American-Japanese Cultured Mags.

Friday, September 5, 2008 rinachan
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When I say American-Japanese, I mean, seriously, Japanese-cultured mags in America. I’ll introduce some really good ones!

Shojo Beat (under Viz Media)

On the cover, we have NANA’s Nana (Hachi) Komatsu.

Shojo Beat focuses on, well, shoujo (girls’ manga) titles. It is a line under the main branch, Viz Media, and brings shoujo titles to America for us to read. Many of their popular titles are NANA, Sand Chronicles, Vampire Knight, Honey And Clover, and Absolute Boyfriend. There are many, many other titles, and those are just a few. As of right now, Haruka, Honey And Clover, Honey Hunt, Crimson Hero, Vampire Knight, and Sand Chronicles are all serialized in the magazine. This month, there were two previews — one chapter of We Were There (Bokura ga Ita) and one chapter of Captive Hearts. I’m currently subscribed to this mag (it’s much cheaper!).

The price for the mag is $5.99 each, but if you subscribe, it’s only about $30 a year (and $2.50 an issue). It is published monthly, usually over 300 pages-filled. It includes music, letters to the mag, horoscope, fashion and tips, and any other girly thing you’d find in a shoujo mag.

Shonen Jump

The cover is, obviousl, Naruto.

Shonen Jump is also under the Viz Media label. It is an American version of Japan’s Shonen Jump Weekly. It obviously focuses on shonen (manga targeted at boys) and is probably one of the most popular manga mags of America. Some popular titles are Bleach, Naruto, YuYu Hakusho, and Hikaru no Go. They are all serialized in the magazine, along with One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and Slam Dunk. There are over 300 pages in this magazine, and sometimes, it nears or surpasses 400.

I don’t subscribe, which is silly, because I buy it every month. Included in this magazine, there are usually game cards in the trade card game section, as well as covers on games, Japanese language and culture, mangaka (manga artists) interviews, news on anime and manga, and much more. The price is the same for Shojo Beat ($5.99).

Anime Insider

That’s the guy from Final Fantasy VII.

This is, personally, one of my most favorite magazines, period. I love this magazine. Although it doesn’t have as many pages as Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump, it has plenty of content. It goes over Japanese culture completely, barely ever missing a spot. It includes tons of reviews on manga and anime, even dramas, music, language, and even places in Japan that just catch your eye. There’s a segment in every issue called JPN101, which teachers you many phrases and words. There’s even a “fan service” picture, showing a girl and a guy that you just can’t help but stare at, as well as a VS. segment, where they describe what would happen if two people, from two different series, go head to head and fight. It’s usually very funny. There’s so much more in the magazine, it’s a must-have for any anime/manga lover as well as for anyone interested in Japanese culture.

The price for this mag is $4.99. Here’s the website for you:

That’s all for now, folks. If you want to know about another other manga-themed or anime-themed magazines, here’s a list for you:

  • Newtype USA (was done after February, but there’s still backordering)
  • Otaku USA
  • PiQ (didn’t last too long, but backordering for this one too would work)
  • Protoculture Addicts
  • Naruto Collector
  • Future Anime

Thanks for reading! I hope I informed you of something new or got you into the latest and greatest!

Rina-chan, out!


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