'New Game!' Manga: What is The End Date For The Shotaro Tokuno Series?

For just under a decade New Game! has been going strong. The series was first released in 2013 and is now rumoured to be coming to an end. So when is the last volume set to release?

By Iram Sharifah Khan

July 29, 2021

For just under a decade New Game! has been going strong. The series was first released in 2013 and is now rumoured to be coming to an end. So when is the last volume set to release?

New Game! began serialisation in January 2013 and was later adapted into an anime series as well as a video game. The series is published by Houbunsha.

The manga’s premise follows young women, who work as games developers and designers and slowly befriend one another through their work. The series comes highly rated, sitting at 7.84 on MyAnimeList with thousands of readers worldwide who would be sad to see the characters go.

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New Game: End date for the manga confirmed

Unfortunately, the manga is coming to an end. The last chapters for volume 13 (final volume) of New Game! is scheduled to release on 27th August 2021 in Houbunsha’s company Manga Time Kirara Charat.

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The manga is available to read on various outlets. However, the only official source shown is in Manga Time Kirara Charat’s magazine. The final chapters will be found in the October issue, which will be released in late August. A month later the compiled book version (Volume 13) will be shipped, on 27th September 2021.

On 27th July 2021, Manga Time Kirara editorial department announced the release date for the final volume, on their official Twitter page.

The post said the final volume was currently being designed but that the artist wanted to show a cover page. This means the series would have run from 28th January 2013 – 27th September 2021, for close to 9 years.

How to watch the anime series revealed

While the manga is ending, many are turning to the manga for comfort. Season 1 can be found on Crunchyroll. To watch the series on the popular streaming site, fans will need a subscription which costs £6.50GBP a month.

Season 2 is available to watch on Funimation which also requires a subscription in order to access their library. Subscriptions cost £4.99GBP a month and will give viewers access to hundreds of anime series.

There are 24 episodes across 2 seasons in total, along with an OVA. Each season consists of 12 episodes.

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Manga series similar to New Game! you might enjoy…

Should fans find themselves feeling lost while waiting for the release of the final chapter, here are some they may enjoy:

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  • Yuzumori San – Two girls befriend each other after a chance meeting. This story has lolita characters and is part of the ‘slice of life’ genre.
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Iram Sharifah Khan

Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.

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