Weekly Shōnen Magazine

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Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Shōnen Magazine first issue.jpg
First Issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Categories Shōnen manga
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 1,324,209 (2013)[1]
Publisher Kodansha
First issue 17 March 1959
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Website Shōnen Magazine

Weekly Shōnen Magazine (Japanese: 週刊少年マガジン Hepburn: Shūkan Shōnen Magajin?), also known as Shōnen Magazine, is a shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha, first published on 17 March 1959. Despite some unusual censorship policies (until just recently, it was one of the only shōnen magazines to forbid the depiction of female nipples), it's mainly read by an older audience, with a large portion of its readership falling under the male high school or college student demographic.

Reception[edit]

The Weekly Shōnen Magazine achieved success in the 1970s and subsequently had increased sales. As a result it became the top selling manga magazine in Japan of its period, appearing popular amongst many otaku. But the position was later occupied by Weekly Shōnen Jump, when this competitor was born in 1968, knocking Shonen Magazine off the top spot. Shōnen Jump had now begun to circulate and dominate the manga magazine market. This began from the 1970s and continued throughout the 1990s, largely owed to Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. In the middle of the 1990s, Shōnen Jump suffered the loss of Dragon Ball, as the franchise had come to an end in 1996, and thus lost much of its readership. Shōnen Magazine had now made a comeback in October 1997, regaining its original position as the top selling manga magazine of its day until this was brokered in 2002. Currently, the two magazines have competed closely in terms of market circulation. Sales of the two magazines now remain very close. Circulation has dropped below two million.[2] In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Magazine and Weekly Shōnen Sunday 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.[3]

Currently running manga series[edit]

Series Title Author Premiered
Acma:Game (アクマ ゲーム?) Maeb, Kouji Megumi April 2013
Ahiru no Sora (あひるの空?) Takeshi Hinata December 2003
Aho-Girl (アホガール?) Hiroyuki November 2012
Ai ni Ikuyo (会いに行くよ?) George Morikawa, Nobumi July 2012
AKB49: Ren'ai Kinshi Jōrei (AKB49〜恋愛禁止条例〜?) Hisashi Takahashi, Motoazabu Factory, Reiji Miyajima August 2010
Area no Kishi (エリアの騎士?) Agi Tadashi, Kaya Tsukiyama August 2006
Baby Steps (ベイビーステップ?) Hikaru Kachiki October 2007
Chotto Morimashita。 (ちょっと盛りました。?) Hideo Nishimoto June 2012
Daiya no Ace (ダイヤのA?) Yūji Terajima May 2006
Days (デイズ?) Tsuyoshi Yasuda April 2013
Fairy Tail (フェアリーテイル?) Hiro Mashima August 2006
Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩?) George Morikawa February 1990
Fuuka (風夏?) Kouji Seo February 2014
Kamisama no Iu Toori Ni (神さまの言うとおり弐?) Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Akeji Fujimura January 2013
Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo (金田一少年の事件簿?) Yōzaburō Kanari, Seimaru Amagi, Fumiya Satō October 1992
Koe no Katachi (聲の形?) Yoshitoki Ohima August 2013
Lastman (ラストマン?) Yuuji Ninomiya June 2013
Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san (波打際のむろみさん?) Keiji Najima July 2009
Nanatsu no Taizai (七つの大罪?) Nakaba Suzuki October 2012
Seitokai Yakuindomo (生徒会役員共?) Tozen Ujiie July 2008
Tanteiken Sherdock (探偵犬シャードック?) Yuuma Andou, Yuuki Satou October 2011
UQ Holder! (ユーキューホルダー!?) Ken Akamatsu August 2013
Wagatsuma-san wa Ore no Yome (我妻さんは俺のヨメ?) Yuu Kuraishi, Keishi Nishikida September 2012
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (山田君と7人の魔女?) Miki Yoshikawa February 2012

Series in Shōnen Magazine[edit]

  • Notable works in Bold.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Weekly Shonen Magazine Circulation Drops Under 2M". 
  3. ^ Shonen Magazine, Shonen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary (Updated) - Anime News Network

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