“I would like to thank the readers, Young Jump’s editorial department, people from the printing offices, people who were involved in this work, and all the staff from the bottom of my heart.”
Continuing, Ishida said he is proud of the work he’s done despite his rigorous workflow after nearly a decade.
“Including the preparatory period, I have been drawing from June 2011 up to June 2018, for 7 years, with barely any breaks,” he wrote. “Despite it being such a crude work made by an unskilled hand, I’m quite proud of myself for being able to draw until the very end.”
As Ishida carried on his lengthy spree, the writer said he prepared for six months to reach this ending. However, as it grew closer, the artist felt like he was about to collapse from all the pressure. After thanking his editor and staff, Ishida went on to thank all of his readers for sticking with him.
“It also makes me glad to hear thoughts from the readers,” he wrote. “I’ve happily read all the letters I’ve received. Characters’ birthdays… even on days where nothing’s happening, a mountain of gifts were received which made it fun all-year round.”
“It’s highly appreciated even you just stood and read [the series without buying a copy]. To me, it counts as support. I’m very, very thankful.”
For now, Ishida says he plans to rest and enjoy a well-deserved vacation now that Tokyo Ghoulhas ended. For anime fans, there is still another instalment of the show to go before it ends. The second season of Tokyo Ghoul:re will debut this fall, and it plans to adopt the remainder of the series in its last cour.
For those unfamiliar with Tokyo Ghoul, the series was originally created by Sui Ishida. The story follows Ken Kaneki, a student who survives an encounter with his date, who turns out to be a ghoul. Kaneki’s world is filled with Ghouls, beings who eat humans, and they’ve been living among humans in secret. After surviving this attack he wakes up to realize that he himself has become a ghoul because of a surgery that implanted organs from the ghoul who attacked him. In order to live somewhat a normal life, Kaneki needs to eat human flesh to survive. Luckily he’s taken in by a group of ghouls at the cafe Anteiku, who help him reintegrate into society.
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