List of manga magazines published outside of Japan

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The following is a list of notable manga magazines that were, and are published outside Japan. Not all magazines abroad published their own manga or had the rights to serialize manga originally published in Japan. To qualify for this list, the magazine has to have serialized manga included, or have a section discussing manga. Manga discussion can either be through reviews, or upcoming manga release info in detail. All magazine titles are written the same way in English, unless otherwise noted.

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Name Language Country First published Last published Frequency Publisher Description
(A-CLUB 動畫俱樂部)
Traditional Chinese China 1986[1] 2001[1] Bi-weekly Lam Caa-lei group A-CLUB was a magazine that was published in Hong Kong until 2001. Its main topic included Japanese anime, manga and the Japanese video game industry.[1]
Action Hiken Brazilian Portuguese Brazil 2015[2] Monthly Estúdio Armon A monthly anthology to reveal new talent in the national market[3], this magazine is very similar to Weekly Shōnen Jump, as it features the Table of Contest system and releases print for popular works. Your popular series is Age of Guardian, Oxente and others.
AmeriManga English Canada
United States
2002[4] 2003[5] Monthly Studio Ironcat Published by Studio Ironcat, Amerimanga was a short lived magazine that focused on original English-language manga.[4]
AnimaniA German Germany 1994[6][7]   Bi-Monthly Animagine GmbH Germany's oldest manga magazine, AnimaniA has been in publication for over 20 years. The magazine talks about the industry in general which also includes anime/pop culture.[8]
Anime Finnish Finland 2005[9] 2017 Semi-quarterly H-Town Oy This magazine focused on mainly anime, but also had info on manga, and pop culture.[10][9]
Anime Insider English Canada
United States
2001[11] 2009[11] Monthly Wizard Entertainment Published by Wizard, this magazine mainly focused on Anime, but had upcoming manga release info as well as talk about Japanese culture. Publication ceased on March 26, 2009 with staff layoffs.[11]
Anime UK English United Kingdom 1991[12] 1996[12] Monthly Ashdown Publishing Anime UK was a magazine that was published in the early/mid 1990s that focused on Japanese animation/culture. Notable people who worked for the magazine include Jonathan Clements, James Swallow, and Helen McCarthy.[13][14]
Animerica English Canada
United States
1992 2005[15] Monthly Viz Media Animerica was a popular magazine that focused on anime and manga titles, as well as related works.[16]
Animerica Extra English Canada
United States
1998 2004 Monthly Viz Media This magazine was a complement to its monthly review magazine Animerica. The target audience was intended to be for young females. Serialized titles include; Banana Fish, Marionette Generation, and Video Girl Ai among others.
Aniway[17] Dutch Netherlands
1999   Quarterly Aniway Foundation This ongoing magazine focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture in general.
Arigato Magazine Polish Poland 2008   Quarterly Studio Lain Arigato talks about the latest anime & manga releases to come out of Japan.[18]
Banzai! German Germany 2001 2005 Monthly Carlsen Verlag Banzai! was the German adaptation of the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump. The magazine serialized manga titles from WSJ, as well as some original German manga-influenced comics.[19]
Be x Boy[20] French France 2009 2012 Bi-Monthly Asuka Be x Boy was a magazine that was a French adaptation of its Japanese counterpart.
B's LOG[21] Spanish Spain 2009 2011 Monthly Planeta DeAgostini Published for two years, B's LOG focused on manga releases, and Japanese pop culture.
Co-co! Magazine[22] Chinese China 1997   Weekly Rightman Publishing "Co-co!" is a magazine that has been published in China for almost 20 years. It includes its own Chinese-influenced comics.
Comic Champ
Korean South Korea 1991   Bi-weekly Daewon C.I. Comic Champ specializes in serializations of domestic Korean and imported Japanese comics. Titles serialized in Comic Champ are collected into volumes and published under the Champ Comics imprint.[23]
Daisuki German Germany 2003[24] 2012[25] Monthly Carlsen Verlag This magazine was a German manga anthology for girls, publication lasted until May, 2012 with the final issue.[26][25]
Hanalala Indonesian Indonesia 2006 2010[27] Monthly Elex Media Komputindo Hanalala was the Indonesian version of the manga magazines Hana to Yume, and LaLa. Its target was a young female readership.
Kawaii[28] Polish Poland 1997 2005[29] Monthly The Future Network Kawaii was a Polish magazine that had manga reviews, as well as info on Japanese culture. The magazine was suspended in 2005 due to poor sales.[29]
Kids Zone[30] German Germany 2000 2011 Monthly Computec Media Kids Zone dealt with anime, manga, and trading cards for children.
Kiseki [31] English Australia 2009 2012 Bi-Monthly Independent In addition to reviews, Kiseki also serialized several different dōjinshi series including Death & Fairy, and Just in Time!.[32]
Kreko Komik Remaja Bahasa Malaysia Malaysia 2001 Jul 21st, 2019[33] Irregular Comics Media Kreko Komik Remaja or Kreko is a Malaysian magazine published every ten days, readership is mostly male which makes up 80%.[34]
Koneko[35] German Germany 2004   Bi-Monthly Raptor Publishing Published Bi-monthly, Koneko talks about Japanese pop culture, and has news about the newest anime & manga series that come out from Japan.[36][6]
Lazer Spanish Argentina 2008 2009[37] Irregular Editorial Ivrea Lazer was a magazine that specialized in anime, comics, manga, series and other media. It ceased publication in 2009 due to copyright issues.[37]
Manga Artist English United Kingdom 2014   Annually Future plc This magazine mainly has art tops for manga artists, but also discusses the manga industry.[38]
Manga Mover English United Kingdom 2004 2004 Published once Diamond Distributors This magazine was only published once, it featured works from "upcoming" manga artists from Japan.[39][40]
English Canada
United States
1990[41] 1997[41] Monthly Mangajin Mangajin was a magazine for students of Japanese language and culture. The magazine also featured manga such as What's Michael?.[41]
Mangaphile English Canada
United States
1999 2004 Quarterly Radio Comix Mangaphile published Amerimanga, and featured reviews with artists such as Adam Warren, Fred Perry, and Kenichi Sonoda. Publication ended in July, 2004.[42][43]
Manga Twister German Germany 2003 2006 Bi-Monthly Egmont Manga and Anime Manga Twister ran mainly Shōjo, and Shōnen titles that were adapted for a Germen audience.[44]
Mangazine (English) English Canada
United States
1985 2005 Monthly Antarctic Press Mangazine was a long running magazine that was published by Antarctic Press. Its focus was American manga compilations (Amerimanga).[45]
Mangazine (Italian) Italian Italy 1989 1995 Monthly Granata Press Mangazine is also the name of an Italian magazine that was published mainly in the early 1990s. The magazine featured information about manga, and related Japanese culture.[46]
MyM English United Kingdom 2012[47] 2018 Monthly MCM Expo Group This magazine originally focused on various aspects of Japanese pop culture including manga, but has since become a full entertainment magazine.[48]
Nakayoshi Gress Indonesian Indonesia 2004 2017 Monthly Elex Media Komputindo Nakayoshi Gress was an Indonesian adaptation of the shōjo magazine Nakayoshi.
Neo English United Kingdom 2004   Monthly Uncooked Media Neo focuses on anime, and manga which its staff gives reviews on. Also included are Japanese pop culture updates.
Newtype Korea
Korean South Korea 1999 2014[49] Monthly Daewon C.I. Newtype Korea was a Korean adaptation of the magazine Newtype with added emphasis on domestic Korean animation projects.[50]
Newtype USA English United States 2002 2008 Monthly A.D. Vision Newtype USA was an English adaptation of the magazine Newtype which features anime, and manga reviews.
Otaku Polish Poland 2006   Monthly Studio JG This magazine talks about anime & manga series, it came into existence after the collapse of the manga magazine Kawaii.[51][52]
Otaku USA English Canada
United States
2007[53]   Bi-monthly Sovereign Media Otaku USA first started in 2007, and focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Notable reviewers include; Jason Thompson, and Shaenon K. Garrity.[53]
OzTAKU English Australia 2004[54] 2007 Unknown Independent OzTAKU was an anthology magazine that published Dōjinshi. Artists included Ian C. Thomas among others.[55]
PiQ English United States 2008[56] 2008[57] Monthly A.D. Vision PiQ was a magazine that was a replacement for NewtypeUSA that had ceased publication.[56][58] After only 4 issues though PiQ itself folded with a final issue in July, 2008.[57]
Play (US magazine) English United States 2001 2010 Monthly Fusion Publishing Play was a U.S.-based magazine that focused on video games, manga and anime, and other media such as film and television, comics, music.
Protoculture Addicts English Canada
United States
1987[59] 2008[59] Irregular Protoculture Inc. Protoculture Addicts was a Canadian-based anime and manga themed magazine. It was later acquired by Anime News Network, but eventually ceased publication in 2008.[60][61][59]
Pulp English Canada
United States
1997[62] 2002[62] Monthly Viz Media Pulp was a monthly manga anthology that was marketed at adults rather than teenage readers. Some of titles serialized in the magazine included: Uzumaki, Banana Fish, and Dance Till Tomorrow.[62]
Raijin Comics English Canada
United States
2002[63] 2004[64] Monthly Gutsoon! Entertainment Rajin published, and imprinted several titles that included Bomber Girl, and Fist of the North Star before going on hiatus in 2004. The magazine is considered defunct after losing its website domain.[64][65]
Shojo Beat English Canada
United States
2005[66] 2009[67] Monthly Viz Media Shojo Beat serialized several different Shōjo manga series in English before ceasing publication in July 2009. Viz stated that the "difficult economic climate" was behind the cancellation.[66][67][68]
Shonen Jump English Canada
United States
2002[69] 2012[70] Monthly Viz Media Various English language Shōnen manga series were serialized in Shonen Jump. The magazine was discontinued in 2012 when it went digital under the name Weekly Shonen Jump.[70][71]
Shonen Jump (Norwegian) Norwegian Norway 2005 2007 Monthly Schibsted Förlag AB This was a Norwegian language edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump. Two short imprints were published which were titled "En Bok Fra Shonen Jump", and "Dragon Ball Ekstra" (Dragon Ball Extra).[72] A film comic was also released under the "TV Anime Comic" imprint.[73]
Shonen Jump (Swedish) Swedish Sweden 2005 2007[74] Monthly Bonnier Carlsen This was a Swedish language edition of Weekly Shōnen Jump. The magazine included chapters from various Weekly Shōnen Jump titles before being discontinued in 2007.[74]
Saturday AM English United States 2013 Irregular Whyt Manga Saturday AM is a growing American publication magazine that releases titles such as Apple Black, Bully Eater, and Crunch Time.
Shonen Magz Indonesian Indonesia 2004 2013 Monthly Elex Media Komputindo Shonen Magz was the Indonesian version of the Japanese Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Various Shōnen manga titles were published before it was cancelled in July 2013.
Shonen Star Indonesian Indonesia 2005 2013 Semi-Monthly Elex Media Komputindo Shōnen Star was the Indonesian version of Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The magazine published titles such as Kurozakuro, Robot Boys, My Wing, and Midori's Days before being cancelled in November 2013.
Smile English Canada
United States
1998[75] 2002 Monthly Tokyopop Smile was a magazine aimed at a young female readership. Titles serialized in the magazine included Sailor Moon, and Peach Girl.[75]
Starz (magazine) Malaysian Malaysia 2004 2008 Semi-monthly Art Square Group Starz contained articles that were about the latest anime, manga, and anime-related things such as DVDs, OSTs, and toys. Serialized series included Helios Eclipse, and Fatal Chaos.[76]
Super Manga Blast! English Canada
United States
2000[77] 2005[78] Weekly Dark Horse Comics Super Manga Blast! was a manga anthology that ran for 59 issues before being discontinued.[78]
(formerly MixxZine)
English Canada
United States
1997[79] 2000[79] Monthly Tokyopop MixxZine originally started as a magazine aimed towards a young female readership before changing its name to Tokyopop, and switching to more information on Asian culture. The magazine published several manga series in English including Sailor Moon, and Magic Knight Rayearth.[80]
Weekly Comic
Mandarin Malaysia 1991   Weekly Comics Media Weekly Comic is a weekly manga magazine based in Malaysia that serializes manga that was originally published in Japan. The magazine is aimed at Chinese readership.[81][82]
Weekly Passion Times
Chinese China 2013   Weekly Passion Times This magazine is used by Hong Kong-based manga creators as a platform to release their works. In 2014, the magazine was forced to apologize after publishing content that was deemed as obscene in China.[83]
Weekly Shonen Jump
(formerly Weekly Shõnen Jump Alpha)
English Canada
United States
2012[84] 2018[85]; Weekly Viz Media Weekly Shonen Jump was a digital magazine that serialized English language adaptations of manga originally published in Japan.[84] The magazine published its final digital magazine issue and launched the SHONEN JUMP digital vault membership on December 10, 2018. Following the succession, a global version of Shonen Jump+ launched on January 28, 2019 called MANGA Plus by Shueisha.[86]
Xuan Xuan English Australia 2003 2006 Tri-annual Independent Xuan Xuan was a magazine that was a collection of short serialized manga produced by amateur Australian writers and artists. (Dōjinshi)[87]
Yen Plus English Canada
United States
2008[88] 2013[89] Monthly Yen Press Yen Plus was a magazine that ran several different manga series before ending in December, 2013.[89]

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