Shogaku Gakushu Zasshi

小学館の学習雑誌

Shogaku Ninensei
Jan 1986 Feb 1986 Mar 1986
Apr 1986 May 1986 Jun 1986
Oct 1986 Nov 1986 Dec 1986
Apr 1987 May 1987 Jun 1987
Oct 1986 Nov 1986 Dec 1986
...
Jan 1998 Feb 1998 Mar 1998

Raw scans can be found on MEGA via the links on the right.

Literally "Learning Magazine" or "Study magazine", a long-running series of kids' magazines published by Shogakukan towards children of a specific age. They offer study lessons and featurettes on subjects kids would hopefully find interesting, in addition to manga, promotions for toys, video games, hobbies and other gubbins.
The magazines include Shogaku Ichinensei (小学一年生), aimed at first grade students, Shogaku Ninensei (小学二年生), for second graders, Shogaku Sannensei (小学三年生, 3rd Grade), Shogaku Shinensei (小学四年生, 4th Grade), Shogaku Gonensei (小学五年生, 5th grade), and Shogaku Rokunensei (小学六年生, 6th Grade).

The multiple magazines have been running for decades with a fair bit of overlap; some manga were printed in multiple magazines, sometimes they ran completely different manga for the same franchise simultaneously! The grade listed first in the list below is considered the 'primary' outlet for the manga, with the ones after only seeing partial reprinted runs.
As of this writing only Ichinensei and Ninensei are still running; the rest concluded in 2010 and 2012.

The list of manga below is sourced from Jariman Shogakko (じゃりまん小学校, spanning 2001 to 2013), Gakuen-shi Manga Shokai (学年誌まんが照会, spanning 1960 to 2009), and the National Diet Library Digest Collections (spanning 1936 to 2000). This is in no way a comprehensive list of manga, just the stuff that's of interest to myself and whoever's in the audience, hopefully!

Famicom Manga (ファミコンまんが) 1st / 2nd / 3rd Grade Nov 1985 ~ Dec 1987
Super Mario Game Land (スーパーマリオゲームランド) 1st / 2nd Grade Jun 1986 ~ Apr 2000
Bug-tte Honey (ファミコンまんが バグってハニー) 1st Grade Nov 1986 ~ Feb 1987
Super Mario-Kun (スーパーマリオくん) 2nd Grade Nov 1986 ~ Dec 1987
The Legend of Zelda Gaiden (ゼルダの伝説 外伝) 5th Grade Feb 1992
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニックザヘッジホッグ) 1st Grade May 1992 ~ Jul 1993
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニックザヘッジホッグ) 2nd Grade Apr 1992 ~ Aug 1993
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニックザヘッジホッグ) 3rd Grade Apr 1992 ~ Aug 1993
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニックザヘッジホッグ) 5th Grade Apr 1992 ~ Aug 1993
Sonic the Hedgehog (ソニックザヘッジホッグ) 6th Grade Apr 1992 ~ Aug 1993
Otenba ♥ Peach-Hime (おてんば♥ピーチ姫) 3rd Grade Jun 1992 ~ Dec 1994
Hoshi no Kirby (星のカービィ) 2nd / 3rd / 1st Grade Oct 1992 ~ Dec 2000
Hoshi no Kirby: Pupupu Land wa Dai Sawagi (星のカービィ プププランドは大さわぎ) 1st Grade Oct 1992 ~ Feb 1994
Super Mario Monogatari (ドキドキ大アクション読みもの スーパーマリオ物語) 1st Grade Oct 1992 ~ Mar 1993
Landstalker: Lyle no Makyou Daibouken (ランドストーカー ライルの魔境大冒険) 6th Grade Nov 1992 ~ Apr 1993
Final Fantasy IV (ファイナルファンタジーⅣ) 4th Grade Dec 1992
Mario & Wario Monogatari (ドキドキ大アクション読みもの マリオたいワリオ物語 ) 1st Grade Apr 1993 ~ Aug 1993
Mother 2: Ness no Bouken-ki (MOTHER2 ネスの冒険記) 6th Grade Apr 1993 ~ Sep 1994
Totsugeki! Super Mario-Kun (とつげき スーパーマリオくん) 1st Grade Aug 1994 ~ Dec 1994
Super Donkey Kong-Kun (スーパードンキーコングくん) 1st Grade Feb 1995 ~ Mar 1995
Super Mario Gaiden: Hige to Boin to Hige (スーパーマリオ外伝 ひげとボインとひげ) 6th Grade Apr 1995 ~ May 1995
Virtua Fighter (バーチャファイター) 5th / 6th Grade Apr 1995 ~ Sep 1996
► Owarai Bakudan Super Bomberman (おわらいばくだん スーパーボンバーマン) 1st / 2nd Grade May 1995 ~ Mar 1998
Tottemo! Puyo Puyo (とっても!ぷよぷよ) 3rd / 2nd / 6th Grade May 1995 ~ Mar 2000
Cutie Honey Flash (キューティーハニー フラッシュ) 1st / 2nd / 3rd Grade Mar 1997 ~ Feb 1998
Harvest Moon (牧場物語) 4th Grade Apr 1997 ~ Mar 1999
Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (チョコボのふしぎな冒険) 4th Grade Jul 1999 ~ Mar 2000
Fushigi no Chocobo (ふしぎのチョコボ) 1st / 2nd Grade Nov 1998 ~ Feb 2000
Transformers: Beast Wars (トランスフォーマー ビーストウォーズ) 1st Grade Apr 1999 ~ Nov 1999
Chocobo no Fushigina Daibouken (チョコボのふしぎな大冒険) 5th Grade Aug 1999 ~ Feb 2000
The Legend of Zelda (ゼルダの伝説) 6th/5th Grade Jun 1999 ~ 2008
Powerpuff Girls (パワーパフガールズ) 1st Grade Oct 2001 ~ Jan 2002
Battle Story Rockman EXE (新装版 バトルストーリーロックマンエグゼ) 2nd / 3rd / 4th Grade Sep 2001? ~ Apr 2004
The Legendary Starfy (伝説のスタフィー) 3rd Grade Mar 2002? ~ Dec 2002
Animal Crossing: Hohinda Village (どうぶつの森ホヒンダ村だより) 2nd / 4th / 5th / 6th Grade Jun 2002 ~ ongoing?
Lilo & Stitch (リロアンドスティッチ) 5th Grade Mar 2008 ~ Sep 2008
Lilo & Stitch (リロアンドスティッチ) 1st / 2nd Grade Apr 2008 ~ Sep 2008
Lilo & Stitch (リロアンドスティッチ) 4th Grade May 2008 ~ Sep 2008
Stitch! (スティッチ!) 1st ~ 5th Grade Oct 2008 ~ Mar 2011

Famicom Manga

ファミコンまんが

A series of small pack-in booklets included in magazines from 1986 to 1987, spotlighting various Famicom games and even featuring short one-off manga, mostly serving as illustrated guides to tips, tricks and secrets. On occasion the same game would be covered in multiple magazines, apparently with completely different material and artists.

Famicom Manga: Spartan X (ファミコンまんが スパルタンX) 3rd Grade Nov 1985
Famicom Manga: Pooyan (ファミコンまんが プーヤン) 1st Grade Jan 1986
Famicom Manga: Super Mario Bros. (ファミコンまんが スーパーマリオブラザーズ) 2nd Grade Feb 1986, Apr 1986
Famicom Manga: Super Mario Bros. (ファミコンまんが スーパーマリオブラザーズ) 3rd Grade Feb 1986
Famicom Manga: Urawaza-kun (ファミコンまんが うらわざくん) 1st Grade Mar 1986
Famicom Manga: Ninja Jajamaru (忍者じゃじゃ丸くん) 2nd Grade Mar 1986
Famicom Manga: Ninja Hattori-kun (ファミコンまんが 忍者ハットリくん) 3rd Grade Apr 1986
Famicom Manga: The Goonies (ファミコンまんが グーニーズ) 2nd Grade May 1986
Famicom Manga: The Legend of Zelda (ファミコンまんが ゼルダの伝説) 2nd Grade Jul 1986
Famicom Manga: The Mysterious Murasame Castle (ファミコンまんが 謎の村雨城 ) 3rd Grade Jul 1986
Famicom Manga: Ghosts 'n Goblins (ファミコンまんが 魔界村) 1st Grade Aug 1986
Famicom Manga: Star Soldier (ファミコンまんが スターソルジャー) 2nd Grade Aug 1986
Famicom Manga: Star Soldier (ファミコンまんが スターソルジャー) 1st Grade Aug 1986
Famicom Manga: Ghosts 'n Goblins (ファミコンまんが 魔界村) 2nd Grade Sep 1986
Famicom Manga: Ghosts 'n Goblins (ファミコンまんが 魔界村) 3rd Grade Sep 1986
Famicom Manga: Super Mario Bros. 2 (ファミコンまんが スーパーマリオ ブラザーズ2) 2nd Grade Oct 1986
Famicom Manga: Solomon's Key (ファミコンまんが ソロモンの鍵) 3rd Grade Oct 1986
Famicom Manga: Jajamaru no Daibouken (ファミコンまんが じゃじゃ丸の大冒険) 2nd Grade Nov 1986
Famicom Manga: Adventure Island (ファミコンまんが 高橋名人の冒険島) 2nd Grade Dec 1986
Famicom Manga: Castlevania (ファミコンまんが 悪魔城ドラキュラ) 2nd Grade Jan 1987
Famicom Manga: Seikima II Akuma no Gyakushu! (ファミコンまんが 聖飢魔Ⅱ・悪魔の逆襲!) 3rd Grade Jan 1987
Famicom Manga: Doraemon (ファミコンまんが ドラえもん) 1st Grade Feb 1987 ~ Mar 1987
Famicom Manga: Doraemon (ファミコンまんが ドラえもん) 4th Grade Feb 1987
Famicom Manga: King Kong 2 (ファミコンまんが キングコング2) 2nd Grade Mar 1987
Famicom Manga: Ultraman (ファミコンまんが ウルトラマン) 2nd Grade Apr 1987
Famicom Manga: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (ファミコンまんが リンクの冒険) 2nd Grade May 1987
Famicom Manga: The Goonies 2 (ファミコンまんが グーニーズ2) 3rd Grade May 1987
Famicom Manga: Bug-tte Honey (ファミコンまんが バグってハニー) 1st Grade Jun 1987
Famicom Manga: The Goonies 2 (ファミコンまんが グーニーズ2) 2nd Grade Jun 1987
Famicom Manga: Higemaru Makaijima (ファミコンまんが 磨界島) 2nd Grade Jul 1987
Famicom Manga: Dragon Slayer IV (ファミコンまんが ドラゴンスレイヤーⅣ) 2nd Grade Aug 1987
Famicom Manga: Bases Loaded (ファミコンまんが 燃えろ!!プロ野球) 2nd Grade Sep 1987
Famicom Manga: Bomber King (ファミコンまんが ボンバーキング) 1st Grade Oct 1987
Famicom Manga: Bomber King (ファミコンまんが ボンバーキング) 2nd Grade Oct 1987
Famicom Manga: Zoids (ファミコンまんが ゾイド) 2nd Grade Nov 1987
Famicom Manga: Momotaro Densetsu (ファミコンまんが 桃太郎伝説) 1st Grade Dec 1987

Super Mario Bros.

スーパーマリオブラザーズ

By Daisuke Shigoto (しごと大介), published on February 1986 in Shogaku Ninensei.

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By Daisuke Shigoto (しごと大介), published on April 1986 in Shogaku Ninensei.

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The Goonies

グーニーズ

By Shinji Hikino (ひきの真二), published on May 1986 in Shogaku Ninensei.

[cover]
[01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08]
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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

ファミコンまんが リンクの冒険

By Shigeto Ikehara (池原しげと), published on May 1987 in Shogaku Ninensei.

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[01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08]
[09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

Super Mario Game Land

スーパーマリオゲームランド


(image source: Mario Quiz Land / マリオくんクイズランド pack-in booklet, photo from stenocarabeetle)

By Hiroshi Takase (嵩瀬ひろし) and Tatsuhiko Matsuda (松田辰彦, until January 1988), ran from June 1986 to April 2000, and went under a wide variety of names!

  • Super Mario-Kun (スーパーマリオくん) from June 1986 to April 1991 in Shogaku Ichinensei.
  • Dr. Mario in Shogaku Ninensei on September 1990.
  • Super Mario World from December 1990 to March 1991. It's all Ninensei from here on out.
  • Super Mario-Kun again from April 1991 onward.
  • Super Mario Wonder Land (スーパーマリオワンダーランド) from April 1996 onward.
  • Super Mario Game Land from March 1998 onward.

A very simple Mario comic intended for the littlest, tiniest of babies. Its late-90s run emphasised toys and games as part of its brand, with pack-in doodads, mazes, spot-the-difference and other activities as part of its short stories.

Six volumes were released from 1993 to 1996, and another five volumes from 2004 to 2006, in addition to pack-in booklets with the magazine, so there's a good chunk of content though probably not an exhaustive one. The series has barely been acknowledged by English fans as far as I can tell.

Super Mario-Kun

スーパーマリオくん

By Daisuke Shigoto (しごと大介), ran in Shogaku Ninensei from November 1986 to December 1987. No relation to that one, that one or that one.

The colourful antics of Mario, King Koopa and Princess Peach, because there sure as heck weren't any other characters to use! What do you mean Mario has a brother?

Episode #1 (November 1986)

Koopa and his clan attend Peach's royal banquet. It ends in kidnapping, as you'd expect.
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Episode #7 (May 1987)

Koopa tries to rain on Mario and Peach's hot air balloon parade.
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Episode #8 (June 1987)

It's a beautiful Summer's day, and Koopa's making a point of ruining it for everyone.
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Episode #12 (October 1987)

Koopa gets fatshamed and thinshamed.
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Episode #13 (November 1987)

Koopa traps the three of them in his own treacherous maze.
(scans can be found at Japanator)

Sonic the Hedgehog

ソニックザヘッジホッグ

(image source)

By Sango Morimoto (森本サンゴ), ran in Shogaku Ninensei from April 1992 to August 1993. One of three Sonic the Hedgehog manga, this one reimagining Sonic as the 'superhero' identify ordinary hedgehog Nicky unknowingly becomes to save the day.

Never reprinted. This Sonic Retro thread is seemingly your one-stop shop for all known scans of the various series, though most episodes have yet to be unearthed.

Otenba ♥ Peach-Hime

おてんば♥ピーチ姫


(image source)

By Sayuri Jiyou (じようさゆり), ran in Shogaku Sannensei from June 1992 to April 1993, with an extremely short Ninensei run from February to March 1993. A 4-koma series roughly translated as "Tomboy Princess Peach", depicting the Super Mario princess as a mischievous kid playing pranks on friends and foe alike.

Never reprinted. Excerpts can be found on the author's old website and her older website.

Mother 2: Ness no Bouken-ki

MOTHER2ネスの冒険記

By Benimaru Itoh (伊藤紅丸), ran in Shogaku Rokunensei from April 1993 to September 1994.
Roughly translated as "Ness' Adventure Memoirs", an adaptation of the story of Earthbound with its own unique twists and turns.

A collected edition was published in September 1994. An English translation was made by kenisu3000 in 2015 and can be downloaded from MediaFire (.RAR or .CBR).

Totsugeki Super Mario-Kun

とつげき スーパーマリオくん

(image source: Ichinensei August 1994, noomanossi)

By Michi Ueda (うえだ未知), ran in Shogaku Ichinensei from August 1994 to December 1994. A simple children's comic strip with mazes and other puzzles interspersed throughout the story.

"Yoshi's Game Island" (ヨッシー ゲームアイランド) is the only book release, and the series is barely acknowledged online; its one piece of merchandise, a Christmas-themed telephone card, is easier to find than any info on the manga!

Super Mario Gaiden: Hige to Boin to Hige

スーパーマリオ外伝 ひげとボインとひげ

By Tamikichi Sakura (桜玉吉, better known in the West as Charlie Nozawa), ran in Shogaku Rokunensei from April 1995 to May 1995.
Alliteratively translated as "Super Mario Side-Story: 'Stache, Stacked & 'Stache", a crudely drawn comedy following the mundane escapades of Mario, Peach and Luigi, depicted only as heads with stick figure limbs.

As far as I know, scans only exist as videos on NicoVideo uploaded by user 巨石岳: Part 1 and Part 2.

Virtua Fighter

バーチャファイター

Written by Yoshihide Fujiwara (藤原芳秀) and illustrated by Kyoichi Nanatsuki (七月鏡一). Ran in Shogaku Gonensei from April 1995 to September 1996, with a partial run in Shogaku Rokunensei.

As far as I can tell, the series was collected in three volumes published by Shonen Sunday Comics (少年サンデーコミックス).

Owarai Bakudan Super Bomberman

おわらいばくだん スーパーボンバーマン

By Takeshi Tamai (玉井たけし), ran in Shogaku Ichinensei from May 1995 to March 1998, with a partial run in Shogaku Ninensei from April 1996. Dopey kids antics with the growing cast of Super Bomberman.

See the Totally Bombastic Bomberman Shrine Place for scans and info!

Tottemo! Puyo Puyo

とっても!ぷよぷよ

By Mami Tachibana (たちばな真未), ran in Shogaku Sannensei from May 1995 to March 2000, with partial runs in Shogaku Ninensei and Shogaku Shinensei until September 1998. Cutesy tales with the Puyo Puyo cast. Roughly translated as "Extremely Puyo Puyo!"

The series was later collected in six volumes released from 1996 to 2000. The only fan translation I'm aware of is a transcript of the July 1999 issue by Jennifer of Black & Blue Translations.

Transformers: Beast Wars

トランスフォーマー ビーストウォーズ

By Koichi Mitaka (吉川剛史), ran in Shogaku Ichinensei from April 1999 to February 2000, though it appears to have been absent in December 1999. Full-colour animal antics with the cast of Beast Wars Neo and Beast Wars Metals, with puzzles and bits strewn throughout the story.

Never reprinted. The May 1999 episode is archived at TF Raws.

The Legend of Zelda

ゼルダの伝説

By Akira Himekawa (姫川 明), ran intermittently in Shogaku Rokunensei from June 1999 onwards. Lavish adaptations of new and old Zelda games, including:

  • Ocarina of Time: June 1999 to March 2000
  • Majora's Mask: August 2000 to December 2000?
  • Oracles of Ages / Seasons: 2001 to January 2002
  • A Link to the Past: 2003?
  • Four Swords: April 2004 to March 2005
  • The Minish Cap: April 2005 to September 2005
  • Phantom Hourglass: March 2008 to March 2009

Each series has been collected in multiple volumes and several official translations have been made, including an English translation from Viz released from 2008 onwards.

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