Kadokawa Shoten

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Kadokawa Shoten Publishing
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Parent companyKadokawa Future Publishing
FoundedNovember 10, 1945; 77 years ago (1945-11-10)
April 1, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-04-01) (Kadokawa Holdings subsidiary)
FounderGenyoshi Kadokawa
Country of originJapan
Publication typesBooks, magazines, video games
Fiction genresManga
Official websiteshoten.kadokawa.co.jp

Kadokawa Shoten (角川書店), formerly the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. (株式会社角川書店, Kabushiki-gaisha Kadokawa Shoten), is a Japanese publisher and division of Kadokawa Future Publishing based in Tokyo, Japan. It became an internal division of Kadokawa Corporation on October 1, 2013. Kadokawa publishes manga, light novels, manga anthology magazines such as Monthly Asuka and Monthly Shōnen Ace, and entertainment magazines such as Newtype. Since its founding, Kadokawa has expanded into the multimedia sector, namely in video games (as Kadokawa Games) and in live-action and animated films (as Kadokawa Pictures).


Kadokawa Shoten headquarters

Kadokawa Shoten was established on November 10, 1945, by Genyoshi Kadokawa. The company's first publication imprint, Kadokawa Bunko, was published in 1949. The company went public on April 2, 1954. In 1975, Haruki Kadokawa became the president of Kadokawa Shoten, following Genyoshi Kadokawa's death. On April 1, 2003, Kadokawa Shoten was renamed to Kadokawa Holdings, transferring the existing publishing businesses to Kadokawa Shoten. On July 1, 2006, the parent company was renamed to Kadokawa Group Holdings and in January 2007, Kadokawa Group Holdings inherited the management and integration businesses within Kadokawa Shoten. The magazine businesses was transferred to the Kadokawa Magazine Group. The video game divisions of Kadokawa Shoten, ASCII Media Works and Enterbrain were merged into Kadokawa Games.[1] Kadokawa Shoten ceased being a kabushiki gaisha on October 1, 2013, when it was merged with eight other companies to become a brand company of Kadokawa Corporation.[2]


  • Kadokawa Haruki Corporation: Founded in 1976 Haruki Kadokawa as a film production company. The company was later merged into Kadokawa Shoten. When Haruki Kadokawa was still on bail following his 1993 arrest, Kadokawa Haruki Corporation was established by Haruki Kadokawa on September 12, 1995, as a publisher.
  • Fujimi Shobo: In 1991, Fujimi Shobo was merged into Kadokawa Shoten, but continued operations as a division of Kadokawa Shoten.
  • The Television (ザテレビジョン [ja]): In 1993, it was merged into Kadokawa Shoten.
  • Kadokawa Media Office: In 1993, it was merged into Kadokawa Shoten.
  • Kadokawa J-com media
  • Kadokawa Gakugei Shuppan Publishing: Formerly Hichō Kikaku, it was renamed on April 1, 2003.
  • Kadokawa Digix
  • Kids Net
  • Asmik Ace Entertainment: In 2006, Sumitomo Corporation purchased the 27.6% common stock of Asmik Ace from Kadokawa Shoten, and distributed the 75.3% stock of Asmik Ace into a subsidiary of Sumitomo, leaving Kadokawa Shoten a 20% stake holder. In 2007, Kadokawa's stake of Asmik Ace was transferred to Kadokawa Group Holdings. In 2010, Sumitomo purchased the remaining 20% stake from Kadokawa Group Holdings.
  • Cinema Paradise
  • Taiwan Animate
  • Chara Ani

Magazines published[edit]

Light novel imprints[edit]

  • Kadokawa Beans Bunko

Female focused light novel imprint.

  • Kadokawa Bunko CrossLove

An erotic light novel imprint that's aimed at women.

  • Kadokawa Gin no Saji Series

The fantasy novel imprint which both children and adults can enjoy.

Boys Love focused imprint.

  • Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko

Manga titles published[edit]

Video games published and developed[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "角川ゲームス、ニンテンドー3DS 参入と2011 年4 月からの新体制を発表 Wii、ニンテンドー3DS向け新作ゲーム『天空の機士ロデア』制作発表" [Kadokawa Games, Nintendo 3DS Introduction and an Announcement of a New System from April 2011; Production Announcement of New Game for Wii, Nintendo 3DS] (PDF) (Press release) (in Japanese). Kadokawa Games. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 23, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Kadokawa to Merge 9 Subsidiaries Into 1 Company". Anime News Network. March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.

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