Tankōbon (単行本, "independent/standalone book") is the Japanese term for a book that is not part of a series or corpus. In modern Japan, however, the term is most often used in reference to independent volumes of a single manga, as opposed to manga magazines, which feature multiple series.Typically, the chapters of a manga are initially serialized with other works before being collected into individual tankōbon volumes. Major publishing imprints for tankōbon include Jump Comics (for manga serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump and other Jump magazines), Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday Comics, and Kodansha's Shōnen Magazine Comics.
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