Magazine: Manga Time Kirara
Manga Time Kirara is a manga magazine published by Houbunsha.It was started in 2003 as an offshoot of the Gag Series magazine Manga Time, but specializing in moe yonkoma. Because of the popularity of the moe style in the 2000s, Kirara became a family of five magazines, four of which continues with the original specialization of moe Slice of Life yonkoma. The other one, Manga Time Kirara Forward, while maintaining the moe style, serializes non-yonkoma series with more traditional narratives — for example, Yumekui Merry is a supernatural action series that wouldn't be too out of place in a shounen mag like Shonen Sunday.The Kirara family of magazines have also become somewhat infamous for carrying works with high levels of Les Yay, or in some cases out-and-out seinen Yuri Genre series, Sakura Trick being the most recent example that got an anime.Many of their anime adaptations are licensed by Sentai Filmworks for North American viewers. Most of these titles, with the exception of Kill Me Baby, Yumekui Merry, Hanayamata note and K-On! note , are often released without English dubs. A majority of these are Slice of Life titles, which usually don't sell well enough to justify it, and the Manga Time Kirara brand is very niche outside of Japan.In addition, because of the format, each month release of one of the five magazines under the family can carry up to 26-27 series. Works in these magazines are often authored by novices of professional manga; many of them were (or still are) doujinshi authors or illustrators.
Series Run in Manga Time Kirara
- Doujin Work (adapted by Studio Remic)
- K-On! (adapted by Kyoto Animation)
- New Game!
- Place to Place (adapted by AIC)
- Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro
- Yuyushiki (adapted by Kinema Citrus)
- A Channel (adapted by Studio Gokumi)
- GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class (adapted by AIC)
- Hidamari Sketch (adapted by Studio SHAFT)
- K-On! (adapted by Kyoto Animation)
- Kill Me Baby (adapted by JC Staff)
- Hanayamata (adapted by Madhouse)
- Itoshi no Karin
- Puella Magi Kazumi Magica
- Puella Magi Suzune Magica
- School-Live! (adapted by Lerche)
- Tonari no Kashiwagi-san
- Yumekui Merry (adapted by JC Staff)
- Is the Order a Rabbit? (adapted by White Fox, second season co-produced by Kinema Citrus)
- Kanamemo (adapted by JC Staff)
- Kin-iro Mosaic (adapted by Studio Gokumi)
- Koufuku Graffiti (adapted by Studio SHAFT)
- Sakura Trick (adapted by Studio DEEN)
- Sweet Magic Syndrome
- Castle Town Dandelion (adapted by Production IMS)
Tropes common in Manga Time Kirara works
- Iyashikei/Escapism: Most of them are sweet and heartwarming. School-Live! is a big aversion, though; it's supposed to be very Tearjerkingly nightmarish. note
- No Dub for You: Many of the anime adaptations of these titles are usually licensed by Sentai Filmworks for the North American market, and it's expected that many of them are often released sub-only.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Sexuality is never really brought up, but there is a lot of subtext in more than a few works.
- Schoolgirl Series: Also very common in these works.
- School Girl Lesbian: It would be hard to find a work that didn't have one or more girls with blatant crushes on one another.
- Seinen: Many of these works are usually geared towards an older adult male audience.
- Slice of Life: A common theme in these works.
- The One Guy: Recurring male characters are very very rare in non-Forward Kirara series, enough so that when a series DOES feature a regular male cast it's noticeable (see Place to Place, Castle Town Dandelion, Doujin Work, and GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class).
- Token Mini-Moe: It is expected that at least one female character will fit into bill in any Manga Time Kirara works.