011|
|Bestialious (闘獣士)||Masafumi Kakizaki||August 2013|
|Birdmen (バードメン)||Yellow Tanabe||July 2013|
|Buyuden (武勇伝)||Takuya Mitsuda||March 2011|
|Charactimes (キャラクタイムズ)||Fujiminosuke Yorozuya||January 2013|
|Chousuinou Kei (超推脳KEI)||Kazuo Gomi, Yoshiki Tanaka, Mitsuhiro Mizuno||March 2013|
|Denpa Kyōshi (電波教師)||Takeshi Azuma||November 2011|
|Detective Conan (名探偵コナン)||Gosho Aoyama||January 1994|
|Fantasista Stella (ファンタジスタ ステラ)||Michiteru Kusaba||October 2012|
|Gekko Jorei (月光条例)||Kazuhiro Fujita||March 2008|
|Gin no Saji Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Silver Spoon)||Hiromu Arakawa||April 2011|
|Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!)||Kenjiro Hata||October 2004|
|Inubu! -Bokura no Shippo Senki- (犬部! -ボクらのしっぽ戦記-)||Yuka Katano, Haruki Takakura, Aki Hamanaka||May 2011|
|Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo (常住戦陣!!ムシブギョー)||Hiroshi Fukuda||January 2011|
|Keijo!!!!!!!! (競女!!!!!!!!)||Daichi Sorayomi||July 2013|
|Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ)||Shun Matsuena||April 2002|
|Kokushi Musou!! (國士無双!!)||Kazuki Tajima||July 2013|
|Kunisaki Izumo no Jijō (國崎出雲の事情)||Aya Hirakawa||January 2010|
|Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE)||Rumiko Takahashi||April 2009|
|Magi (マギ)||Shinobu Ohtaka||June 2009|
|Nobelu (NOBELU -演-)||Shinji Nojima, Yuzuru Yoshida||March 2013|
|Saigo wa? Straight!! (最後は?ストレート!!)||Kazuyuki Samukawa||October 2010|
|Saijō no Meii ~The King of Neet~ (最上の明医〜ザ・キング・オブ・ニート〜)||Irie Kenzou, Takashi Hashiguchi||March 2010|
|Tadashii Kodomo no Tsukurikata! (正しいコドモの作り方!)||Marita Morita, Takayoshi Kuroda||April 2012|
|The World God Only Knows (神のみぞ知るセカイ)||Tamiki Wakaki||April 2008|
|Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン)||Takashi Shiina||July 2004|
Other well-known Sunday series
In its nearly fifty year history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.
- 2000 - 2.02 million
- 2002 - 1.53 million
- 2003 - 1.31 million
- 2004 - 1.16 million
- 2005 - 1.06 million
- 2006 - 1.01 million
- 2007 - 0.94 million
- 2008 - 873,438
- 2009 - 773,062
- 2010 - 678,917
- 2011 - 583,750
- 1991 - 1993
- Takashi Hirayama
- 1994 - 2000
- Toyohiko Okuyama
- 2000 - 2002
- Shinichiro Tsuzuki
- 2002 - 2004
- Shinichi Mikami
- Masato Hayashi
- Shōnen Star - Indonesia
North American edition
- "Shōnen Sunday's 50th Anniversary". Rumic World. April 13, 2008.
- "Shōnen Magazine Shōnen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary". Anime News Network. March 22, 2008.
- "Where's The Manga Magazine Bailout?". Manga Cast. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- "2009 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- "2010 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". JMPA. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-08-08.
- Shōnen Sunday homepage (Japanese)
- Weekly Shōnen Sunday (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- U.S Site