Some anime and manga series are all about maintaining the status quo, their whole appeal wrapped up in allowing fans to leisurely spend time with the settings and characters established in their earliest segments. That’s not the case for "Attack on Titan," though, whose rollercoaster ride of mysteries, betrayals, and warfare is about to come to an end.
The final chapter of creator Hajime Isayama’s tale of fearless heroes and pantsless monsters is set to be published in the next issue of manga anthology Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. No matter how "Attack on Titan’s" conflicts resolve themselves, though, publisher Kodansha is making it very clear that its fight against manga pirates continues, and will be a worldwide one as well, as shown in a tweet from Shintaro Kawakubo, the Japanese editor for the "Attack on Titan" manga.
While Kawakubo doesn’t mention "Attack on Titan’s" final chapter specifically, the timing, coming just a little more than a week before the next Bessatsu Shonen Magazine issue’s street date, can’t be a mere coincidence. Of particular note is the assertion that Kodansha will pursue legal action against unauthorized uploads “regardless of country,” implying that the company is in no way willing to turn a blind eye to uploaders located in countries where the final chapter is yet to go on sale and/or local fans may object to the pricing and/or localization choices of the officially license version.
▼ The same statement was issued in Japanese (with the Japanese tweet currently having some four times as many likes as the English version).
"Attack on Titan’s" series finale will appear in the May issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, which actually comes out on April 9.
Source: Twitter/@ShingekiKyojin via Otakomu
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