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Magazine information
Publisher Kodansha
Demographic Shōjo
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 400,000 (2007)
Company Kodansha
First issue December 1954
Last issue
Country Japan

Nakayoshi (なかよし, lit. "good friend") is a monthly Japanese shōjo manga magazine published by Kodansha. It was first published in December of 1954, and one of the longest running shōjo magazines. The magazine is aimed at girls ages 9-15, and it's primary rivals are Ribon and Ciao. Roughly the size of a phone book, it generally comes with furoku, or small gifts, such as popout figures, games, small bags, posters, stickers, and so on. The furoku is an attempt to encourage girls to buy their own copies of the magazine rather than just share with a friend. In the mid-1990's, Nakayoshi retailed for 400 yen and had an average of 448 pages. The estimated circulation of Nakayoshi at this time was 1,800,000. In 2007, its circulation was 400,000.

During the 1990s, then editor-in-chief, Yoshio Irie attempted to move the magazine away from "first love" stories and introduced several fantasy manga. During that period, Nakayoshi pursued a "media-mix" campaign, which involved close coordination of the magazine, anime productions based on the manga, and character merchandising.

Notable manga series serialized in Nakayoshi, include Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Shugo Chara!.

Serialized titles[]

Main article: List of series run in Nakayoshi

International versions[]

An Indonesian language version, Nakayoshi: Gress!, is published monthly by Elex Media Komputindo in Indonesia.


Related magazines[]

  • Amie (defunct)
  • Bessatsu Friend
  • Nakayoshi Lovely
  • RunRun (defunct)

See also[]