Kodansha Ltd. (株式会社講談社, Kabushiki-gaisha Kōdansha) is a
Japanese publishing company headquartered in Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan.
Kodansha is the largest Japanese publishing company, and it produces
the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen
Magazine, as well as more literary magazines such as Gunzō, Shūkan
Gendai, and the
Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. The company has
its headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo.
Kodansha was founded by Seiji
Noma in 1909, and members of his family continue as its owners.
2 Relationships with other organizations
4 List of magazines published by Kodansha
4.1.1 Male oriented manga magazines
4.1.2 Female oriented manga magazines
4.2 Literary magazines
5 See also
7 External links
The exterior of Kodansha's main headquarters in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan
Seiji Noma founded
Kodansha in 1909 as a spin-off of the Dai-Nippon
Japan Oratorical Society) and produced the literary
magazine Yūben as its first publication. The name
from "Kōdan Club," a now defunct magazine published by the company)
originated in 1911 when the publisher formally merged with the
Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai. The company has used its current legal name
since 1958. It uses the motto omoshirokute, tame ni naru
(面白くて、ためになる, To be interesting and beneficial).
Kodansha Limited owns the Otowa Group, which manages subsidiary
companies such as King Records (official name: King Record Co., Ltd.)
and Kobunsha, and publishes Nikkan Gendai, a daily tabloid. It also
has close ties with The Walt Disney Company, and officially sponsors
Kodansha is the largest publisher in Japan. Revenues dropped due to
the 2002 recession in
Japan and an accompanying downturn in the
publishing industry: the company posted a loss in the 2002 financial
year for the first time since the end of World War II. (The
second-largest publisher, Shogakukan, has done relatively better. In
the 2003 financial year,
Kodansha had revenues of ¥167 billion, as
compared to ¥150 billion for Shogakukan. Kodansha, at its peak, led
Shogakukan by over ¥50 billion in revenue.)
Kodansha sponsors the prestigious
Manga Award, which has run
since 1977 (and since 1960 under other names).
Kodansha's headquarters in
Tokyo once housed Noma Dōjō, a kendo
practice-hall established by Seiji Noma in 1925. The hall was
demolished in November 2007, however, and replaced with a dōjō in a
new building nearby.
The company announced that it was closing its English-language
Kodansha International, at the end of April 2011.
Their American publishing house,
Kodansha USA, will remain in
Kodansha USA began issuing new publications under the head
administrator of the international branch Kentaro Tsugumi, starting in
September 2012 with a hardcover release of The Spirit of Aikido.
Kodansha USA's older titles have been reprinted. According to
Daniel Mani of
Kodansha USA, Inc., "Though we did stopped [sic]
publishing new books for about a year starting from late 2011, we did
continue to sell most of our older title throughout that period (so
Kodansha USA never actually closed)."
Relationships with other organizations
Kodansha company holds ownership in various broadcasting companies
in Japan. It also holds shares in Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, along
with Kobunsha. In the 2005 takeover-war for Nippon Broadcasting System
Livedoor and Fuji TV,
Kodansha supported Fuji TV by selling
its stock to Fuji TV.
Kodansha has a somewhat complicated relationship with Nippon Hoso
Kyokai (NHK), Japan's public broadcaster. Many of the manga and novels
Kodansha have spawned anime adaptations. Animation such
Cardcaptor Sakura aired in NHK's Eisei Anime Gekijō time-slot, and
Kodansha published a companion-magazine to the NHK children's show
Okāsan to Issho. The two companies often clash editorially, however.
The October 2000 issue of Gendai accused NHK of staging footage used
in a news report in 1997 on dynamite fishing in Indonesia. NHK sued
Kodansha in the
Tokyo District Court, which ordered
publish a retraction and to pay ¥4 million in damages. Kodansha
appealed the decision, and reached a settlement where it had to issue
only a partial retraction, and to pay no damages. Gendai's sister
magazine Shūkan Gendai nonetheless published an article which probed
further into the staged-footage controversy which has dogged NHK.
Special Prize, 1994.
List of magazines published by Kodansha
This is a list of the manga magazines published by
to their 2012 Company Profile (page 4).
Male oriented manga magazines
Kodomo (Children's) manga magazines
Comic Bom Bom
Comic Bom Bom (1981-2007) (discontinued)
Shōnen manga magazines
Magazine (Since 1959)
Magazine (Since 1975)
Shōnen Sirius (Monthly) (Since 2005)
Magazine (Monthly) (Since 2009)
Magazine Wonder (????-????)
Manga Shōnen (1947-1955)
Magazine (1964-1974) (After a suspension, changed
name to "Monthly Shōnen Magazine" in 1975)
Special (Monthly) (1983-2017)
Monthly Shōnen Rival
Monthly Shōnen Rival (2008-2014)
Seinen manga magazines
Magazine (Since 1980)
Magazine (Since ????)
Morning (Weekly) (Since 1982) (Originally called "Comic Morning")
Morning 2 (Monthly) (Since 2006)
Afternoon (Monthly) (Since 1986)
Good! Afternoon (Monthly) (Since 2012), (Bi-monthly) (From 2008-2012)
Evening (Bi-weekly) (Since 2001)
Magazine Z (1999-2009)
Magazine Uppers (1998-2004)
Female oriented manga magazines
Shōjo manga magazines
Nakayoshi (Monthly) (Since 1954)
Bessatsu Friend (Monthly) (Since 1965)
Betsufure (Quarterly) (Since ????)
Dessert (Monthly) (Since 1996)
Aria (Monthly) (Since 2010)
Nakayoshi Lovely (5 issues per year) (Since ????)
The Dessert (Monthly) (Since ????)
Shōjo Club (????-????)
Shōjo Friend (1962-1996)
Josei manga magazines
Be Love (Bi-weekly) (Since 1980) (Originally called “Be in Love”)
Kiss (Bi-weekly) (Since 1992)
Kiss Plus (Bi-monthly) (Since ????)
ITAN (Quarterly) (Since 2010)
Gunzo, monthly literary magazine
Mephisto, tri-annual literary magazine focusing on mystery and
Anime and manga portal
Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial House
Kodansha Noma Memorial Museum
^ "Company Overview Archived 2011-04-26 at the Wayback Machine.."
Kodansha. Retrieved on April 5, 2011. "Address: 12-21, Otowa 2-chome,
Tokyo 112-8001, Japan"
^ Kamiya, Setsuko and Mizuho Aoki, "
Kodansha International to close
Japan Times, 4 March 2011, p. 1.
^ Kisshomaru Ueshiba "",
Kodansha USA, Inc.,Sept. 4, 2012.
^ "NHK インドネシア「爆弾漁法」". Engei.s17.xrea.com.
Special Prize, 1994
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kodansha.
Kodansha Official Japanese website (in Japanese)
Kodansha Official English Website
Kodansha USA Official Website
Kodansha USA Official Website
Kodansha manga magazines
Comic BomBom (defunct)
Shōjo Club (defunct)
Shōjo Friend (defunct)
Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Monthly Shōnen Sirius
Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Monthly Shōnen Rival
Monthly Shōnen Rival (defunct)
Shōnen Club (defunct)
Monthly Young Magazine
Weekly Young Magazine
Magazine Z (defunct)
Magazine Uppers (defunct)
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