According to a survey conducted by Oricon, Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump is the favorite manga magazine among Japanese female readers (the survey was conducted among 2,933 young Japanese female readers). Shueisha's shoujo manga magazine Monthly Cookie came in second, followed by Margaret and Hana to Yume.

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topIn response to an article claiming weekly manga magazines is becoming more and more expensive, the Japanese blog "Justification of Information, Print Media or Story Addiction" recently published an article analyzing the price of weekly manga magazines in the last 30 years, and concludes that the price of weekly manga magazines have remained stagnant for the past 30 years.

Weekly Manga Magazines Price Remains Stagnant for the Last 30 Years
- That means the "price per page" rate of weekly manga magazines has remained the same for the past 30 years.

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According to this AoD post, the latest issue of Faust, a literary magazine published by Kodansha, came with an announcement that "volume seven will be out this summer...And the American edition will start in Spring 08."

Source: AoD

topThe May issue of Monthly Shonen Jump came with a letter from its Editorial Department that talks about the suspension of Monthly Jump, and what will happen to its current serializations.

According to the letter, Norihiro Yagi's Claymore will be temporarily serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump; however, new chapters will still come out only once a month. A new manga magazine will be launched later this fall. The new magazine will continue the serialization of a majority of the Monthly Jump series, including Claymore. Below is a translation of the letter:

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Two new light novel imprints were launched by Gakushuu Kenkyusha and Frontier Works in March:

- Moegi Bunko Purely [shoujo]
A new shoujo novel label that will cover "BL system" novels and "Otome system" novels.

Frontier Works:
- Filia Bunko [shoujo]

Kyoto Animation has launched a new web magazine called Kyo Ani Bon. According to Kyoto Animation, instead of serializing new manga series, Kyo Ani Bon will serialize 10 promising works that have the potential to be adapted into anime; however, the work to be adapted into an anime will be chosen by the magazine's readers.

Source: animeOnline

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Morning, Kodansha has released a new comic magazine titled Mandala. An "unprecedented" international manga magazine, Mandala contains 15 works by artists from 6 different countries: France, Italy, China, Korea, Singapore and Japan. According to Kodansha:

We will provide color illustrations by elite artist in their full glory, let the "Manga World Cup" begin in this magazine. The future of manga starts from here!

Works featured in Mandala include:

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Houbunsha has opened the official website of its new manga magazine Comic Yell! at According to the website, Comic Yell! is "a Shoujo manga magazine for boys," which, as many fans have pointed out online, is quite similar to Futabasha's Comic High!.

From MangaCast comes an article titled "Manga Magazines in Indonesia," which takes an in-depth look at the history of manga magazines in Indonesia, as well has descriptions of the various magazines and their respective publishers.

Houbunsha has launched a new light novel label titled Houbunsha KR Bunko (?????????KR??????). Works published under this label will be novel adaptations of 4-panel manga serialized in Houbunsha's 4-panel manga magazines.

The first 4-panel manga to be adapted to a light novel and published under the Houbunsha KR will be Ume Aoki's Hidamari Sketch.