Seinen manga (青年漫画) is an editorial category of Japanese comics marketed toward young adult men.[1] In Japanese, the word seinen means "youth", but the term "seinen manga" is also used to describe the target audience of magazines like Weekly Manga Times and Weekly Manga Goraku, which write on topics of interest to male university students and workingmen. Seinen manga is distinguished from shōnen manga, which is for young boys, and seijin-muke manga (成人向け漫画), which are intended for adult audiences and often contain explicit content. Some seinen manga like xxxHolic share similarities with shōnen manga. Seinen manga can focus on action, politics, science fiction, fantasy, relationships, sports, or comedy. The female equivalent to seinen manga is josei manga.

Cover illustration to the seinen manga series Say Hello to Black Jack by Shūhō Satō

A common way to tell if a manga is seinen is by looking at whether furigana is used over the original kanji text: if there is furigana on all kanji, the title is generally aimed at a younger audience. The title of the magazine in which it was published is also an important indicator. Usually, Japanese manga magazines with the word "young" in the title (Weekly Young Jump, for instance) are seinen. There are also mixed shōnen/seinen magazines such as Gangan Powered and Comp Ace. Other popular seinen manga magazines include Weekly Young Magazine, Weekly Young Sunday, Big Comic Spirits, Business Jump, Ultra Jump, and Afternoon.

In 1959, two of the main shōnen manga titles appeared: Weekly Shōnen Magazine and Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Then, in 1967, the first magazine aimed at seinen appeared: Weekly Manga Action, which scored big hits with Lupin III, Lone Wolf and Cub, and later Crayon Shin-chan. Big Comic followed in 1968, perhaps best known for its series Golgo 13. The year 1972 saw the addition of Big Comic Original, which featured Tsuribaka Nisshi, a manga about two older men who enjoy fishing; the manga was made into a series of popular movies. In 1979, the publisher Shueisha, known for Weekly Shonen Jump for teen boys, entered the seinen market with Weekly Young Jump. Many Young Jump series have been adapted into anime or live-action TV programs, such as Elfen Lied, Gantz, Hen, Kirara, Liar Game, Oku-sama wa Joshi Kōsei.



A list of the top Japanese seinen manga magazines by circulation in the time-span from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.[2]

Title Circulation
Weekly Young Magazine 807,871
Weekly Young Jump 768,980
Big Comic Original 729,750
Weekly Manga Goraku 500,000
Big Comic 454,000
Comic Kairakuten 350,000
Weekly Morning 340,209
Weekly Manga Sunday (defunct) 300,000
Business Jump (defunct) 285,334
Super Jump (defunct) 277,500
Big Comic Spirits 260,024
Comic Shitsurakuten 250,000
Young Champion 250,000
Comic Ran 207,350
Big Comic Superior 204,125
Manga Action 200,000
Young King 200,000

See also



  1. ^ "Everything about the Seinen Genre". Jappleng.
  2. ^ Loo, Egan (January 17, 2011). "2010 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 30, 2014.