Monthly Comic Zenon
Cover of the February 2013 issue of Monthly Comic Zenon, published by Tokuma Shoten on December 25, 2012
|Publisher||North Stars Pictures (Issuance)
Tokuma Shoten (Release)
|First issue||October 25, 2010 (December issue)|
Monthly Comic Zenon (Japanese: 月刊コミックゼノン Hepburn: Gekkan Komikku Zenon?) is a Japanese manga anthology. It is marketed to seinen public (young adults), edited by Coamix and published monthly by North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten since 2010. The collected editions of their titles are published under the Zenon Comics imprint.
Coamix discontinued its Weekly Comic Bunch, a magazine published by Shinchosha, due to its poor sales, and was planning a new magazine. After starting a partnership with North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten, the first issue of Monthly Comic Zenon was published on October 25, 2010.
After the drop of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch circulation numbers, Coamix, which edited the magazine, announced Bunch's discontinuation. Coamix marked August 27, 2010 as the day of Bunch's last release, and started to consider to launch a new magazine. In October 2010, Coamix announced a partnership with North Stars Pictures and Tokuma Shoten, saying the first issue of a magazine called Monthly Comic Zenon would be published on October 25, 2010. Although a sequel magazine to Weekly Comic Bunch, Monthly Comics @ Bunch, started to be published on Comic Bunch website, many of the manga artists from Bunch have been moved to Zenon.
The magazine's name is based on "Kanzeon Bosatsu" (観世音菩薩?)—the Japanese name of bodhisattva Guanyin—, specifically the "Zeon" (世音?) part, which means to "hear the voice of the world wide". The "Z" from "Zenon" was chosen with the meaning of "ultimate" since it is the last letter from alphabet.
In order to approaching the readers, Monthly Comic Zenon was not released only as an imprint version. The website "Zenon Land" was launched, publishing the Zenon's manga series only for smartphones. A YouTube channel was created to disclose Zenon-related media. Also, "Cafe Zenon", a kissaten decorated with manga motifs, in Kichijōji, a neighborhood in the city of Musashino, Tokyo, was inaugurated on November 11, 2009.
To expand its range the magazine also promoves a "silent manga" international contest since 2013; as it aimed to receive works from all the world, no dialogues were necessary. Open for professional and amateurs, the focus of the judgment was the works performance through art rather than exposition. The judges were manga authors Tsukasa Hojo (City Hunter) and Tetsuo Hara (Fist of the North Star), then editor-in-chef Nobuhiko Horie and the magazine editorial team. The best five received prize awards while the top three had their works published in the magazine; Nobo and Her? by Molico Ross, for example, is serialized since the June 2012 issue.
In another action to expand its public, Coamix and The Silent Manga Audition Committee made Ikusa no Ko: Legend of Oda Nobunaga, Nobo and Her?, and Arte available in English. They are planning to translate all the series and publish on their site based on its demand—which is based on the readers' vote.
After a certain amount of chapters are serialized in the magazine they are collected into tankōbon format and published under the Zenon Comics imprint. Parallel to this label, there is Zenon Comics DX that only publishes titles former released by other publishers such as Tetsuo Hara's Cyber Blue (Weekly Shōnen Jump) and Kōkenryoku Ōryō Sōsakan Nakabō Rintarō (Bart 3230). This two titles composed Zenon Comics DX first line-up, while Zenon Comics one had Angel Heart: 2nd Season, Cat's Eye, Concierge Platinum, and Waraenu Warashi: 108 no Karma. Both imprints released its first titles on March 22, 2011.[note 1] The Zenon Comics level also publishes manga released on Zenon's sister magazine, Web Comic Zenyon (WEBコミックぜにょん?). Published online since October 25, 2012, it is the home of series such as Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji.
List of works
Ongoing series are highlighted in light green.
|Manga||First Issue||Last Issue||Author|
|Ikusa no Ko: Legend of Oda Nobunaga (いくさの子 織田三郎信長伝 Ikusa no Ko Oda Saburō Nobunaga-Den?)||December 2010||Ongoing||Tetsuo Hara and Seibō Kitahara|
|Angel Heart 2nd Season (ANGEL HEART 2ndシーズン Enjeru Hāto Sekando Shīzun?)||December 2010||Ongoing||Tsukasa Hojo|
|DD Fist of the North Star (DD北斗の拳?)||December 2010||Ongoing||Buronson, Tetsuo Hara and Kajio|
|Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu: Maeda Keiji Sake Gatari (義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次酒語り-?)||December 2010||March 2014||Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Yūji Takemura|
|Papa wa Donkan-sama (パパは鈍感さま?)[note 2]||December 2010||November 2012||Nao Sekine|
|Cat's Eye (キャッツ♥愛 Kyattsu Ai?)[note 3]||December 2010||March 2014||Tsukasa Hojo, Shin Asai and Sakura Nakameguro|
|Profiling of Fridge (冷蔵庫探偵 Reizōko Tantei?)||December 2010||February 2012||Saemi Endō and Izumi Satō|
|Chiruran: Shinsengumi Requiem (ちるらん 新撰組鎮魂歌 Chiruran Shinsengumi Chinkon-ka?)||December 2010||Ongoing||Shinya Umemura and Eiji Hashimoto|
|Mandala Daladala (まんだらダラダラ Mandara Daradara?)||December 2010||May 2011||Kōji Matsuka and Haruki Oka|
|Concierge Platinum (コンシェルジュ プラチナム Konsheruju Purachinamu?)||December 2010||November 2014||Michihiko Tōei and Hideyuki Ishizeki|
|Waraenu Warashi: 108 no Karma (笑えぬ童子 〜108の業〜 Waraenu Warashi: Hyakuhachi no Karuma?)||December 2010||November 2011||Makoto Mano|
|Valientes: Date no Oni Katakura Kojūrō (バリエンテス 伊達の鬼 片倉小十郎 Barientesu Date no Oni Katakura Kojūrō?)||December 2010||March 2012||Yoshiki Tanaka|
|Saibanchō! Koko wa Chōeki 4-Nen de Dōsu ka: Boku ni Shikei to Ieru no ka (裁判長!ここは懲役4年でどうすか ぼくに死刑と言えるのか?)||December 2010||Ongoing||Toro Kitao and Inusuke Matsubashi|
|Cyber Blue: Ushinawareta Kodomo-tachi (サイバーブルー 失われた子供たち Saibā Burū Ushinawareta Kodomo-tachi?)||January 2011||July 2012||Motoki Yoshihara and Tetsuo Hara|
|Haikin (拝金?)||February 2011||October 2011||Shūji Takeya and Takafumi Horie|
|Otoriyose Ōji Iida Yoshimi (おとりよせ王子 飯田好実?)||February 2011||Ongoing||Shiho Takase|
|Konkatsu no Hanamichi (婚活の花道?)||March 2011||May 2011||Ai Sakurakōji|
|Saibanchō! Boku no Otōto Chōeki 4-nen de Dōsuka (裁判長!ぼくの弟懲役4年でどうすか?)||March 2011||July 2011||Toro Kitao and Inusuke Matsubashi|
|The Commander in Chief Koichiro Sakuraba (内閣総理大臣 桜庭皇一郎 Komandā in Chīfu Sakuraba Koichirō?)||July 2011||November 2012||Ryuji Tsugihara, Hiroshi Kanai and Mitsuhiro Sera|
|Wakako Zake (ワカコ酒?)||September 2011||Ongoing||Chie Shinkyu|
|Ten-pai! (てんぱいっ!?)||December 2012||March 2013||KeiYu|
|Itsuya-san (夜さん?)||January 2012||November 2013||Mizu Sahara|
|Kū Neru Futari Sumu Futari (喰う寝るふたり 住むふたり?)||April 2012||December 2014||Kinoko Higurashi|
|Hatsukoi: Pioneers (ハツコイ〜開拓者たち〜 Hatsukoi Kaitakusha-tachi?)||April 2012||August 2012||Mitsuru Ōsaki|
|Nobo and Her? (のぼさんとカノジョ? Nobo-san to Kanojo??)||June 2012||Ongoing||Molico Ross|
|Kimi ni Tomodachi ga Dekiru Made. (キミにともだちができるまで。?)||June 2012||March 2015||Shin Hotani|
|Kanayago (カナヤゴ?)||September 2012||September 2013||Yū Hikasa|
|Cross Battlers: CyberBlue the Last Stand (クロスバトラーズ CyberBlue the Last Stand Kurosu Batorāzu Saibā Burū za Rasuto Sutando?)||December 2012||January 2014||Motoki Yoshihara and Tetsuo Hara|
|The Youth of Manga School (漫画専門学校生の青春 Manga Senmon Gakkō-sei no Seishun?)||December 2012||November 2015||Kotaro Yamada and Ryoichi Yokoyama|
|Kinyoku no Garda: Nanto Gosha Sei Zenshi (金翼のガルダ〜南斗五車星前史〜 Kinyoku no Garuda Nanto Gosha Sei Zenshi?)||April 2013||August 2013||Yoshiji Yamaguchi, Buronson and Tetsuo Hara|
|Watashi no Kare wa Shigoto ga Dekinai (私の彼は仕事ができない?)||April 2013||January 2015||Kanan Yamada|
|Bakudan Ōji Dynamite (爆弾王子ダイナマイト Bakudan Ōji Dainamaito?)||March 2013||January 2014||Mon Shimizu|
|Back to the Hero (バック・トゥ・ザ・ヒーロー Bakku to za Hiro?)||July 2013||December 2013||Hōzuki|
|Genocider (ジェノサイダー Jenosaidā?)||September 2013||Ongoing||Takahiro Akiyoshi and Maya Miyazaki|
|Sō Kakusei no Nova (双覚醒のノヴァ Sō Kakusei no Noba?)||September 2013||February 2014||Izumi Urata|
|Hanakaku: The Last Girl Standing (ハナカク-The Last Girl Standing- Hanakaku za Rasuto Gāru Sutandingu?)||October 2013||September 2015||Katsunori Matsui|
|Gifū Dōdō!! The Tactician of Wind: Kuroda Kanbei (義風堂々!! 疾風の軍師 -黒田官兵衛- Gifū Dōdō!! Kaze no Gunshi Kuroda Kanbei?)||November 2013||Ongoing||Toshiaki Yamada, Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Hiroyuki Yatsu|
|Detective Appli (探偵アプリ Tantei Apuri?)||November 2013||April 2014||Yū Sugimoto|
|Mononoke: Umibōzu (モノノ怪 -海坊主-?)||November 2013||January 2015||Yaeko Ninagawa and Chiaki J. Konaka|
|Arte (アルテ Arute?)||December 2013||Ongoing||Kei Ōkubo|
|Basketmono (籠球者 Basukemono?)||December 2013||May 2014||Hirofumi Takezoe|
|The Mermaid Prince (人魚の王子さま 〜マーメイド・プリンス〜 Ningyo no Ōji-sama ~Māmeido Purinsu~?)||January 2014||Ongoing||Yuana Kazumi|
|Zero no Shiniki (零の神域?)||February 2014||February 2015||Hana Shinohara|
|Koishikarikeru (恋しかりける?)||April 2014||September 2014||Rio Misumi|
|Gifū Dōdō!! Naoe Kanetsugu: Maeda Keiji Hana Gatari (義風堂々!!直江兼続 -前田慶次花語り-?)||May 2014||Ongoing||Tetsuo Hara, Nobuhiko Horie and Masato Deguti|
|Oda Shinamon Nobunaga (織田シナモン信長?)||June 2014||Ongoing||Una Megurogawa|
|Arte Tokubetsu-hen (アルテ 特別編?)||October 2014||March 2015||Kei Ōkubo|
|Good Morning's and Good Night's (おはようとかおやすみとか Ohayō Toka Oyasumi Toka?)||June 2014||Ongoing||Machita|
|Forensic Girls no Hayama-san (鑑識女子の葉山さん Kanshiki Joshi no Hayama-san?)||June 2014||Ongoing||Izumi Sato|
|Rainy Sometimes Bochan (雨ときどきボーちゃん Ame Tokidoki Bō-chan?)||August 2014||April 2015||Saya Usato|
|Onna to Hanashitai (おんなと話したいっ☆彡?)||September 2014||November 2014||Hyper Wanabee (Takashi Yoshida)|
|Hana Musubi: Power of the Wonderful Flower (花むすび Hana Musubi?)||October 2014||March 2015||Subaru|
|Suzuki Just Wants a Quiet Life (スズキさんはただ静かに暮らしたい Suzuki-san wa Tada Shizuka ni Kurashitai?)||November 2014||Ongoing||Hirohisa Sato|
|Do-do-ma (ドードーマ Dōdōma?)||December 2014||Ongoing||Jun Shiraishi|
|Granny Girl Hinata-chan (老女的少女ひなたちゃん Obaāchan Shōjo Hinata-chan?)||December 2014||Ongoing||Asa Kuwayoshi|
|Concierge Imperial (コンシェルジュ インペリアル Konsheruju Inperiaru?)||January 2015||Ongoing||Michihiko Tōei and Hideyuki Ishizeki|
|Hakoniwa and Papillon (箱庭とパピヨン Hakoniwa to Papiyon?)||April 2015||August 2015||Saki Akamura|
|Delicious Foods, Delicious Faces – Narusawa-kun Loves Scrumptious Looks (鳴沢くんはおいしい顔に恋してる Narusawa-kun wa Oishī Kao ni Koishiteru?)||May 2015||Ongoing||Rei Yamada|
|Mononoke: Zashikiwarashi (モノノ怪 -座敷童子-?)||May 2015||November 2015||Yaeko Ninagawa|
|Tokyo Share Story (東京シェアストーリ Tōkyō Shea Sutōrī?)||June 2015||Ongoing||Rikeo Tada and Motoko Takahashi|
|Tabemono Kemono (たべものけもの?)||July 2015||Ongoing||Akamaru Enomoto|
|Aragami (アラガミ?)||August 2015||Ongoing||Yūshi Hashimoto|
|Konpeitō no Hanayome (金平糖の花嫁?)||September 2015||Ongoing||Satono Okazaki|
|Shiawase no Popochi (しあわせのポポチ?)||November 2015||Ongoing||Saya Usato|
|Grendel (グレンデル?)||December 2015||Ongoing||Mako Oikawa|
- See the attached sources for Angel Heart: 2nd Season, Cat's Eye, Concierge Platinum, Waraenu Warashi: 108 no Karma Cyber Blue, and Kōkenryoku Ōryō Sōsakan Nakabō Rintarō.
- It was subtitled Danna Ikumen-ka Project (旦那イクメン化計画 Danna Ikumen-ka Purojekuto?) from its start to the fifth issue of 2012. From its sixth issue of 2012, it was published under the subtitle Kosodate Yori Dame Danna Sodate!? (子育てよりダメ旦那育て!??).
- The title only differs from the original title in Japanese; キャッツ♥アイ is the title of first series, while this one is キャッツ♥愛. However, both are read as Cat's Eye in English.
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- Horie, Nobuhiko (October 25, 2010). "創刊のご挨拶" [Greetings of the first issue]. Monthly Comic Zenon (1): 9.
- ゼノンランド (in Japanese). Comic-zenon.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "DD Fist of the North Star Anime's 1-Minute Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. March 22, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- ""CAFE ZENON"新創刊! in "News Topics"" (in Japanese). North Stars Pictures. Archived from the original on November 30, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Loveridge, Lynzee (August 14, 2015). "Japan's Zenon Magazine Holds Global 'Silent Manga' Contest". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- "Comic Zenon Magazine's Manga Offered in English Online". Anime News Network. August 27, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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- "コンシェルジュ プラチナム ①" (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "笑えぬ童子 ①" (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "サイバーブルー ①" (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "公権力横領捜査官 中坊林太郎 ①" (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "ゼノンコミックス" (in Japanese). Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "Magazine Web Comic Zenyon" (in French). Manga News. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- "ぜにょんとは?" (in Japanese). Web Comic Zenyon official website. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
- 月刊コミックゼノン 5月号 (2012年03月24日発売) (in Japanese). Fujisan.co.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- 月刊コミックゼノン 6月号 (2012年04月25日発売) (in Japanese). Fujisan.co.jp. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- Official website (Japanese)