CoroCoro Comic is a monthly children's magazine by Shogakukan, which began publishing in 1977. Originally conceived as a place to house old chapters of Doraemon, the magazine soon became home to a host of manga for the Kodomomuke crowd and hasn't stopped ever since.
The magazine is aimed at younger boys than shounen books typically aim for, so their manga usually follows their interests. Its most well-known output is hobby manga and video game adaptations, usually more comedic than the original games themselves. Due to the magazine's popularity, it also set some standards for children's manga; they practically codified the Tournament Arc in game-based manga, right down to the long, dramatic plays. They've also mastered the Shonen Hair trope in their properties, with many hobby series having their own unique flavor of hairstyle. It (other than a certain magazine's own hobby franchise) is also the reason why the style is closely associated with card games, earning it the alternate nickname of "card game hair". Chances are, if you remember a Merchandise-Driven series with outlandish rules, even more outlandish hair, and just as memorable tournaments, you've probably run into a CoroCoro manga at some point.
While CoroCoro as a magazine may not be as well known as other boys' anthologies in the West, people are more familiar with their anime adaptations, since a good chunk of them tended to be dubbed for weekday or Saturday morning kid's blocks. The magazine is also remembered as the go-to place for the latest information about popular kids' franchises like Pokémon, with plenty of speculators forming their own theories based on what appears before a game's release.
The monthly version has 3 other siblings: Bessatsu CoroCoro, CoroCoro Ichiban!, and CoroCoro Aniki, a magazine for adults that grew up with the original. Its sister magazine is the Shoujo-oriented Ciao.
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Comic
- UFO Kamen Yakisoban (March-June 1994)
- Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!!
- Battle B-Daman
- Danball Senki
- Dash! Yonkuro (October 3, 1989-March 27, 1990)
- Duel Masters
- Future Card Buddyfight
- Ganbare Kickers
- Hero Bank (ongoing)
- Little Ghost Q-Taro
- Manga de Hakken! Tamagotchi
- Mysterious Joker
- Pokémon Adventures (ongoing)
- Pocket Monsters (November 28, 1996 - October 23, 2019)
- Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder
- Splatoon (ongoing)
- Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania (ongoing)
Manga serialized in Bessatsu CoroCoro
- Game Center Arashi
- GeGeGe no Kitarō
- Miracle Trio! Minions
- Hoshi no Kirby: ~Manpuku Pupupu Fantasy~ (ongoing)
- Pocket Monsters (ongoing)
- Yo-Kai Watch
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Ichiban!
- Let's & Go!! Tsubasa: The Next Racers (ongoing)
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Aniki