I was just struck by the fact that most shounen adventure series (of the sort "Boy goes out into big world to become the best ______, helped by various sidekicks and allies he meets along the way") are extremely long-running series going into double-digit volumes.
Does anyone know of a short series of the same type, but completed within 10 volumes or less? Or is that just something that is impossible to get?
EDIT: So far, I've read the following of the genre: Naruto, Bleach, Rave Master, One Piece, Shaman King, Flame of Recca, Bowling King, Detective Conan, Busou Renkin, MAR, all of Adachi's works... and probably one or two more which I can't remember at the moment. Don't bother mentioning those. I'm looking for something in a similar vein, but much shorter.