|First issue||March 17, 1959|
|Website||Weekly Sh?nen Magazine|
Weekly Sh?nen Magazine (Japanese: , Hepburn: Sh?kan Sh?nen Magajin) is a weekly sh?nen manga anthology published on Wednesdays in Japan by Kodansha, first published on March 17, 1959. The magazine is mainly read by an older audience, with a large portion of its readership falling under the male high school or college student demographic. According to circulation figures accumulated by the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, circulation of the magazine has dropped in every quarter since records were first collected in April-June, 2008. This is however, not an isolated occurrence as digital media continues to be on the rise.
It is one of the best-selling manga magazines. By March 2008, the magazine had 2,942 issues, having sold 4.55billion copies, with an average weekly circulation of 1,546,567. At an average issue price of ¥129 ($1.29), the magazine had generated approximately ¥590 billion ($5.9 billion) in sales revenue by March 2008. In addition, about compiled tank?bon volumes had been sold by March 2008.
Jason Thompson stated that it is "more down-to-earth, as well as just a tad more guy-oriented" compared to Weekly Sh?nen Jump and likened this magazine to "more like something you'd find in the guys' locker room."
There are currently 27 manga titles being serialized in Weekly Sh?nen Magazine.
|A Couple of Cuckoos (?)||Miki Yoshikawa||January 2020|
|Ace of Diamond Act II (?A Act II)||Y?ji Terajima||August 2015|
|Ahiru no Sora ()||Takeshi Hinata||December 2003|
|Amagami-san Chi No Enmusubi ()||Marcey Naito||April 2021|
|Bakemonogatari ()||Nisio Isin, Oh! great||March 2018|
|Blue Lock ()||Mineyuki Kaneshiro & Y?suke Nomura||August 2018|
|Danshi K?k?sei o Yashinaitai On?-san no Hanashi (?)||Hideki||April 2018|
|Edens Zero (? )||Hiro Mashima||June 2018|
|Eisen no Lovelock ()||Tatsuya Shihira||May 2021|
|Fire Force (, En'en no Shouboutai)||Atsushi ?kubo||September 2015|
|Four Knights of the Apocalypse (?, Mokushiroku no Yonkishi)||Nakaba Suzuki||January 2021|
|Girlfriend, Girlfriend (?, Kanojo mo Kanojo)||Hiroyuki||March 2020|
|Hajime no Ippo ()||George Morikawa||October 1989|
|Kangi Banka ()||Shougo Imamura, Kouji Megumi||November 2020|
|Kenja ga Nakama ni Natta (!)||AZU||March 2021|
|Koi ka Mah? ka Wakaranai! (?!)||Atsushi Uchiyama||December 2020|
|Kuroiwa Medaka ni Watashi no Kawaii ga Ts?jinai (?)||Ran Kuze||May 2021|
|Megami no Cafe Terrace ()||K?ji Seo||February 2021|
|Rent-A-Girlfriend (, Kanojo, Okarishimasu)||Reiji Miyajima||July 2017|
|Seitokai Yakuindomo ()||Tozen Ujiie||July 2008|
|Sentai Daishikkaku ()||Negi Haruba||February 2021|
|Shangri-La Frontier (?, Shangurira Furontia)||Katarina, Ry?suke Fuji||July 2020|
|Smile Down the Runway (, Runway de Waratte)||Kotoba Inoya||May 2017|
|Tesla Note ()||Masafumi Nishida, Tadayoshi Kubo, Kouta Sannomiya||January 2021|
|To Your Eternity (?, Fumetsu no Anata e)||Yoshitoki ?ima||November 2016|
|Tokyo Revengers (?)||Ken Wakui||March 2017|
|When Will Ayumu Make His Move? (, Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru)||S?ichir? Yamamoto||March 2019|
|March1959 to March2008||1,546,567||4,550,000,000|||
|April2008 to December2008||—||1,755,000||1,720,000||1,691,667||67,166,671|||
|January 2018 to March 2018||815,458||--||--||--||10,600,954|||
|March 1959 to March 2018||1,512,692||5,236,940,319|
This section possibly contains original research. (September 2009)
The Weekly Sh?nen Magazine achieved success in the 1970s and subsequently had increased sales. As a result, it became the top selling manga magazine in Japan of its period, appearing popular amongst many otaku. But the position was later occupied by Weekly Sh?nen Jump, when this competitor was born in 1968, knocking Shonen Magazine off the top spot. Sh?nen Jump had now begun to circulate and dominate the manga magazine market. This began from the 1970s and continued throughout the 1990s, largely owed to Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball. In the middle of the 1990s, Sh?nen Jump suffered the loss of Dragon Ball, as the franchise had come to an end in 1996, and thus lost much of its readership. Sh?nen Magazine had now made a comeback in October 1997, regaining its original position as the top selling manga magazine of its day until this was brokered in 2002. Currently, the two magazines have competed closely in terms of market circulation. Sales of the two magazines now remain very close. Circulation has dropped below two million. In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Sh?nen Magazine and Weekly Sh?nen Sunday released a special combined issue on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations. Others include Sh?nen Magazine, published by Kobunsha of the same Kodansha group. Sh?nen Magazine famously serialized Tetsujin 28-go, the first anime Mecha from July 1956 to May 1966.