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Weekly Shōnen Sunday (週刊少年サンデー, Shūkan Shōnen Sandē), first published on April 5, 1959, is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan. Contrary to its title, Weekly Shōnen Sunday issues are released on Wednesdays.

History Edit

Shōnen Sunday was first published on Sunday, April 5, 1959, as a response to its rival 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 Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran manga artist which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.

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[1] on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.[2]

Currently running manga-seriesEdit

Series title Author Premiered
-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 02011-04-01April 2011
Ane Log Moyako Neesan no Tomaranai Monologue (姉ログ 靄子姉さんの止まらないモノローグ) Kenji Taguchi 02012-09-01September 2012
Arata Kangatari〜Engaku Kōgatari〜 (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜) Yū Watase 02008-10-01October 2008
Area D Inō Ryōiki (AREA D 異能領域) Yang Kyung-il, Kyōichi Nanatsuki 02012-03-01March 2012
Be Blues!〜Ao ni Nare〜 (BE BLUES!〜青になれ〜) Motoyuki Tanaka 02011-01-01January 2011
Birdmen (バードメン) Yellow Tanabe 02013-07-01July 2013
Captain Earth (キャプテン・アース) Bones, Hiroshi Nakanishi 02014-04-01April 2014
Charactimes (キャラクタイムズ) Fujiminosuke Yorozuya 02013-01-01January 2013
Chrono Monochrome (クロノ・モノクローム) Jingetsu Isomi 02013-12-01December 2013
Dagashikashi (だがしかし) Kotoyama 02014-06-01June 2014
Denpa Kyōshi (電波教師) Takeshi Azuma 02011-11-01November 2011
E to T。〜Eiga to Tenshi。〜 (EとT。〜えいがとてんし。〜) Ippei Nekosuna 02014-06-01June 2014
Fantasista Stella (ファンタジスタ ステラ) Michiteru Kusaba 02012-10-01October 2012
Silver Spoon (銀の匙 Silver Spoon) Hiromu Arakawa 02011-04-01April 2011
Ginpaku no Paladin -Seikishi- (銀白のパラディン -聖騎士-) Keisuke Oka, Yūki Ohta, Toshimi Oriyama 02014-04-01April 2014
Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!) Kenjirō Hata 02004-10-01October 2004
Heavens Runner Akira (ヘブンズランナーアキラ) Hikaru Nikaidō 02014-04-01April 2014
Hyōkyūhime×Tokiwagi Kantoku no Kajō na Aijō (氷球姫×常磐木監督の過剰な愛情) Haruka Ono 02013-11-01November 2013
Inubu! -Bokura no Shippo Senki- (犬部! -ボクらのしっぽ戦記-) Yuka Katano, Haruki Takakura, Aki Hamanaka 02011-05-01May 2011
Jōjū Senjin!! Mushibugyo (常住戦陣!!ムシブギョー) Hiroshi Fukuda 02011-01-01January 2011
Keijo!!!!!!!! (競女!!!!!!!!) Daichi Sorayomi 02013-07-01July 2013
Kiriwo Terrible (キリヲテリブレ) Hiro Morita 02014-03-01March 2014
Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE) Rumiko Takahashi 02009-04-01April 2009
Magi (マギ) Shinobu Ohtaka 02009-06-01June 2009
Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン) Gōshō Aoyama 01994-01-01January 1994
Nanimo Naikedo Sora wa Aoi (何もないけど空は青い) Hiroyuki Nishimori, Yūki Iinuma 02014-03-01March 2014
Nobelu (NOBELU -演-) Shinji Nojima, Yuzuru Yoshida 02013-03-01March 2013
Nozo×Kimi -2-nensei-hen- (ノゾ×キミ -2年生編-) Wakō Honna 02014-05-01May 2014
Psyche Matashitemo (サイケまたしても) Tsubasa Fukuchi 02014-07-01July 2014
Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ) Shun Matsuena 02002-04-01April 2002
Yugami-kun Niwa Tomodachi ga Inai (湯神くんには友達がいない) Jun Sakura 02013-10-01October 2013
Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン) Takashi Shiina 02004-07-01July 2004

Other well-known Sunday series Edit

Main article: List of series run in Weekly Shōnen Sunday In its nearly fifty year 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.

CirculationEdit

  • 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[3]
  • 2009 - 773,062[4]
  • 2010 - 678,917[5]
  • 2011 - 583,750

EditorsEdit

  • 1991 - 1993
    • Takashi Hirayama
  • 1994 - 2000
    • Toyohiko Okuyama
  • 2000 - 2002
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
  • 2002 - 2004
    • Shinichi Mikami
  • 2004–present
    • Masato Hayashi

International version Edit

  • Shōnen Star - Indonesia

North American editionEdit

Anime News Network also confirmed that Viz Media plans on launching Shonen Sunday titles in the U.S. Starting with Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne manga adaptation, which was released on October 20, 2009.

See alsoEdit

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  • Bessatsu Shōnen Sunday
  • Shōnen Sunday Super

ReferencesEdit

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