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Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan Canceled

Following the cancellation of Lock On!, another Shonen Jump series, Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan, has also been canceled. The two series debuted a week apart, but evidently neither were able to achieve any level of popularity acceptable to Shueisha. The first major work in the career of mangaka Furudate Haruichi, Yotsuya is a hybrid mystery/horror series which follows the enigmatic Yotsuya-senpai, a phantom student in a Japanese middle school. Yotsuya’s passion for scary stories involves him in all manner of myths and urban legends, as he attempts to play out the ultimate horror story.

In his short time in the magazine, Furudate has proven to be a capable and interesting artist, but the distinct alternative style of his story has failed to capture the interest of the readers, as Yotsuya has ranked poorly in the Shonen Jump table of contents since becoming eligible for ranking. The series has also come under heavy criticism for its overwhelming similarity to Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, a previous Shonen Jump series.

As detailed in the previous article regarding the cancellation of Lock On!, two new series are already set to debut to replace the titles exiting the magazine; SWOT will debut in the same issue as the final chapter of Yotsuya, while Oumagadoki Doubutsuen will premiere the following week.

The eighteenth and final chapter of Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan will be published in Issue 31 of Weekly Shonen Jump, to be released in Japan on July 7.

  1. Blank
    June 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I really liked the art in Yotsuya and tried my damndest to get into the series, but the partially-incoherent writing really held me back. I don’t speak Japanese so I don’t know if it was the translations (although I read a couple versions by different translators and they all shared similar issues so I suspect they were present in the original), but the series was really hard to read, often requiring multiple re-reads to understand what the hell was going on. Unfortunately I think if the series had been easier to read and had less “pretentious” writing it probably would have caught on alot better :(

  2. zevhan
    July 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This devastated me. I have already read several comments about Kiben Gakuha being similar to Majin Tantei but I found Kiben superior and the similarity very minimal. I don’t understand why it was easily branded as hard to follow, the changing POV’s made it interesting. It was one of the best thing I’ve read and I’ve read a lot. I can’t believe it was canceled. I think those who say it was too similar to Majin Tantei are ignorant. It was different. Kiben Gakuha was not about deductive reasoning but intimidating interrogation. I’m so pissed off. Furudate-sensei might have made a mistake, this should have been a seinen. Possibly why it was so misunderstood so much. The cancellation confirmation ruined my day.

  3. Lady Storykeeper
    July 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I just recently read the manga and I absolutely love it!!! I am really sad that it was cancelled. I only hope for 2 things out of it :
    1) That they make an english dub of the manga.
    2) That they could make it into an anime series.

  4. Demon_Girl
    August 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

    oh no … WTH did they cancel it ?! it was one of the best mangas I’ve ever read . I can’t believe what they’ve done :(

  5. mkq
    March 30, 2011 at 5:56 am

    the seinen comment could be right, although some might find ghost stories and the middle school setting immature. I thought the cancellation thing was just a joke. :(.

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