It’s been a big week for anime announcements (at least for anime that I watch)! After the announcement that SK8 the Infinity would be returning for season 2 and Haikyuu!! would NOT be getting a season 5, it was confirmed that One Punch Man season 3 is on the horizon.
Yesterday, in the 215th chapter of ONE and Yūsuke Murata’s One-Punch Man manga, it was revealed that the anime adaptation would be coming back for season 3. The anime, which follows the story of the ridiculously overpowered Saitama and his quest to find an opponent who will give him a real fight, premiered in 2015. Season 2 aired in 2019. One Punch Man season 3 does not yet have a release date but will hopefully arrive in 2023 or 2024.
Fans are cautiously excited about this news. Season 1 was considered to be lightning in a bottle, an impossible to replicate scenario that brought together some of the best people in the industry. Therefore, season 2 fell drastically short of expectations, as the animation quality from J.C. Staff just could not compare. The third season will likely be shuttled to yet another production house, although this has not yet been confirmed.
There is also no word on where the new season will stream. Season 1 is available on Crunchyroll, but season 2 streamed exclusively on Hulu.
I will admit that over the past two years I have fallen drastically behind on the manga (and webcomics) that I was following, including One Punch Man. This news has me excited to pick it back up, as I saw that the current arc of the manga has concluded. This means that a new anime season was a reasonable expectation, as they no longer have to wait for more content.
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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