Weekly Shōnen Sunday
1984 Vol. 40 featuring Urusei Yatsura on the cover.
|Former editors||Masaki Nawata|
|First issue||March 1959|
Weekly Shōnen Sunday (Japanese: 週刊少年サンデー Hepburn: Shūkan Shōnen Sandē?) is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan since March 1959. Contrary to its title, Weekly Shōnen Sunday issues are released on Wednesdays.
Shōnen Sunday was first published in March 1959 as a response to its rival Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.
Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday was originally published on Tuesdays of each week, switching to Wednesdays in 2011. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.
Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.
Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Detective Conan, Major, InuYasha, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity.
In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue on 19 March 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations. The book Shonen Sunday 1983 was published on 15 July 2009 to celebrate the anniversary and the magazines heyday. It reprints manga from 1983, such as Urusei Yatsura and Touch, and has interviews with their creators as well as artists who were inspired by the series from that period, such as Gosho Aoyama.
To celebrate Weekly Shōnen Sunday's 55th anniversary, 55 new manga series were launched in the print and online magazines Weekly Shonen Sunday, Shonen Sunday S, Ura Sunday, and Club Sunday throughout the year beginning in March 2014.
Currently running manga series
One series has been on hiatus since 2013.
|-Asaoka Kōkō Yakyūbu Nisshi- Over Fence (-浅丘高校野球部日誌- オーバーフェンス?)||Mitsuru Adachi||April 2011|
|Arata Kangatari〜Engaku Kōgatari〜 (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜?)||Yū Watase||October 2008|
|Be Blues!〜Ao ni Nare〜 (BE BLUES!〜青になれ〜?)||Motoyuki Tanaka||January 2011|
|Birdmen (バードメン?)||Yellow Tanabe||July 2013|
|Charactimes (キャラクタイムズ?)||Fujiminosuke Yorozuya||January 2013|
|Chrono Monochrome (クロノ・モノクローム?)||Jingetsu Isomi||December 2013|
|Dagashi Kashi (だがしかし?)||Kotoyama||June 2014|
|Denpa Kyōshi (電波教師?)||Takeshi Azuma||November 2011|
|Detective Conan (名探偵コナン?)||Gosho Aoyama||January 1994|
|Dezi-con (デジコン?)||Tomohito Oda||September 2014|
|E to T。〜Eiga to Tenshi。〜 (EとT。〜えいがとてんし。〜?)||Ippei Nekosuna||June 2014|
|Fantasista Stella (ファンタジスタ ステラ?)||Michiteru Kusaba||October 2012|
|Gin no Saji Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Silver Spoon?)||Hiromu Arakawa||April 2011|
|Ginpaku no Paladin -Seikishi- (銀白のパラディン -聖騎士-?)||Keisuke Oka, Yūki Ohta, Toshimi Oriyama||April 2014|
|Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!?)||Kenjirō Hata||October 2004|
|Heavens Runner Akira (ヘブンズランナーアキラ?)||Hikaru Nikaidō||April 2014|
|Hyōkyūhime×Tokiwagi Kantoku no Kajō na Aijō (氷球姫×常磐木監督の過剰な愛情?)||Haruka Ono||November 2013|
|Inubu! -Bokura no Shippo Senki- (犬部! -ボクらのしっぽ戦記-?)||Yuka Katano, Haruki Takakura, Aki Hamanaka||May 2011|
|Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyo (常住戦陣!!ムシブギョー?)||Hiroshi Fukuda||January 2011|
|Keijo!!!!!!!! (競女!!!!!!!!?)||Daichi Sorayomi||July 2013|
|Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE?)||Rumiko Takahashi||April 2009|
|Magi (マギ?)||Shinobu Ohtaka||June 2009|
|MAJOR 2nd (メジャーセカンド?)||Takuya Mitsuda||March 2015|
|Nanimo Naikedo Sora wa Aoi (何もないけど空は青い?)||Hiroyuki Nishimori, Yūki Iinuma||March 2014|
|Nobelu (NOBELU -演-?)||Shinji Nojima, Yuzuru Yoshida||March 2013|
|Nozo×Kimi -2-nensei-hen- (ノゾ×キミ -2年生編-?)||Wakō Honna||May 2014|
|Psyche Matashitemo (サイケまたしても?)||Tsubasa Fukuchi||July 2014|
|Sensō Gekijō (戦争劇場?)||Fujiko Dosei||August 2014|
|Tokiwa Kitareri!! (トキワ来たれり!!?)||Syun Matsuena||December 2014|
|Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン?)||Takashi Shiina||July 2004|
Other well-known Sunday series
In its fifty-five years of history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.
- 2000 - 2.02 million
- 2002 - 1.53 million
- 2003 - 1.31 million
- 2004 - 1.16 million
- 2005 - 1.06 million
- 2006 - 1.01 million
- 2007 - 0.94 million
- 2008 - 873,438 
- 2009 - 773,062 
- 2010 - 678,917 
- 2011 - 583,750 
- 2013 - 532,667 
- 2014 - 461,250 
- 2015 - 393,417 
- Kiichi Toyoda
- Takashi Hirayama
- Toyohiko Okuyama
- Shinichiro Tsuzuki
- Shinichi Mikami
- Masato Hayashi
- Masaki Nawata
- Yu Torimitsu
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