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Young Animal

Post  msistarted on Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:36 am

Young Animal (ヤングアニマル, Yangu Animaru?) is a magazine in Japan that features seinen manga and scantily clad women. It is published by Hakusensha and issued on the second and fourth Friday of each month in saddle-stapled B5 format, selling for 310 yen. A typical issue is usually over 300 pages, with about 288 black and white pulp pages of comics wrapped in about 20 slick pages of color photos of teen age girls (pop stars and gravure idols) in bikinis. As of 2008, circulation was approximately 190,000 copies.[1] Each issue features about 15 different stories, mostly serial stories tending toward romantic comedy, fantasy, and epic adventure, with a number of humorous "4-koma" or 4-panel gag strips.

It was first issued in 1989 as Animal House but was renamed Young Animal in 1992. However, it may have begun as early as 1981 as a shōnen magazine entitled Gekkan Shōnen Jets, since manga serialized in Young Animal is later published in tankōbon graphic novel form as part of the "Jets Comics" line, and since Shonen Jets was discontinued in the late 1980s. [2][3]

Popular long-running series currently appearing in Young Animal include the medieval dark fantasy adventure Berserk, the modern-day educational sex comedy Futari Ecchi (both over 300 chapters as of 2010) and the sardonic rock'n'roll story Detroit Metal City. A number of Young Animal manga series have been adapted as anime.

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