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Fire Force Manga Enters Final Arc

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Atsushi Ohkubo launched manga in 2015; series inspired 2-season TV anime in 2019, 2020

This year's 46th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Atsushi Ohkubo's Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) manga has entered its final arc.

Ohkubo previously hinted in the author commentary of the manga's 23rd compiled book volume in May 2020 that the manga was in its final stage, and that he is planning for Fire Force to be his final manga.

Ohkubo (Soul Eater) launched the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in September 2015, and the manga has more than 17 million copies in circulation worldwide. The manga's 31st volume will ship on Friday. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

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?

The manga inspired a television anime series that premiered in July 2019. The series had a "second chapter" that premiered in July 2020 and ran for 24 episodes. Funimation streamed the television anime on its FunimationNow streaming service, and streamed an English dub. Crunchyroll also streamed the series. The anime premiered on Toonami in July 2019, and the second season premiered on Toonami in October 2020.

Source: Weekly Shōnen Magazine issue 46 and magazine's website

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