A manga magazine ( Japanese 漫画 雑 誌 Mangazasshi ) is a magazine in which individual chapters of Japanese comic book series ( Manga ) are published at regular intervals . Depending on the target group of the magazine, the manga are divided into the categories Shōnen , Shōjo , Seinen and Josei . Over time, magazines for special interests such as hentai , mah-jong or pachinko have also developed.
In Japan, the magazines, which are often the size of a telephone book, appear at weekly or monthly intervals and comprise 200 to over 1000 pages, on which chapters from ten to 40 series are presented. They are available for the equivalent of two to five euros at any newsstand, have poor paper and print quality, contain several color pages and are often thrown away after reading. Some magazines also regularly come with Furoku (extras) such as figures, pens, notebooks or nail polish. Manga magazines make up about 70 percent of the Japanese manga market. For the Mangaka (cartoonists), weekly series with around 20 pages per week are often a major challenge.
The best-selling Japanese manga magazine is Shōnen Jump , which at its peak in the mid-1990s had a circulation of over six million copies per week. Other well-known magazines are the Ribon by Shueisha , Shōnen Sunday and Big Comic by Shogakukan , Hana to Yume by Hakusensha or Shōnen Magazine and Morning from Kodansha . The latter currently publishes more than 20 different manga magazines. As a rule, the big publishers do not make any profits by publishing the magazines, but rather see them as advertising for the paperback editions ( tankōbon ) of the manga series appearing in the magazines.
Similar magazines have also developed internationally. In 2001 BANZAI appeared in Germany ! -Magazine based on the model of the Shōnen Jump at Carlsen Verlag . The sister magazine of BANZAI! was the daisuki . The publisher Egmont Manga & Anime also published Manga magazines with the now discontinued Manga Power and Manga Twister . All German magazine formats appear monthly and are created in cooperation with Japanese publishers. So the BANZAI! with Shueisha, the Daisuki with Hakusensha, the Manga Power with Kodansha and the Manga Twister with Shogakukan.
- Magazine list at PRISMS: The Ultimate Manga Guide (English)
- Circulation numbers of some Japanese manga magazines in 2004 and 2005 ( Memento from May 1, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) and 2009 (English)