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February 1977 issue of Lyrica

This article has information reworded editors of the Japanese Wikipedia article (attribution)

For the Jewelpet (anime) character, see Lyrica Himeno. For the Magical Rion-chan character, see Ririka Hoshizora.

Lyrica (Japanese: リリカ), also stylised as LYRICA 〜リリカ〜 was a manga/comics magazine published by Sanrio, launched on September 1976[1], but Lyrica No. 1 is dated November 1976, so some clarification/amendment is needed for this data.[2]

Earlier, Sanrio had launched The Strawberry News (originally a free March 1975 issue, followed by the official first April 1975 issue), which unlike Lyrica continues to this day.

Lyrica was known for its full-color pictures and left-to-right pages (usually right-to-left for Japan). Though, the original aesthetics and paper quality slowly deteriorated the later the issue.

The reason why the magazine read from left-to-right was stated to be because Shintaro Tsuji found it natural this way.[3] It is considered this may have been a reason for its lack of popularity in Japan.

Lyrica continued until March 1979 (No. 29) until it was discontinued.

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  1. Unico (November 2009 publication), originally internal information by Haruji Mori (via Japanese Wikipedia article (reworded)
  2. Mandarake
  3. Sanrio no Kiseki: Sekai Seiha o Yumemiru Otokotachi, Junichiro Uemae (1979 pp. 239-241), PHP Institute ASIN: B000J8IY7Y)
  4. Tweet by 宮内幸浩 (Twitter)