News has surfaced of the imminent conclusion of two series: Weekly Shonen Magazine’s Kimi no Iru Machi, and Weekly Shonen Sunday’s Buyuden. The former, an angst-ridden romance series by Suzuka author Seo Kouji, has been running since 2008, and will publish its final chapter in Magazine Issue 11, to be released February 12. Buyuden, a boxing series by Mitsuda Takuya of Major fame, began in 2011 and will complete in Sunday Issue 9, which comes out January 29.
Kimi no Iru Machi has become notorious for its persistent existence, given that its entire purpose – the protagonist winning the girl – was completely resolved years ago. Since that milestone, the series has achieved little of note, proceeding mostly through episodic mini-arcs or self-contained chapters, and presenting only inconsequential challenges for the hero to overcome, mostly in the form of newly-introduced women making unwelcome romantic advances. The series did improve last year thanks to a change in overall focus from romance to the process of growing into an adult, but even that evolution only made it a passable read, rather than fully enjoyable.
As for Buyuden, it simply never found its stride. Mitsuda took a slow approach to the plot, seemingly intending to continue the series for many years just as he did with Major. Unfortunately, the boxing on offer was overly simplistic, and in a world where Hajime no Ippo has taught readers the intricacies of the sport for decades, Buyuden could not hope to compete with its own shallow portrayal, especially since its other major components like the plot and characters were generally average.
These announcements are actually particularly welcome, then, as they give both magazines the opportunity to refresh their roster and hopefully upgrade.