Kagurabachi’s biggest competitor bites the dust as Weekly Shonen Jump axes yet another manga

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced the cancellation of another manga, MamaYuyu, by Kagurabachi. The highly anticipated action-based shonen manga will conclude its serialization on April 8, 2024, with only 29 chapters in Jump issue #19.

MamaYuyu, written and illustrated by Yoshihiko Hayashi, made its debut on September 11, 2023, as one of the entries in Shonen Jump’s NEXTWAVE project. It was selected alongside Kagurabachi and Two on Ice as part of the project.

Despite not receiving a strong reception like Hokazono’s series, the series did have a dedicated fanbase. However, it failed to garner a larger following and ultimately, Weekly Shonen Jump made the decision to end its publication.

Weekly Shonen Jump Cancels MamaYuyu, Kagurabachi Continues to Dominate

Despite its reputation for axing underperforming manga series, Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump continues to do so. The most recent casualty of this practice is Yoshihiro Hayashi’s MamaYuyu.

Based on the announcement, the action-shonen manga series will conclude its serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump’s #19 issue on Monday, April 8, 2024, with the release of chapter 29.

It was no surprise that fans of this series had already predicted the outcome, as the manga’s pacing had been rushed. As Corleo’s journey as a hero came to a dramatic conclusion in the previous chapter, it was only a matter of time before Weekly Shonen Jump officially announced the dreaded news.

A lead color page of Yoshihiko Hayashi's manga (Image via Yoshihiko Hayashi/Shueisha)
A lead color page of Yoshihiko Hayashi’s manga (Image via Yoshihiko Hayashi/Shueisha)

MamaYuyu showed great promise after its debut on September 11, 2023, as part of Shueisha’s Jump NEXTWAVE Project. Many fans believed it could potentially rival Takeru Hokazono’s Kagurabachi, which also debuted in the same project.

Despite this, Hayashi’s manga never reached the same level of popularity as Hokazono’s series. In the weekly ToC rankings, Yoshihiko’s manga consistently ranked in the bottom three, while Hokazono’s series steadily climbed to higher positions.

In the same manner, the action-shonen manga had less than impressive sales for its first volume. Despite being restocked twice, it was evident that Shueisha was not satisfied with the overall numbers, resulting in the series not being continued in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Chihiro, as seen in the Kagurabachi manga (Image via Takeru Hokazono/Shueshia)
Chihiro, as seen in the Kagurabachi manga (Image via Takeru Hokazono/Shueshia)

However, while Kagurabachi saw a surge in popularity and achieved remarkable success with the release of volume 1, selling over 55k copies, MamaYuyu did not have a devoted fanbase like Hokazono’s series, causing struggles for its growth.

However, it cannot be denied that the series had tremendous potential. Yoshihiko Hayashi’s brilliance as a mangaka was evident in his careful placement of panels. His distinctive art style added a refreshing touch to the series.

Additionally, he implemented a captivating power system called Sigil Sorcery and expertly portrayed the dynamic between hero and villain. However, the series was unable to garner a larger following.

It should be noted that this is not the first instance in which Shueisha has cut short a potentially successful manga series. For instance, in February 2024, the company abruptly concluded the fairly well-received manga, Martial Master Asumi.

Despite some fans attributing Martial Master Asumi’s failure to Takeru Hokazono’s manga, the true cause was the series’ lack of popularity and disappointing manga sales. It is disheartening that MamaYuyu suffered the same fate as many other promising manga series that were abruptly ended in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump.

The manga Kagurabachi has eclipsed 6 million views, leaving MamaYuyu and Two on Ice in the dust.

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