"Shōnen Sunday" redirects here. For other uses, see Shōnen Sunday (disambiguation).

Weekly Shōnen Sunday (週刊少年サンデー Shūkan Shōnen Sandē?) is a weekly shōnen manga magazine published in Japan by Shogakukan.


Shōnen Sunday was first published on Tuesday, March 17, 1959, the same day as its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.

Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday is published on Wednesdays of each week. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.


Weekly Shōnen Sunday's mascot, Issue 1991-#37

Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.

Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran mangaka which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.

In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue[1] on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.[2]

Currently running manga-series

Series Title Author Premiered
Arago -London Shikei Tokushu Hanzai Sousakan- (アラゴ -ロンドン市警特殊犯罪捜査官-?) Takahiro Arai
Arata Kangatari ~Engaku Kougatari~ (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜?) Yuu Watase
Defense Devil (ディフェンスデビル?) Youn In-wan, Yang Kyung-il
Dennō Yūki Club (電脳遊戯クラブ?) Shin Ogasawara
Gekkō Jōrei (月光条例?) Kazuhiro Fujita
Hajimete no Aku (はじめてのあく?) Shun Fujiki
Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!?) Kenjiro Hata
Kaitai Shinsho Ø (怪体真書Ø?) Chiyo Kenmotsu
Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (神のみぞ知るセカイ?) Tamiki Wakaki
Kekkaishi (結界師?) Yellow Tanabe
King Golf (キングゴルフ?) Masaki Tani, Ken Sasaki
Kunisaki Izumo no Jijō (國崎出雲の事情?) Aya Hirakawa
Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE?) Rumiko Takahashi
Magi (マギ?) Shinobu Ohtaka
Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?) Gosho Aoyama
Mixim☆11 (ミクシム☆イレブン?) Nobuyuki Anzai
Onidere (オニデレ?) Crystal na Yōsuke
Saijō no Meii ~The King of Neet~ (最上の明医~ザ・キング・オブ・ニート~?) Irie Kenzou, Takashi Hashiguchi
Sengoku Yatagarasu (戦国八咫烏?) Hirokazu Kobayashi
Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ?) Shun Matsuena
T.R.A.P. (トラップ?) Eko Tamatoya
Tsuuru! (ツール!?) Osamu Kurimura, Akira Ootani
Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン?) Takashi Shiina

Other well-known Sunday series

In its nearly fifty year history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.


  • 2000 - 2.02 million
  • 2002 - 1.53 million
  • 2003 - 1.31 million
  • 2004 - 1.16 million
  • 2005 - 1.06 million
  • 2006 - 1.01 million
  • 2007 - 0.94 million[3]
  • 2008 - 873,438[4]
  • 2009 - 773,062[5]


  • 1991 - 1993
    • Takashi Hirayama
  • 1994 - 2000
    • Toyohiko Okuyama
  • 2000 - 2002
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
  • 2002 - 2004
    • Shinichi Mikami
  • 2004–present
    • Masato Hayashi [3]

International version

North American edition

Anime News Network also confirmed that Viz Media plans on launching Shonen Sunday titles in the U.S. Starting with Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne manga adaptation, which will be released on October 20, 2009. They also plan on announcing future titles during the upcoming San Diego Comic Con

See also


  1. "Shōnen Sunday's 50th Anniversary". Rumic World. April 13, 2008. 
  2. "Shōnen Magazine Shōnen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary". Anime News Network. March 22, 2008. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "週刊少年サンデー". Wikipedia.org. November 9, 2007. 
  4. "Where's The Manga Magazine Bailout?". Manga Cast. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. "2009 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

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