Gangan Comics

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Gangan Comics
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Parent company
Founded1991;28 years ago (1991)
Country of origin Japan
Headquarters locationJapan
Publication types Manga, Japanese Magazines, Japanese light novels, graphic novels
Fiction genres Shōnen manga, Seinen manga
Official website

Gangan(ガンガン,Gangan) is a manga imprint of Square Enix Holdings. It originated as a manga imprint for Enix before the company re-branded as Square Enix. It publishes manga in several magazines aimed at different reader demographic groups in the Japanese market. Its magazines are home to some popular manga series which were adapted into anime series, like Fullmetal Alchemist , Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit , Nabari no Ou , Inu x Boku SS , and Soul Eater . [1] The comics are later collected in paperback volumes under brand names such as Gangan Comics(ガンガンコミックス,Gangan Komikkusu), Gangan Comics Joker(ガンガンコミックスJOKER,Gangan Komikkusu Jōkā) and Young Gangan Comics(ヤングガンガンコミックス,Yangu Gangan Komikkusu), which identify the magazine of serialisation. These paperback brand names are formed by deleting any Gekkan(月刊, monthly publication) or Shōnen(少年, boy) in the magazine name and inserting Comics(コミックス,Komikkusu) directly after the word "Gangan".

Manga Comics or graphic novels created in Japan

Manga are comics or graphic novels created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.

An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which it publishes a work. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints, often using the different names as brands to market works to various demographic consumer segments.

Enix Japanese video game publisher

Enix Corporation was a Japanese video game publisher that produced video games, anime and manga. Enix is known for publishing the Dragon Quest series of role-playing video games.



Monthly Shōnen Gangan (since 1991)

Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Monthly Shōnen Gangan (12/2004 issue)
Categories Shōnen manga [2]
First issueMarch 12, 1991 (April 1991)
Language Japanese

Monthly Shōnen Gangan(月刊少年ガンガン,Gekkan Shōnen Gangan) is a monthly manga magazine that regularly has over 600 pages. Shōnen Gangan was launched by Enix (now Square Enix) in 1991, to compete with other magazines such as Monthly Shōnen Magazine , Monthly Shōnen Jump and Shōnen Sunday Super , and is targeted toward the same young, male demographic ("Shōnen" means young man). It features manga with lots of action and adventure; science fiction and fantasy elements in the stories are very common. Square Enix also publishes the related Gangan YG and Monthly Gangan Wing .

Monthly Shōnen Magazine is a japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha. Originally, in 1964 it was launched under the name Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine (別冊少年マガジン). In 1969 it was retitled as Monthly Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine (月刊別冊少年マガジン) and its publication frequency increased from quarterly to monthly. After suspension in 1974 it started publishing again, in 1975 it was renamed as current magazine title.

<i>Monthly Shōnen Jump</i> magazine

Monthly Shōnen Jump is a now defunct monthly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shueisha from 1970 to 2007 under the Jump line of magazines. It was the sister magazine to Weekly Shōnen Jump.

<i>Shōnen Sunday Super</i> Japanese manga magazine

Shōnen Sunday Super is a monthly shōnen manga magazine published by Shogakukan.


MangaFirst IssueAuthor
Beelzebub-jou no Oki ni Mesu mama. (ベルゼブブ嬢のお気に召すまま。)July 2015matoba
Chichi to Ko(ちちとこ)April 2013Uchiko
Eiyuu Kyoushitsu(英雄教室)September 2016Shin Araki, Koara Kishida
Elf to Shuryoushi no Item Koubou(エルフと狩猟士のアイテム工房)March 2018Umetaro Aoi
Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger(ファイナルファンタジー ロスト・ストレンジャー)July 2017Hazuki Minase, Itsuki Kameya
Futoku no Guild(不徳のギルド)June 2017Taichi Kawazoe
Happy End.(はっぴぃエンド。)April 2017Imari Arita
Ikitemasu ka? Honda-kun(生きてますか?本田くん)July 2016Yoshiki Tonogai
Val × Love (戦×恋(ヴァルラヴ))December 2015Ryosuke Asakura
Isekai de Saikyou no Tsue ni Tensei shita Ore ga Iyagaru Shoujo wo Muriyari Mahou Shoujo ni P suru!(異世界で最強の杖に転生した俺が嫌がる少女をムリヤリ魔法少女にPする!)March 2017Tsutsushi Sakurai, Daisuke Takashima
Kurenai Ouji(紅心王子)April 2007Souta Kuwahara
Majo no Geboku to Maou no Tsuno(魔女の下僕と魔王のツノ)April 2014Mochi
Munou na Nana(無能なナナ)May 2016Looseboy, Iori Furuya
Nagasarete Airantō (ながされて藍蘭島)January 2002Takeshi Fujishiro
Ore no Kanojo ni Nanika Youkai(俺の彼女に何かようかい)September 2011Karino Takatsu
Tenchuu x Shinkyoku <Ai x Uta>(天誅×神曲《アイウタ》)May 2016Morohe Yoshida
Toaru Majutsu no Index (とある魔術の禁書目録)April 2007 Kazuma Kamachi, Chuya Kogino
Umeidou Hiyo to Dannasama no Yabou(梅衣堂ひよと旦那様の野望)February 2016Shiwo Komeyama
Ura Sekai Picnic(裏世界ピクニック)February 2018Iori Miyazawa, Eita Mizuno

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<i>O-Parts Hunter</i> manga written by Seishi Kishimoto

O-Parts Hunter, known as 666 Satan in Japan, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Seishi Kishimoto. It was originally published by Enix, who later became Square Enix, in their Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine from 2001 and 2007, with the chapters collected into 19 tankōbon volumes. The series draws heavily from Kabbalistic traditions and Judeo-Christian demonology for its plot, and less so on Japanese folklore. 666 Satan has been released internationally in Spain, France, Italy and North America, although, Viz Media changed the title to O-Parts Hunter in the latter.

Seishi Kishimoto is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for 666 Satan, which was serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from 2001 to 2007 and licensed by Viz Media in North America as O-Parts Hunter. He has since completed four more manga series, Blazer Drive (2008–2011), Kurenai no Ōkami to Ashikase no Hitsuji (2011–2013), Sukedachi 09 (2014–2016), and Mad Chimera World (2017–2019).

<i>B. Ichi</i> manga

B. Ichi is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo and serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan in 2001–2002. Set in the city of Toykyo, the series focuses on humans known as "Dokeshi", whose abilities to use more than 50% of their brain power allows them to unleash special powers, provided they meet one unique condition each day. For the Dokeshi Shotaro, his condition requires that he do one good deed daily to gain the powers of any animal by biting its bones. After Shotaro meets the traveler Mana, they begin a partnership of journey in the name of justice!

Monthly GFantasy (since 1993)

Monthly GFantasy(月刊Gファンタジー,Gekkan Jī Fantajī), also known as Gangan Fantasy, is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The manga tend to be set in a fantasy setting with large amounts of supernatural themes and a fair amount of action and/or horror scenes.

Shōnen manga manga marketed to a male audience aged roughly 13 and up

Shōnen, shonen, or shounen manga is manga aimed at a young teen male target-demographic. The age group varies with individual readers and different magazines, but it is primarily intended for boys between the ages of 12 to 18. The kanji characters (少年) literally mean "boy", and the characters (漫画) means "comic". Thus, the complete phrase means "young person's comic", or simply "boys' comic"; its female equivalent is shōjo manga. Shōnen manga is the most popular form of manga.

Square Enix Japanese video game company

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling 144 million, the Dragon Quest franchise selling 78 million and the Kingdom Hearts franchise selling 30 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.

Fantasy literature literary genre

Fantasy literature is literature set in an imaginary universe, often but not always without any locations, events, or people from the real world. Magic, the supernatural and magical creatures are common in many of these imaginary worlds. It is a story that children and adults can read.

Manga featured:

<i>Aoharu × Machinegun</i> Japanese manga series

Aoharu × Machinegun is a Japanese manga series by NAOE, serialized in Gangan Comics' shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy since January 2013 and collected in sixteen tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation was announced and aired from July 3 to September 18, 2015.

<i>Black Butler</i> fantasy manga series directed by Toshiya Shinohara

Black Butler is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. Since its debut on September 16, 2006, it has been serialized in Gangan Comics' shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy. The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, a thirteen-year-old boy head of the Phantomhive household, an aristocratic family known as the Queen's Guarddog. He is tasked with solving crimes in London's underworld. Ciel has formed a contract with Sebastian Michaelis to seek revenge against those who tortured him and murdered his parents. Sebastian is a demon who has taken on the disguise of a butler, and in exchange for his services, he will be allowed to consume Ciel's soul. The series has been licensed by Yen Press in North America and published in Yen Press' August 2009 issue for the magazine's first anniversary.

Yana Toboso is a Japanese manga artist born in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan and currently resides in Yokohama. She has also written under the pen name Yanao Rock. She has published BL works in the past.

Young Gangan (since 2004)

Young Gangan(ヤングガンガン,Yangu Gangan) is a Japanese seinen manga magazine published by Square Enix twice a month, on the first and third Friday. [3] The magazine was first published on December 3, 2004.

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Gangan Online (since 2008)

Gangan Online(ガンガンオンライン,Gangan Onrain) is a free manga and light novel web magazine and smartphone app published and updated by Square Enix. The online web magazine was activated on October 2, 2008.

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Gangan Joker (since 2009)

Monthly Gangan Joker(月刊ガンガンJOKER,Gekkan Gangan Joker) is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine that was launched by Square Enix on April 22, 2009.

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Monthly Big Gangan (since 2010)

Monthly Big Gangan is a seinen manga publication entry in Square Enix’s Gangan imprint.

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Discontinued magazines

Gangan Powered (2001 – 2009)

Gangan Powered(ガンガンパワード,Gangan Pawādo) was a Japanese shōnen/seinen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The last release of the magazine was with the April 2009 issue sold on February 21, 2009, and it was subsequently replaced by Gangan Joker . [4]

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Monthly Gangan Wing (1996 – 2009)

Monthly Gangan Wing(月刊ガンガンWING,Gekkan Gangan Wing) was a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Square Enix. The last release of the magazine was with the May 2009 issue sold on March 21, 2009, and it was subsequently replaced by Gangan Joker . [4]

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