CoroCoro Comic

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CoroCoro Comic
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Monthly CoroCoro Comic (September 1983 issue)
CategoriesKodomo/Shōnen manga
FrequencyMonthly
Circulation1,000,000
(November, December 2017)[1]
First issueMay 15, 1977
CompanyShogakukan
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

CoroCoro Comic (コロコロコミック, KoroKoro Komikku) is a Japanese monthly manga magazine published by Shogakukan,[2] established on May 15, 1977. Its main target is elementary school aged boys, younger than the readers of shōnen manga. Several of its properties, like Doraemon and the Pokémon series of games, have gone on to be cultural phenomena in Japan.

The name comes from a phenomime korokoro (ころころ) which means "rolling" and also represents something spherical, fat, or small, because children supposedly like such things. The magazine is A5-sized, about 6 cm (2¼ in) thick, and each issue is 750 pages long. CoroCoro Comic is released monthly with new issues on the 15th of each month (or earlier if the 15th falls on a weekend).

CoroCoro Comic sold 400 million copies as of April 2017, making it one of the best-selling comic/manga magazines.[3] The magazine has three sisters: Bessatsu CoroCoro, CoroCoro Ichiban! and CoroCoro Aniki. Both are bi-monthly.

History[edit]

The magazine was launched in 1977 as a magazine for Doraemon, which is one of the most popular manga in Japan. Before then Doraemon had been serialized in 6 Shogakukan magazines targeted to students of 6 elementary school grades that target audience has now increased. It collected stories of Doraemon from these magazines. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007 with an exhibition at the Kyoto International Manga Museum.[4]

Tie-ins[edit]

CoroCoro regularly promotes toys and video games related to their manga franchises, releasing stories and articles featuring them. Pocket Monsters/Pokémon's big success in Japan owes to this in a way; the Game Boy game Pocket Monsters Blue was sold exclusively through the magazine at first, which helped CoroCoro's sales as well. CoroCoro is also often a source of information about upcoming Pokémon games and movies.

Other successful tie-ins include:

Manga series currently being serialized[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in Monthly CoroCoro Comic[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic[edit]

Manga titles currently serialized in CoroCoro Ichiban[edit]

Manga[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010's[edit]

Circulation[edit]

Year / Period Monthly circulation Magazine sales
1987 1,400,000[5] 16,800,000[5]
1988 1,100,000[5] 13,200,000[5]
1989 1,100,000[5] 13,200,000[5]
1990 880,000[5] 10,560,000[5]
1991 600,000[5] 7,200,000[5]
1992 670,000[5] 8,040,000[5]
1993 500,000[5] 6,000,000[5]
1994 450,000[5] 5,400,000[5]
1995 630,000[5] 7,560,000[5]
1996 1,350,000[5] 16,200,000[5]
1997 1,800,000[5] 21,600,000[5]
1998 1,650,000[5] 19,800,000[5]
1999 1,260,000[5] 15,120,000[5]
2000 1,240,000[5] 14,880,000[5]
2001 1,260,000[5] 15,120,000[5]
2002 1,260,000[5] 15,120,000[5]
2003 1,350,000[5] 16,200,000[5]
2004 1,270,000[5] 15,240,000[5]
2005 1,090,000[5] 13,080,000[5]
January 2006 to August 2006 963,334[6] 7,706,672[6]
September 2006 to August 2007 932,500[6] 11,190,000[6]
September 2007 to August 2008 885,000[6] 10,620,000[6]
September 2008 to August 2009 911,667[6] 10,940,004[6]
September 2009 to August 2010 950,834[6] 11,410,008[6]
September 2010 to August 2011 837,500[6] 10,050,000[6]
October 2011 to September 2012 697,917[7] 8,375,004[7]
October 2012 to September 2013 595,000[8] 7,140,000[8]
October 2013 to September 2014 768,334[9] 9,220,008[9]
October 2014 to September 2015 1,014,167[10] 12,170,004[7]
October 2015 to September 2016 840,833[11] 10,089,996[11]
October 2016 to March 2017 803,333[12] 4,819,998[12]
April 2017 to June 2017 776,667[12] 2,330,001[12]
July 2017 to September 2017 763,333[13] 2,289,999[13]
October 2017 to March 2018 793,334[14] 4,760,001[14]
May 1977 to March 2018 407,050,000[3][13][14]

Rivals[edit]

Corocoro has had many rivaling children's magazine in the past, with one of them, Comic Bom Bom, closing down due to declining sales. The current competition includes V Jump and Saikyo Jump.

Past rivals[edit]

  • Shōnen Challenge [ja] (January 1979–February 1982) (Page count: 650 pages long)
  • 100-Point Comic [ja] (January 1981–January 1983) (Page count: 370 pages long)
  • Comic Bom Bom (November 1981–December 2007) (Page count: 790 pages long)
  • One-Pack Comic [ja] (November 1985–January 1989) (Page count: 330 pages long)
  • Comic Bun-Bun [ja] (January 2004–October 2009) (Page count: 590 pages long)
  • Kerokero Ace (December 2007–September 2013) (Page count: 600 pages long)

Current rivals[edit]

  • V Jump (June 1993–Ongoing) (Page count: 500 pages long)
  • Monthly Shōnen Ace (December 1994–Ongoing) (Page count: 810 pages long)
  • Saikyō Jump (January 2012–Ongoing) (Page count: 760 pages long)

Foreign adaptations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], CoroCoroNews
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1996). Dreamland Japan: writings on modern manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 83. ISBN 1-880656-23-X.
  3. ^ a b "コロコロ×スカイツリーのコラボビジュアル公開、カフェメニューも明らかに". AnimeAnime.jp (in Japanese). May 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kyoto Museum Exhibits Genius Party, Coronary, Terra E…". Anime News Network. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2009-09-02.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al "コミック誌の部数水準". Yahoo! Japan. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 社団法人日本雑誌協会JMPAマガジンデータによる該当期間中に発売された雑誌1号当たりの平均印刷部数。
  7. ^ a b c "JMPAマガジンデータ : 男性 コミック". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "JMPAマガジンデータ : 男性 コミック". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "JMPAマガジンデータ : 男性 コミック". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. ^ "JMPAマガジンデータ : 男性 コミック". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "JMPAマガジンデータ : 男性 コミック". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c d "印刷部数公表". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "印刷部数公表". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c "印刷部数公表". Japan Magazine Publishing Association. Retrieved August 10, 2018.

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