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Seinen manga
Seinen manga
(青年漫画) are manga marketed toward young adult men.[1] In Japanese, the word "seinen" literally means "youth," but the term "seinen manga" is also used to describe the target audience of comics like Weekly Manga
Manga
Times and Weekly Manga
Manga
Goraku which are aimed at men from their 20s to their 50s. Seinen manga
Seinen manga
are distinguished from shōnen manga which are for younger boys, although some seinen manga like xxxHolic share some similarities with "shōnen" manga. Seinen manga
Seinen manga
can focus on action, politics, science fiction, fantasy, relationships, sports, or comedy. The female equivalent to seinen manga is josei manga. Seinen manga
Seinen manga
have a wide variety of art styles and variation in subject matter. Examples of seinen series include: 20th Century Boys, Akira, Tokyo Ghoul, Berserk, Mushishi, Ghost in the Shell, Planetes, Maison Ikkoku, and the formerly shōnen manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. A common way to tell if a manga is seinen is by looking at whether furigana is used over the original kanji text: if there are furigana on all kanji, the title is generally aimed at a younger audience. The title of the magazine it was published in is also an important indicator. Usually Japanese manga magazines with the word "young" in the title ( Weekly Young Jump
Weekly Young Jump
for instance) are seinen. There are also mixed shōnen/seinen magazines such as Gangan Powered and Comp Ace. Other popular seinen manga magazines include Young Magazine, Weekly Young Sunday, Big Comic
Big Comic
Spirits, Business Jump, Ultra Jump, and Afternoon.

Contents

1 History 2 Magazines 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] One of the earliest manga magazines published in Japan was a seinen manga: Weekly Manga
Manga
Times, first released in 1956. It was aimed squarely at middle-aged men with erotic fiction and manga and tales of yakuza. It was only in 1959 that two of the main shōnen manga titles appeared, Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Weekly Shōnen Magazine
and Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Then in 1967, the first of the magazines aimed at younger men appeared Weekly Manga
Manga
Action which scored big hits with Lupin III
Lupin III
and Lone Wolf and Cub, and later Crayon Shin-chan. Big Comic
Big Comic
followed in 1968, perhaps best known for its series Golgo 13. 1972 saw the addition of Big Comic Original which featured Tsuribaka Nisshi
Tsuribaka Nisshi
about two older men who enjoy fishing which was made into a series of popular movies. In 1979, the publisher Shueisha
Shueisha
known for Weekly Shonen Jump
Weekly Shonen Jump
for boys, entered the seinen market with Weekly Young Jump. Many of the Young Jump series have been adapted into anime or live action TV programs, e.g. Elfen Lied, Gantz, Hen, Kirara, Liar Game, Oku-sama wa Joshi Kōsei and Zetman. Magazines[edit] For a complete list of seinen manga magazines, see List of manga magazines. A list of the top Japanese seinen manga magazines by circulation in the timespan from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010.[2]

Title Circulation

Weekly Young Magazine 807,871

Weekly Young Jump 768,980

Big Comic
Big Comic
Original 729,750

Weekly Manga
Manga
Goraku 500,000

Big Comic 454,000

Comic Kairakuten 350,000

Weekly Morning 340,209

Weekly Manga
Manga
Sunday (defunct) 300,000

Business Jump
Business Jump
(defunct) 285,334

Super Jump
Super Jump
(defunct) 277,500

Big Comic
Big Comic
Spirits 260,024

Comic Shitsurakuten 250,000

Young Champion 250,000

Comic Ran 207,350

Big Comic
Big Comic
Superior 204,125

Manga
Manga
Action 200,000

Young King 200,000

See also[edit]

Shōnen manga: intended for boys Shōjo manga: intended for girls Josei manga: intended for women Kodomo manga: intended for children Gekiga: adult manga movement

References[edit]

^ "Seinen - TV Tropes". tvtropes.org. Retrieved 2017-12-31.  ^ "2010 Japanese Manga
Manga
Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime
Anime
News Network. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Look up seinen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Japanese Magazine Publishers Association (

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