The final manga chapter of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is releasing this week, but a statement from the series' editorial department suggests that chapter 140 or a spin-off might be coming in the future!
Attack on Titan Chapter 139 was slated to release this Friday, April 9, but the chapter was surprisingly released today around the world, and creator Hajime Isayama also shared a final sketch to promote the final chapter. While this chapter may bring to an end to Eren, Mikasa, and Armin's epic story, the editorial department of the popular series has hinted that Attack on Titan may return.
Today, I learned that Attack on Titan will end at chapter 139 which is a number symbolic of Death. The number 140 is symbolic of Freedom.#aot139spoilers #aot139 #AttackOnTitan139 https://t.co/ZZT5QWdYc9— Jake Vyper (@JakeVyper) April 8, 2021
Following the early release of the final chapter of Attack on Titan, Bessatsu Shonen Magazine Editorial Department has released a special statement for the readers of this longtime manga series.
"To the readers of Attack on Titan"— Attack on Titan Wiki (@AoTWiki) April 8, 2021
Special message at the end from Bessatsu Shonen Magazine Editorial Department pic.twitter.com/mBQnJuFf0V
“This world that did not exist until 2009 was made into words and pictures, given meaning, turned into a story, printed in the first issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, and serialised for eleven years and seven months by Hajime Isayama’s hands," the statement reads.
The editorial department continued: “Though this series has come to an end, these memories are sure to always warm our hearts. Thank you for reading.”
However, the final line of the statement is making fans wonder about the possibility of Attack on Titan's return: “Our battle is only getting started!!”
Fans on social media are wondering what "Our battle is only getting started!!” means. As Twitter user Zetsuyakun asks: “Our battle is only getting started, means there’s Attack on titan Shippuden? Or attack on human?”
"Our battle is only getting started" Means there's Attack on titan Shippuden? Or attack on human?— Zetsuyakun | (Cw:Saiki K) (@zetsuyakun55) April 8, 2021
This could mean anything, and some fans are hoping that it's hint for an Attack on Titan spin-off or a sequel series or a spin-offf set in the same world. The line might also be hinting at an entirely different series that has the potential to be as great as Attack on Titan, but as of now, the editorial department hasn't provided any additional details about their plans.