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Kiben Gakuha, Yotsuya-senpai no Kaidan Canceled

June 27, 2010 5 comments

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.