Gangan Comics

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Gangan Comics
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Parent company
Status Active
Founded 1991; 26 years ago (1991)
Country of origin Japan
Headquarters location Japan
Distribution Japan
Publication types Manga, Japanese Magazines, Japanese light novels, graphic novels
Fiction genres Shōnen, Seinen
Official website

Gangan (ガンガン, Gangan) is a manga imprint of Square Enix Holdings. It originated as a manga imprint for Enix before merging into the statutory company of Square Enix. It publishes manga in several magazines aimed at different reader demographic groups in the Japanese market. Its magazines are home to some popular manga series which were adapted into anime series, like Fullmetal Alchemist, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Nabari no Ou, Inu x Boku SS, and Soul Eater.[1] The comics are later collected in paperback volumes under brand names such as Gangan Comics (ガンガンコミックス, Gangan Komikkusu), Gangan Comics Joker (ガンガンコミックスJOKER, Gangan Komikkusu Jōkā) and Young Gangan Comics (ヤングガンガンコミックス, Yangu Gangan Komikkusu), which identify the magazine of serialisation. These paperback brand names are formed by deleting any Gekkan (月刊, monthly publication) or Shōnen (少年, boy) in the magazine name and inserting Comics (コミックス, Komikkusu) directly after the word "Gangan".


Monthly Shōnen Gangan (since 1991)[edit]

Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Monthly Shōnen Gangan (12/2004 issue)
Categories Shōnen manga[2]
Frequency Monthly
First issue March 12, 1991 (April 1991)
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Monthly Shōnen Gangan (月刊少年ガンガン, Gekkan Shōnen Gangan) is a monthly manga magazine that regularly has over 600 pages. Shōnen Gangan was launched by Enix (now Square Enix) in 1991, to compete with other magazines such as Shōnen Magazine, Shōnen Jump and Shōnen Sunday, and is targeted toward the same young, male demographic ("Shōnen" means young boy or young man). It features manga with lots of action and adventure; science fiction and fantasy elements in the stories are very common. Square Enix also publishes the related Gangan YG and Monthly Gangan Wing.

Ongoing manga:

Manga and series featured:

Monthly GFantasy (since 1993)[edit]

Monthly GFantasy (月刊Gファンタジー, Gekkan Jī Fantajī), also known as Gangan Fantasy, is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The manga tend to be set in a fantasy setting with large amounts of supernatural themes and a fair amount of action and/or horror scenes.

Manga featured:

Young Gangan (since 2004)[edit]

Young Gangan (ヤングガンガン, Yangu Gangan) is a Japanese seinen manga magazine published by Square Enix twice a month, on the first and third Friday.[3] The magazine was first published on December 3, 2004.

Manga featured:

Gangan Online (since 2008)[edit]

Gangan Online (ガンガンオンライン, Gangan Onrain) is a free manga and light novel web magazine published and updated by Square Enix. The online web magazine was activated on October 2, 2008.

Manga featured:

Light Novels featured:

Gangan Joker (since 2009)[edit]

Monthly Gangan Joker (月刊ガンガンJOKER, Gekkan Gangan Joker) is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine that was launched by Square Enix on April 22, 2009.

Manga featured:

Monthly Big Gangan (since 2010)[edit]

Monthly Big Gangan is a seinen manga publication entry in Square Enix’s Gangan imprint.

Manga featured:

Discontinued magazines[edit]

Gangan Powered (2001 – 2009)[edit]

Gangan Powered (ガンガンパワード, Gangan Pawādo) was a Japanese shōnen/seinen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The last release of the magazine was with the April 2009 issue sold on February 21, 2009, and it was subsequently replaced by Gangan Joker.[4]

Manga featured:

Monthly Gangan Wing (1996 – 2009)[edit]

Monthly Gangan Wing (月刊ガンガンWING, Gekkan Gangan Wing) was a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The last release of the magazine was with the May 2009 issue sold on March 21, 2009, and it was subsequently replaced by Gangan Joker.[4]

Manga featured:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2007 profile" (PDF). Square Enix. October 2007. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Jason (2007). Manga: The Complete Guide. Del Rey Books. p. xxiii-xxiv. ISBN 978-0-345-48590-8. 
  3. ^ "Square Enix Comic Magazines" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Gangan Joker to Replace Gangan Powered, Wing Mags". Anime News Network. 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 

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