Mag Talk Weekly Shounen Champion (Akita Shoten)

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They will be in WSC (the series is in princess but it does not make much difference) but they are part of Houkago no! Iruma-kun (the anthology series)
Issue 20 and 21+22 will have chapters of kalego school days.
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a post on rokudou

Rokudou no Onnatachi is coming to conclusion with in a few days, It went through many stages during its run that started back in 2016. I hope to highlight here the start of its journey in Champion and the hiccups and problems it faced.

Rokudou no Onnatachi began in issue 30 of 2016. It raised eyebrows with its quite quirky setting that involved delinquent girls falling in love with the Rokudou, a weak and bullied boy. This is caused by a strange onmyodo technique that Rokudou and his friends stumble onto in an attempt to relieve themselves of the bullying they suffer at school. This quirky mix of elements of romance comedy featuring intimidating girls was an interesting proposition for Champion readers at the time.

One of the key aspects that caught the attention of audiences was the main character Rokudou. He starts as previously mentioned as a weakling that goes to a bad school filled with delinquents. Hence, he finds himself preyed upon alongside his friends by these same delinquents. To begin with Rokudou does not sound like a particular interesting character but it does not take long for him to show growth, after he stands up to his bully and whilst he is beaten up, it strengthens his resolve to change his status at school. His newly found willingness to standup against his enemies even if with only resolve and no strength starts of Rokudou path to development. Technically, he has the strength in the form of the girls delinquent that are hopelessly in love with but at the same time he does want to exploit the girls because their love is only due to his ability. Rokudou's initial charm comes from this resemblance with classic shounen main characters because of his strong personality and the will to do things even if it involves many struggles.

Journey on the Champion Road!

The journey of Rokudou in the magazine started with a rapid rise. It received an opening colour page on its 8th chapter and it was not willing to leave the upper placements of the table of contents after that. It had captivated the readers of Weekly Shonen Champion. This initial popularity of the series in the magazine excited the editorial department, which for the release of its first volume release gave it cover and opening colour page to celebrate. In addition the sales department also arranged a signing event.

Rokudou no Onnatachi seemed to have met the sales expectations and it received reprints and showed sales growth. The big editorial push for the series continued for the first few volumes and this include gravure idol collab and a second cover all before it even reached its first anniversary. However, this push gradually faded. The popularity of the series seemed to have peaked and it struggled to raise sales past this initial peak. After that the series established itself in the middle pack of the magazine and it continued receiving attention but it was never to the same extent of the past. It reached a great number of 2.1 million copies in print with its latest volume, however, the editorial department might have felt it could have reached more.

The story itself continued to be consistently good. Rokudou specifically grew significantly as a character becoming much stronger and earning the respects of people that previously bullied him. The girls which are the other main attraction of the series also had their own time to show off alongside Rokudou, especially the latter ones that were given larger arcs to show of their story.

The build up of the cast in these more longer arcs later on was quite interesting because they were more embedded into a wider narrative since each had their own purpose for the story to move forward, which the initial first one did not necessarily have. Nakamura was slowly building his manga brick by brick through these arcs by developing characters and moving the story forward. Another part that showcases this construction was his use of flower to reflect the main female characters characteristics was a great backdrop. In contrast to to that he also made references to buddhism through his villains which served the same purpose as the flowers to highlight personality traits. The series had a strong base and the building on top of it is good but it felt like it was building to something more and thats probably why its sudden ending feels like a let down.

Why Did it Fail to Struck Gold?

In the interview between the Weekly Shonen Champion head editor Takekawa and Weekly Shonen Magazine Kurita. Rokudou no Onnatachi was brought up. Both talked about how Nakamura was able to create as previously highlighted a main character that draws the audience into to supporting him through his sheer will to move forward with his ideals. Takekawa agreed that this was an aspect that drew audiences in Champion to the manga and Kurita praised Nakamura for being able to create a main character with these characteristics.

In the same conversation, Kurita also bought up a interesting topic regarding Nakamura's art, he pointed out that he might have had Nakamura only write the story and pass the artist duties to someone else. He felt like Nakamura was an author better fit for writing instead of drawing, and that his art was not quite right for the series. This was interesting because the art style of Rokudou has been described as perhaps a bit more aged and not quite appealing for modern audience and most japanese readers seem to point it out as the cause for the manga not breaking out into a hit. Nakamura does have a more rougher and old looking style but his art is not poor, in fact for me it makes him stand out. Though at the same time, a more polished and clean art style which seems to be the more modern option might have made the series more appealing to anyone on the fence about reading it.

Whatever Nakamura works on next, hopefully he can improve from his first work faults by reflecting on its fault and working on improving himself. He does not far to go and I believe he will excel with whatever he does next since he seems to be perfectly in tune with champion's audience.

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Oooh, I'm a big fan of Species Domain (and Noro in general) so I hope someone translates this! Kind of a shame he isn't drawing it though, I like his art.
 

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WSC 2021/18
Isekai Chef to Saikyou Boshoku Hime (Lead CP, New series by Azuma Takeshi)
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
A Girl Who Cant Speak Thinks 'She is Too Kind'
Harigane Service Ace (CP)
The Ghost is Behind the Gal
Atsumare! Fushigi Kenkyuubu (CP)
Yowamushi Pedal
Kurobane Hakusho
Yuuenchi - Baki Gaiden
Baki Dou (CP)
Appare! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku
Tougen Anki
Hagure Yuusha no isekai Bible
Yankee JK Kuzuhana-chan
Usotsuki Android
Makai no Shuuyaku wa Wareware da!
'Ippon' Again
Worst Gaiden Guriko
Rokudou no Onnatachi
Meika-san Cant Conceal Her Emotions
Furutto on Thursday

Absent - The Vampire Dies in No Time, SHY

Preview issue 2021 - 19
Cover and Lead CP - Makai no Shuuyaku wa Wareware da!
CP - Rokudou no Onnatachi (End), Mairimashita! Iruma-kun, Isekai Chef to Saikyou Boshoku Hime.
Absent - Hagure Yuusha no isekai Bible


The art for isekai chef is quite rough, it seems like the author struggled a lot. Did not expect that from a veteran. Tougen Anki volumes are showing up in shoseki in decent positions again - its been a very long time since I saw a champion series have backlog chart in shoseki without anime or award boost and that sort of thing.
 

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Shoseki Ranking Top 500 (March 22 - March 28)
MARCH 8 (21 DAYS)

100. Makai no Shuuyaku wa Wareware da! Volume 4 | 10,700 copies, total 124,804
127.
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun Volume 20 | 9,431 copies, total 111,896
>500. Koe ga Dasenai Shoujo wa [Kanojo ga Yasashisugiru] to Omotteiru Volume 3 | less than 2,600 copies, 12,096 copies final

30位24000/50位19950/100位10700/200位6000/300位4500/400位3300/500位2600

SOURCE

COVERS
 
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Covers with more quality.
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Shoseki Ranking Top 500 (March 29 - April 4)
MARCH 8 (28 DAYS)

122. Makai no Shuuyaku wa Wareware da! Volume 4 | 8,603 copies, total 133,407
168.
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun Volume 20 | 6,832 copies, total 118,728

30位29550/50位17700/100位9450/200位5600/300位3850/400位3300/500位2600

SOURCE
 

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Tougen Anki Backlog Sales

Weekly Ranking (03/29 - 04/04)

v01 - #375 - 3.4k
v02
- #346 - 3.6k

as of this Tuesday, volume three is back on the list too.
Daily Ranking (04/06)
#346 - Tougen Anki v2
#379 - Tougen Anki v1
#490 - Tougen Anki v3
 

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OUT ON JUNE 8
Rokudou no Onna-tachi Volume 26 [END]
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun Volume 22
Harigane Service ACE Volume 12
Furutto on Thursday Volume 9
SHY Volume 9
Meika-san wa Oshikorosenai Volume 4
Koe ga Dasenai Shoujo wa [Kanojo ga Yasashisugiru] to Omotteiru Volume 4
Tougen Anki Volume 4
Houkago no! Iruma-kun Volume 1 (Iruma-kun anthology series)
OUT ON JUNE 18
Usotsuki Kitsune no Koi Hanashi Volume 1
 

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WSC 2021/19
Makai no Shuuyaku wa Wareware da! (Cover and Lead CP)
Tougen Anki
The Ghost is Behind the Gal
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun (CP)
Yowamushi Pedal
Isekai Chef to Saikyou Boshoku Hime (CP)
A Girl Who Cant Speak Thinks 'She is Too Kind'
Atsumare! Fushigi Kenkyuubu
Rokudou no Onnatachi (CP, End)
Appare! Super Radical Gag Family*
SHY
Yankee JK Kuzuhana-chan
Kurobane Hakusho
Harigane Service Ace
Usotsuki Android
Worst Gaiden Guriko
Yuuenchi - Baki Gaiden
'Ippon' Again
Meika-san Cant Conceal Her Emotions
Baki Dou
Furutto on Thursday

Absent - Hagure Yuusha no isekai Bible

Preview issue 2021 - 20
Cover and Lead CP - Mairimashita! Iruma-kun
CP - Tougen Anki, SHY, Appare! Super Radical Gag Family
Absent - Baki Dou


Rokudou had only a few chapters when i opened this thread, its been almost 5 years since then. I hope to see Nakamura again soon.

*Appare! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku was changed to Appare! Super Radical Gag Family.
 

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Rokudou had only a few chapters when i opened this thread, its been almost 5 years since then. I hope to see Nakamura again soon.
I'm really going to miss Rokudou. It was the series that got me into reading Weekly Shonen Champion in the first place. Now that it and Beastars have concluded, the only remaining series of my original power trio is Iruma-kun, which ironically enough had the slowest start but seems to ultimately be the biggest of the three in the end.
 

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The Kuzuhana-chan author is currently sketching what might be a future color page:
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Shoseki Daily Ranking Top 500 (April 8 - April 11)
Iruma-kun Volume 21: #2 - #4 - #3 - #11
Makai no Shuuyaku Volume 5: #3 - #15 - #6 - #13
BEAST COMPLEX Volume 2: #15 - #26 - #32 - #43
Kyuuketsuki Volume 17: #37 - #86 - #128 - #212
Harigane Volume 11: #68 - #129 - #121 - #213
Atsumare! Volume 11: #53 - #122 - #144 - #331
Appare! Volume 9: #155 - #192 - #206 - #313
SHY Volume 8: #140 - #261 - >#500 - >#500
Ippon! Again Volume 12: #175 - >#500 - >#500 - >#500
[END] Nazuna-san Volume 4: #441 - >#500 - >#500 - >#500
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