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Monthly Shōnen Rival to End in June With New Magazine Planned

posted on by Egan Loo
Kodansha to conduct research for new shōnen manga magazine

Kodansha announced on Thursday that it is ending its manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Rival in its July 2014 issue, which will ship on June 4, 2014. However, it plans to launch a new shōnen manga magazine.

Kodansha noted that its manga department has enjoyed increased success, as exemplified by the hit title Attack on Titan. It is reassessing its manga magazine lineup to aim for more growth. To that end, it is stopping publication on Monthly Shōnen Rival and conducting research for the new magazine.

The editors of Monthly Shōnen Rival thanked their readers, their creators, and everyone else involved, and asked for their continued support. Its current lineup include Momo Pro Z inspired by the idols of Momoiro Clover Z, Tokyo Ravens: Sword of Song and Gumi from Vocaloid. Other titles in the past include   Blazer Drive, Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara, Kurenai no Ōkami to Ashikase no Hitsuji, and Monster Hunter Orage.

Monthly Shōnen Rival launched in 2008 after Kodansha ended its earlier magazine for elementary schoolchildren, Comic BonBon, the year before. Monthly Shōnen Rival initially targeted junior high school students.

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