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 5 other siblings: Bessatsu CoroCoro, CoroCoro Ichiban!, the late CoroCoro Aniki, a magazine for adults that grew up with the original and the web-only CoroCoro Online which was later relaunched as Weekly CoroCoro Comic. Its sister magazine is the Shoujo-oriented Ciao.
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Comic
- UFO Kamen Yakisoban (March-June 1994)
- Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!!(July 1994-August 1999)
- Battle B-Daman
- Dash! Yonkuro (October 3, 1989-March 27, 1990)
- Duel Masters
- The Electric Tale of Pikachu
- Future Card Buddyfight
- Ganbare, Kickers!
- Hero Bank
- Inazuma Eleven
- LBX: Little Battlers eXperience
- Little Ghost Q-Taro
- Manga de Hakken! Tamagotchi
- Mini4King (August 12, 2021-November 15, 2022. Moved to Weekly on December 17, 2022)
- Mysterious Joker
- Ore wa Otoko Da! Kunio-kun
- Pokémon Adventures (ongoing)
- Pocket Monsters (November 28, 1996 - October 23, 2019)
- Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder
- Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!
- Pokémon Golden Boys
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team
- Rich Kaikan Cash!
- Splatoon (ongoing)
- Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show (ongoing)
- Super Mario Bros. (movie manga adaptation, Spring 1993)
- Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania (ongoing)
Manga serialized in Bessatsu CoroCoro
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary (moved to Weekly in 2022)
- Game Center Arashi
- GeGeGe no Kitarō
- Professor Layton and the Cheerful Mystery
- 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 (August 21, 2017-January 21, 2021)
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Aniki (2014 - 2021)
- Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Rising (moved to Online in 2021)
- Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!! Return Racers (October 15, 2014-March 15, 2021. moved to Online in 2021)
- Dangerous Ryman (moved to Online in 2021)
- Hyper Dash! Yonkuro (ongoing)
- Hoshi no Kirby: Dedede de Pupupu na Monogatari (moved to Online in 2021)
- Pocket Monster Aniki-hen (Moved to Online in 2021)
- Soukou Musume
- Wixoss Bkub tama Gekijou (-2021)
Manga serialized in CoroCoro Online
- CoroCoro Soukan Densetsu
- Bakuten Shoot Beyblade Rising
- Dangerous Ryman (2021-present)
- Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!! Return Racers (July 25, 2021-November 15, 2021)
- Puniru Is A Cute Slime
Manga serialized in Weekly CoroCoro
- Animal Crossing New Horizons: Deserted Island Diary
- Duel Masters G
- Mini4King (Moved from Monthly from December 17, 2022 onward)