The cover of the October 26, 1975 issue of Shōjo Comic
Semimonthly (1978– )
Shōjo Comic (少女コミック, commonly abbreviated to 少コミ Shōkomi, Sho-Comi or Shōcomi) is a shōjo manga magazine published twice monthly in Japan by Shogakukan since 1968. It was originally published weekly and it continued to be published weekly until the 1980s. Many influential shōjo manga ran in Shōjo Comic during the 1970s. Moto Hagio's works and Keiko Takemiya's works in particular were very groundbreaking.
The manga it features is marketed to appeal to girls from late middle school through high school. Originally the manga in Shōjo Comic were very tame, and rarely featured anything that could be considered sexual in content, not even kissing scenes. Over time, with successful stories such as Mayu Shinjo's series Kaikan Phrase (Sensual Phrase), which was heavy in sexual content, Shōjo Comic is now seen as having more sexual content than its competitors Margaret and Hana to Yume.
The manga series from this magazine are later compiled and published in book form (tankōbon) under the Flower Comics imprint.
Manga artists and series featured in Shōjo Comic
- Mitsuru Adachi
- Kotomi Aoki
- Kazuko Fujita
- Moto Hagio
- Mann Izawa (story) and Yumiko Igarashi (art)
- Gō Ikeyamada
- Shotaro Ishinomori
- Cyborg 009 (5th version, 1975–1976)
- Miyuki Kitagawa
- Kanan Minami
- Ai Minase
- Kaho Miyasaka
- Aqua Mizuto
- Iori Shigano
- Mayu Shinjo
- Chie Shinohara
- Miwako Sugiyama
- Keiko Takemiya
- Masami Takeuchi
- Yuu Watase
- Rie Takada
- Kozue Chiba
- Yuki Shiraishi
In 2007, the Japanese National PTA Conference ranked Sho-Comi the #1 worst comic magazine for young children due to its excessive sexual content. Many concerned parents have advised publishers to be more wary of the availability of these magazines to young readers. According to the Japan Magazine Publishers Association, research conducted in 2005 revealed that 26% of Sho-Comi's readers were below the age of 13.
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