Ever since Golden Kamuy started to grace the pages of Young Jump magazine back in 2014, fans have braced themselves for the story’s inevitable conclusion. Now, for better or worse, it looks like fans will finally see the end of this extreme treasure hunt. Confirmed in the latest issue of Young Jump, Golden Kamuy’s final three chapters will release this month.
The current schedule will see Chapter 312 released on April 14th, Chapter 313 on April 21st, and Chapter 314 on April 28th.
While fans may have conflicting feelings about the manga’s end, that doesn’t necessarily spell the end of this treasure hunting adventure. Season four of the anime is still slated for this October, though a release date is still unavailable. For potential fans that would rather wait for the manga’s end to start the series, the first three seasons are available to stream on Crunchyroll.
To be fair, three chapters feel like an incredibly short amount of content to wrap up a story that’s been running for almost a decade. The story spans several characters, continents, and events which means that’s a lot of conclusions to come to and a lot of loose ends to tie up. But hopefully, the story will answer the biggest question of all: is there actually a treasure?
For a lot of people, the idea of finding a hidden treasure is more exciting and valuable than actually having said treasure in their possession. But as we’ve seen in popular culture, as with shipwreck divers, metal detectors, and Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone’s vault on live television, sometimes the treasure hunt ends in no treasure at all. That cannot happen with the ending of Golden Kamuy.
Sure, most people are fine with the concept of “the real treasure was the friends we made along the way”, but in Golden Kamuy, the stakes to track down and unearth this treasure are too great to ignore. Asirpa and Sugimoto especially have come too far, sacrificed too much, and have been given way too little in life for this treasure hunt to end in nothing. Doubly so for Asirpa, to who the bulk, if not all of the treasure should rightfully belong, as it was originally amassed and hidden by her people. Sugimoto can have a little romance, as a treat.
Whatever happens in those three chapters will most likely be the most earth-shattering conclusion we’ve ever seen, but as we all know, Satoru Noda better show us the money.