Fire Force Manga Artist Atsushi Ohkubo Hints He’s Reconsidering Retirement
Mangaka Atsushi Ohkubo, the creative mind behind beloved series like fire force and soul eater, can come back from retirement to create more imaginative stories.
According to the Manga Morgura RE Twitter, Ohkubo hinted at his potential return while answering questions from the Lucca Games Convention in Italy. Many manga fans have expressed excitement over the possibility, with one describing it as a “Miyazaki moment”. This is a reference to iconic filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who has come out of retirement several times over the years.
The soul eater The manga appeared in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan from May 2004 to 2013, telling its story through 25 volumes of content. The narrative follows the students of Death Weapon Meister Academy; these students transform into various weapons or wield their classmates. Working together, the partners track down and eliminate evil souls and witches.
Atsushi Ohkubo’s Popularity Grows
Upon release, soul eater quickly garnered a large following of avid fans, making the series a staple of the shōnen genre during its original run. In 2008, for example, it was the 7th best-selling manga with over three million copies sold. In 2019, more than 19 million copies are in circulation worldwide. Due to this popularity, studio Bones (my hero academia) developed an anime adaptation of soul eater, originally aired from April 2008 to March 2009. Directed by Takuya Igarashi (Bungo Stray Dogs), it stars Kōki Uchiyama (Jujutsu Kaisen) as the main character and Chiaki Omigawa (Mob Psycho 100) as Maka Albarn.
from Ohkubo fire force The manga debuted in Kodansha’s weekly Shōnen magazine in September 2015, with the final chapter appearing in February 2022. The story follows Shinra Kusakabe, a young man with pyrokinetic powers, who joins a special group of firefighters. Together they use their abilities and skills to fight and eradicate the Infernals. The series has inspired multiple adaptations, including three plays and an upcoming video game.
The animated adaptation by David Production (Cells in action!) premiered in July 2019, and a third season has been confirmed. Directed by Yuki Yase (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and Tatsuma Minamikawa (Sort/Extra Last Encore), fire force stars Gakuto Kajiwara (Tribe Nine) like Shinra. Other voice cast members include Aoi Yūki (Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia-), Ayaka Asai (This time I got reincarnated as a Slime) and Daisuke Sakaguchi (Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea).
Both soul eater and fire force are available to stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu.