Gekkan CoroCoro Comic (月刊コロコロコミック Gekkan KoroKoro Komikku) is a Japanese monthly manga magazine published by Shogakukan, starting on May 15, 1977 as a magazine for Doraemon. Its main target is elementary school aged boys, younger than the readers of shōnen manga. The name comes from a phenomime korokoro (ころころ) which means "rolling" and also represents something spherical, fat, or small, because children supposedly like such things. The magazine is A5-sized, about 6 cm (2¼ in) thick, and often more than 800 pages in length.
The magazine also has other side publications:
- Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic (別冊コロコロコミック), a bi-monthly magazine that began in 1981.
- CoroCoro Ichiban! (コロコロイチバン!), first published in 2005.
- CoroCoro G (コロコロG) from 2010.
- CoroCoro Aniki (コロコロアニキ), which began with an irregular publication date in 2014 until it became a quarterly publication in 2017, being released on March, June, September, and December.
CoroCoro regularly promotes toys and video games related to their manga franchises, releasing stories and articles featuring them. Pokémon's big success in Japan owes to this in a way; the Game Boy game Pocket Monsters: Blue was sold exclusively through the magazine at first, which helped CoroCoro's sales as well. CoroCoro is also often a source of information about upcoming Pokémon games and movies. CoroCoro also had tie-ins with Capcom, including the Mega Man franchise in the 2000s.
CoroCoro Comic published the following manga:
- MegaMan NT Warrior (Gekkan CoroCoro Comic. 2001-2006)
- Rockman the Shooting Star / Shooting Star Rockman (Gekkan CoroCoro Comic. November 2006-January 2008)
- Rockman the Shooting Star Tribe / Tribe Shooting Star Rockman Butou Gaiden (Gekkan CoroCoro Comic. February-July 2008)
- Shooting Star Rockman 3 (December 2008-January 2009)
- Rockman Zero (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic. June 2003-February 2006)
- Gekitou! EXE Kyoudai Rockmeen! (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic. April 2003-October 2006)
- Shuugeki On-Air!! Shooting Star Rockmeen! (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic. December 2006-December 2008)
- Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star VS (Bessatsu CoroCoro Comic Special, 2009-2010)
- Rockman 11: Unmei no Haguruma!! (CoroCoro Aniki, 2018)
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