Ohta Publishing

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Ohta Publishing
Industry Publishing
Founded 1985
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Satoshi Oka (CEO)[1]
Products Books, magazines
Website http://www.ohtabooks.com/

Ohta Publishing Company (太田出版, Ōta Shuppan) is a Japanese publishing company. With a number of controversial books that disturbed the Japanese society and its erotic manga comics, the company has established itself like a source of provocative "subculture" items.


Ohta Publishing was created in 1985, when it separated from the publishing department of Ohta Production, a talent agency specializing in stand-up comedians. (Founded as a yūgen-gaisha, it has now, as of 2013, been converted to a kabushiki-gaisha.)

Initially, from an outside perspective, Ohta Publishing did not seem like a serious company but rather a sort of a toy company of Takeshi Kitano (who was an Ohta Production artist back then). It released books that were of interest to Kitano himself.[1]

In 1989, Ohta published the famous book The Age of M[2] about serial child murderer Tsutomu Miyazaki and started establishing itself like a source of provocative "subculture" items. Around the same time the bi-monthly magazine QuickJapan was founded. In 1993 Ohta released the disturbing book The Complete Manual of Suicide and in 1999 Battle Royale, which shook the Japanese society.[1]

At the end of the 1990s, the company also started working with manga artist Naoki Yamamoto, dubbed the master of erotics, and founded the manga magazine Manga Erotics. Its successor Manga Erotics F now accounts for a large percentage of all company's manga sales.[1]

Prominent titles[edit]

The company is best known for having published books like The Age of M (1989), The Complete Manual of Suicide (1993) and Battle Royale (1999) and numerous manga comics, including Tatami Galaxy and Eien no Zero. It also publishes the manga magazine Manga Erotics F and the magazine QuickJapan.[1] Some other recent manga titles include Miyamoto kara Kimi e[3] and Kami no Kodomo.[4]

List of periodic and serial publications[edit]

Print magazines[edit]

Web magazines[edit]

  • Poko Poko(ja) (ぽこぽこ)



  1. ^ a b c d e "QuickJapan、ついに電子化――太田出版の「根源的・挑発的」な出版魂". iMedia (in Japanese). 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  2. ^ The Age of M (Mの時代, M no Jidai) by Akio Nakamori
  3. ^ "元祖非モテマンガ「宮本から君へ」が太田出版から復刊". Natalie. 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  4. ^ "西岡兄妹、ホラーM連載の「神の子供」太田出版より発売". Natalie. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 

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