It is no secret that the competition within the manga industry is very tight. While a lot of people aspire to be mangaka, not everyone’s dream will be realized. And the struggle isn’t just about marketing one’s work; serialization alone is already a very long and difficult process. Even after being serialized, that doesn’t necessarily mean success - manga that don’t meet certain popularity standards unfortunately get axed. That means the series is canceled, and the mangaka will have to give it an ending in a few chapters. Unfortunately, there are also some manga that get axed even though they have more to offer. Here are five good manga that've been discontinued before reaching a proper end.
5. Ame no Furu (Candy Flurry)
- Mangaka: Ippon Takegushi, Santa Mitarashi
- Genres: Action, Comedy
- Volumes: N/A
- Published: April 2021 - September 2021
Everybody who eats a candy manufactured by ToyToy Candy gets the ability to materialize a certain sweet. The power can be harnessed to the point of being able to destroy infrastructures. This proves to be a curse and not a blessing when Tokyo falls into ruins because of candy users. Now, sweet users are being hunted like witches.
Candy Flurry’s premise is really interesting. Just as the synopsis states, the world is dominated by candy users. This is something relatively new, but also feels familiar. The powers are quite captivating, especially since the series has a tendency of loosely defining the term “sweets”. An example of this is Tsumugi literally making a candy mecha using her power since she argues that a lollipop is just any candy that can be licked and has a stick. The manga also has more than a couple of funny moments, though most of them are at Misaki’s expense. The manga definitely has frequent dips in storytelling, but it still is an entertaining read for shounen fans.
4. Neru: Bugei Dogyou (Neru: Way of the Martial Artist)
- Mangaka: Minya Hiraga
- Genres: Martial Arts, School
- Volumes: N/A
- Published: July 2021 - November 2021
Neru: Way of the Martial Artist is about a boy who’s only lived a life of martial arts. He’s been following his grandfather’s way of living from his childhood up to the present. The only issue is that he’s living in modern-day Japan, wherein martial arts is nothing more than just a sport.
Honestly speaking, Neru has a rather weak start. The introduction of the premise is not that appealing, and it doesn’t really make much sense. However, it does manage to recover once Amato High School is introduced. This school specializing in martial arts gives the manga some direction, plot-wise. Neru is no longer just like a headless chicken trying to pursue martial arts, and he finally has a goal—fighting the strongest students in Amato. Unfortunately, the manga ends just when it’s starting to get interesting.
3. Kowloons' Ball Parade (Nine Dragons’ Ball Parade)
- Mangaka: Ashibi Fukui, Mikiyasu Kamada
- Genres: Sports
- Volumes: N/A
- Published: February 2021 - July 2021
Hakuo Gakuin used to be one of the big shots in high school baseball. Just like any great team, though, they’ve met their downfall. Now, a group of brave students aims to resurrect the once-legendary baseball team. Nine Dragons’ Ball Parade’s cancellation has taken us by surprise. We really like the team-building aspect of the story, and it also has good progression. Similar to great team sports manga like Slam Dunk, Haikyuu!, and Eyeshield 21, Nine Dragons’ Ball Parade has a diverse set of characters that shines the most in the field. The fiery passion sports shounen manga are famed for is also present. Other than the fact that it’s been discontinued, we highly recommend this manga to any sports and/or shounen fan.
2. i tell c
- Mangaka: Kazusa Inaoka
- Genres: Mystery, Romance
- Volumes: N/A
- Published: January 2021 - June 2021
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Criminal Investigation Unit has a trump card when it comes to catching criminals. They have Risa Aioi, a unique detective who easily falls in love with criminals. With her love comes intense stalking skills that allow her to gather every relevant piece of information about her target.
i tell c is an ambitious mystery series that views crime from an interesting new perspective. Rather than the usual gathering of clues and criminal slip-ups, the Investigation Unit tends to fight fire with fire. Aioi’s case is special because she’d probably be the worst criminal there is if she wasn’t working as a detective. She can find her way in and out of any situation as long as she wills it. However, it proved to be too ambitious as it failed to find its audience, leading to its cancellation.
1. Agravity Boys
- Mangaka: Atsushi Nakamura
- Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi
- Volumes: 4+
- Published: December 2019 - April 2021
Four boys set out to space looking for humanity’s new frontier. But just a few days into space, humans wage an all-out war with each other and then the planet is devoured by a black hole. The boys get transported onto a planet very similar to Earth and now plan their new life on it.
Even though Agravity Boys is technically centered on science and survival, the reality is far from that. This manga doesn’t take anything, including itself, seriously. It’s a wacky take on space survival, and it’s honestly more wacky than survival. There’s rarely any plot, and whenever there is, it’s usually taking stupid scenarios way too seriously. For example, the boys do intense problem-solving just to make Geralt take a dump, and we do mean intense problem-solving. There’s even a point when Baba has to be a human bridge on a cliff just to let Geralt cross. That being said, reading Agravity Boys is a surefire way to have a good time. Just make sure to set your expectations straight, and you’re good to go.
A manga getting discontinued doesn’t always mean it sucked. Sometimes, it’s just that it fails to garner enough profit. That being said, there are a lot of manga that end without reaching their full potential. While we can no longer do anything about it at this point, we can still appreciate them for what they are. If you’ve read any of these manga, we’d love to hear your opinion on whether or not these series deserved getting axed.