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As “Fire Force” Nears Finale, Author Atsushi Ohkubo Hints That It Will Be His Last Manga

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Double sad news for ardent fans of Fire Force and mangaka (manga author) Atsushi Ohkubo: the author revealed in the commentary section of Fire Force’s 23rd volume that the series is in its final stages. He also revealed that the popular dark fantasy manga series will be his last. His statement translates into English as such:

“…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.”

Fire Force (En En no Shouboutai) has been serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine since its debut in 2015. David Production adapted the manga into anime and premiered it last July. Anime News Network describes its story as such:

“Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment’s notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?”

A second season for the series was announced in the first season’s 23rd episode. The second season is slated for a summer 2020 release. Fire Force has also received a stage play adaptation, which stars Hikaru Makishima (Kaoru Kaido in The Prince of Tennis musicals) as protagonist Shinra Kusakabe.

Besides Fire Force, Atsushi Ohkubo is also credited as the creator of manga series Soul Eater, which ran from 2004 to 2013 and was also adapted into a TV anime series in 2008.

Source: Anime News Network

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