Fire Force’s final arc is about to change the manga industry ⋆ JAPANFM

The manga series Fire Force, which started airing in 2015, is now entering its final arc, which sets the stage for another major change in the current manga line-ups of the big names.

Fire Force is written by Atsushi Okubo, best known for writing Soul Eater, and published by Kodansha, one of the biggest manga publishers in Japan. The story of Fire Force revolves around Shinra Kusakabe, a young man with fiery powers who works with Fire Force special teams to defeat demons known as Infernals, who can appear from ordinary people at any time. The truth about the origin of the infernals and why they have become such a problem has been the central mystery of the series, and as the final story arc begins, it’s time to finally offer some answers to the questions that lie ahead. are accumulated during the series.

At present, Fire Force is one of the oldest manga in Kodansha’s popular Weekly Shonen magazine. It is second only to the oldest titles, such as the boxing manga Hajime no Ippo. Manga magazines, and especially those that rely heavily on serialized shonen action series, tend to use these long-lived titles as anchors to sell copies, while regularly introducing new ones. series that we hope can build a fan base and pick up the torch when it’s time for a mainstay series to come to an end.

In recent years, however, it has proven difficult to find an heir to the long-runner throne, both for Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine and its main competitor, Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. For both magazines, many of their popular series are coming to an end; Besides Fire Force, Kodansha’s popular Tokyo Revengers series is also in its final arc, while Shueisha’s My Hero Academia is nearing its end and Dr. Stone is nearing an end as well. Even the creator of Jujutsu Kaisen has said that he hopes to end the series with around 200 chapters, which makes the end of the series very near as well. The long-term loss of series has caused major problems for both publishers in the past, especially with the end of Dragon Ball in the mid-1990s, which caused a massive drop in Shonen Jump readership.

While manga as a medium is more popular than it has ever been in many ways, this situation could change drastically without new long-term mainstay series to maintain a high readership. To remedy this problem, the two publishers turned to creating sequels to popular titles from their catalog, which led to series like Yashahime, which brought Inuyasha’s world back to print for the first time. times in over ten years.

The upshot of all of this is that the manga industry landscape is set for a major change, for the first time since the Big Three of Shonen Jump erupted after the end of Naruto and the cancellation of Bleach in the mid-2010s. It’s no coincidence that this is exactly when most of the series mentioned here have started to be published. While the end of a major series like Fire Force can be sad, there are few more exciting moments for manga fans than when the stage is wide open for a daring newcomer to shake up the medium, potentially changing the way. whose comics fans read for years to come.