Atsushi Ohkubo‘s Fire Force manga ended on Monday, Feb 21, 2022, in the 13th issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine. However, Kodansha‘s editorial department left a note on the manga’s final page that encouraged fans to “look forward to Atsushi Ohkubo’s next work.”
The literal translation of the note reads as:
“Thank you for standing by us till the end! Please look forward to Ohkubo Atsushi’s next work!”
Ohkubo had hinted in Fire Force manga’s 23rd volume that it will be his last manga.
He stated, “the story is also in its final stage, and for me, I plan for this to be my last manga, so please accompany me until the very end.”
However, many manga magazines use this wording when a manga comes to an end, thus it’s unknown whether Ohkubo will issue another work in the future.
It was also revealed that a “major announcement” for the series will be made soon.
According to the plot Fire Force is tied to Ohkubo’s previous manga, Soul Eater, as its prequel, and the last English words “Next is Soul World” in the manga’s final chapter leaves fans in mystery.
Congratulatory messages poured in from authors of various manga including Ken Wakui, George Morikawa, Hiromu Arakawa, and others after the finale of Fire Force launched in the Weekly Shonen Magazine.
Authors presented their messages with a tribute art on “shikishi-s (signature plates)” which are featured in this week’s Shonen magazine.
Ohkubo’s Fire Force manga serialized for six years and collected into thirty-two tankobon volumes as of Dec 2021. The final volume of the series will be shipped in May this year.
Fire Force manga currently has 17.5 million copies in circulation.
An anime television series adaptation by David Production aired from July to December 2019 on the MBS’s Super Animeism block. A second season aired from July to December 2020. The anime has been licensed by Funimation.