Newtype is a monthly magazine publication originating from Japan, covering anime. It was launched by publishing company Kadokawa Shoten on March 8, 1985 with its April issue, and has since seen regular release on the 10th of every month in its home country. Newtype Korea is published in Korea. Spin-off publications of Newtype also exist in Japan, such as Newtype Hero/Newtype the Live and NewWORDS, as well as numerous limited-run versions.
The name of the magazine comes from the "Newtypes" in the Universal Century timeline of the Gundam series, specifically Mobile Suit Gundam and its sequel Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Newtype magazine launched a week after Zeta Gundam began airing on March 2, 1985.
Newtype USA was an English language version that was published in North America between 2002 and 2008.



Newtype runs several columns per month, typically written by creators within the anime and manga industries. Past and current contributors include Satsuki Igarashi, Mahiro Maeda, and Gilles Poitras. Newtype USA included columns from more history-minded writers as well as individuals involved in the US anime industry.


Newtype usually contains a center insert with regularly serialized manga. The magazine is perhaps best known in Japan for serializing Mamoru Nagano's The Five Star Stories.
Manga serialized in Newtype USA varied due to licensing reasons. They had included Full Metal Panic!, Angel/Dust, Chrono Crusade, Lagoon Engine Einsatz, , the Aoi House 4-koma, Angel/Dust Neo, and Kobato. only several of which actually appeared in the Japanese Newtype.


Light novels have also been serialized within the Japanese version of the magazine in the past: these have included "For the Barrel" ; a novelization of Overman King Gainer ; and the Yoshiyuki Tomino story "Gaia Gear", set in the far future of Gundam 's Universal Century timeline.

Television schedule

A large insert within the magazine usually contains a television schedule for anime and tokusatsu programs set to run on various Japanese networks throughout the coming month, accompanied by synopses for each aired episode and network ratings for each show from the previous month.

Art-related material

Newtype contains a tip column for working with computer graphics in manga-style illustration, written by a different guest illustrator each month. The column generally centers around working with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter.
In the Japanese version, the last page of Newtype is usually reserved for one of a series of art pieces or illustrations from a known anime illustrator. Perhaps the best known of these is the "GUNDAM FIX" illustration series by Hajime Katoki, which placed mecha from the Gundam franchise within real-world photographic contexts. Other illustrators who have contributed to this back page in the past include Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Hisashi Hirai.

International versions

Newtype USA included both translated Japanese content and original U.S. material. Content included anime, manga, music, game, toy and model reviews, director interviews, artist profiles, and regular columns by industry experts, tastemakers and deep-cover insiders. Newtype USA also included bonus content, such as posters, postcards, a centerfold spread, serialized manga, and a DVD insert. Newtype USA was published by A.D. Vision, parent company of the anime distributor ADV Films and manga publisher ADV Manga, but the magazine still featured content and promotional material from properties distributed by competing publishers. About 70% of the material is translated from the Japanese release, including matching cover and front story, and articles from American writers. Subscriptions on initial release were expected to hit 50,000. The first Newtype USA issue was published in November 2002. and ended publication after the February 2008 issue. It was replaced in 2008 with PiQ magazine, which ceased publication after four issues.
Newtype was also published in South Korea by Daiwon C.I. under the name Newtype Korea. The first issue was released in July 1999, and the magazine lasted until February 2014 when the last issue was published. The magazine included translated Japanese content, with added emphasis on domestic Korean animation projects. Daiwon C.I. also used the Newtype branding for a line of imported Japanese animation DVDs and light novels, called Newtype DVD and Newtype Light Novel, respectively. Both the original Japanese and English editions used the "right-to-left" format while the Korean edition is reversed.

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