Early reports indicate that Kawashita Mizuki’s Ane Doki, which began running in July 2009, is set to end in Shonen Jump Issue #07 (1/18). Kawashita is best known for her previous work, Ichigo 100%, which ran from 2002 to 2005 and received several anime adaptations, and Hatsukoi Limited (2007-2008), which received an anime adaptation last year.
Ane Doki has struggled in Shonen Jump’s table of contents, which ranks most series according to reader feedback. However, the first volume release has fared well, selling nearly 100,000 copies and placing in the top 20 of the Weekly Oricon Comic Rankings in its first two weeks.
The news is disappointing, primarily because Shonen Jump is now left without a romance series. Also, while the cancellation of Ane Doki is not a surprise, it is frustrating because of the magazine’s stance on Kuroko no Basket. The latter’s unremarkable sales and table of contents placement have cemented its below-average reputation among fans, but it has received continued support as it is the only sports series in the magazine. That Ane Doki wasn’t given similar treatment, or at least some more time to further establish its story and volume sales, is unfortunate.