Publishing giant Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics‘ March 2022 issue announced on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2022, that the publisher will launch a new online publication that will serialize manga for free.
The service will go live on the magazine’s official website on Mar 15, 2022.
Seven new manga will be released on the website that can only be read online.
Shogakukan hasn’t decided the title of the publication yet, although it has teased titles like “Young Coro Coro Comics” and “Saikyō Coro Coro Comics.”
Five of the protagonists from the next manga were unveiled in the March issue of Coro Coro Comics, including a return of the protagonist from Mitsuhisa Tamura‘s one-shot “Toshi Densetsu-sensei Uramon”. Shogakukan published the one-shot in the Bessatsu Coro Coro Comics Special magazine in June 2020.
CoroCoro Comic is a Japanese monthly manga magazine published by Shogakukan, established on May 15, 1977. Its main target is elementary school-aged boys, younger than the readers of shōnen manga.
Several of its properties, like Doraemon and the Pokémon series of games, have gone on to be cultural phenomena in Japan.
CoroCoro Comic sold 400 million copies as of April 2017, making it one of the best-selling comic/manga magazines. The magazine has three sisters: Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic, CoroCoro Ichiban! and CoroCoro Aniki. Bessatsu and Ichiban! are published bi-monthly, while Aniki, which targeted an older audience, was released quarterly.
On November 20, 2020, CoroCoro Comic cover designer Tariji Sasaki was recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running cover designer for a children’s magazine.
On March 14, 2021, it was announced that CoroCoro Aniki has ended publication.