Marukawa Publishing (丸川書店, Marukawa Shoten) is a major publishing company in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series. Most of the main characters work for Marukawa, notably the Emerald department.

The company is run by Ryuichiro Isaka, who takes over after his father.

Publications Edit

Marukawa publishes a wide variety of content with everything from literary fiction, shoujo and shounen manga, photography books, non-fiction, and cook books being glimpsed throughout the series.

Notable publications include:

  • Emerald - a monthly shoujo manga magazine.
  • Japun - a weekly shounen manga magazine.
  • Sapphire - a monthly magazine.
  • Various shoujo manga volumes; see Emerald for a list.

Departments Edit

Emerald Edit

Emerald is the department in charge of shoujo manga including the Emerald monthly shoujo magazine. The editing office is decorated in a girly fashion in hopes of placing themselves in the minds of their mostly female readers. The mangaka are almost entirely female, while everyone is the Emerald editing department is male.

Its editors are:

Notable mangaka include:

Japun Edit

Japun is the department in charge of shounen manga including the Japun weekly shounen magazine. Its main competitor is Shuudansha's Weekly Earth magazine.

Its known employees are:

Sapphire Edit

Sapphire is the department in charge of Sapphire monthly magazine.

One of the Sapphire editors, a woman whom Kisa Shouta speaks to on an elevator, is getting married.

Four female Sapphire editors are excited to hear about how Takano helped take care of Ritsu over a weekend in "The Case of Ritsu Onodera No.16" (volume 9). When they asked why he would go so far, Takano answers, "Love," leading them to squee even more.

Anime Production Edit

Its known employees are:

Sales Edit

The Sales Department is in charge of how well both manga and non-manga publications are being sold.

Its known employees are:

Printing Edit

The Printing department is in charge of actually printing the publications. They are usually mentioned in the series in regards to getting them to push back their deadlines to accommodate late manuscripts for Emerald magazine. Takano is the editor who initially negotiates with Printing. When Ritsu becomes program director of the Emerald editing department, he takes over negotiating with the printers for later deadlines.

Its known employees are:

Additional Edit

  • Akihiko Usami is an author who publishes novels through Marukawa.
  • Nao Kiyomiya is a photographer who is having a book of his work published through Marukawa.
  • Kaoru Asahina is Isaka's personal assistant.

Trivia Edit


Kadokawa Shoten

  • Marukawa Shoten is based off a real office called Kadokawa Shoten, which is the publisher behind the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series.

Junjou Romantica Edit

Marukawa Publishing is also a major publishing company in Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi's sister series Junjou Romantica. Akihiko Usami publishes his boyslove novels through Marukawa. His editor is Eri Aikawa, who works for Marukawa but does not appear in the Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi series.

Usami's lover Misaki Takahashi becomes a part-time employee at Marukawa. When Misaki visits the company in Junjou Romantica, Masamune Takano makes a cameo appearance, seemingly near the end of Emerald's cycle.

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