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Kanta on Manga / End of an era prompts nostalgia

The editor of the Shukan Shonen Jump weekly manga magazine once said he would never let the magazine’s serial publication of “Kochikame” — the popular nickname for this week’s manga — come to an end. He meant that this manga serves as an indicator of the magazine’s popularity. If “Kochikame” is high in the popularity rankings, that means the magazine itself is not doing so well, since few manga other than “Kochikame” are so popular. He feels more secure if “Kochikame” ranks lower than the average, because it is so consistently popular.

However, “Kochikame” suddenly ended last month in its 40th anniversary year, after reaching exactly 200 volumes.

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