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Publishers - Japan


Akane Shinsha

Official Site

Akane Shinsha doesn't seem to care if you are 18+ or not, they don't ask you if you are 18+ in any of the links to their magazines, unlike other sites, like the site of TECH GIAN (Enterbrain).

There is another yaoi line called Ovis NOVELS, Akane Shinsha publishes yaoi novels under this line.


Aoba Shuppan

Official Site


Akita Shoten

Official Site

They also have full phonebooks for individual series like Shueisha


Asahi Sonorama

Official Site

The magazine part of Asahi Publishing


Aspect

Official Site

Manga and mooks (no apparent phone books)


Asuka-Shinsha

Official Site


Biblos

Official Site

Publishers "Hekitensha," "Biblos" and "Highland" file for bankruptcy
- Translated by Neuroretardant

Hekitensha, a publishing company which dealt primarily with joint publications and self-financed works, had ceased operations around the middle of last month, and filed for bankruptcy on the 31st of March. This started off a chain reaction which resulted in two other publishers filing for bankruptcy protection effective April 5th in Tokyo District Court: Biblos, an affiliate company that handled Boy's Love publications and which Hiroaki Yamamoto, president of Hekitensha, was the CEO of, and Highland, a creditor company which also dealt with Boy's Love material. There is no word yet on what will happen to other affiliate companies of Hekitensha, such as the e-book publisher Bibloport.

Each company will hold a creditors' meeting on the 6th and 13th of April, respectively. At this time, whether or not publications, magazines, and editorial staff from each company will be passed on to other companies is not clear. We will keep you posted about any updates to the situation.

Source: Ultimatum

Additional links:
- Shinbunka
- Bunka Tsuushin
- Mainichi News
- Yomiuri Online

Addendum:

The bankruptcy filing of Biblos came as a shock to many, as it had been in the spotlight frequently last year, holding the first annual National Otaku Exams in July 2005, then debuting a new magazine titled "Otaku Elite," which featured Democratic Party of Japan representative Yukio Hatoyama (Wiki ) on the inaugural cover and included preview questions for the second Otaku Exams.

According to a company spokesman, the company had deficits in the range of 2 billion yen ($17 million US); also, apparently the publishing arm of the company was actually profitable, but due to other factors such as the struggling performances of affiliate companies, cash flows had been limited for some time.

Additional Resources:

Yamane Ayano, who has several series published under the label, talks about the bankruptcy. [ Translation of the Story ]

Anime News Network has contact several US publishers regarding the bankruptcy:
We contacted Tokyopop, Be Beautiful (Central Park Media), Kitty Media and Digital Manga Publishing regarding how the Biblos bankruptcy would affect their publishing.

Tokyopop informed us that it is currently too early for them to comment on the situation as they only received word of the bankruptcy earlier today.

Stephanie Shalovsky of Central Park Media stated, "We are sorry to hear the news, they were great people to work with. We're not certain what is going to happen with Biblos, but hopefully we're going to be able to work with them in the future. In the meantime there's no impact on our release schedule and what we're going to be doing." CPM publishes several Biblos titles, including Kizuna, under their Be Beautiful label.

Similarly, Frank Pannone, Managing Editor at Kitty Media stated, "Biblos was the leader in Yaoi romance and the licensor of our best-selling Yaoi properties, Level C and Skyscrapers of Oz. This will not effect the publishing of any titles that have been announced. The titles that we have already published will remain in print at least until the contracts expire. And then we will look into whatever options there are to renew." ...But, I'm Your Teacher and the sixth and final volume of Level C have already been printed and are due to be released this month, I Can't Stop Loving You is due out in July and October.

Rachel Livingston of Digital Manga Publishing informed us, "Titles already released we will continue reprinting. For ongoing titles like Our Kingdom (currently at volume 6 in Japan), we're not entirely sure of the status of those, but we're going to strive to pick them up regardless of who has them even if we have to deal with the original authors or other publishers."
MangaCast has posted some additional information on the Biblos Bankruptcy. Zakzak also reports that following the bankruptcy is a potential rush to grab former titles/personnel/editorial staff/etc.

According to Yomiuri Online, due to the recent bankruptcy of Hetensha, the publication of works from over 250 authors has been halted. Currently there is the possibility that the publishing fees (several hundred thousand yens) will not be returned to the authors, resulting in the authors feeling "cheated."

Libre Publishing has picked up the Be x Boy line after Biblos' bankruptcy.


Broccoli

Official Site

On November 27, 2003 Jive acquired a 51.7 percent share of Broccoli Co., Ltd. which operates animated character shops and distributes character goods and trading cards to agents.


Bunendo

Official Site


Bunkasha

Official Site

[ Books ]

Mostly josei manga (housewives, horror stories)


Byakuya Shobou

Official Site


Coamix

Official Site


Core Magazine

Official Site

Bishoujo manga magazines are pornographic manga magazines (seijin manga magazines), even though the publisher is listing them as bishoujo manga magazines.


Cosmic International

Official Site


Eagle Publishing

Official Site

Released two more moe-related products on 6/23/2006.

From the Moe Weapons Development Committee comes the gMoe Moe Weapns Encylopedia.h Over 50 different weapons will be introduced to readers by beautiful girls drawn by 17 different artists. [ Sample ]

From the Moe Arms Development Committee comes the gMoe Moe Arms Encyclopedia.h Also drawn by many artists, the Arms Encyclopedia will feature many firearms, including AK-47, Beretta M92, Colt M1911, and more. [ Sample ]


Eichi Shuppan

Official Site


Enterbrain

Official Site

Absorbed by the Kadokawa Holdings group, prints quite a few video game magazines ie: Famitsu


Fox Shuppan

Official Site


Frontier Works

Official Site


Fujimi Shobo

Official Site


Fujimi Shuppan

Official Site

Part of the Tatsumi Group.


Futabasha

Official Site


Futami Shobou

Official Site


G-WALK

Official Site


Gakushuu Kenkyusha

Official Site

[ e-animedia.net ]


Hakusensha

Official Site


Heibonsha

Official Site


Heiwa Shuppan

Official Site
From ANS:

Heiwa Shuppan Declares Bankruptcy:
It's being reported widely in Japan that Heiwa Shuppan has gone bankrupt as of December 5th. The publisher is well known for it's adult manga and pachinko magazines. Supporting the notion, several hentai manga titles distributed online through LEED publishing's V.Wave have been discontinued on the same date. You can view a list of those titles at the link.

The company was established in December, 1965 and maintains a capital of 10 million Yen, headed by President Kenji Fujiwara. Staff includes: 24 employees at last count. Debt is about one billion Yen. Magazines published also include some car tuning rags such as "Drift Machine And Super Tuning". Comic related magazines included "T.A.T.u Art Catalog" and "Hanshin Yuushou Special".

A 2 billion 142 million Yen annual turnover was last announced for the fiscal period ending in September, 2004. It's said the company's debt load rose from the purchase of a five story corporate headquarters building in November,1995. Struggling also with establishing a hit property, the headquarters building was sold on November 7th this year along with the copyrights etc. of several magazines. Although the funds raised through those efforts was applied to fight the debt, inactive sales continued. Bankruptcy procedures are now underway and relations are being persued with related companies to continue business.


Hit Shuppansha


Hobby Japan

Official Site


Houbunsha

Official Site

[ Kirara ] [ web Hanaoto ]


Ichijinsha

Official Site


Ikaros Shobo

Official Site


Jitsugyou no Nihonsha

Official Site


Jive Ltd

Official Site

[ Broccoli Official Homepage ]

Jive Ltd is part of the Takara group of companies (in which Konami has invested).

On November 27, 2003 Jive acquired a 51.7 percent share of Broccoli Co., Ltd. which operates animated character shops and distributes character goods and trading cards to agents.


Kadokawa Shoten

Official Site

[ Comics ]


Kaiousha


Kasakura Shuppansha

Official Site


Kawade Shobo Shinsha

Official Site

No phonebooks


Kill Time Communication

Official Site

Publishes adult novels and manga.


Kindai Eigasha

Official Site

Movies, acting/actors


Koike Shoin

Official Site

Mostly manga written by Mr. Koike (Lone Wolf, Crying Freeman), artists vary.


Koubunsha

Official Site


Kousai Shobu

Official Site


Leed

Official Site

Famous for bringing us Golgo 13 and a lot of other seinen manga.


Libre Publishing

Official Site

Libre Publishing has picked up the Be x Boy line after Biblos' bankruptcy.


Mag Garden

Official Site

A lot of ADVs manga was licensed from Mag Garden.


Magazine Magazine

Official Site

[ June Comics ]

June is run/owned by Magazine Magazine.


Mandarake

Official Site


Media Works

Official Site

[ Magazines ]


Mediax

Official Site


Media Factory

Official Site


Movic Daria

Official Site


MOVIDA Entertainment

Official Site


My Way Shuppan

Official Site


Nihon Bungeisha

Official Site


Oakla Shuppan

Official Site

aka Ohkura, publishes yaoi manga and novels for young women, also prints doujinshi.


Ohta Books (Shuppan)

Official Site


Ohzora Shuppan

Official Site


Oaks (OKS)

Official Site


Outo Shobou

Official Site


Penguin Shobo Publishing Inc.

Official Site

Penguin Shobo Declares Bankruptcy, Comic Seed To Cease Publication:

The following excerpt was posted on the blog of Kizuki Akira, author of the manga "Yoiko no Mirai!" currently running in Comic Seed, a free online monthly manga anthology published by Penguin Shobo:

Regarding the Bankruptcy of Penguin Shobo and My Future

I received permission to make a public announcement today: as some of you are undoubtedly aware, Penguin Shobo, the publisher for whom I write, has declared bankruptcy.

It came as a surprise to everyone: I myself only found out about it last weekend.

As a result, Comic Seed will cease publication after this month's issue. Staff are still working hard without pay, but there are currently no prospects of the magazine starting back up again.

Comic Seed is slated to go offline within the next 2 to 3 days. Comic Seed itself was profitable, but regrettably it ended up being taken down along with its parent company, Penguin Shobo.


The following notice also appeared on Comic Seed's website:

Notice of Suspension of Publication

We apologize for the abrupt news, but due to the liquidation of Penguin Shobo Publishing, Comic Seed will cease publication. Effective Thursday, November 3rd, all content will be erased from this site, and Comic Seed will no longer be available for viewing. We thank the support that you, the readers, have given us for over 3 years since our inception.


Printemps Shuppan

Official Site


Rapport

Official Site


Sanwa Shuppan

Official Site

[ Comic ] [ Sanwa-Pub ] [ D-Click ]


Scholar


Seibido Shuppan

Official Site


Seishinsha

Official Site


Shinchosha

Official Site


Shinpusha

Official Site


Shinshokan

Official Site

[ Comic ]


Shinyusha

Official Site


Shobunkan

Official Site


Shodensha

Official Site


Shogakukan

Official Site

[ Comic ] [ Shogakukan English ] [ Netkun ] [ Gagaga-Lululu ]

Netkun - Magazines for young kids. Work books and comics, with games and fun crafty projects that gets increasingly complex and more mature with the appropriate school year level.

Gagaga-Lululu - 2 lines of light novels. Gagaga: Shounen light novels; Lululu: Shoujo light novels.


Shounen Gahousha

Official Site


Shueisha

Official Site

[ S-Manga.net ] [ Comics ]


Shufu to Seikatsusha

Official Site


Sobisha

Official Site

Printing by Shueisha


SOFTBANK Creative

Official Site


Sogotosho

Official Site

Part of the Tatsumi Group.


Sony Magazines

Official Site

Japanese anime production company We've Inc. has announced that it will purchase Sony Magazinefs division thatfs responsible for publishing magazine and books. The price of the acquisition has not been announced.


Soryusha

Official Site

Part of the Tatsumi Group.


Square-Enix

Official Site

[ Magazines ]


Sun Shuppan

Official Site


Taiyou Tosho

Official Site


Takeshobou

Official Site

[ Comics ] [ Kinda Main ]


Tatsumi Shuppan

Official Site

Part of the Tatsumi Group.


TI Net

Official Site


TIS


Tokuma Shoten

Official Site


Tokyo Sanseisha

Official Site

- Publishes adult magazines for males.


Toramaga


Tosuisha

Official Site


Tsukasashobo

Official Site


Usio

Official Site

They have two imprints Kibo Comics, Usio Manga Shuppansha Bunkyo.


Wailea Shuppan

Official Site


Wakao Shuppan


Wani Books

Official Site

[ Wani.com ]

They have a couple of trend/fashion magazines and one manga magazine (Mahoromatic and some seinen softcore hentai series have been based off of Wani Books manga).


Yosensha

Official Site

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