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Shōjo Friend
Magazine information
Demographic Shōjo
Frequency Weekly (1962–1974)
Semimonthly (1974–1991)
Monthly (1991–1996)
Company Kodansha
First issue 1962
Last issue September 1996
Country Japan

Shōjo Friend (少女フレンド (しょうじょフレンド) Shōjo Furendo) was a shōjo manga magazine published by Kodansha. The magazine was launched in 1962 and is considered the successor to Shōjo Club. Shueisha's Margaret and Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic were fierce competitors to Shōjo Friend.

During this time, popular series such as Haikara-san ga Toru (by Waki Yamato) and Seito Shokun! (by Yoko Shoji) were published in Shōjo Friend. Despite the popularity of these series, the circulation began to decline and the magazine dropped from weekly to bimonthly publication, and then finally to monthly publication. In September 1996, Shōjo Friend ceased publication.


Kodansha released the first issue of Shōjo Friend in 1962, having experience with the shōjo manga magazines, Nakayoshi and Shōjo Club. The following year, Shueisha began publishing Margaret, which became a fierce competitor to Shōjo Friend. Shōjo Comic, published by Shogakukan and released in 1968, was also a competitor.

The final issue was released in September 1996, an event which surprised many people as Shōjo Friend had been ranked third, following Nakayoshi and Ribon. The cessation of publication was reported widely in the TV news as well. The remaining content which was supposed to have been published in Shōjo Friend was absorbed into Dessert and The Dessert as special inserts through 1999.

Serialized titlesEdit

Title Author/Artist Genre First issue Last issue
Akane-chan Tetsuya Chiba 1968 1968
Haikara-san ga Tōru Waki Yamato Comedy, drama 1975 1977
Misokkasu Tetsuya Chiba 1966 1966
Princess Knight Osamu Tezuka Adventure, fantasy April 1967 April 1968
Seito Shokun! Yōko Shōji Romantic comedy, slice of life 1977 1984


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