Igano and Kaya Tsukiyama's hit soccer manga series "Area no Kishi" ("The Knight in the Area") is reportedly ending in five chapters. Meanwhile, five years after the release of the first season of its anime adaptation, fans are still waiting for another installment. The end of the series gives hope to a potential "Area no Kishi" season 2.
The announcement for the impending end of the manga series was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on the 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine according to Anime News Network. If the series continues without break the series is expected to end in the 17th issue of the magazine to be released on March 29.
"Area no Kishi" follows the story of Kakeru Aizawa, younger brother of a young talented football player, Suguru, the captain of the Kamakura School soccer team and the ace of Japan's national under-15 team. Despite being siblings Kakeru is known to be opposite of his brother and is nicknamed "Mr. No Goal." He is the manager of the soccer club and dreams to be a trainer to continue supporting his older brother behind the scenes. However, Suguru believes in Kakeru's hidden potential and continues to urge him to play.
A tragic incident then changed Kakeru's dreams. Suguru was brain dead and Kakeru's heart was damaged. To save Kakeru, Suguru's heart was transplanted to him. Kakeru returns to football to achieve his brother's dream of winning the World Cup.
The first season of the anime did not sell well so there is no official announcement for "Area no Kishi" season 2 until now. But every now and then, there are rumors of season 2 in some anime update boards. The series released in 2012 barely covers 18 of the current 55 volumes of the manga so there are enough materials for the anime to work on. The latest releases feature Kakeru in his brother's dream stage wearing a Japan team uniform together with Arai. Fans hope the conclusion of the manga would lead to a season 2.