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One Punch Man Season 3: Release Date, All You Need to Know!

One Punch Man is an action anime released in 2015, and that was known worldwide and received full votes from anime lovers. The superhero anime series is actually based on a manga series written by the famous manga artist ONE. Madhouse created the first season of the anime, and later it passed to another famous Japanese animation studio J.C. Staff. “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K” and “Food Wars!” are also beloved anime series of the successful studio in recent years. Licensed by Crunchyroll and Viz Media, the anime became available on many online platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Funimation. After the first season, fans had the opportunity to watch a second season years later. Now, fans are curious after the second season, which aired in 2019. Will One-Punch Man have a third season? If you are a fan who is wondering when the 3rd season of Anime One Punch Man will be broadcast, please check it out; we will investigate in this article.

What is the plotline of One-Punch Man?

Seemingly ordinary and insignificant, Saitama has a unique curiosity to be a hero. To fulfill his childhood dream, he trains himself for three years non-stop and loses all his hair in the process. Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy can defeat him in battle. Saitama gained this strength by helping a child who was attacked by a monster while looking for a job while he was a normal person.

Genos is a 19-year-old cyborg. This situation changes with his arrival. After seeing what Saitama can do, he wants to be his student. Genos suggests joining the Heroes Association to become certified heroes. Saitama struggles to earn respect, despite defeating very powerful monsters that even a top member of the Heroes Association can defeat. Most people accuse him of being a trickster and fake hero because of his straight physical appearance. Only a small fraction of people are aware of their talent and humility.

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The Picture: @animelab / YouTube

Will there be a third season of One-Punch Man?

As of December 25, 2021, at the time of writing, One-Punch Man has not yet been renewed for a third season. Neither J.C.Staff, the animation studio of the second season, nor any related broadcasters confirmed the anime’s third season.  In general, it can take years to renew an anime for a new season. The closest example of this is again One-Punch Man’s second season. There are approximately three and a half years between the first and second seasons of the series, which signals the time required for a possible new season. Popularity and source material availability are the most critical factors for a renewal. Under these key factors, we will speculate about the third season and the release date until an official announcement comes.

Manga Status of One-Punch Man (Source Material)

One Punch Man is adapted from a manga written and illustrated by the famous artist ONE, just like Mob Psycho 100. The self-published anime series began publishing by Shueisha in the magazine Tonari no Young Jump in 2012. The manga series, which has been published in 24 volumes in total, is still ongoing today. The last volume of the manga was released on December 3, 2021. In addition, although it is a little behind, Viz Media is the English publisher of manga. It is possible to follow the manga series in English.

Let’s come to the critical part. Anime covers 1-7 volumes of the manga in the first season. In the second season, the anime covers up to the beginning of the 17th volume. It is a pity that the anime’s seasons are using a lot of volumes because fans have to wait years for a new season because of this. Anime usually publishes three volumes a year, but only one volume was released in 2020. Covid-19 may also have effects on this. With the volume released on December 2021, there is a source material of 7 volumes for the third season of the anime and the story left from the 17th volume. Looking at the source material adapted in previous seasons, at least 1-2 more volumes are required for a new season of anime. However, since the manga series is still being published, there will be sufficient source material in the future.

Manga Adaptation Rate

Blu-Ray Sales and the popularity of the anime

Disc sales figures also affect new season decisions. It is generally said that the number of discs sold for sequels to anime works should be at least 4,000. In the case of Anime One Punch Man, six volumes of discs were released for the 1st season, and the sales average was 9,158 units. In the anime industry, it is said that when the sales of discs exceed 10,000, it is a big hit, so it can be said that the first season of Anime One Punch Man was so close to perfect sales figures.

On the other hand, sales of the disc sales for the 2nd season of the anime were only 1265. Sales have dropped to about one-eighth compared to the first season. However, considering the sales of the 1st season, and decreasing in disc sales in recent years, it seems that the possibility of producing the 3rd season of anime One-Punch Man is still quite high.

We also know One-Punch Man is important financial revenue for exclusive distributors other than blu-ray sales. The fact that many giant platforms such as Netflix are broadcasting One-Punch Man creates a good chance for a third season. The anime is ranked 5th based on Myanimelist’s popularity ranking, and this rank is making it one of the highest-rating anime of recent years.

One-Punch Man’s original books are also selling well, and as of the cumulative circulation has about 30 million. In addition, the anime has close to 200 thousand followers on Twitter, and if an anime has over 100 thousand followers, it means that it is really popular enough to deserve a new season.

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3rd Season Chance of One-Punch Man
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on Social Media
Popularity on Google Searches
Success in Disc Sales
Perfect Reviews (8.52 on MA, 8.8 on IMDb)
Good Popularirty
Success in Disc Sales in General
Multi-season continuity
Good Light Novel Sales (30+ million copies in print)
Big Distributor such as Netflix, Hulu
Additional Income with Video Games & Movie
Enough Manga Source Material Availability
Ongoing Manga
No Renewal Since 2019
No Success in 2nd Season Disc Sales
Renewal Possibility

When is the release date of season 3?

There is no confirmation for the 3rd season of the anime yet. We examined the third season possibilities above. After this evaluation, we are pretty sure that there will be a third season of the anime, but there is no exact date since the lack of official news. Enough source material will likely be provided from manga volumes in 2022, and the new season can be released end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023 at the earliest. Stay tuned for updates; we will update when the new details come.

Is there a released trailer for season 3?

Although we think that the work on it has started, no sharing has been made from the animation studio so far. There are some fan-made trailers available, but they don’t reflect the truth. The series does not have a 3rd season trailer yet released. Once shared, we will pass it on to you. Still, it is possible to see something new for the anime. Manga illustrator Yusuke Murata has released an anime short independently of the studio. You can find the “Go! Saitama” 107sc anime short published on his official Twitter account below.

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