The Magazines Era:1982–1993

Starting with Weekly The Television, The company launched various informational magazines successively. By the success of Tokyo Walker, KADOKAWA became acknowledged as the leading company in the field.

  • 1982

    Kamata Koshinkyoku by Kohei Tsuka, and Jidaiya no Nyoubou by Tomomi Matsumura, win the Naoki Prize. The magazine Weekly The Television is launched.

  • 1983

    Shinpen Kokka Taikan [A General Survey of National Anthems: New Edition](5 volumes; 10 books total) is published. The magazine Comptiq is launched. The movies Harmagedon: Genma Taisen, GIRL of Time, Story of the Detective, and The Legend of Eight Samurai are released.

  • 1984

    The Fourth Protocol (2 volumes) is published, recording best-seller sales of 600,000 copies. Weekly The Television expands its publication to 15 local versions.

  • 1985

    The animation information magazine Newtype and the girls' comic magazine ASUKA is launched.

  • 1986

    Document Showa (9 volumes), the publication of a major TV program by NHK, is released.

  • 1987

    Toretate no Tanka desu [Freshly Picked Tankas] is published, implementing a new return policy, which attracts interest in the publishing industry. The magazines Video Data and CD Data are launched.

  • 1988

    The Kadokawa Hongo building is completed. The "Fujimi Fantasia Bunko" and "Kadokawa Sneaker Paperback" labels are launched.

  • 1989

    The “Kadokawa Bunko” paperback label celebrates its 40th anniversary. The "100 Kadokawa Bunko Paperback Masterpieces" and the "Big Special" book fairs are launched.

  • 1990

    The magazine Tokyo Walker is launched. Kadokawa Nihon Chimei Daijiten [The Kadokawa Geographical Dictionary of Japan] series is completed. A new distribution center is completed in Miyoshi-cho, Saitama prefecture. The movie Ten to Chi To [Heaven and Earth], commemorating the 15th anniversary of Kadokawa Pictures, is released.

  • 1991

    Furusato Daisaijiki [Seasonal Hometown Poems] (8 volumes) begins to be published.

  • 1992

    The "Kadokawa Ruby Paperback" label is launched.

  • 1993

    Associated companies, such as THE TELEVISION and the KADOKAWA MEDIA OFFICE, are merged.
    Tsuguhiko Kadokawa becomes president.