When will One Punch Man Season 3 release? What will be its plot? Here’s everything you need to know about the third season of One Punch Man.
One Punch Man is an anime adaptation of the famous webcomic of the same name created by the Japanese manga artist ONE. After enjoying wide success, the manga was adapted to anime by the Madhouse Animation Studio and directed by Shingo Natsume. J.C Staff Animation Studio adapted the second season with Chikara Sakurai helming the project.
One Punch Man received numerous awards and the time gap between every release speaks tons about its quality content. The first season aired from October – December 2015. The second season was aired from April – July 2019. It has been more than two years since fans have been waiting for a promising update regarding season 3. Read on to know more about One Punch Man Season 3!
Will there be One Punch Man Season 3?
For animes, the possibility of the next season depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand for the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for One Punch Man Season 3. Based on our research, here is what we feel about the possibility of the third season of One Punch Man. Let’s discuss all these factors in detail:
1) Is There Enough Source Material For One Punch Man Season 3?
Almost every anime series use existing source material which usually is manga, light novel, or mobile game. For One Punch Man anime, the source material is the Manga.
In order to confirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check, how many manga volumes have been released so far. Is the story coming to an end? The next thing we need to check is how many Manga volumes were adapted in making the first and second seasons of One Punch Man. Maybe there isn’t enough source material available.
How many volumes of One Punch Man Manga have been released?
23 manga volumes of One Punch Man have been released. The latest volume 23 was released on Jan 4, 2021. The first season of One Punch Man anime that aired in 2015 adapted volumes 1-7. The second season used manga volumes 8-16.
The next season of the anime will start with volume 17. So, seven manga volumes can be used for One Punch Man season 3. Considering that season two used 9 manga volumes, there isn’t enough source material right now. Like No Game No Life, One Punch Man doesn’t have enough source material at this time.
Yusuke Murata released three new volumes in 2019, one in 2020 and one in 2021 so far. The publishing speed has slowed but there is no need to worry as the Manga is still going. One Punch Man also has chapters 113 to 148 that ate yet to be published in a tankōbon volume. Shueisha publishes the chapters in Young Jump Web Comics.
One Punch Man has seven Manga Volumes ready to be adapted. However, it would require around 9 Manga new Manga volumes to go ahead with season three. We should get more Manga volumes by the end of this year. So, the problem of lack of source material should be resolved by next year.
2) One Punch Man Sales & Profit Information: How much money it makes?
The possibility of another season depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. Most anime series lose money or take years to recover investment and make a profit. Now let’s have a look at the sales and profit information of One Punch Man.
One Punch Man Blu-ray sales
The average sales per Blu-ray were around 10,000 for the first season. The first season also got a BD-Box, which sold around 2,300 copies. The second season sold only 1,300 copies. So, there is a drop of more than 80% in Blu-ray sales.
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However, Blu-ray is a thing of the past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital platforms for streaming. One Punch Man is a very popular anime series on OTT platforms.
One Punch Man Manga sales
The Manga sales are fantastic for One Punch Man. The latest Manga volume sold around 4,00,000 copies. The previous volumes were also huge hits with average sales of around 5,00,000. Average sales of 5,00,000 copies is a guarantee of a sequel in the anime industry. One Punch Man is among the top 75 best-selling manga of all time.
One Punch Man Games sales
Two new games were announced in 2019. One is for iOS and Android and one for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows, a game for PC and X Box released in February 2020. It only sold around 10,000 copies in Japan, a number far less than expected. An android and iOS game, One Punch Man: Road to Hero also failed to get huge downloads. Both games failed to impress the fans.
One Punch Man Figurines and Merchandise Sales
Around 130 statuettes are available for One Punch Man. Out of these 70% are of Saitama and Genos while 30% are of Garou and Tatsumaki. One Punch Man franchise makes good money through these figurines.
One Punch Man has around 900 merchandise items available in the market. These items have decent sales in the manga and anime community.
Well, the above are just the primary sources of revenue. Other than these sources, it also makes a profit from the international license for Crunchyroll, streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other platforms, collaboration with advertisers, and other collaborations. But that sales are also much far than satisfactory.
Profit is not a problem for the One Punch Man franchise. The manga sales are enough to recover the investment. Moreover, the franchise makes a huge profit through anime streaming, collaborations, figurines, and merchandise.
3) Buzz and hype for One Punch Man Season 3
In deciding the fate of an anime series, the most important factor is the demand for the sequel and popularity of the anime. In most cases, sequels are less popular than the first season. There are occasions when there is no buzz or hype for another season. This generally happens when the first season fails to provide enough boost to sales. This is what happened to Tokyo Ravens and we never got Tokyo Ravens season 2. We analyzed various sources such as the official website, social media, and google trends to predict the fate of the franchise.
The official One Punch Man Twitter account with more than 170K followers is very active. The google trends data is quite encouraging though the popularity of the show saw some drop. However, OPM has a huge fanbase backing it.
Coming to One Punch Man, the hype and buzz is very strong. One Punch Man season 3 has more than 500K monthly searches on google. This pretty much summarizes the buzz.
Will there be One Punch man Season 3?
The official Twitter page of One Punch Man thanked the fans for watching Season 2 and asked them to support One Punch Man Season 3 so that the producers can renew it.
OPM is one of the most popular animes out there. It stands with big names like My Hero Academia, Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Attack on Titan. Though season 2 wasn’t a big hit as the first one, still it was enough to go for season 3. Moreover, fans are eagerly waiting for the next season.
Considering all the above points, we can say that the creators have enough reasons to go ahead with the third season. The series has everything in its favour be it sales, hype or buzz, popularity. The main problem here is the source material. There isn’t enough source material available.
One Punch Man Season 3 Release Date
As there is some shortage of source material, we need to wait for around a year before the makers announce the third season. The first and second season has a gap of more than three, so we can expect the same pattern this time around as well.
However, there are rumors circulating online that the third season is in production and will release in 2021. These all are fake news. One Punch Man is not yet renewed for Season 3 and neither canceled. Don’t expect to release in 2021. As per my prediction, One Punch Man season 3 release date would be late 2022 or early 2023.
One Punch Man Plot & Story
The plot of One Punch Man revolves around Saitama, a superhero who hails from City Z. He is portrayed as the most powerful superhero as he can defeat his opponents with a single punch. He gets bored of this one-punch game and now is on an active lookout for a challenge that he truly deserves. His sense of boredom overpowers every emotion.
Two associations are set in opposition to each other in One-Punch Man – The Hero Association and The Monster Association who are embroiled in constant feats of the fight, rescue, and survival events. Saitama initially not associated with The Hero Association is later admitted into the lower ranks. This anime is an action-adventure story that showcases quality instances of fight sequences, humor, and drama.
One Punch Man Voice Cast
A look at One Punch Man lead characters and their voice artists:
|YMumen Rider||Yuuichi Nakamura|
One Punch Man English Dub
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