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is a publisher in
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Japan
, headquartered in
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Shinagawa
,
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Tokyo
. The company was established in 1954 by Yasuyoshi Tokuma in
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. The company’s product portfolio includes music publishing, video game publishing, movies,
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anime
, magazines,
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manga
and books. Companies that were part of Tokuma Shoten include
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Studio Ghibli
,
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and the record label
Tokuma Japan Communications is a publisher in Japan , image_flag = Flag of Japan.svg , alt_flag = Centered deep red circle on a white rectangle , image_coat = Imperial Seal of Japan.svg , alt_coat ...
. After the founder of the company, Yasuyoshi Tokuma died on September 20, 2000, an
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occurred. Tokuma Shoten executed a
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with Studio Ghibli, turning the company’s anime division as a separate company again in 2005. Tokuma Shoten sold off Tokuma Japan Communications to Daiichi Kosho in October 2001, and Daiei Films was purchased by
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in November 2002. Since 2005, the company has streamlined itself to focus solely on the publication of print media and the airing of its adapted properties to TV and feature film. On 17 March 2017, the company was acquired by
Culture Convenience Club is a Japanese company that operates Tsutaya, a chain of video rental shops and bookstores throughout Japan and Taiwan. The company is headquartered in Ebisu, Tokyo. The stock of the company was formerly listed in the first section of the Tokyo Sto ...
. The deal was completed at the end of March.


History

In March 1954, Tokuma was established as East-West Entertainment Publishing in Shimbashi 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo with a capital of 1,000,000 yen. The company took over the publishing rights for Weekly Asahi Performing Arts, a publication which dated back from January 1951. The Osaka branch office opened in the same year. In September 1958, the company’s name was changed to Asahi Performing Arts Publishing. In April 1961, Asahi Performing Arts Publishing spun off their book publishing business as Tokuma Shoten. In October 1967, Asahi Performing Arts Publishing and Tokuma Publishing merged and became known as Tokuma Shoten Company. In the same month, the monthly issue of ''Problem Novel'' was launched. In July 1978, the monthly publication Animage was launched, and in October 1980, the Tokuma Bunko brand was launched. In March 1984, the company co-produced with Hakuhodo Inc. on a project commemorating the company’s 30th Anniversary. The company also funded films by Studio Ghibli, starting with '' Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind''. In February 1988, the company released the anime series ''Legend of the Galactic Heroes'' by Yoshiki Tanaka. On April of the same year, ''
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'' was released, and in September 1988, the monthly publication ''GoodsPress'' was launched. In 1985, Tokuma Shoten began publishing '' Family Computer Magazine'', the first
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dedicated to
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, specifically
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Nintendo
's
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(Famicom)
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, later released as the
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Nintendo Entertainment System
(NES) in the West. It started out as a monthly magazine, with circulation increasing from 180,000 in July to 600,000 in December 1985. In 1986, it became a semi-monthly magazine that sold over copies per issue. It inspired imitators such as ''
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'' (''Famitsu'') in 1986 and ''
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'' in 1988. In October 1985, Tokuma Shoten published ''Super Mario Bros: The Complete Strategy Guide'', a game
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book for '' Super Mario Bros.'' It partly recycled content from ''Family Computer Magazine'', in addition to new content written by Naoto Yamamoto, who received no royalties for his work. The book sold 630,000 copies in 1985, becoming Japan's best-selling book of the year. The book went on to sell 860,000 copies by January 1986, and again became Japan's best-selling book of 1986, selling a total of copies.
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later translated it into English as '' How to win at Super Mario Bros.'' and published it in North America via the Nintendo Fun Club and early issues of ''Nintendo Power'' magazine. On 1989, Tokuma Shoten hired
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to produce the English-language version of the 1986 film '' Laputa: Castle in the Sky'' directed by
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Hayao Miyazaki
, and its 1992 English dubbing of ''
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''. In 1988, Streamline also dubbed ''My Neighbor Totoro'' and ''
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'', both dubbed under the supervision of Gregory Snegoff for Tokuma Shoten, although this collaboration was only used as in-flight films by
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who, at the time, licensed them from Tokuma Shoten. The airline showed the movies during their flights between
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Japan
and the
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United States
. In May 1994, the company launched a children’s picture and literature book as a 40th anniversary commemoration project. In August 1996,
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and Tokuma Shoten formed a partnership in which
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would be the sole international distributor for Tokuma Shoten's Studio Ghibli animated films. Since then, all three afore-mentioned films by Miyazaki at Studio Ghibli that were previously dubbed by Streamline have been re-dubbed by Disney. On June 1, 1997, Tokuma Shoten Publishing consolidated its media operations by merging Studio Ghibli, Tokuma Shoten Intermedia software and Tokuma International under one location. In February 1999, the 30th anniversary commemorative prize issue novel, was held at the 19th Japan SF award, with a presentation award ceremony of a short novel labelled as Tokuma literary award. In July 2001, ''
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'' was released. It would go on to break numerous records and became the most successful film during that era in Japanese history, grossing over worldwide. In November 2004, ''
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'' was released. Along with the movie, the original book of the same name was a success. Between 1999 and 2005, Studio Ghibli was a subsidiary brand of Tokuma Shoten, however, that partnership ended in April 2005, when Studio Ghibli was spun off from Tokuma Shoten and was re-established as an independent company with a relocated headquarters. In September 2006, the monthly publication ''Comic Ryu'' was launched. In October 2006, Weekly Asahi Performing Arts celebrated its 50th anniversary. In May 2007, the animated TV series ''Dennou coli'' was in production, and in May 2011, Rongu Blessing’s ''Long Blessed Diet'' (''Ryosuke Miki'' series) produced a cumulative total of 1.16 million views. In January 2012, the monthly publication ''Volt'' was launched, and in September 2012, ''Sweet Girly Artbook Larme'' launched. In April 2013, the TV drama ''Tokimeki Deka Tachibana'', which was based on ''Tokuma Comics Sakado'' by Sadako original, and ''Torii Tori Drawing'' was broadcast on TV Tokyo as a series. In June 2013, Tokuma Bunko’s drama ''Traffic'' by Shibata Yoshiki is broadcast on NHK. In May 2014, the company released the movie ''Wood Job! ~ Original God of Dreams'' nationwide. ''God's Honorable Emotional Daily'' by Miura Shin was also released. In July 2015, the ''Comic Ryo'' TV animated series ''Monster Musume no daily life'' was broadcast. In January 2017, Tokuma Bunko launched the drama ''Today is a good day'' by Maha Harada which was broadcast at WOWOW. In March 2017, Tokuma Shoten became a subsidiary of Culture Convenience Club through an acquisition exchange of shares. In April 2017, Comic Ruy’s original TV animated series, ''Alice and Kura Six'' by Tetsuya Imai was broadcast. In July 2017, Tokuma Bunko’s drama ''Akira and Akira'' by Ike Well Jun was broadcast at WOWOW. ''Comic Ryu''’s original TV animated series ''Centaur’s Trouble'' by Kei Murayama was broadcast.


Magazines

* *''BestGear'' *'' Chara'' *'' Chara Selection'' * *''Famimaga 64'' *''Famimaga Weekly'' *''Goods Press'' *''Hyper Hobby'' * *''Mega Drive Fan'' * * * * * *''MSX Fan'' *'' PC Engine Fan'' * * * * *


Former Magazines

* (2010 - 2020)


Movies

*'' Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'' (1984) *''
Castle in the Sky , known as simply ''Castle in the Sky'' in North America, is a 1986 Japanese animated fantasy Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral trad ...
'' (1986) *''
My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated Animation is a method in which Image, figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent cel, celluloid sheets to be photographed and e ...
'' (1988) *''
Kiki's Delivery Service is a 1989 Japanese animated film Animation is a method in which figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent celluloid sheets to be photographed and exhib ...
'' (1989) *'' Only Yesterday'' (1991) *''
Porco Rosso is a 1992 Japanese animated comedy Comedy (from the el, wikt:κωμῳδία, κωμῳδία, ''kōmōdía'') is a genre of fiction consisting of discourses or works intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in th ...
'' (1992) *''
Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese Anime, animated comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Isao Takahata, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network and Hakuhodo, and distributed by Toho. The story features ''tanuki'', or Japanese rac ...
'' (1994) *''
Whisper of the Heart is a 1995 Japanese animated Animation is a method in which Image, figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent cel, celluloid sheets to be photographed and e ...
'' (1995) *''
Princess Mononoke is a 1997 Japanese animated Animation is a method in which Image, figures are manipulated to appear as moving images. In traditional animation, images are drawn or painted by hand on transparent cel, celluloid sheets to be photographed and ...
'' (1997) *''
My Neighbors the Yamadas is a 1999 Japanese Anime, animated comedy film written and directed by Isao Takahata, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Hakuhodo and Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and distributed by Shochiku.
'' (1999) *''
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese written and directed by , animated by for , , , , , and .
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'' (2001) *''
The Cat Returns is a 2002 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiroyuki Morita, produced by Toshio Suzuki and Nozomu Takahashi, written by Reiko Yoshida, based on the manga Manga (Japanese: 漫画 ) are comics a Media (communication), med ...
'' (2002) *'' Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence'' (2004) *''
Howl's Moving Castle ''Howl's Moving Castle'' is a fantasy novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones, first published in 1986 by Greenwillow Books of New York. It was a runner-up for the annual Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and it won the Phoenix Award twenty years ...
'' (2004)


Video games published


See also

*
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References


External links


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Tokuma Japan Communications - music arm of TSPCL

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