Is this the last graphic novel in a series?

October 5, 2011

Sounds like an easy question, but during the process of revising the graphic novel standing order, I found it was not easily answered.  Thanks to all the publishers who write Final Volume on the cover in big letters because I easily found those.   Some publisher say final volume in the summary, many of those I missed. Some said “the end” at the end of the book which is way too subtle for me.  Some ended with no notice in the book.

So here is what I found out:

  • Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden – final volume 9
  • Gin Tama – final volume 23
  • Hikaru No Go – final volume 23
  • Hoshin Engi – final volume 23
  • Inu-Yasha – final volume 56
  • Magic Touch – final volume 9
  • Mamotte Shugogetten – final volume 5
  • Moon boy – final volume 9
  • Muhyo & Roji’s BSI – final volume 18
  • Negima!? Neo – final volume 8
  • Prince of Tennis final volume 42
  • Rasetsu – final volume 9
  • Rave Master – final volume 33-34-35
  • S. A. (Special Agent) – final volume 17
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo – final volume 37-38
  • Sand Chronicles – final volume 10
  • Shakugan No Shana – final volume 6
  • Shaman King – final volume 32
  • Shugo Chara – final volume 12
  • Sprial: the Bond of Reasoning – final volume 15
  • St. Dragon Girl – final volume 8
  • Tsubasa – final volume 28
  • Ultimate Spider-Man – final volume 23
  • Ultimate X-Men – final volume 19
  • Very!Very! Sweet – final vollume 8
  • Yakitate Japan – final volume 26

Soon to be completed are:

  • Fairy Tail with volume 37
  • Fullmetal Alchemist with volume 27

Many long running series are now complete.  I think the trend is toward shorter series. 

Poste by Becky



One Response to “Is this the last graphic novel in a series?”

  1. Angela Says:

    If you’re not sure about manga series length, one source that can be used is Anime News Network’s manga encyclopedia when the publishers do not give specific information. They often (but not always!) list how many volumes that manga series are released in for Japan, and the volume numbering rarely changes when the series are translated into English.

    I am not sure that the trend is necessarily towards shorter runs of manga, since it really depends on the audience and the style for manga. In general, shonen (boys/action) manga tend to have longer print runs, and certain mangaka (such as Takahashi Rumiko who created Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2) have longer print runs than others do. To the best of my knowledge, Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece are still running in Japan at over 46 volumes each.

    I do apologize if it seems like I post on most manga-related collection development posts, but this is one of my areas of interest. On that note, I am looking forward to the end of Fullmetal Alchemist.

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