The day has finally arrived. We now have a confirmed date for the ending of the Attack on Titan manga.
Just revealed today, Hajime Isayama, creator behind the smash-hit, Attack on Titan, will publish its final chapter on April 9th. Meaning, we roughly have 4 more chapters until the manga’s end. The manga’s 34th and final volume, will follow a few months after, releasing June 9th in Japan.
The Ending for the Attack on Titan Manga Approaches
Isayama gave a comment on the ending of the series, saying:
I’ve been saying for the last eight years that I’d finish [Attack on Titan] in three years, and finally, it seems like it will be completed. It’s been a very long time coming, but I hope you’ll stick with me until the end.
The editorial team never rushed me to finish the series, but I’ve been continually asked “when will it end?“. Thank you for waiting for me.
I will do my best until the last page so you will feel satisfied with what you’ve read.
— 「進撃の巨人」担当編集者バック (@ShingekiKyojin) January 5, 2021
The manga for, Attack on Titan, started in September of 2009. Since then, the series has spawned 4 TV seasons and 32 volumes with the 33rd, releasing within the next few months in the west. However, in Japan, the 33rd volume will release on January 9th with the 34th following soon after in June.
Unfortunately, this has been a long time coming for many fans of the series. In the past two years, the series has been ramping towards it’s logical climax. So much so, fans had speculated that, Attack on Titan, would have completed back in the middle of 2020. Although, the manga continued past that estimated point, fans weren’t too far off.
In November of 2020, at an unveiling of character based statues in Isayama’s hometown, the creator teased fans once more. Stating that there was only 1% to 2% of story left to go until the series finale.
Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. We’ve known this ending was just around the corner, like a ticking time clock. Yet, faced with the ending now, feels surreal. I’ve been reading and watching the series since 2013 and it’s hard to imagine not reading a new chapter every month, in all honesty.
Nonetheless, this is a monumental accomplish for the young author. To finish a story, under his own terms, is something not many in his field can say. Regardless, even though many, myself included, is saddened to hear this news, the news is cause for celebration just as much as sadness.