is a Japanese publishing
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 company. It is headquartered in Chiyoda
Chiyoda, Tokyo
is one of the 23 special wards in central Tokyo, Japan. In English, it is called Chiyoda ward. As of October 2007, the ward has an estimated population of 45,543 and a population density of 3,912 people per km², making it by far the least populated of the special wards...

, Tokyo
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The company mainly publishes manga magazines of various genres and is involved in certain series' productions in their games, original video animation, musical and their animated TV series.


Hakusensha was founded on December 1, 1973 by Shueisha
is a major publisher in Japan. The company was founded in 1925 as the entertainment-related publishing division of Japanese publisher Shogakukan. The following year, Shueisha became a separate, independent company. Magazines published by Shueisha include Weekly Shōnen Jump, Weekly Young Jump,...

, but is now a separate company although still a part of the Hitotsubashi Group
Hitotsubashi Group
The is a keiretsu publishing group in Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. It is composed of Shogakukan, Shueisha, Hakusensha and related publishing companies. The name of the group is derived from the location of its major members' headquarters in the Hitotsubashi area of Tokyo...

 together with Shueisha and Shogakukan
is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, non-fiction, DVDs, and other media in Japan.Shogakukan founded Shueisha which founded Hakusensha. These are three separate companies, but are together called the Hitotsubashi Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Japan...

 as one of the major members of the keiretsu
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After setting up the company for 5 months, the firm published their first magazine, a shōjo manga magazine titled as and in November that year, they moved from to .

Then in year 1975, the firm changed the frequency of their magazine from monthly to semi-monthly and in March, they created their first imprint
In the publishing industry, an imprint can mean several different things:* As a piece of bibliographic information about a book, it refers to the name and address of the book's publisher and its date of publication as given at the foot or on the verso of its title page.* It can mean a trade name...

, . In July 1976, they published their second manga magazine, a shōjo manga magazine named as a sister magazine to Hana to Yume that is published bi-monthly. In April 1977, they set up a publication editing department and in July, they began publishing a seasonal magazine titled .

In March 1981, they moved again from to and in September, they branch out from their usual shōjo manga magazines to a shōnen genre by publishing . Along with that, the company released their series in Shōnen Jets under a new imprint, in July 1982. But as of January 2009, the magazine is now defunct but the imprint is still used to publish their seinen manga series serializing in Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi as well as certain series serializing in Melody.

3 years later on August, they published a new magazine, specialising under the josei genre, Silky that is published bi-monthly on even-numbered months. With that, they created an imprint for Silkys series to be published under . In March 1989, they started publishing a seinen manga magazine called Animal House. 3 years after Animal House, they published Moe, a monthly magazine for picture book
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s targeted towards shōjo readers. In May that year when Moe was published, Animal House was renamed to Young Animal and was then published semi-monthly since.

In March 1994, they created another imprint, . This imprint are for publishing manga in the bunkoban format. Moreover, in December 1995, they started publishing another magazine that was published seasonally, which is targeted towards the josei readers.

In January 1996, they created another imprint for ,. In July that year, they created another imprint, . In September, they published Melody which publishes on odd-numbered months. On the same month, they moved from to , their present location.

2 years later on April, they published LaLa DX with a frequency of bi-monthly on odd-numbered months. The company also began selling their drama CDs under or abbreviated as HCD.

In June 2001, they published Candy but as of January 2009, the magazine has been discontinued. In May 2005, they changed their special publication of Young Animal Arashi into a monthly publication. In July 2006, Bessatsu Hana to Yume was changed to a monthly publication. , a magazine targeted at readers of yaoi
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 genre started its publication on May 2008.

Their latest publication, Le Paradis, a manga anthology published triannually will publish its first issue on October 29, 2008.


Media Mix

Besides publishing, the company also release drama CDs of series under their magazines which are, , , , and .

Moreover, they are also involved in the productions of games, TV drama, theatrical movies, musicals, radio shows, TV animation and original video animation.

Series under the company can be read through mobile phones in Japan using the following service portals, and . Hakusensha e-Comics was started in September 2005 and is operated by both Hakusensha and CharaWeb. This service is available in two variations and customers will have to pay 315 yen and 512 yen respectively to access this service every month.


Sony PlayStation Portable manga distribution service

It was announced in the press conference in the 2009 Tokyo Game Show
Tokyo Game Show
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 that Hakusensha, together with 11 other publishing companies in Japan, such as Kodansha
, the largest Japanese publisher, produces the manga magazines Nakayoshi, Afternoon, Evening, and Weekly Shonen Magazine, as well as more literary magazines such as Gunzō, Shūkan Gendai, and the Japanese dictionary Nihongo Daijiten. The company has its headquarters in Bunkyō, Tokyo...

, Shueisha
is a major publisher in Japan. The company was founded in 1925 as the entertainment-related publishing division of Japanese publisher Shogakukan. The following year, Shueisha became a separate, independent company. Magazines published by Shueisha include Weekly Shōnen Jump, Weekly Young Jump,...

, Shogakukan
is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, non-fiction, DVDs, and other media in Japan.Shogakukan founded Shueisha which founded Hakusensha. These are three separate companies, but are together called the Hitotsubashi Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Japan...

, Square Enix
Square Enix
is a Japanese video game and publishing company best known for its console role-playing game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy series, the Dragon Quest series, and the action-RPG Kingdom Hearts series...

, publishers associated with Kadokawa Shoten
Kadokawa Shoten
is a well-known Japanese publishing company based in Tokyo, Japan. Kadokawa has published both manga novels and magazines, such as Newtype magazine...

, Bandai Visual
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 and Futabasha
is a Japanese publishing company headquartered in Higashigokenchō, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.-List of magazines published by Futabasha:*Bravo Ski*Comic Seed!*Futabasha Web Magazine*Manga Action ZERO*Tōji Rō*Getter Robot Saga...

 will provide nearly 100 titles of manga to supply the service in PlayStation Store
PlayStation Store
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. Hakusensha has yet to be provide details of the supplied titles for the service.

This service is only available for Japanese PlayStation Portable consoles and will start in December 2009.


Manga magazines

  • Hana to Yume
    Hana to Yume
    is a semi-monthly Japanese shōjo manga magazine published by Hakusensha.The magazine is published on the 4th and 22nd of every month. It is often nicknamed as among the readers...

  • Bessatsu Hana to Yume
    Bessatsu Hana to Yume
    is a Japanese shōjo manga magazine published by Hakusensha.-Background:Bessatsu Hana to Yume is a sister magazine to Hana to Yume. It was launched in July 1977 as a quarterly priced at 300 yen...

  • The Hana to Yume
  • LaLa
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  • LaLa DX
    LaLa DX
    LaLa DX is a Japanese shōjo manga magazine published by Hakusensha. It was first published on July 9, 1983 as a supplement magazine to LaLa in which it later became the sister magazine to LaLa, another of Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazines...

  • Shōnen Jets
    Gekkan Shōnen Jets
    was a magazine in Japan that featured shōnen manga. It was published monthly by Hakusensha starting in October 1981 and is now defunct....

  • Melody
    Melody (magazine)
    , stylized as MELODY is a Japanese shōjo manga magazine published on odd numbered months of the 28th by Hakusensha.-Current serializing titles:*Hana Yori mo Hana no Gotoku - Minako Narita*Himitsu – Top Secret - Reiko Shimizu*Kurotsubaki - Masumi Kawasō...

  • Silky
  • Young Animal
    Young Animal
    is a magazine in Japan that features seinen manga and scantily clad women. It is published by Hakusensha and issued on the second and fourth Friday of each month in saddle-stapled B5 format, selling for 310 yen...

  • Young Animal Arashi
    Young Animal Arashi
    is a Japanese magazine featuring seinen manga. It is released the first Friday of every month in B5 format by Hakusensha publishing firm.-Some series featured in the magazine:* Masamune Shirow** Dominion: Tank Police* Hikari Asada Art: Maru Asakura...

  • HanaMaru Black
  • Le Paradis


Other publications

  • Shōsetsu HanaMaru
  • Moe



Hakusensha publishes their books and manga under these imprints.
  • Hana to Yume Comics
  • Jets Comics
  • Hakusensha Ladies Comics
  • HanaMaru Comics
  • Hakusensha Bunko
  • HanaMaru Bunko
  • HanaMaru Novels
  • HanaMaru Black



Hakusensha organizes contests to offer aspiring manga artist a professional debut as well to be affiliated with their magazines.

These contests or awards are , Hana to Yume Mangaka Course or else abbreviated as HMC, LaLa Mangaka Scout Course otherwise known as LMS, LaLa Manga Grand Prix, abbreviated as LMG and Big Challenge Awards, abbreviated as BC.


Radio show

There was previously a radio show hosted by voice actor, Takehito Koyasu
Takehito Koyasu
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 and Atsushi Kisaichi
Atsushi Kisaichi
Atsushi Kisaichi is a seiyū who was born in Tokyo. He works for Aoni Production. His hobbies are baseball and tennis.-Anime:* Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Shōgo Asahina...

 called that was broadcasted by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
Nippon Cultural Broadcasting
is a Japanese radio station in Tokyo which broadcasts to the Kanto area. It is one of the two flagship radio stations of National Radio Network and also has a relationship with JOLF and Fuji Television....

. The radio show has ended in March 2002. The radio show was compiled into 2 CDs and is sold under Hakusensha's drama CD imprint, Hakusensha CD Collection, otherwise known as HCD.

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