All manga readers expect their favorite series to have conclusions, and writers rarely intend to leave stories incomplete. Unfortunately, some manga remains unfinished due to cancellations or even premature deaths of the mangaka in cases of Shin-Chan pencil, Berserk, with light, and more.
Unlike the aforementioned cases, the manga on this list were completed (or still in progress) and physically released in their home country, Japan, but were never fully translated and physically released in the United States. As much as American fans would love to own the missing volumes printed, that seems like an impossibility for these six series.
6 Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo was the best kind of weirdo
Bobobo ran for 21 volumes in Japan where the main characters, Bobobo, Don Patch, Beauty and more of their friends fought countless hair hunters who sought to rid all sensitive life of their hair. Bobobo and his friends fought against the Maruhage Empire using hair-based fights and as many jokes as they could on one page. It was odd, but it allowed Bobobo and his spinning friends to do just about anything to win battles and make the reader laugh.
The only thing stranger than Bobobo Bo Bobobo would be his strange American exit. When VIZ Media translated the manga for publication in the United States, they called the 11th Japanese volume the first in America and simply continued it from there. Bobobo’s story isn’t particularly confusing or complicated, but some readers felt they missed the story more. As if the weird start wasn’t bad enough, VIZ Media canceled the manga at volume 5 (15 in Japan), leaving 6 additional volumes and a whole slew of sequels untranslated.
5 Zatch Bell was amazing but was treated badly in America
Zatch bell, Where Konjiki no Gash Bell !! in Japan, is the story of a middle school boy named Kiyomaru who languished in boredom until he met a strange puppet-like boy named Zatch Bell. Zatch came from the Mamodo world to fight 99 other Mamodo for the right to become the next Mamodo King. Zatch had strong lightning powers but needed a partner to activate them, much like Ash Commander Pikachu. Over the course of their many battles, Zatch grew immeasurably powerful, and Kiyomaru’s reclusive demeanor and boredom were challenged by the camaraderie and adventure.
Zatch bell finished its publication in the United States at volume 25, just 8 volumes of the adventure of Zatch and Kiyomaru. In Japan, readers got to see some of the most intense battles and gripping storylines unfold as planned, but Volume 25 ended in the midst of a battle to no avail for American readers. Despite its unprecedented conclusion and its heavy censorship in America, Zatch Bell has remained in the memories of his fans.
4 Sgt. Frog deserved more attention and more volumes
Sgt. Frog, known as Keroro Gunso in Japan, was a manga by Mine Yoshizaki that followed 5 amphibious aliens from planet Keron to conquer Earth. Aliens have successfully invaded Earth, made human friends, and found homes, but never quite got the conquering part. Each chapter of the manga followed the alien leader, Keroro, as he led his platoon on new planes to conquer the planet that inevitably failed when their human friends discovered and foiled their plots.
The manga continues slowly in Japan with 31 volumes released, but America has only received 21 volumes. Oddly enough, volume 20 would have been a better stopping point for the US versions than volume 21 as it was a special “full run” that spanned the entire volume instead of the usual episodic nature chapter. by chapter of each. another tome. Instead of, Sgt. FrogThe post of was canceled without conclusion in volume 21, which was an unsatisfactory ending.
3 Lucky Star fans had bad luck
Good star is best known for its anime adaptation by Kyoto Animation, but it still started out as a simple manga that found comedy in the mundane aspects of everyday life. Each main character of Good star had an interest or lifestyle that Good starthe author of, Kagami Yoshimizu, found comedy in. These topics included; coming from a wealthy family, being different twins, being an artist or being a fan of anything Otaku related. Konata Izumi was the main character of the show, and when she wasn’t commenting on her favorite video games and anime, it was usually her who brought up weird topics or tried to tell jokes.
The first 8 volumes of Good star were physically released in the United States and are also available for digital purchase on viz.com, but Japan received a total of 10 Good star volumes as well as additional derivative comics, light novels, and video games that never made it to the United States.
2 Some parts of the great professor Onizuka were released physically, some digitally and some never made it to America at all
GTO: Great Professor Onizuka was the story of a former gang member named Onizuka who was striving to become an excellent teacher. Although Onizuka was rarely proficient in academics, he excelled at knowing his students and frequently risked his life to teach them life lessons and gain their trust. Despite its vulgar and over-the-top protagonist, the series could be heartwarming and genuine, which has allowed its prequels, sequels, and spin-offs to release for over 30 years.
GTOThe American distribution of its been unconventional. A prequel series called GTO: The early years and GTO: Great Professor Onizuka itself were both released physically, in their entirety, by Tokyopop in America. Two suites, GTO: 14 days in Shonan and GTO: Paradise Lost have only been translated and digitally published in America. Finally, the two remaining series of Onizuka’s epic never made it to America, being GT-R: Large Transporter Ryuji and Bad company.
1 Now would be a great time to fully print the initial D
Due to the place of anime in the culture itself, Initial D might be the most famous manga on this list. He mainly focused on illegal street racing between the main character, Takumi, and his many challengers. The manga focused heavily on the specifics of car engines and drift strategies, but also took the time to explore the lives of its main characters and romanticize its environments and the depiction of street car culture. .
Initial Dthe whole first part, volumes 1 to 17 were translated and physically published in America by Tokyopop, and these American versions continued until stopping at volume 33. Years later, Kodansha comics obtained the rights to digital publication of these 33 volumes as well as the other 15 volumes that have never seen a release in the USA. Although Initial D was able to complete its American releases, the sequel series, MF Phantom, was never officially released in America in any form.
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