Magazine Special

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Magazine Special
Magazine Special 10 2009 cover.jpg
October 2009 Magazine Special (cover)
Categories Shōnen manga[1]
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 40,667[1]
(July–September, 2016)
Publisher Kodansha
First issue September 5, 1983[2]
Final issue January 20, 2017[2]
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Magazine Special (マガジンSPECIAL?) is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha and first launched with a cover date of September 5, 1983.[2] Its audience demographic is geared toward younger teenage boys, and contents tend to be predominantly sports stories and high school romantic comedies. Many of the popular series in Magazine Special were transferred there from other Kodansha publications like Weekly Shōnen Magazine after their initial run. It is issued monthly on the 20th in perfect-bound B5 format and retails for 540 yen. Issues are typically about 600 pages printed in black and white on heavy newsprint, with a few glossy pages in color. Between 20 and 30 stories appear in each issue, almost all of them installments of ongoing and frequently long-running serials by different manga artists.

In August 2016 it was announced that the magazine would cease publication with the February 2017 issue.[3]

Magazine Special series[edit]

Title Author / Artist Status
Miami Guns Takeaki Momose 1997–1999
Z Mazinger Go Nagai 1998–2000
Kagetora Akira Segami 2002–2006
Gacha Gacha Hiroyuki Tamakoshi 2002–2008
Pastel Toshihiko Kobayashi 2003–2017
Fantastic Detective Labyrinth Meito Manjō (story), Seiji Wakayama (art) August 2006 – August 2008
Sumire 16 sai!! Takeru Nagayoshi 2006–2008
Psycho Busters Tadashi Agi 2006–2008
Negima!? neo Takuya Fujima January 2008 – August 2009
School Rumble Z Jin Kobayashi August 2008 – May 2009
Boys Be... Next Season Masahiro Itabashi (story), Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (art) November 2009 – March 2012
Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai Kanai-hen Clamp August 2014 – March 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boy's Manga". Japanese Magazine Publishers Association (in Japanese). September 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c 雑誌基本:少年マガジンSPECIAL(週刊少年マガジン増刊)(講談社 ∥ コウダンシャ. Media Arts Database via Agency for Cultural Affairs (in Japanese). Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kodansha's Magazine Special to Cease Publication in January". Anime News Network. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 

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