|Country of origin||Japan|
|Publication types||Manga, Japanese Magazines, Japanese light novels, graphic novels|
|Fiction genres||Shōnen manga, Seinen manga|
|Official website|| gangan|
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 . 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JOKERGangan 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 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 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 (12/2004 issue)
|First issue||March 12, 1991 (April 1991)|
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.
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.
Shōnen Sunday Super is a monthly shōnen manga magazine published by Shogakukan.
|Beelzebub-jou no Oki ni Mesu mama. (ベルゼブブ嬢のお気に召すまま。)||July 2015||matoba|
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Manga and series featured:
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).
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(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, 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 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 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.
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.
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(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. The magazine was first published on December 3, 2004.
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.
Light Novels featured:
Monthly Gangan Joker(月刊ガンガンJOKERGekkan Gangan Joker) is a Japanese shōnen manga magazine that was launched by Square Enix on April 22, 2009.
Monthly Big Gangan is a seinen manga publication entry in Square Enix’s Gangan imprint.
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 .
Monthly Gangan Wing(月刊ガンガンWINGGekkan 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 .
Yuki Inoue, better known by the stage name Satsuki Yukino, is a Japanese voice actress. She was a member of Ken Production until 2016.
Higurashi: When They Cry, known simply as When They Cry for the North American release of the anime adaptation, is a Japanese murder mystery dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion. The games are built on the NScripter game engine and are playable on the Windows operating system. The first game in the series, Onikakushi-hen, was released on August 10, 2002, and the eighth and final game in the original PC series, Matsuribayashi-hen, was released on August 13, 2006. While the first four games carried the overall title Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, the next four games were produced under the title Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai. A bonus fan disc called Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei was released on December 31, 2006. In addition to the original series, new story arcs were created in manga form and in video games for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS in order to expand upon the story. The original eight PC releases were released in English by MangaGamer in 2009 and 2010. The series focuses on a group of young friends living in the rural village of Hinamizawa and the strange events that occur in 1983.
Ryukishi07 is the pen name of a Japanese man originally from Chiba Prefecture, and the original creator for the idea of the visual novel series Higurashi When They Cry and Umineko When They Cry. He is the representative member of the group 07th Expansion. His pen name originates from the Final Fantasy series, "Ryūkishi" being the Japanese term for "Dragoon", and "07" goroawase for the name of Final Fantasy V character "Lenna".
Karin Suzuragi is a female Japanese manga artist from Aichi, Japan. She is employed with Square Enix, working mainly as a manga artist for video games that are adapted into manga, such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
Jirō Suzuki is a Japanese manga artist. She is the writer and illustrator of the manga MAGiMAGi, and has provided illustrations for the manga adaptations of the Tatarigoroshi-hen chapter in Higurashi When They Cry and the Turn of the Golden Witch chapter in Umineko no Naku Koro ni. She is also one of the character designers for the 07th Expansion game Rose Guns Days, designing several characters including the main character Leo Shishigami.
Mayumi Azuma is a female Japanese manga artist who is the creator of the now completed manga Elemental Gelade, which finished with eighteen volumes and was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series, and its ongoing spinoff manga Elemental Gelade: Flag of Blue Sky. She is also recognized for creating the manga adaptation of the video game Star Ocean: The Second Story.
Umineko: When They Cry is a Japanese dōjin soft visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion. The first game in the series, Legend of the Golden Witch, was first released at Comiket 72 on August 17, 2007 playable on Windows; the game sold out in thirty minutes. The story focuses on a group of eighteen people on a secluded island for a period of two days, and the mysterious murders that befall them. Readers are challenged to discern whether the murders were committed by a human or of some other supernatural source, as well as the method and motive behind them. Umineko is the third title in the When They Cry series, preceded by Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, and followed by Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru.
Cocoa Fujiwara was a Japanese manga artist and illustrator from Fukuoka Prefecture. Her debut was with a work called Calling, which she made when she was only fifteen. She chose not to go to high school so that she could draw manga. Fujiwara was a fan of RPGs such as Final Fantasy, which shows in her works. She was also good friends of Jun Mochizuki and Yana Toboso.
Eita Mizuno is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator, best known for drawing the Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning series.
Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni, subtitled The Unforgiving Flowers Blossom in the Dead of Night, is a Japanese manga written by Ryukishi07 of 07th Expansion and illustrated by Ichirō Tsunohazu. It was serialized between the May 2010 and November 2012 issues of Fujimi Shobo's Monthly Dragon Age magazine. 07th Expansion adapted the manga into a dōjin visual novel series, with the first game released on August 13, 2011 at Comiket 80 and the second on December 31, 2011 at Comiket 81.
Rose Guns Days is a four-part Japanese dōjin visual novel series produced by 07th Expansion and playable on Windows PCs. The first game in the series, Season 1, was released on August 11, 2012, and the fourth game, Last Season, was released on December 31, 2013. There have been six manga adaptations based on Rose Guns Days published by Kodansha and Square Enix.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is an ongoing Japanese four-panel romantic comedy manga written and illustrated by Izumi Tsubaki. It's chapters are serialized online in Gangan Online, and have been published in both physical and digital releases of Shoujo Romance Girly and tankōbon volumes by Square Enix. An anime television series adaptation by Doga Kobo aired in July 2014.
Ciconia When They Cry is a visual novel video game in development by 07th Expansion. It is the fifth entry in the When They Cry series, following the Higurashi and Umineko games, and follows people trying to prevent the outbreak of World War IV.
Val × Love is a Japanese manga series by Ryousuke Asakura. It has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan since December 2015. It has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press. An anime television series adaptation has been announced.