Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru
When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
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Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru

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Synonyms: Even so, Ayumu draws closer to the endgame, Shougi no Yatsu
Japanese: それでも歩は寄せてくる
English: When Will Ayumu Make His Move?
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Mar 6, 2019 to ?
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Romantic Subtext Romantic Subtext, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Yamamoto, Souichirou (Story & Art)


Score: 7.601 (scored by 97939,793 users)
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Ranked: #20712
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Popularity: #481
Members: 30,843
Favorites: 508

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On a whim, first-year Ayumu Tanaka quits the Kendo Club to join the illegitimate Shogi Club. Urushi Yaotome, the president of the club and a master of shogi, is thrilled to finally have a playing partner. As Ayumu's upperclassman, Urushi endeavors to be his shogi mentor and student role model. Too often, however, she finds herself blushing with embarrassment! Stone-faced and honest, Ayumu sees no issue with calling Urushi "cute." Although Ayumu likes her, he refrains from confessing and promises himself to first beat her in a game of shogi.

Through school life and shogi games, the two students have many hilarious and heart-warming adventures. Ayumu enjoys every second with Urushi, but he is still a long way from beating her in shogi. With the commitment he made to himself, will Ayumu ever get the chance to confess his feelings to Urushi?

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Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru began as a web comic on the author's Twitter account under the title Shougi no Yatsu (将棋のやつ) on April 22, 2018. Official serialization began in Weekly Shounen Magazine in the 2019 #14 issue.

The series has been published in English as When Will Ayumu Make His Move? by Kodansha Comics USA since September 21, 2021.

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May 21, 2019
Preliminary (11/? chp)
Shogi Club/ School Romance

*Warning: diabete-causing manga

If you like "Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san", you will most likely (99% chance) appreciate this one since both mangas are from the same author. Think of "Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san" as a cup of regular coffee (15~20 pg per chapter), "Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru" is a shot of espresso (5~10 pg per chapter).

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Story: 8 (I love how they treat or imply tactics of shogi on the topic of love. You won't learn a lot about the shoji; rather, it is a medium to bring out the most sweetness from the story)
Art: 8 (Even though Yamamoto San may ...
Oct 14, 2019
Preliminary (28/? chp)
To make a long story short, this should have been a 4-koma. This story honestly doesn't go anywhere. Every chapter, you start essentially at the same point the last chapter began with. I'm not finding any development in terms of romance, characters, plot... It's sort of like watching reruns of the same show. Sure they get into different conversations and situations, but after 20 chapters, the story still hasn't gotten off the ground. It feels like I'm reading pre-chapter manga pages before a real chapter starts. But hey, it's cute, sure, but it's not something that's developing into something serious (at least not within the ...
Aug 22, 2020
Preliminary (70/? chp)
The word “Ayumu” in Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru refers to two things. It can refer to the lead male character – a hapless novice when it comes to Shogi (Japanese variant of Chess), or it could refer to the Soldier/Pawn piece in the game of Shogi. As in Chess, if the Pawn (Ayumu) safely reaches the far side of the board – it converts into a powerful piece like the Bishop or Rook.

Ayumu, similar to the Ayumu piece in Shogi, wishes to convert himself into a powerful Shogi player and defeat the Shogi club president (Urushi, whom he is in love with). Once he ...

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