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Weekly Sh?nen Magazine
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Cover of first issue, featuring sumo wrestler Asashio Tar? III
CategoriesSh?nen manga[1][2]
FrequencyWeekly
Circulation883,804[1]
(July-September, 2016)
PublisherKodansha
First issueMarch 17, 1959; 62 years ago (1959-03-17)
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
WebsiteWeekly 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.[3]

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."[4]

Features

Series

There are currently 27 manga titles being serialized in Weekly Sh?nen Magazine.

Series Title Author Premiered
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

Circulation

Circulation
Date(s) January-March April-June July-September October-December Magazine sales Ref
March1959 to March2008 1,546,567 4,550,000,000 [3]
April2008 to December2008 1,755,000 1,720,000 1,691,667 67,166,671 [5]
2009 1,664,167 1,633,334 1,614,616 1,593,637 84,574,802 [6]
2010 1,571,231 1,565,000 1,556,250 1,551,819 81,175,900 [7]
2011 1,529,693 1,491,500 1,489,584 1,472,084 77,777,193 [8]
2012 1,447,500 1,436,017 1,412,584 1,404,834 74,112,155 [9]
2013 1,376,792 1,357,000 1,324,209 1,308,117 69,759,534 [10]
2014 1,277,500 1,245,417 1,211,750 1,192,267 64,050,142 [11]
2015 1,156,059 1,127,042 1,107,840 1,085,110 58,188,663 [11][12]
2016 1,038,450 1,015,659 995,017 986,017 52,456,859 [1][13]
2017 964,158 932,713 883,804 840,667 47,077,446 [13]
January 2018 to March 2018 815,458 -- -- -- 10,600,954 [13]
March 1959 to March 2018 1,512,692[3][13] 5,236,940,319

Reception

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Boy's Manga" (in Japanese). Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. September 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Thompson, Jason (2007). Manga: The Complete Guide. Del Rey Books. pp. 338-339. ISBN 978-0-345-48590-8.
  3. ^ a b c "Shonen Magazine, Shonen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary (Updated)". Anime News Network. March 18, 2008. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ Thompson, Jason (February 2, 2012). "Jason Thompson's House of 1000 Manga - Harlem Beat". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ 2008 circulation figures:
  6. ^ 2009 circulation figures:
  7. ^ 2010 circulation figures:
  8. ^ 2011 circulation figures:
  9. ^ 2012 circulation figures:
  10. ^ 2013 circulation figures:
  11. ^ a b "Top Manga Magazines' Circulation Dropped 10%+ in 1 Year". Anime News Network. April 28, 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ 2015 circulation figures
  13. ^ a b c d "Circulation figures "Boy's Manga" January-March, 2016". Japanese Magazine Publishers Association. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Weekly Shonen Magazine Circulation Drops Under 2M".
  15. ^ Shonen Magazine, Shonen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary (Updated) - Anime News Network

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