July 14, 2006 issue of Young Animal
|First issue||1989 (as Animal House)
1992 (renamed to Young Animal)
Young Animal (ヤングアニマル Yangu Animaru?) is a magazine in Japan that features seinen manga and scantily clad women. It is published by Hakusensha and issued on the second and fourth Friday of each month in saddle-stapled B5 format, selling for 440 yen. A typical issue is usually over 300 pages, with about 288 black and white pulp pages of comics wrapped in about 20 slick pages of color pinup photos of teen age girls (pop stars and gravure idols) in bikinis. As of 2015, circulation is approximately 119,000 copies. Each issue features about 15 different stories, mostly serial stories tending toward sexy romantic comedy, fantasy, and epic adventure, with a number of humorous "4-koma" or 4-panel gag strips.
It was first issued in 1989 as Animal House and was renamed Young Animal in 1992. However, it may have been a continuation of an earlier Hakusensha shōnen magazine entitled Gekkan Shōnen Jets (launched in 1981) which was discontinued in the late 1980s.
Popular long-running series currently appearing in Young Animal include the medieval dark fantasy adventure Berserk and the modern day married-life sex comedy Futari Ecchi (both over 300 chapters as of 2010). A number of Young Animal manga series have been adapted as anime.
Manga artists and series featured in Young Animal
(Names are in alphabetical order, family name shown last)
- Ryuta Amazume
- Nana to Kaoru (2008-ongoing)
- Hikaru Asada and Takahiro Seguchi
- Sickness Unto Death (2010)
- Kou Fumizuki
- Shigemitsu Harada
- Yuria 100 Shiki (2006–2010) complete
- Hiroshi Itaba
- Katsu Aki
- Kanji Kawashita
- Asaya no Tsubaki (2008-ongoing)
- Kentaro Miura
- Berserk (1992–ongoing)
- Tomochika Miyano
- Yubisaki Milk Tea (2003–2010)
- Ashita Morimi
- Nanki Satō and Akira Kiduki
- Usotsuki Paradox (2009–2012)
- Yokusaru Shibata
- Air Master (1997–2006)
- Tarō Shinonome
- Kaoru Shintani
- Buttobi CPU (US: I Dream of Mimi) (1993–1997)
- Izumi Takemoto
- Twinkle Star Nonnonzie
- Sakura Takeuchi
- Yutaka Tanaka
- Ai-Ren (1991–2002)
- Chica Umino
- March Comes in Like a Lion (Sangatsu no Lion) (2007–ongoing)
- Kiminori Wakasugi
- Detroit Metal City (2005–2010)
- Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data June 2015. Retrieved Oct. 28, 2015.
- Hakusensha History
- Hakusensha Magazines
- Young Animal Official website (Japanese)
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