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Manga 'Isshuukan Friends.' to End Next April

by tsubasalover
Jul 22, 2014 2:16 AM | 60 Comments
Amazon has listed that Isshuukan Friends. volume 7, which will be released on April 22, 2015, will be the final volume of the series.

The manga's anime adaptation aired this Spring.

Source: Nekonotemo

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damn

Aug 23, 2014 6:18 PM by adkascagefsaf

Sadly all good things must come to an end!

Jul 25, 2014 10:39 PM by Inu_Maww

Alright, if this story seriously goes the friendship route I'm gonna fly to Japan myself and punch the author straight in the face. Halfway through volume 6 and I honestly don't see this ending with friendship.

Click if you want.

Jul 24, 2014 5:19 PM by SnackaryBinx

I'm not interrested with this manga for my part :c

Jul 24, 2014 11:24 AM by Koukyoukyoku

;-; hate when something end ..

Jul 24, 2014 10:15 AM by Chihaya-Kurosagi

Hoping things will be finished by doing an OVAS or at least a movie (unlikely)
I dont like the ending the anime, they should be a couple instead of being friendzoned and friendzoning >.>

Jul 24, 2014 8:15 AM by Sanzen

ReaperCreeper said:
I bet they'll go for an ambiguous friendship ending.
Please no, it better not.

Jul 23, 2014 11:23 PM by Exerorg

arsonal said:
As far as I know, the ending of the manga has nothing to do with the success or non-success of the anime adaptation. There has been speculation even before this announcement that the manga will end on volume 7 as it matches the number of days in a week, further emphasizing the title of the work.


Yeah sorry we were getting OT as the manga in question was not Issuukan Friends. I'm sure in this case the author and publisher had it planned, and in particular the anime was planned to be 1 cour only to pump the manga sales into the following year.

Jul 23, 2014 8:15 PM by scruffykiwi

As far as I know, the ending of the manga has nothing to do with the success or non-success of the anime adaptation. There has been speculation even before this announcement that the manga will end on volume 7 as it matches the number of days in a week, further emphasizing the title of the work.

Jul 23, 2014 7:42 PM by arsonal

Might you be referring to this?

http://www.someanithing.com/1108/comment-page-1#comment-1036

What's being said there is that the mangaka was asked about whether the manga was cancelled and she gave a "no comment" answer.

I agree that there's definitely a point of poor manga sales which would justify a publisher cancelling a series (and Mangirl *may* have hit it, we just don't have confirmation that it did). But, as you said, that varies heavily based on the publisher, author, magazine, and series involved. I'm just not a fan of making assumptions regarding what that point was and whether or not a given series hit it, given the large number of unknowns typically present and counterrexamples typically available.

Jul 23, 2014 6:19 PM by Torisunanohokori

scruffykiwi said:
Anon1409 said:
I wonder if it'll take 12 or 24 episodes to cover the rest of the manga


Well .. 4 volumes gave us 12 episodes and there are 3 more volumes, so you do the maths!

Personally I think it is VERY unlikely that there will be another season, but they may well produce an OVA for the final volume.


Anime went past volume 5 and cut out some stuff from volume 5.

Jul 23, 2014 6:17 PM by SnackaryBinx

Torisunanohokori said:
scruffykiwi said:
Yes. Mangirl was cancelled. The mangaka currently does not have any serialization underway.


That's also not a particularly meaningful bit of info. Not everybody who chooses to end a series immediately starts working on their next publication. Gakuen Alice (which regularly made the charts at 100k+) finished a year ago, just before Mangirl, and Higuchi Tachibana still hasn't published anything since. Hiroyuki Takei had a 2-year gap between the end of Shaman King in 2004 and the start of Jumbor in 2007.


I can't find the source right now but an English fan discussed with the mangaka on the mangaka's pixvid account about how much the mangaka got from the anime (which was a pittance) and about their disappointment of the manga getting axed.

Yes it's true that anime sales on their own won't get a series axed, and there are plenty of examples of low sales anime continuing in manga form, especially for more niche titles. Of course because we are all outsiders we can't see the income streams and each publisher is different, but when a business invests in a product and does not see any return (in manga volume sales) then it's not unexpected to see that investment terminated.

Jul 23, 2014 5:24 PM by scruffykiwi

scruffykiwi said:
Yes. Mangirl was cancelled. The mangaka currently does not have any serialization underway.


That's also not a particularly meaningful bit of info. Not everybody who chooses to end a series immediately starts working on their next publication. Gakuen Alice (which regularly made the charts at 100k+) finished a year ago, just before Mangirl, and Higuchi Tachibana still hasn't published anything since. Hiroyuki Takei had a 2-year gap between the end of Shaman King in 2004 and the start of Jumbor in 2007.

Jul 23, 2014 4:32 PM by Torisunanohokori

Torisunanohokori said:
scruffykiwi said:
Mangirl! is a prime example of a series that got cancelled after the anime flopped so it is more than just theory.


Do you have proof that Mangirl was specifically cancelled, like an author comment or something? I didn't say that manga *never* get cancelled, just that a series ending soon after the anime is not generally sufficient proof that a given series was forced to end by the publisher. There are many series that do well and also see the manga end soon after the anime, ala Joshiraku or Usagi Drop, and those that did poorly by all available measures but are still running, ala Hyouge Mono or Hen Zemi.


Yes. Mangirl was cancelled. The mangaka currently does not have any serialization underway.

Jul 23, 2014 3:35 PM by scruffykiwi

getting ready to start reading probably after watching the anime too

Jul 23, 2014 2:37 PM by Mr_Gutts

Isshuukan Friends volume 6 was released on the 22nd of this month. So by next Wednesday/Thursday, we should have manga sales up and if it ranks, we'll know it had a manga boost. Even if it doesn't rank in the top 50 though, it could be in the top 60 or something which is still good if it was say in the 120s or something.

It all depends.

Jul 23, 2014 10:32 AM by phoenixalia

It's also highly possible that it's the other way round - that the anime adaptation occurs when it does because the series is nearing its end.

Jul 23, 2014 9:11 AM by kuuderes_shadow

scruffykiwi said:
Mangirl! is a prime example of a series that got cancelled after the anime flopped so it is more than just theory.


Do you have proof that Mangirl was specifically cancelled, like an author comment or something? I didn't say that manga *never* get cancelled, just that a series ending soon after the anime is not generally sufficient proof that a given series was forced to end by the publisher. There are many series that do well and also see the manga end soon after the anime, ala Joshiraku or Usagi Drop, and those that did poorly by all available measures but are still running, ala Hyouge Mono or Hen Zemi.

Jul 23, 2014 8:00 AM by Torisunanohokori

LastChapter said:
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

*cries*


Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.

..I literally cant believe everyone on here left you hanging.

Jul 23, 2014 1:26 AM by Jonesy974

I like the manga more than the anime (though it was enjoyable too of course and what got me into this series), hopefully the scans catch up before then to the material it didn't cover.

Jul 23, 2014 12:32 AM by skapandi

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