From the current May 2017 issue released on April 10, Gakken Plus's anime magazine Animedia also has its digital edition. This is the first time for a Japanese anime magazine to have its digital edition. Hit the jump for more details.
The official blog of Shufu to Seikatsusha's monthly anime magazine PASH! confirmed yesterday that its latest December 2016 issue became almost sold out only six days after the release in Japan on November 10, so the publisher has decided to print 10,000 more copies urgently. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese publisher Gakken Plus today announced that the newest June 2016 issue of its popular anime specialized magazines for female fans, Otomedia, will get a second print run for the second time in the magazine's history. The main feature of the issue is "June Bride." Hit the jump for mored etails.
Japanese publisher Gakken Plus has announced that the latest February 2016 issues of its two popular anime specialized magazines, Animedia and Otomedia, will get a second print run for the first time in both magazines' history. It has been reported that the issues were sold out at many stores soon after they were published on January 9. Hit the jump for more details.
In Japan, major anime magazines are published on 10th of every month. Animage (Tokuma Shoten) and Animedia (Gakken), the latest February 2015 issues of the two magazines are featuring the upcoming new TV series of Gintama on their covers. Check the cover images after the jump.
Another Japanese anime magazine I bought regularly in 1980s was Fanroad published by Rapport. Fanroad was a sister magazine of Animec which was one of the oldest anime magazine. It focused more on contributions from anime/manga fans and amateur creators in Japan. Check the covers and anime/tokusatsu posters after the jump!
One of the oldest Japanese anime magazines in my bookshelves is Animage's 1979 August issue. Tokuma Shoten began publishing it in July 1978, so this was their 14th issue. It was the time before the words such as "Otaku" or "Moe" were born among the anime/manga community in Japan. Revisit the anime titles from 33 years ago after the jump!
Any anime history book mentions that 1988 was an important year by reason of the release of Katsuhiro Otomo's epoch-making film AKIRA, the highest budget anime film at the time. Many foreign people learned what "anime" was for the first time by this film in later years. Check the 1988 covers of the OUT magazine after the jump!
Probably the most featured and beloved anime character in 1987 was Elpeo Ple from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, the direct sequel to Mobile Suit Z Gundam. If memory serves me right, Ple, a 10 year old girl, was one of the earliest anime characters who was recognized and accepted openly as "loli character" by anime fans. Check the OUT's covers of 1987 after the jump.
The most featured TV anime by the OUT magazine's 1986 issues was Blue Comet SPT Layzner produced by Sunrise. Also many notable OVA (Original Video Animation) titles were produced this year such as; Project A-ko, Gall Force, Windaria, Mujigen Hunter Fandora, Megazone 23 - Part II, and MD Geist. Check the covers and posters from the mid-1980s after the jump!
Obviously, the most featured anime by the OUT magazine's 1985 issues was Mobile Suit Z Gundam, the first sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam. It became the top-rated TV series in the history of the Gundam franchise (excluding re-runs). Check the covers and illustrations from the magazines after the jump!
Here is the covers from the Japanese anime magazine OUT's 1984 issues. No doubt the most notable thing in the year was the release of the three masterpiece anime movies, "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind", "Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer", and "Macross: Do You Remember Love?". Find out the popular anime of the year after the jump.
Monthly OUT was one of the oldest anime magazines in Japan along with Animage from the late 1970s. I found some issues from 1983 to 1988 in my shelves. They are very useful material to know what kind of anime titles were popular in Japan back then. Check the covers of the 1983 issues after the jump.