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: 17
Chapters: 225
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 6, 2019 to Nov 15, 2023
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: 7.501 (scored by 1202712,027 users)
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Ranked: #28902
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Popularity: #476
Members: 35,251
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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. The series has also been simulpub through K Manga.

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Nov 23, 2023
Hi, I was the proofreader for this series for the past 4 years; from chapter 2 till the end (I'm checking Vol. 16 extra as of writing this) If you've read this in any unlicensed site, I was the one to check the translation before it got typeset. So, since I've been with this manga for so long, I thought I'd give me thoughts about it.

This is a light-hearted Yamamoto SoL. Meaning, mostly one-off chapters, generic romance manga tropes, superficial characters interacting by means of standard manga humor, and big foreheads. If you've read Takagi, you've read this one. Do not come into it ...
Feb 5, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Easy-to-read romantic slice-of-life comedy with cute (but generic) characters. It has become a formula for many mangas, although, this one tries to give it a spin with the shogi angle. It doesn't succeed most of the time.

The main thing I can truly criticise is the length - 17 volumes for this kind of story is way too much - and in top of that, there is not much development of many of the characters (even the main couple).

Another point, it became quite repetitive towards the end - however it kept a fast pace (at least in the last two volumes) and the ending was ...
Oct 14, 2019
Preliminary (28/225 eps)
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 ...

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