After years of waiting, fans have finally got the answer to “Will One Punch Man Season 3 happen?” and it’s a YES! One Punch Man is officially returning for Season 3 of the anime on TV. It’s going to be one of the most highly requested new seasons among anime fans.
The second season of the beloved anime based on the manga ONE ended in 2019 and the next season is announced after three big years. It’s likely going to cover everything that has happened in Yusuke Murata’s manga illustration ever since.
Throughout these years, fans were concerned if they’ll get a follow-up season or if the second season was the end of the anime franchise. Read on to know everything about Saitama’s return to the silver screen.
One Punch Man Season 3 Anime Official Announcement
One Punch Man is among the most popular and top-rated animes out there. The series is based on the webcomic One and its subsequent adaptation illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The story set in City Z is focused on Saitama, who is so powerful that his single punch can end battles.
The first season aired in 2015 while the second one came out in 2019. Ever since the latest season concluded, the fan base has been clamoring for another chapter.
Now, the official announcement for One Punch Man season 3 is here via the show’s official website. The news release posted on Thursday, August 18, 2022, states the following when translated from the Japanese language to English:
“This time, we will start the production of the long-awaited sequel of the animation ‘One-Punch Man’ 3rd season. At the same time, a new teaser visual drawn by Osamu Kubota, who was in charge of character design for the first and second seasons, has also been released.”
— TVアニメ「ワンパンマン」公式 (@opm_anime) August 18, 2022
The announcement also came on the show’s official Twitter account. Although a release date or window didn’t accompany the announcement, it was enough to make the fans all hyped up for Saitama’s return.
What else did the One Punch Man Season 3 Teaser reveal?
Along with the official announcement, the website also posted the first teaser featuring a key visual for One Punch Man season 3. The brilliant graphic features Saitama on one side and Garou on the other. You can take a look at it here:
It is drawn by Oath Kubota, character designer for One Punch Man season 1 and season 2. The visual directly hints that the upcoming season will focus on Saitama and Garou’s rivalry that was also seen in the previous season.
What is the Expected Release Date for One Punch Man Season 3?
There isn’t an official release date of One Punch Man season 3 available yet. It has been over three years since the last installment in the franchise came out. The fans are still waiting and will have to wait for a few more months before we know the release date.
The most likely release window for One Punch Man season 3 is from July 2023 to October 2023. This is based on the trend that most anime launches take place within 9 to 12 months of their confirmation.
However, if the show gets delayed again due to the pandemic. We’ll have to wait for some more months to finally witness Saitama on our screens again. Until then, you can watch the remaining episodes of One Punch Man dubbed or re-watch them to catch up.
What to expect from One Punch Man Season 3’s Story?
One Punch Man’s second season kicks off the start of the Monster Association arc within the grander Human Monster Saga. This is a pretty long arc and the manga has recently concluded this major war.
The third season could tackle the entire war and end in the middle of it as we finally witness Saitama and Garou’s battle on the animated screen. The final episode of the latest season had Silverfang and Bomb beat up Garouo mercilessly.
Garou remembers he was a young loner and had a popular classmate Tat-chan. When Tat-chan gangs up on Garou while they’re playing with their other friends because he was dubbed the monster, Garou starts hating heroes.
He decides that he wants to be a villain instead of a hero. He then manages to beat back Fang and Bomb but Pheonix Man arrives and saves him. In season 3, it’ll be revealed if Pheonix Man is a member of the Monster Association and wants to take Garou back to their hideout.
When all the monsters have been defeated, Garou declares that he has become the most powerful monster and that he is the ultimate evil. At this point, Garou and Saitama begin their epic battle. The upcoming season will unravel a lot of mysteries.
Which Studio is making One Punch Man Season 3?
One Punch Man season 1 was produced by talents at Studio Madhouse while the second one shifted over to J.C. Staff. It’s unknown which studio is going to work on the upcoming season of the wildly popular anime franchise.
The reports suggest we could have a major announcement regarding that very soon. The anime is officially in the works now. We’ll keep you updated on further development.