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CoroCoro Comics (Japanese: コロコロ コミック CoroCoro Comics) is a Japanese magazine published by Shogakukan, Inc..

Its name comes from the phenomime korokoro, meaning a small, fat, spherical thing, because kids supposedly like them.

CoroCoro regularly promotes toys and video games related to manga franchises, releasing stories and articles featuring them. Pokémon's big success in Japan owes to this in a way; Pocket Monsters Blue was sold exclusively through the magazine at first. Of course, this helped CoroCoro's sales as well.


The magazine was launched in 1977, aiming at young elementary-school age boys, younger than the age for shōnen readers, which is about teenager age, but then became one of the most popular magazines in Japan. CoroCoro is now currently a monthly manga magazine, along with it's two sister publications, Bessatsu CoroCoro and CoroCoro Ichiban!, which are only released every two months. It is known as a source for Pokémon news, as many announcements pertaining to both the Pokémon anime and Pokémon games come to fans by way of the magazine. In addition to Pokémon, other popular CoroCoro comics include Doraemon, Donkey Kong, Kirby, and Beyblade. It also contains Pokémon Manga, having only have missed out on the Red and Blue Manga. However, it has contained Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, Diamond and Pearl and Platinum. It also gives leaked information about the games and the anime, such as the leaked revelation of Arceus, the announcement of a new game in May, and the leaked revelation of Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime.

Other series

Besides Pokémon, CoroCoro also promotes other manga series. This is a list of those series.


  • Doraemon
  • Game Center Arashi


  • Bikkuriman
  • Oyaji-chan
  • Dash! Yonkuro
  • Dodge Danpei
  • Ganbare Kickers


  • Ape Escape
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Donkey Kong
  • Duel Masters
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Kirby
  • Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!
  • Macross 7
  • Ore wa Otoko da! Kunio-kun
  • Street Fighter II V
  • Super B-Daman
  • Cyborg Kuro-chan
  • Speed Racer
  • Super Mario-kun
  • Tamagotchi
  • Wataru
  • Zoids


  • Battle B-Daman
  • Beyblade
  • Bomberman Jetters
  • Crash B-Daman
  • Croket!
  • Denjyarasu Jiisan
  • Inazuma Eleven
  • Jak x Daxter ~Itachi de Waruika!!~
  • Mushiking
  • Rockman EXE
  • Ratchet and Clank-Gagaga! Ginga no Gakeppuchi Densetsu
  • Ryusei no Rockman
  • Sonic! Dash & Spin
  • I'm Galileo!
  • Kirby of the Stars

CoroCoro Pokémon Illustration Contest

In late 1997, CoroCoro held an Illustration Contest, in which the top three illustrators had their artwork featured as one of the Vending Machine cards.

Winner Card Type Rarity Series
Yuuki Kawamura Poliwrath Water Uncommon Series 1
Keita Takahashi Snorlax Colorless Uncommon Series 1
Kazuhiko Nishihara Mewtwo Psychic Common Series 3

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