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#1 User is offline Pengi 

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Sorry for making another Sonic Manga topic so soon, but I think this is worth having its own thread for easy reference.

The Shogakukan Sonic manga series has been shrouded in mystery for a while. Whilst doing a little research, I discovered that the various Shogakukan Learning Journals (小学館の学習雑誌) are in the National Diet Library's collection. Of course, they're not available to view online, but they do have a complete contents listing of each issue. I cross-referenced the information with the few scans we do have, and they're a 100% exact match, so I'm going to consider the information reliable. With this I've been able to create a list of every issue Sonic appeared in, who the creative team was, and the page number the comic begins on. The page numbers are very useful for identifying scans where the issue is unknown. This page, for example is one of the earliest we ever saw online. At first it was identified as being from the 4th Grade magazine, then fans assumed it was from the 2nd Grade magazine because of the artist. But it's actually from the September 1992 issue of the 6th Grade magazine.

For the Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special issues I mainly relied on a fan site, the CoroCoro Comic Index, in combination with the few comics that have already been scanned, and scans of the "Contents" pages from online stores etc.

One small oddity - Kenji Terada was responsible for the original story concept. Sometimes the NDL co-credits him, sometimes it doesn't. I don't think he wrote any of the comics directly, but I left the credits in anyway. The 4th Grade magazine isn't actually comics, so much as illustrated prose. Kenji Terada may have written these directly, since he's credited on every one, but it's difficult to be certain without having the actual images.

Some issues had extra Sonic stuff. I'll put them in red. Also, in the 1st Grade magazine the actual comics didn't seem to begin until the September 1992 issue, but there was Sonic content in earlier issues. I've left those in Japanese, since they have actual titles, which none of the others do.

Anyway, here we go:

WRITERS / ARTISTS

Kenji Terada 寺田憲史
Mitsuo Kimura 木村光雄
Takase Hiroshi 嵩瀬ひろし
Sango Morimoto 森本サンゴ
Hirokazu Hikawa ひかわ博一 or ひかわひろかず
Norihiro Matsubara 松原徳弘
Yukio Abe 阿部行夫
Yoshihiko Ochi おちよしひこ
Koichi Tanaka 田中康一


FIRST GRADE (SHOGAKU ICHINENSEI)

小学一年生


1992-05 どうどうとうじょうだぜ!ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Kenji Terada p127 (1 or 2 pages)
1992-06 ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグなかまもよろしくな! p111 (single page)
1992-07 ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ Dr.エッグマンのひみつ p121 (single page)
1992-08 ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ ベルーカをやっつけろ! p30 (single page)
1992-09 New Series Sonic the Hedgehog / Mitsuo Kimura p96
1992-10 Mitsuo Kimura; Takase Hiroshi p42
1992-11 Mitsuo Kimura p66
1992-12 Mitsuo Kimura; Takase Hiroshi p26 ソニック・ザ・ヘッジホッグ2 すごいぞ!3つのひみつ p28
1993-01 Mitsuo Kimura; Takase Hiroshi p60
1993-02 Sango Morimoto p37
1993-03 Sango Morimoto p60 Sonic 2 Panorama barcode card p5
1993-04 Sango Morimoto p82 [JP Scans]
1993-05 Sango Morimoto p137
1993-06 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p92 [JP Scans]
1993-07 Sango Morimoto p91 [JP Scans]
1993-08 Sango Morimoto p118 [JP Scans]


SECOND GRADE (SHOGAKU NINENSEI)

小学二年生


1992-04 Sango Morimoto p93 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992-05 Sango Morimoto p15
1992-06 Kenji Terada; Sango Morimoto p147
1992-07 Sango Morimoto p24 [JP Scans]
1992-08 Sango Morimoto p14 [JP Scan (INCOMPLETE)] [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992-09 Sango Morimoto p145 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992-10 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p30
1992-11 Sango Morimoto p40
1992-12 Sango Morimoto p34 Sonic Christmas Santa Coloring Contest p44
1993-01 Sango Morimoto p72
1993-02 Sango Morimoto p86 <Game playing cards> (3) Yoshi's cookie Tiny Toon 2 Sonic 2 etc. p14
1993-03 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p68
1993-04 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p93
1993-05 Sango Morimoto p84
1993-06 Sango Morimoto p107
1993-07 Sango Morimoto p98
1993-08 Sango Morimoto p205

THIRD GRADE (SHOGAKU SANNENSEI)

小学三年生


1992-04 New Series Sonic the Hedgehog / Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p140
1992-05 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p136
1992-06 Hirokazu Hikawa p236
1992-07 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p215
1992-08 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p193
1992-09 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p153
1992-10 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p221 [JP Scans] [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992-11 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p204 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992-12 Hirokazu Hikawa p71
1993-01 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p153 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 p9
1993-02 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p239
1993-03 Hirokazu Hikawa; p221
1993-04 Hirokazu Hikawa p206
1993-05 Hirokazu Hikawa p192
1993-06 Hirokazu Hikawa p140
1993-07 Hirokazu Hikawa p144
1993-08 Hirokazu Hikawa p124

FOURTH GRADE (SHOGAKU YONENSEI)

小学四年生


ソニックの大冒険 (also written in English as "The Adventures of SONIC the Hedgehog")

1992-04 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p96
1992-05 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p95 [JP Scans]
1992-06 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p51
1992-07 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p69 [JP Scans]
1992-08 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p61 [JP Scans]
1992-09 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p127 [JP Scans]
1992-10 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p149
1992-11 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p167
1992-12 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p161 ソニックワールドへようこそ! Kenji Terada; Yukio Abe; Norihiro Matsubara p23 [JP Scans]
1993-01 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p195
1993-02 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p181
1993-03 Kenji Terada; Norihiro Matsubara p191
1993-04 Kenji Terada; Yoshihiko Ochi p261
1993-05 Kenji Terada; Yoshihiko Ochi p265
1993-06 Kenji Terada; Yoshihiko Ochi p245
1993-07 Kenji Terada; Yoshihiko Ochi p223
1993-08 Kenji Terada; Yoshihiko Ochi p241

FIFTH GRADE (SHOGAKU GONENSEI)

小学五年生


1992-04 Hirokazu Hikawa [ひかわひろかず] p126
1992-05 Hirokazu Hikawa [ひかわ博一] p237
1992-06 Hirokazu Hikawa p253
1992-07 Hirokazu Hikawa p221
1992-08 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p259
1992.09 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p231
1992.10 Hirokazu Hikawa; Kenji Terada p111
1992.11 Hirokazu Hikawa p142
1992.12 Hirokazu Hikawa p138 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 p38
1993.01 Hirokazu Hikawa p116 [JP Scans] [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1993.02 Hirokazu Hikawa p119 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Capture Technique p40 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1993.03 Hirokazu Hikawa p218
1993.04 Hirokazu Hikawa p238
1993.05 Hirokazu Hikawa p114
1993.06 Hirokazu Hikawa p272
1993.07 Hirokazu Hikawa p132
1993.08 Hirokazu Hikawa p276

SIXTH GRADE (SHOGAKU ROKUNENSEI)

小学六年生


1992.04 Sango Morimoto p108
1992.05 Sango Morimoto p236
1992.06 Sango Morimoto p236
1992.07 Sango Morimoto p106
1992.08 Sango Morimoto p106
1992.09 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p110 [JP Scan (INCOMPLETE)]
1992.10 Sango Morimoto p202
1992.11 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p140
1992.12 Sango Morimoto p148 Game Express Sonic 2 Map Large Strategy / Land Stalker FFV · New Job System Great Research / Magazine Game Interview Team; Caramel · Mama; Supersonic Speed; Takayoshi Shimaura; DOM · DOM p35
1993.01 Sango Morimoto; Kenji Terada p84
1993.02 Sango Morimoto; Terada Kenji p108
1993.03 Sango Morimoto p148 メガドラ+ソニック2モニター大募集 p241
1993.04 Sango Morimoto p204
1993.05 Sango Morimoto p130
1993.06 Sango Morimoto p146
1993.07 Sango Morimoto; Terada Kenji p124
1993.08 Sango Morimoto; Terada Kenji p136

BESSATSU COROCORO COMIC SPECIAL

別冊コロコロコミックスペシャル
(later: 別冊コロコロコミックSpecial)

1992.08 Koichi Tanaka p226 [JP Scans] [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992.10 Koichi Tanaka p373 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1992.12 Koichi Tanaka p375 [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]
1993.02 Koichi Tanaka p377
1993.04 Koichi Tanaka p313 [JP Scans] [JP Scans (smaller)]
1993.06 Koichi Tanaka
1993.08 Koichi Tanaka p118 [JP Photos (INCOMPLETE)]
1993.10 Koichi Tanaka
1993.12 Koichi Tanaka
1994.02 Koichi Tanaka
1994.04 Koichi Tanaka p503 [JP Scans]
1994.06 Koichi Tanaka

GEKKAN COROCORO COMIC Summer Vacation Special Issue
月刊コロコロコミック夏休み増刊号

1992 Koichi Tanaka p107 [JP Scans] [ENG Scans (Fan Translation)]

GEKKAN COROCORO COMIC Spring Break Special Issue
月刊コロコロコミック春休み増刊号

1993 Koichi Tanaka p97 [JP Photos]
This post has been edited by Pengi: 07 November 2018 - 02:31 PM

#2 User is offline Black Squirrel 

Posted 25 March 2018 - 03:55 PM

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Very well done. I had a go at just trying to verify that the magazines existed the other day, and you don't get very far on an image search alone (which is odd when you consider the Japanese invented all the good digital cameras).

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:45 PM

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Holy smokes this is crazy informative. Great work!

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Wow, thanks for sharing all that info! If only we knew of somebody who collects these.

#5 User is offline Pengi 

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The CoroCoro Comic Index site doesn't have any info on the June 1994 issue of Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special. It's come to my attention that this issue most likely features the final installment of Sonic the Hedgehog, not the April issue.

EDIT: Found the June 1994 cover, it says "Sonic the Hedgehog" on it.

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I uploaded two new issues to my drive. They are the 1992.08 and the 1994.04 Koichi Tanaka issues.

The August 1992 Koichi Tanaka issue is really interesting because Amy is working with Eggman and Metal Sonic appears at the end! This is way before his debut in September 1993!


Edit: Actually got confused there for a sec, the Metal Sonic issue is the 1994.04 one so Sonic CD is still his first appearance. Though still want to know why Amy is working with Eggman.

Here's the link to the issues.
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Thanks, those scans are looking great! However, I'm noticing that some of them may be a bit too cropped, maybe?

For example, the tryptic in the 1994 issue has two versions of the scan, and the best version is missing some stuff in the borders.
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I think that, specially in these cases which are aimed more towards preservation, it's preferable to leave partly visible untrimmed borders than to lose... well, anything.

Also, it may be a good idea to keep the actual page numbers within the magazine/book/etc, for referential purposes (said triple page would be something like "24,25,26.jpg" instead of "Page 2.jpg", for example).
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#8 User is online Casshern 

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Ah yeah, some pages are not cropped right because either they're too big for the scanner (like the example you put) or since my scanner is ancient as hell sometimes it doesn't get the whole page.

I'm planning on buying a new one (if anyone has any recommendations on a cheap/big one let me know) so I'll go back and scanned them again once I do. On the pages I can go back on renamed them later once I have more time.

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So, I was doing some research trying to find more of these Shogakukan Sonic Manga's and I found a bunch of them being sold on two separate Japanese websites. It would be great and highly appreciated if we could try to buy all of these. Then we can have almost all of the Coro Coro Shogakukan stories and will only be missing the 1st - 6th grade stories. One book even has rare Manga Sonic stickers in it! :)

1992

https://www.suruga-y...tail/ZNAWO33647

https://order.mandar...Code=1061966203

1993

https://www.suruga-y...tail/ZNAWO33649

https://order.mandar...Code=1073413132

https://order.mandar...Code=1073871590

https://order.mandar...Code=1073392865

https://www.suruga-y...tail/ZNAWO33649

1994

https://order.mandar...Code=1004876872

I think this might be the May 1st 1993 Third Grade issue which is mentioned on the list here but I'm not 100% sure.

https://page.auction...tion/t567597919
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All the links you've posted state "sold out". Except the third Mandarake link and the Yahoo! Auctions link. I might be able to order those, but I may have to ship them to someone else to get them scanned when they reach the warehouse of a proxy service I'm using. I'm going to visit my girlfriend on July 4th and won't be able to touch my scanner for a while. I'll pay for shipping and everything.

#11 User is offline Pengi 

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Thanks for scanning these Casshern! :)

The 1994 issue is interesting, since it's part of an ongoing story line, whereas the earlier Sonic stories in CoroCoro Special were self-contained.

This story (or rather, the finale of it, in the next issue) is mentioned on Sonic's Japanese Wikipedia page

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1992年~1993年にコロコロコミック及び小学館の学習雑誌で連載された作品にのみ登場。ヘッジホッグタウンに暮らす少年。ソニックによく似た容姿に眼鏡をかけ、前髪を下ろした格好でおとなしい性格。友人や自らもソニックに幾度となく助けられるが、本人はソニックと会ったことはない。正体はソニックになる前のソニックの姿で、未来から来たソニックが入れ替わってピンチを助けていた。コロコロコミックでの最終話でメタルソニックとの戦いの中メタルソニックを本物のソニックと誤認しソニックに頼れないと決意したことでニッキの意識を保ったままソニックに変身した。『小学四年生』に連載された小説では未来で不良に水中に突き落とされたニッキを、父の親友で超光速の世界へ消えたソニック・ジョーが助けたことで時を超えた超光速の世界の存在となった、という彼がソニックとなった由来が語られた。

Google translated:

Nikki
It only appeared in works serialized in Korokoro comic and Shogakkan learning magazines from 1992 to 1993. A boy living in Hedgehog Town. He wears glasses in a figure that closely resembles Sonic, and is dressy and quiet with a bang. Friends and themselves can be helped many times by Sonic but he never met Sonic. The identity was Sonic before it became Sonic, Sonic from the future switched and helped pinch. In the final story in the korokoro comic, in the fight against Metal Sonic, he decided that he could not rely on Sonic by mistaking Metal Sonic as authentic Sonic, so he changed to Sonic with keeping consciousness of Nikki. In the novel series serialized in "Elementary school fourth grade", Nikki who was thrust into the water in the future in the future, father's best friend and disappeared into the world of super light speed helped by Sonic Joe helped the world of super light speed The origin of which he became Sonic was said to have become existence.


Nicky coming into his own and a fight with Metal Sonic sounds like a good note for the series to go out on.

Koichi Tanaka had previously introduced a robot resembling the Mega Drive Sonic 2's Mecha Sonic.

View PostSonicGenesis89, on 29 June 2018 - 08:19 PM, said:

I think this might be the May 1st 1993 Third Grade issue which is mentioned on the list here but I'm not 100% sure.

https://page.auction...tion/t567597919


This auction is for a supplement that came free with the magazine, but the magazine itself is not included. The learning journals can be recognised by their distinctive logo. Chunky white font on a big red rectangular background.

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This is the July 1995 issue of the Third Grade magazine, for example.

Casshern previously uploaded an issue of the Second Grade magazine (Shogaku Ninensei), including the cover, which has the same logo style. (Additionally, he uploaded a previously missing page from that issue - file name "Page 3.5". So that's another page to translate if anyone's up for it!)
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I picked up the April 1993 volume of Bessatsu CoroCoro recently; raw scans are on MEGA and shrunk versions are on my site. I only just discovered this thread, and I'm glad to see there's other folks researching this series!

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View PostRagey, on 11 September 2018 - 04:39 PM, said:

I picked up the April 1993 volume of Bessatsu CoroCoro recently; raw scans are on MEGA and shrunk versions are on my site. I only just discovered this thread, and I'm glad to see there's other folks researching this series!

Really nice, thanks for sharing!

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View PostRagey, on 11 September 2018 - 04:39 PM, said:

I picked up the April 1993 volume of Bessatsu CoroCoro recently; raw scans are on MEGA and shrunk versions are on my site. I only just discovered this thread, and I'm glad to see there's other folks researching this series!


Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! I'm a fan of your site and all the hard work you've put into cataloging and preserving otherwise lost video game manga, including Dengeki Nintendo DS's Sonic the Hedgehog series, which I'm sure will be of interest to people here. I've added your links to the original post, I hope this is okay?

For anyone who's not checked this thread recently, I updated the original post a while back to include links to all the scans we currently have available. A lot of them are from the defunct Portal Sonic site, which only hosted English scanlations.

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View PostRagey, on 11 September 2018 - 04:39 PM, said:

I picked up the April 1993 volume of Bessatsu CoroCoro recently; raw scans are on MEGA and shrunk versions are on my site.

Awesome! Thank you!

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