I heard that some popular manga (for example - Naruto, Nurarihyon no Mago, Beelzebub) are published as one-shots during their first try. I want to know if that applies to all manga or not? Would many manga be published as a one-shot first?

  • I don't know of any comprehensive lists, but it's not surprising that this is a common phenomenon - it allows a publisher to avoid spending excess resources on manga that don't end up succeeding. This doesn't happen for all manga, though (e.g. off the top of my head, I'm pretty sure Gin no Saji [Silver Spoon] didn't start with a one-shot, and there are surely others). Intuitively, it seems that a list of all manga that started with a one-shot would be unmanageably long, so I'm not sure this question is really reasonably scoped.
    – senshin
    Aug 20, 2013 at 0:14
  • No source, but I think all new authors have to create one shots. Its part of the path to serialization. As far as I know, the only time a manga starts without a oneshot is if they're already established.
    – anon
    Aug 20, 2013 at 0:18
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    Asking for a list is too broad as there are probably thousands of manga that would be on the list. In general lots of mangaka (especially new ones) choose to do one-shots to judge how popular something will be and because it's easier to get a publisher to devote resources toward a one-shot than a full series.
    – Logan M
    Aug 20, 2013 at 0:20
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    For reference, I did vote to close (as have 2 other people) based on the second question. However, the question in the first sentence, as well as the general question of why manga are often first produced as one-shots, are both fine questions for this site and if the post were edited to that I'd cancel my close vote and/or vote to reopen.
    – Logan M
    Aug 20, 2013 at 1:38
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    I edited the question to remove the request for a list. It should be more appropriate a question now Aug 20, 2013 at 10:01

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It doesn't apply to all manga. For instance there's manga that are adaptations of other works (anime, video games, light novels) which don't start off as one-shots and have, at the very least, a contractual run. Additionally, there are also manga that are used originally as promotional, as advertisement for a store or an upcoming anime.

The Evangelion manga is an odd-ball, where it was supposed to be an adaptation of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series, and start a month or two before its TV run as a promotion for the anime, but the TV run was delayed and didn't actually air until a year's worth of manga chapters. Additionally, there's several recent spin-off manga loosely based on the series.

There's a bunch of Gundam manga that were adapted from anime that were never one-shots. Slayers has several manga series that were adapted from the anime and light novels. Cowboy Bebop, Blade of the Immortal, etc.

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