Princess Hao and Other Legendary Shounen Jump Endings

Weekly Shounen Jump is known for canceling its series (even the 2ch Early Sales info is called the "Cancellation Survival Race"), which in turn produced many legendary endings. In an interesting article, the Japanese blog Yamakam takes a look at some of the most famous endings in Shounen Jump. (To fully enjoy this transaltion, one should have some knowledge of the series mentioned in the article)

Spoiler Alert!!!

Ever heard about the infamous Princess Hao ending of Shaman King? The final chapter of the manga promised to wrap up the story and "go reckless without much sense," but it ended up as just one of the many series in Jump that ended "tastefully."

The Ultimate Manga-Ending Technique

"Kimen-gumi" by Motoei Shinzawa (who was enslaved by the Jump editorial team), a story about a group of highschool girls and boys in a club known as the "Kimen-gumi", was serialized for a long time after repeated time slips. Shounen Gangan is currently serializing "Flash Kimen-gumi", but its style is a lot different from other manga's. The series looked like it'd end with love and comedy with Rei and Yui's kiss...but no, it ended as a dream - the ultimate manga-ending technique.

The explosive power of the "Ultimate technique"

The Gamou Arc Ending

The ending of Yasuaki Kita's "Makuhari" is another great example, which involved other manga artists (it was rumored whoever got involved ended up being seriously angry with the project). The involvement of Hiroshi Gamou during its serialization is especially legendary. Kita-sensei speaked to Gamou-sensei in the TOC comments without any warning:

"€œDrawing is not important in Manga. It's not about the drawing~! Right, Gamou-sensei?"€

Kita-sensei said. It was as if Kita-sensei was saying that Gamou-sensei's drawing sucked. Gamou-sensei responded nicely:

"It's nice to have good drawings, but what is really important in a manga is '€˜love.'€™ Right, Kita-sensei?"

Later on, Kita-sensei and Gamou-sensei again bantered in the TOC comments, thus deepening their "love." In the last chapter of "Makuhari," Kita-sensei stated that the main character is actually Gamou Hiroshi. While the readers were still in shock, Kita-sensei ended "Gamou arc" without any warning.

Gamou Arc The End

The legendary "Gamou arc." People thought the next arc would be the "Tsunomaru arc," but instead Kita-sensei shouted, "I'm free!" and left Jump.

The Kurumada Endings

Masami Kurumada also ended one of his series, "Otoko-zaka," in a very impressing (humiliating) way. After creating popular series such as "Saint Seiya" and "Ringu ni Kakero," it was said that "Otoko-zaka" went through 10 years worth of planning, and was the concentration of his entire life as a manga artist. Unfortunately the final chapter came in a very unexpected way.

otoko zaka

"Incomplete." After leaving numerous foreshadowing, putting the series to an end was rather refreshing to fans.

While the "Otoko-zaka" end is already a legend, Kurumada-sensei managed to do it again. After the completion of "Saint Seiya," Masami Kurumada began a new series called "Silent Knight Sho." The new manga began with foreshadowings comparable to that of "Otoko-zaka," but ended after only 10 weeks of serialization.

silent knight

Nothing more can be said here.

The Princess Hao Ending

Many great manga artists in Jump have created unforgettable and traumatic endings to their manga, most of these endings became legends.

The most recent of such legend came in the form of Shaman King's ending. (This article was written the week Shaman King ended.) In the final chapter in Jump Issue 36, Hiroyuki Takei showed that his laziness would surprise even Yoshihiro Togashi (author of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter, known for his laziness and his frequent breaks in the middle of serialization).

shaman king
Super skimping

And of course the author is receiving a manuscript fee for this. At the time of the ending, the manga is in its "Priest Battle arc," but will the battle with Hao ever finish?

Of course not, it was ended abruptly. Usually, when a series gets out of hand and is forced to end, mangaka usually end it with lines like "the real battle begins now," "now, let's go," or at least some sort of epilogue set a few years later.

In Shaman King's case, Yoh shouts, "Our fight starts now. I'll get a good night of sleep so I can win tomorrow!" The ending credit says, "Thank you for cheering for six years. Please look forward to Takei-sensei's next series!" But that's not all, Takei-sensei created yet another legend through Manta's mysterious dream:

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Princess Hao

What a way to end the story. Most readers were paying attention to Kiriki Bonken-sensei's "Puuyan" and wasn't paying attention to this. This is Jump after all, Readers will never know where a trap is hidden.

Hiroyuki Takei is, after all, Kiyu-sensei's master, and he won't lose to his pupil. When Kiyu-sensei's series was put to an end, Hiroyuki Takei left a great comment:

"€œMy courageous lovable pupil Kiyu, thanks for the hard work, retort back next time, as you want."€

Unfortunetly, Kiyu-sensei's next series also ended in 10 weeks. But still, both the master and the pupil are making legends.



Mikan means incomplete as well as tangerine/mandarin orange. Found Mikan. Did Takei-sensei mean "Mikan (tangerine orange)" as in "Mikan (incomplete)"...?

Translated by ocean
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nice story

nice story

Very interesting article, it

Very interesting article, it takes good examples in order to show these bizarre endings, from what I understood, but I was a little lost at the end, what was exactly the reason why Shaman King ended? (I guess it wasn't explained).
And another doubt is, who exactly is the author refered in the text as Kiyu-sensei?
If you could please answer these two questions I'll be very thankfull.
Good translation by the way, (will try to read the original text later).

Yes, there are still many

Yes, there are still many confusing parts in the article, hopefully they\'ll be cleared up in the very near future, or if anyone wishes to help out go right ahead :)

confusing at the end? I got

confusing at the end? I got lost at the beginning.. T_T... but ocean did say "o fully enjoy this transaltion, one should have some knowledge of the series mentioned in the article" (which I have none). ^^;;

Re: The reason that Shaman

Re: The reason that Shaman King Ended

I think it was forced to end... My answer doesn't really help, does it?

Re: Kiyu-sensei

According to Wikipedia, he started off as an assistant of Togashi Yoshihiro (HxH) and debuted in Jump. Both of his works were put to the end after 10 chapters. Rumor said he was working for Watsuki Nobuhiro (Burou Renkin) for a while.

Your answer does help, I was

Your answer does help, I was once told that the manga was forced to end because it wasn't seeling well, I guess that might be true. I once heard that the author got tired of all the pressure that Jump was putting on him, I think it's really not known for sure.
About Kiyu-sensei, what I don't get is who he is. What's is his complete name? (I guess I'll take a look on Wikipedia)
Thanks for answering.


Re: The reason that Shaman King Ended

Re: The reason that Shaman King Ended

This is what I heard: Shaman King was canceled by Jump, like the article said. However, this was because the populatiry was going down. Jump sent out a survey that asked how many people were going to buy the volumes. A lot of people said they would, but less than half actually did. And thus, they told the mangaka to end it.

That makes me really sad, because I really loved Shaman King ;_;

This was an interesting article, though. Thanks for translating it ^_^

what about yyh

yuyu hakusho was another shonen jump series that ended wierdly. But this one was different because yyh was very popular and it wasn't shonen jump's decision to end but the author'd decision because he felt pressured by the edators of shonen jump and there policy