That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, also known as TenSura, is an anime series that first aired in fall 2018 in Japan and worldwide, thanks to Crunchyroll and Funimation. Many anime lovers who are interested in anime culture have a special interest in Isekai anime. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime was one of the successful productions of this genre. It first appeared before the readers as a web novel series and then light novel and manga. The ongoing light novel series written by Fuse has been adapted into anime by the studio, Eight Bit. The Studio had previously appeared in front of the audience with popular productions such as Tokyo Ravens. After the successful season of TenSura, the anime broadcast on many leading local networks in Japan was renewed for a second season. After the spin-off series called The Slime Diaries, the anime returned to the screens with its second season on January 12, 2021. Fans are now excited for the third season. So, has the anime been renewed for a new season? When will Crunchyroll release it? Let’s remember the series and take a look at all that is known about the third season.
What is the plotline of the anime?
The story is about a 37-year-old single man named Satoru Mikami. Although his business life is quite smooth, he is a lonely white-collar worker. One day, when he meets his friends from work on the street, he is stabbed to death by an unidentified assailant. At the moment of death, he hears some voices and orders that he cannot understand. Satoru wakes up after his death and realizes that he was reincarnated and born in another world. He came to this world as a slime. He has gained special powers in this life and has unique abilities. When he swallows something he sees, he can imitate it with everything, including its abilities and appearance. After adapting to his new character, Satoru wanders through a cave and hears a voice. He doesn’t know who he is because he has no eyes, but they realize that they are both very lonely. After a while, the voice says that he is Veldora and can teach Satoru how to see. In return, he tells him not to be afraid when he sees him because Veldora is a dragon.
The Storm Dragon Veldora has been held in a sealed captive for three centuries after he burned down a town. Satoru is not afraid of Veldora; on the contrary, he bonds with him due to their loneliness and says he will help to save him. In return, Veldora grants Satoru a divine shield of protection and names him Rimuru Tempest. Rimuru, who now has a completely different life path, begins an exciting journey with new goals and changes the fate of the world step by step.
Will there be a third season of the anime?
The That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime’s second season was split two-part, and its finale aired on September 21, 2021. As of August 6, 2022, at the time of writing, its animation studio Eight Bit, or any related company with the anime, has not yet renewed it for a third season. Even if an anime is popular, the confirmation can be long due to the long production times in the anime industry. Although this wait mostly turns out to be negative, some animes signal that they will have a new season. When we examine the source material, the light novel, the popularity of the anime, the disc sales, and the distribution, it is possible to speculate about whether there will be a new season.
The anticipated movie is the biggest sign of the third season!
We are almost certain that there will be a third season, so before we go into all the details, let’s talk about the last known about the expected movie. The movie was announced in the second season finale of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on September 21, 2021. The official website for the upcoming movie “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” released a new visual and a new trailer on March 2, 2022. The script of the movie titled “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Guren no Kizuna-hen” is written by Fuse, the light novel’s author. The film is not a sequel to the story but contains a side story, which is an original story written by Fuse.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime movie’s story will focus on a new land called Razha, located west of Tempest. Rimuru and his friends become embroiled in a long-standing conspiracy revolving around a girl with a mysterious power. Rimuru and his commander Benimaru also encounter another surviving ogre named Hiiro, who greatly respects Benimaru.
So how does it relate to the possibility of a third season? Namely, the fact that a movie series will be released indicates that the brand continues to work. With the movie’s box office, a strong budget for a third season will be achieved, and the popularity of the series will increase. The movie will be released on November 25, 2022. Then Crunchyroll will stream the movie early in 2023 outside of Asia. You can watch the trailer of the anticipated film below.
We mentioned that That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s anime is not an original series and is an adaptation. The light novel, written by Japanese author Fuse and illustrated by Mitz Vah, was originally published by Micro Magazine since 2014. In addition, thanks to Yen Press, it is possible to follow the series in English. With the anime’s volume released on November 30, 2021, the total number of volumes reached 19, and it is announced that the next volume will be published on September 30, 2022. Animes also increase sales of light novels, so it’s good news that the series is ongoing.
On the other hand, to create a new season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, the light novel must already contain sufficient source material. The first 3 volumes were adapted in the first season of the anime. A similar amount of source material was used in the second season, and the events up to volume 6 of the light novel are featured in the anime’s second season. The remaining source material is currently 13 volumes, and it seems there is enough source material for the third season and also for more.
Manga adaptation rate
Popularity is the most important requirement for an anime to continue if enough source material is available. The light novel and manga of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime are hugely popular and therefore have huge popularity potential for the anime series. Making good use of this chance, the anime managed to be among the top 100 anime in Myanimelist. There is also a strong Google search volume for anime. The anime, which is also very popular in Japan, is followed by 293k people on Twitter. Anime such as Beastars, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years, which have similar popularity to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, already managed to get the new season approval.
Disc sales are also important for anime. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime anime’s disc sales took place in Spring 2021, with an average of 1,628 copies sold, generating approximately ¥54,520,000 in revenue. Although these disc sales are far from the targets, it needs to take into account the decrease in disc sales in recent years. Anime easily fills this gap with its current popularity. In addition, there will be a financial income boost with the movie to be released in November. It seems that there is no problem in terms of popularity so that the anime can have a new season.
When is the third season of TenSura?
As of August 6, 2022, the anime has yet to be renewed for a third season. However, as a result of our evaluation, we see a high probability of a new season. Since there is no official renewal yet, predicting the new season date is difficult. Eight Bit is working very actively on the series, and if we include the spin-off series, we see that the gap between anime seasons is not many years. Still, there were close to 2 years between the first and the second seasons. With a similar probability, the anime’s third season may air in late 2023. But for now, this estimate is just speculation. We may see a renewal after the movie is released. We will update our article as official information becomes available. Stay tuned.
What can season 3 be about?
In the final episode of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’s second season, Clayman unexpectedly learns new abilities, surprising Rimuru. Rimuru uses all his strength to capture Clayman. Veldora’s being in a fight with Milim makes it even more difficult to save Clayman from the Demon Lord. Although Clayman’s new powers protect him for a while, Rimuru becomes the winner again and ends the rivalry.
We will start the new season by watching the effects of Clayman losing the competition. The Holy Lubelius Empire had launched an attack on Rimuru under the leadership of Hinata Sakaguchi, the commander of the crusader forces. Now they will deal with the possibility that this attack will come back to them in retaliation. Due to political reasons, Rimuru and Hinata will meet. After the bilateral agreements, Rimuru will prepare a large-scale event for the war tournament called The Tempest Founder’s Festival, which will include concerts and dungeons. At the last moment, the selected hero Honjou will be included in this tournament. Let’s see what awaits us at this grand event.
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