Magazine: Manga Time Kirara

Kirara Family of Magazines
Top (Left to Right): Kirara (featuring Yuyushiki), Kirara Max (featuring Kin-iro Mosaic and Gochuumon wa Usagi desu ka?), Kirara Carat (featuring A Channel). Bottom (Left to Right): Kirara Forward (featuring Yumekui Merry and Hanayamata), Kirara Miracle! (featuring Sakura Trick), Kirara Magica (everything Madoka Magica).

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, 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

Series Run in Manga Time Kirara Carat

Series Run in Manga Time Kirara Forward

Series Run in Manga Time Kirara Max

Series Run in Manga Time Kirara Miracle!

Tropes common in Manga Time Kirara works

  • Iyashikei/Escapism: Most of them are sweet and heartwarming. Gakkou Gurashi 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.
  • Token Mini-Moe: It is expected that at least one female character will fit into bill in any Manga Time Kirara works.