Banzai! (magazine)

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Banzai magazine cover - issue 7.jpg
Cover of the 7th issue, with cover date of 5 March 2002
Categories manga, shōnen
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 130,000 (2003)[1]
First issue November 2001
Final issue
December 2005
Company Carlsen Verlag
Country Germany
Language German

Banzai!, officially stylized BANZAI!, is a discontinued shōnen manga anthology that was published in Germany by Carlsen Verlag, from November 2001 to December 2005. It debuted in November 2001 as a German language adaptation of the popular Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump, published by Shueisha.[1][2][3] In addition to various series from Weekly Shōnen Jump, the magazine serialized some original German manga-influenced comics, including Crewman 3. Issues also included educational articles to teach readers Japanese and columns with news updates on anime and manga series.[4] Series published in the magazine were also published in tankōbon volumes under the Banzai! präsentiert and the highly popular series under the Best of Banzai! label. The name Banzai! came from the transliteration of 10,000 years, a traditional Japanese exclamation.[5]

Banzai! was the first German manga magazine aimed at boys.[6] Banzai! initially circulated with 130,000 copies per period.[2][7]

The magazine was discontinued in December 2005 due to Shueisha declining to renew Carlsen Verlag's license for the adaptation.[5] The German division of Tokyopop was able to acquire the license to publish other tankōbon volumes of the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. The already published manga volumes from Banzai! remain under the Banzai! präsentiert line.[8]



Title Author First Issue Last Issue
DNA² Masakazu Katsura November 2001 March 2003
Hunter × Hunter (Hunter X Hunter) Yoshihiro Togashi November 2001 December 2005
Naruto Masashi Kishimoto November 2001 December 2005
Sand Land (Sandland) Akira Toriyama November 2001 May 2002
One Piece – Rogue Town Eiichiro Oda December 2001 September 2002
Shaman King Hiroyuki Takei December 2001 December 2005
Neko Majin Akira Toriyama June 2002 August 2002
Dr. Slump (Dr. Slump – Neues aus Pinguinhausen) Akira Toriyama July 2002 January 2003
Yu-Gi-Oh! Kazuki Takahashi September 2002 January 2005
One Piece Red Eiichiro Oda April 2003 August 2003
Hikaru no Go (Hikaru No Go) Yumi Hotta, Takeshi Obata November 2003 December 2005
Neko Majin Z Akira Toriyama April 2004 June 2004
I"s Masakazu Katsura February 2005 May 2005
Black Cat Kentaro Yabuki June 2005 August 2005

Original works[edit]

In addition to manga series, Banzai! included chapters from a few original German language manga-influenced comics.

Title Author First Issue Last Issue
Halloweens Isabel Kreitz November 2001 November 2002
Crewman 3 Robert Labs January 2003 October 2003
Hakuchi One Michael Rühle December 2004 December 2005
Die Gabe David Füleki December 2005 December 2005


  1. ^ a b "Manga Sales Strong In Europe Too". ICv2. 2003-03-06. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  2. ^ a b Nagai, Asami (1 March 2003). "Manga influence pervades Europe, North America". The Daily Yomiuri..
  3. ^ "Die haben uns alle lieb". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 3 April 2003. Feuilleton section, p. 46. Die erste Ausgabe von "Daisuki" wurde zum Einführungspreis von drei Euro 37 000 mal gekauft. Von der vierten Ausgabe an im Mai kostet das Heft fünf Euro wie "Banzai!", das inzwischen eine verkaufte Auflage von rund 85 000 hat.
  4. ^ "BANZAI! De Nihongo". BANZAI! De Nihongo. Carlsen Verlag. Archived from the original on 2005-07-25. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  5. ^ a b "Banzai!" (in German). Carlsen Comics. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  6. ^ Wong, Wendy Suiyi. "The Presence of Manga in Europe and North America". Media Digest/Radio Television Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  7. ^ Chiba, Hitoshi (2003-05-01). "Cool Japan: when "Newsweek" sang the praises of "Cool Britannia" in a cover story back in 1996, it did so mainly in recognition of the fashionable London scene. In 2003 the "cool" country label better applies to Japan. Here's why". Look Japan. Retrieved 2008-10-29.
  8. ^ "BANZAI!-Online geht offline". Banzai!. Carlsen Verlag. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-13.

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