Is Golgo 13 coming to an end for Sentai Filmworks? It may appear that way based on what The Anime Network is saying. Their latest blog update has them talking about ending the year with Golgo 13 episode #26, which is pretty much the halfway mark of the series as it originally ran, and they're listing it specifically as a finale for the series.
This week sees the finale of one of the more exciting shows to hit AN Online this year. Golgo 13 has a long history (going back decades!), and twice as many thrills as that. Even though there isn't much of a story to talk about, each episode was filled with tons of twists, turns, and perfectly timed and executed shots by everyone's favorite cool hand assassin. Alas, the ride is over, the last target has been eliminated. Golgo's job is done, and just in time for New Years. Seems just like him to be so punctual, doesn't it?
Golgo 13 was one of the first series that Sentai Filmworks picked up and announced that it would be coming out in bilingual format because of their belief that the show would sell well, both for name recognition value and because it's all about the badass sniping violence. The second collection, of what should be four, was released in September, just a couple of months after the first volume. Sentai has not made any further solicitations for the series at this point, which could be simply because they're intending to get the dub on the other half going. But the company, as has been par for the course when working with any long running series at this point like Gintama and Eyeshield 21, doesn't specifically state how much has been acquired. Previous reports had indicated that the series was dubbed "until the end" but as we see here, they're stating that this is "the end" so that may not hold much weight.
For those interested in The Anime Network streaming of the series, the blog update does state that the character will be back in 2011 with the subtitled version of it. But again, it's so vague as to what to really expect in regards to the other half of the series that it doesn't help but rather adds more confusion to the mix.