God, I hate cliffhangers when it comes to anime! This is exactly why I prefer having smaller seasons that compact the story down. Instead of having a long ongoing show that might or might not get dropped in the middle of airing seasons. Remember Bleach? But thankfully, that got concluded in the manga, at least. However, not every series is that lucky. Some long time works never reach their ends, no matter how popular they were. And fans are left to shape their own conclusions. Speaking of what’s going on with Owari No Seraph?
The anime adaptation for Owari No Seraph had 2 seasons before it went on hiatus with no news of an upcoming 3rd season. Apparently, the 27th compilation will be the definitive end, according to its mangaka, Takaya Kagami. The manga, which just has its 26th volume ship out this June, is rumored to be nearing its end of the story. This isn’t surprising, considering a sequel has already existed since 2017 in the form of the Owari no Seraph: Ichinose Guren, 19-sai no Resurrection novel series. But the manga for the mainline story is nearly completed, finally getting closer to bringing the dark fantasy Shonen to its end.
This is great news for fans who have been following the Vampire tale from the very start. Owari No Seraph had been in publication since 2012, and despite a few delays, it had been going pretty strong since. However, now it seems to be finishing off on an epic note in the manga. And while we may never get confirmation on a third installation of the anime, it’s enough that we actually get a conclusion somewhere.
But just how much farther away are we from the definitive end? What happened to Yūichirō finally getting his ill-fated revenge on the creatures that took his family from him? Or is there something completely different brewing? Let’s discuss that and more in another segment of Lore Analysis – where we take a closer look at the plot direction of a specific story and try to see if we can pick up on any hints. After all, the devil is in the details. So, let’s discuss.
Owari No Seraph: How Far Before The Manga Ends?
So, a manga usually takes longer than an anime to end. Most of the time, it’s because they are being worked on by a significantly smaller team. But it also takes more time because this is the original source material. There are way more details involved, more things that need exposure and an appropriate reveal.
Therefore, whereas you could realistically finish an anime in a single 12-episode season, the same can’t happen to a manga. Most manga usually span chapters into the hundreds, so it’s a little harder to gauge when one should be ended. With Owari No Seraph, the story involves much more world-building than normal. It’s also a Shonen series first, which are notorious for being extremely long-winded. Hell, look at One Piece. That started in the late 90s and is somehow still going strong.
The Owari No Seraph manga has published 116 chapters, while Chapter 117 is on the way. The release of Chapter 111 concluded the 26th volume of the manga, which is being considered the penultimate compilation before the end. There are rumors that story will most likely end at Chapter 150, so we likely have 5 more volumes to go till then.
However, some fans believe that there is yet more to come, and the end is significantly farther away. Some reckon that the story won’t conclude until 2024-2025 due to how much story is still left on mangaka’s part. Anything else would mean rushing the story and skipping important details.
Owari No Seraph: No News On The Anime Front?
The anime adaptation for Owari No Seraph was a pretty successful release in the Spring to Winter anime season of 2015. However, because the anime caught up with the manga back then, Wit Studios didn’t have much source material to build an entirely new season on.
So, the anime itself went on hiatus in December 2015, without much fanfare for a third season to continue on. The second season pretty much covered all the material available at that point, so it didn’t make much sense. However, it has been 7 years since then, and we’ve reached farther into the story that, realistically, we could get a 3rd season.
And now, with a rumored end coming, maybe there will be a renewed interest in continuing the show by the production company. It’s always a safer bet to adapt a story that has ended since there is no need to take creative liberties. You have an end to build towards and enough material to pad it all out. So, perhaps once the manga is at its climax, we might get news for a new season.
But for now, fans will have to make do with what is available to them. But hey, there is a prequel series and a sequel novel out, so it’s not like fans don’t have mountains of stuff to get through!