What You Need to Know:
- If you've ever been to Japan and entered a convenience store, there's a very high chance that your eyes glanced over towards the towering section of magazines waiting to be read. With so many to choose from and so much content to absorb, it can be quite intimidating to pick and choose the right source to get your quick fix of anime material. Well one magazine in particular has been showcasing anime related content for years and still continues to this day, and that's Animage. Known as アニメージュ in Japanese, the first issue of this popular magazine debuted on this day May 26th, 1978 by Tokuma Shoten and followed up with more content as the years passed.
- The anime and entertainment magazine became well known due to Hayao Miyazaki's internationally renowned manga, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, made its debut in the magazine from 1982 - 1994. Other notable titles that made their debut in Animage magazine include Saeko Himuro's novel Ocean Waves, which eventually became a television movie down the road. As of today the magazine is still in ciculation and features more of the latest anime such as Detective Conan, with a pretty steady fanbase that stick around for its great editorial content. Another little fun fact is that in 1994, its sister magazine titled 'Voice Animage' was released, placing more attention on the voice acting industry in Japan, and was released quarterly after some time. Since relaunching back in 2009, after a long hiatus from 2002, much of its focus is tailored towards male seiyuu afterwards and still enjoyed some generous popularity.
- How many of you know about Animage? Have you had the chance to sift through the pages? Let us know!
I've heard of this magazine but never actually looked into it. Such a long history!
I definitely want to check out the male seiyuu sections!