When will One Punch Man Season 3 premiere? What will be its plot? Read on to know everything about the famous comedy shounen anime series.
One Punch Man is the anime adaptation of the famous webcomic with 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 and the second season by J.C Staff Animation Studio with Chikara Sakurai performing the direction.
One Punch Man has 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 from April – July 2019. It has been over a year since fans have been waiting for a promising update regarding the third release. Read on to find out more about One Punch Man Season 3!
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 in 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.
Will there be One Punch Man Season 3?
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand of 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 major 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, the source material is the Manga.
In order to affirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check, how many light novels did the writer release so far. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is a little possibility of continuation like what happened to Air Gear Season 2.
The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been adapted in making the first and second season of One Punch Man Season 2. Maybe there isn’t enough source material or novels left to adapt next season.
How many volumes of One Punch Man Manga have been released?
21 manga volumes of One Punch Man have been released in Japan till date. It is still going on with the next volume to be released soon. The first season of One Punch Man that aired in 2015 adapted volumes 1-7. The second season did use manga volumes 8-16.
This means that the next season of the anime will start with volume 17. So, five volumes can be used for One Punch Man season 3.
2) One Punch Man Season 2: Sales & Profit Information
The possibility of another season of an anime series depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. Most of the anime series lose money or take years to recover investment and make a profit.
Generally, anime sequels witness a drop of around 20% in profit. However, anything above it is a reason to worry and may refrain makers from continuing the franchise. 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 volume were around 10,000 for the first season and 1,300 for the second season. There is a drop of more than 80% in Blue-ray sales. However, Blu-ray is a thing of past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital platforms for streaming.
One Punch Man Manga sales
The Manga sales are fantastic for One Punch Man. The latest Manga volume sold around 6,00,000 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 Games sales
Two new games were announced last year. 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 is also not fetching expected downloads. Both games have failed to impress the fans.
Well, the above are just the primary sources of revenue. Other than these sources, One Punch Man 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.
3) Buzz and hype for One Punch Man Season 3
In deciding the fate of an anime series, the most important is to have a look at its buzz and hype. In most of the 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 analyze various sources such as the official website, social media, and google trends to predict the fate of the franchise. Coming to One Punch Man, the hype and buzz is very strong just like Overload season 4.
The official One Punch Man twitter account with more than 170K followers is very active and already has more than 170k followers. The google trends data is quite encouraging though the popularity of the show saw some drop. However, OPM has a huge fanbase backing it.
Considering all the above points, there is no denying that One Punch Man season 3 will happen very soon. The series has everything in its favor be it sales, hype or buzz, popularity. The source material is a problem but that would be solved.
One Punch Man Season 3 Release Date
As there is some shortage of source material, I am expecting a delay in OPM season 3. The first and second season has a gap of around 2.5 years and the same would be the case this time around. Don’t expect One Punch man season 3 to release in 2020 or 2021. My best prediction would be early 2022.
One Punch Man English Dub
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