Animage

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Animage (アニメージュ Animēju) is a monthly anime and manga magazine published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten since 1978.

History

Animage was established in 1978 as the first magazine devoted to animation and comics aimed at a general public and not professionals. The children's television magazine "TV Land" has nurtured the project of a new magazine. When their special edition "Roman Album Space Battleship Yamato" sold at a record 400,000 copies, and permission was granted to launch a monthly anime magazine. The magazine name was chosen by Hideo Ogata, the editor-in-chief of the first issue, "Animage" being a mix of the words "animation" and "image." The first edition of the magazine was published as "Bessatsu TV Land". The price was set high at 580 yen to give an impression of luxuriousness. The July 1978 issue sold out 70,000 copies and quickly grew to 250,000 copies.

One of the editorial policies of the magazine was to spotlight creators. Animage was one of the first to develop the strategy of Media Mix (making a franchise grow across several types of media), backing up the productions such as Mamoru Oshii 's video animation "Angel's Egg" and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's "Arion" film adaptation. Also, in the August 1981 issue, Hayao Miyazaki, who was beginning to make a name for himself, was featured in the magazine as soon as possible, and then from the February 1982 issue, Hayao Miyazaki serialized the manga "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" in Animage. It led to the establishment of Studio Ghibli. Toshio Suzuki, who would become president of Studio Ghibli, was the editor in charge at that time.

In 1979, Animage established the annual popularity poll Anime Grand Prix to allow readers to vote for their favorite show of the year, their favorite episodes and their favorite characters.

On December, 1982, the first issue of Animage Bunko was published. The magazine celebrated their 20th anniversary on June 10, 1998 (July issue). For that occasion the magazine expanded its format to the current A4 variant format and changed their name to "Animage" in English. However, the name would be reverted back to katakana on the July issue of 2002. Animage opened their official website on June 8, 2007.

Magazines

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1980s

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Link to this sectionAnimage (October 1989)
Cover Date: October 1989
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Link to this sectionAnimage (December 1989)
Cover Date: December 1989
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1990s

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Link to this sectionAnimage (November 1993)
Cover Date: November 1993
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Link to this sectionAnimage (December 1993)
Cover Date: December 1993
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Link to this sectionAnimage (January 1994)
Cover Date: January 1994
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Link to this sectionAnimage (February 1994)
Cover Date: February 1994
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Link to this sectionAnimage (September 1994)
Cover Date: September 1994
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Link to this sectionAnimage (October 1994)
Cover Date: October 1994
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Link to this sectionAnimage (November 1994)
Cover Date: November 1994
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Link to this sectionAnimage (December 1994)
Cover Date: December 1994
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2000s

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Link to this sectionAnimage (February 2007)
Cover Date: February 2007
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2010s

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Link to this sectionAnimage (May 2014)
Cover Date: May 2014
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Link to this sectionAnimage (July 2015)
Cover Date: July 2015
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Link to this sectionAnimage (May 2016)
Cover Date: May 2016
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Link to this sectionAnimage (August 2017)
Cover Date: August 2017 In Store Date: July 10, 2017[3]
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Link to this sectionAnimage (September 2017)
Cover Date: September 2017 In Store Date: August 9, 2017[4]
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Link to this sectionAnimage (October 2017)
Cover Date: October 2017 In Store Date: September 8, 2017[5]
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Link to this sectionAnimage (November 2017)
Cover Date: November 2017 In Store Date: October 10, 2017[6]
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Link to this sectionAnimage (November 2018)
Cover Date: November 2018 In Store Date: October 10, 2018[7]
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Link to this sectionAnimage (April 2019)
Cover Date: April 2019 In Store Date: March 9, 2019[8]
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2020s

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Link to this sectionAnimage (February 2022)
Cover Date: February 2022
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Link to this sectionAnimage (April 2022)
Cover Date: April 2022
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Link to this sectionAnimage (May 2022)
Cover Date: May 2022
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Other Magazines

Prince Animage

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Link to this sectionPrince Animage (Winter 2013)
Cover Date: Winter 2013 In Store Date: December 2012
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Link to this sectionPrince Animage (Spring 2013)
Cover Date: Spring 2013 In Store Date: March 30, 2013
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Link to this sectionPrince Animage (Autumn 2014)
Cover Date: Autumn 2014 In Store Date: October 2014
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See also

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