Mangaka Shares Cancellation News After Sharing Future Plans

Shinsuke Inue is fairly new to the mainstream manga industry. After getting their start creating ero-manga, they have transitioned to mainstream works, with manga adaptations of Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! and Heavy Object being their most known works.

Shoujo Kishidan x Knight Tale

However, Inue was given a chance to create an original series and launched Shoujo Kishidan x Knight Tale in April 2016. The shoujo-ai series is about the sport of medieval jousting and received a decent reception in Japan.

After publishing a new chapter, he told fans that he was excited to be continuing the series. Later that day, he notified fans that his editor notified him of the manga’s cancellation and that story needs to be wrapped up by the third volume.

Inue shared a short manga of the exchange. Despite the series’ enthusiastic fans and warm reception within Dengeki G’s Comic Magazine‘s editorial staff, they decided to pull the plug due to low sales.

At first, Inue thought the call was to share good news – like an anime or light novel adaptation has been greenlit. Despite having a wealth of story ideas and new characters planned, Inue wasn’t able to bargain for extra time with his editor. Instead, he ends his “announcement” manga if a different magazine will pick up the series or allow him to reboot it.

In a separate series of Tweets, Inue revealed that his editor told him, “Numbers are everything. We can’t put out books that won’t get additional printings.” He says he understands the situation and doesn’t blame the editorial staff for canceling Shoujo Kishidan x Knight Tale for being a financial burden.

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I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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