"This is a blog about Ginga series (a fan blog, more or less)
But also Yoshihiro Takahashi and his work as ; Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, Yamato, Fang , Giant, Densetsu Weed, Orion, and others.
So the blog is more a way for me to write about my passion, perhaps addiction in my life : )
There are talk, theory, ideas .So I don't clam to be an expert , I'm just Ginga insane and like to talk, write. Perhaps we together on the blog can find clues, theory, idea's about the merchandise, item's. And bring more lights on things"
! Beware !
The Blog site can give out spoilers (I will warn aswell) And I can also write about topic that can have violence, bloody contain.
Many of
Yoshihiro Takahashi can hold such theme & contain. But I probably will warn at the start on the blog, is that is necessary.
Other then that there are just my thought and ideas as a ginga insane collector ; )

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Manga Media & The Swedish Manga Magazines

A long time ago, when the publish of manga's were still on the top in Sweden
There were magazine like:  Manga Mania, Shonen Jump and Shojo Stars

The company Manga Media were result of  between the companies Swedish Bonnier AB (by Bonnier Carlsen) and the Full Stop Media (Schibsted publishers AB).
Schibsted took over Full Stop Media in the years 2005/2006. 

The Manga Media gave out the magazines ; Shojo Stars , Shonen Jump and Manga Mania.
 Manga Media published the three magazines between the years 2003-2009.

Sadly the company had finances problem and declining sales on all three magazines.
There were struggle with the license when it come to the manga series.
So the company
disband in the years of 2008- 2009.

So lets take a look about the magazines
Shojo Stars had the inspiration of the Japanese magazine called : Hana to Yume  
(HanaYume) and were a Shōjomanga. The magazine came out monthly.
Manga series were;  Godchild, Skip Beat!, Fruits Basket , Gakuen Alice, Vampire Knight and W Juliet.

But there were also articles (some like some focus articles about illustrators and models) ,sudoku, and contests. More focus on romans, music and trend

Manga Media had cooperation with Hakusensha with Shojo Stars

Shojo Stars were born in the autumn in 2007 and sadly ended in the autumn of 2009.
The magazine had 25th issue, volumes.

At first the magazine had great selling number, but soon the magazine lost followers, readers.
So in the end Manga Media had the finances struggle with the production, declining sales.
And Manga Media had to end Shojo Stars. 

Shonen Jump had as role-model the Japanese magazine ; Shukan Shonen Jump
The magazine came out between the years 2004 - 2007
The magazine were a Shōnenmanga and came out monthly.

Jump post (readers letters)
Some of manga series that comes in the magazine is :
Naruto, Shaman King, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Rurouni Kenshin, Bleach & Romance Dawn (another variation of the series One Pieces beginning)


 But here were also; courses on how to learn to draw manga, competition/contest and Jump post (readers letters). 
Shonen Jump even got a sister magazine in Norway (the years 2005-2007)

Manga Media had cooperation with Shueisha with Shonen Jump
In the year of 2007 it's said that there were legal issue with Shueisha.
And the Shonen Jump came to the end.
There were 36 th issue, volumes of Shonen Jump

Silver Fang /GNG Note
In the issue, volume 10/ 2007 there were three pages about a contest to win a Silver Fang dvd box.
In 2007 the Silver Fang Ginga Nagareboshi Gin Dvd box were still expensive.
So a contest to win the uncut dvd box were wanted.

The challenge were to draw a Manga dog. In the spirit of Silver Fang, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin

I tried to find out more, but sadly the web site that publish the winners are gone.

Some of mine collection of Manga Mania
Manga Mania were a bit different if you compare to Shojo Stars and Shonen Jump.
There were more focus on Japan, with many articles how to learn Japanese both the language and traditional culture. News about manga and anime and many competition/contest. 

There were also fan draws show in the magazine aswell.

In the magazine there were manga series like;Blade of the Immortal ,Love Hina ,Chobits ,Power !! ,Puppet Revolution , Tokyo by night ,Air Gear ,GTO ,Negima ,School Rumble , Wolf's Rain

Manga Media had cooperation with Kōdansha  with Manga Mania
Manga Mania were the larges manga magazine between the three.
And the magazine issues, volumes gave out more often. First year 4 issues, volumes and then 10 issues, volumes each year.

Manga Mania were born in 2003 and ended in 2007.
Because Manga Mania had unclear audience focus and declining sales the magazine ended .

During the four years Manga Mania had 42 th issue, volumes.

Silver Fang /GNG Note
 During the time Manga Mania were alive, there were publish a article about Silver Fang.
 As you see the article were two pages.
Issue, volume 8/2004
The tale about Silver Fang and the era of 80's & 90's when the anime classics  came. 
But also the article tells about devoted, enthusiastic fans.
You see back in the 2004 there weren't so many sites or information about Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
A small fan base , but it grow with time.
Here we also get to know a bit about Weed, (from the manga Ginga Densetsu Weed)
Images from Issue,Volumes; 4/2006 & 5/2007
Manga Mania had contests to win the uncut dvd box of Silver Fang, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
But in issue, volume 4/2007 there were a dvd gift.
Manga Mania anime & trailer DVD , See more at Silver Fang Dvds (History)


The availability of the manga's magazine is difficult to say.
Mostly you can find the manga's on Swedish auctions site or secondhand stores
And the price can be cheap and sometime expensive.

But for a complete set for the three different manga's can be really expensive what I have as experience.
Just the shipping part can be hight prize, just for there are so many issues of each magazine