Seinen manga (青年漫画) are manga marketed toward young adult
men. 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 Times and Weekly
Manga Goraku which are
aimed at men from their 20s to their 50s.
Seinen manga are
distinguished from shōnen manga which are for younger boys, although
some seinen manga like xxxHolic share some similarities with "shōnen"
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 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
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
Big Comic Spirits, Business Jump, Ultra Jump, and
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One of the earliest manga magazines published in Japan was a seinen
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
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 Action which scored big hits with
Lupin III and Lone Wolf and
Cub, and later Crayon Shin-chan.
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 about two older men who enjoy
fishing which was made into a series of popular movies. In 1979, the
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
For a complete list of seinen manga magazines, see List of manga
A list of the top Japanese seinen manga magazines by circulation in
the timespan from 1 October 2009 to 30 September 2010.
Weekly Young Magazine
Weekly Young Jump
Big Comic Original
Manga Sunday (defunct)
Business Jump (defunct)
Super Jump (defunct)
Big Comic Spirits
Big Comic Superior
Shōnen manga: intended for boys
Shōjo manga: intended for girls
Josei manga: intended for women
Kodomo manga: intended for children
Gekiga: adult manga movement
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^ "2010 Japanese
Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers".
Network. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
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