The adult manga magazine industry is in peril
A popular Japanese comment forum posted a thread titled "Adult manga magazines are on the decline, they've been being suspended or canceled one after the other, what's going on?" Where the different magazines have been listed. manga for adults who announced suspensions of future editions or definitive serialization cancellations.
The listing includes: Comic Megastore Alpha; Bangaichi Manga; Action Pizzas DX; Action Pizzas SP; Namaiki Tsu !; Monthly Bitaman; Koushoku Shonen; Tenma; SIGMA; Juicy; TAKA; Saseco; Girls forM; Hanaman; Comic Kairakuten XTC; Comic Europe; Comic Penguin; Comic Penguin Bandits Edition; YOUNG Kyun !; BUSTER COMIC; Comic Potpourri Club; Karyou Zettai Ryouiki. This adds up to a total of 22 magazines that are issued in print, and there have been no communications about its digital suspension other than those that have been totally canceled.
The cancellation is mysteriously parallel to an article published in January 2019, where the Japanese government ordered that, since then, the country's convenience stores would stop selling any adult merchandise, which would inevitably affect manga magazines for Adults. The decision at that time was that, due to the imminent Olympic Games, the flow of tourists was going to increase progressively but that there had also been a decrease in the sales of these products.
Could it be that, despite the regrowth, Japan is already preparing to host the Summer Olympics? Whether that or not, the indefinite cancellation and / or suspension of adult manga magazines, added to the fact that their main market (convenience stores) has been limited for two years, has put an industry in the red that each time more is removed from the print medium.