One Punch Man Season 3 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. The second season aired in April 2019, but OPM Season 3 has yet to be confirmed. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a third season.
What are the odds that One Punch Man Season 3 will ever get announced?
Will One Punch Man Have A Season 3?
Most anime never get a second season, not to mention a third one. I would say that less than 5% of all anime ever get more than two seasons. And most of the time, the culprit behind that is either the source material, sales, or a drop in popularity.
So to know if One Punch Man season 3 will happen, we need to explore how well the second season sold, the source material in the case of OPM the manga, and popularity.
There can be plenty of other reasons why a continuation may not happen, but these three are most of the time what determines a series future. And this is why they are essential:
Original anime are rare, so most anime these days just using existing material like manga, visual novels, or light novels for adaptation. If the adaptation did catch up to the source material or there isn’t anything left to use, then it’s an obstacle for another season.
It’s safe to say that most anime are pretty expensive to make, and if we are talking about one cour series like OPM, then it could be as much as 3-4 million dollars per season. So to get a sequel green-lit, the production committee needs to see a good return on that.
It only makes sense to continue an anime series with more season if it can grow, or it has a massive fanbase that can support it going forward. So popularity is a huge thing to consider when analyzing franchise viability for a sequel. And especially one that looks like it had a drop.
One Punch Man season 3 source material information
Well, I did explain above why source material is essential, so let’s look at the One Punch Man manga. We are interested in how many volumes are there and how many got used for the first two seasons. That will tell us if there is a potential source material problem for One Punch Man season 3.
How many volumes of One Punch Man are there?
There are currently 21 manga volumes of One Punch Man released in Japan in 2020. One Punch Man also has Chapters 102 – 129 not yet in tankōbon format released. Shueisha publishes the chapters in Tonari no Young Jump magazine.
Is One Punch Man still ongoing?
The One Punch Man manga is still ongoing. The latest volume by the author One (Mob Psycho 100) was published in Japan on December 4, 2019.
The author One (Mob Psycho 100) is writing the original manga, but Yusuke Murata draws it. There were three OPM books released in 2019.
Which manga volumes does the anime of One Punch Man cover?
The first season of One Punch Man that aired in 2015 adapted volumes 1-7. The second season did use manga volumes 8-16. That means manga volume 17 continues after anime.
So that gives us five books that can get used for OPM season 3. That isn’t enough for another season yet, but that should be fixed in 2020 because the release speed is fast.
How to read the One Punch Man manga in English
Viz Media officially license the series for the English market so you can purchase them. The English translation of One Punch Man manga from Viz is already at volume 19, so they are only two volumes behind the Japanese version.
One Punch Man sales information
One Punch Man was profitable enough to receive a second season, but how well did the sequel do? It’s normal for a sequel to drop some sales, but there are cases where it does ruin any chance for a continuation like in the case of Noragami Season 3.
One Punch Man Blu-Ray Sales
One Punch Man average sales per volume are around 10,000 for the first season. The second season Blu-Ray, did get delayed for two months, probably to improve it a little. The average sales for the second season Blu-Ray are 1,300 copies per volume.
The first season of One Punch Man had an excellent sales of Blu-Ray with around 10,000 copies per volume average. The second season did bomb with more than 80% drop in Blu-Ray sold.
That would be a disaster, but OPM is lucky that BD sales don’t matter that much in 2020. Well, at least for the big shounen series.
One Punch Man Manga Sales
The sales of the manga are fantastic. 600,000 per volume is around My Hero Academia, and other big shounen manga sales. It’s every year in the top 15 best selling manga per series. With just the manga sales per each year, it’s making a lot of profit.
One Punch Man Merchandise Numbers
The number of merchandise and figmas is excellent as well. I had personally expected a little bit more of merchandise since it’s OPM, but it’s still doing wonderfully. Now, if we could get at least some nice Fubuki figmas with One Punch Man season 3.
One Punch Man Games Sales
There were two new games announced for One Punch Man in 2019. One is for iOS and Android and one for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC that will release on February 28 2020. I will update this later with information about how well did they do.
Not much to say about this, considering the one is not yet out, and the mobile one was just released recently on August 22, 2019.
The name for the mobile one is One Punch Man: Road to Hero and the one for PC, PS4, and Xbox is called One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows.
The above are just the main means an anime adaptation can generate profit, but there are more ways anime makes money. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only a small piece of the profits for most franchises.
But here are a few examples for One Punch Man – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Viz Media, streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, various collaborations, and more.
One Punch Man popularity information
In the case of popularity, what we are interested most is how did the second season affected the overall franchise of One Punch Man. To do that, we will look at Google Trends, Official website, new merchandise, copies in print.
That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of One Punch Man franchise after season 2.
The official One Punch Man twitter account is posting almost daily and already has more than 170k followers. The official website is up-to-date as well.
For some reason, I did expect the OPM twitter account to have many more followers because it’s less than other shounen series like Attack on Titan or Demon Slayer.
Looking at Google trends, the OPM season 2 was a lot less popular than season 1, but it’s still has a massive fanbase that can rival other series like My Hero Academia or Attack on Titan. Fun fact is that the second opening song wasn’t anywhere near as popular as the first one.
In terms of manga, the series currently has 20,000,000 copies in print as of 07/2019. And there was just a new volume released in October 2019 that sold well. The sales didn’t improve much from OPM season 2, but I don’t think that matters much.
As for merchandise, the franchise is doing great. There are new figmas announced for One Punch Man. And plenty of new merchandise to pick from every month, but still low amount of Fubuki figmas.
Will there be One Punch Man season 3
Indeed, One Punch Man season 2 wasn’t as a big deal as season 1 was, but it was still popular. There is no doubt that the second season didn’t do any good for the franchise as a whole. It did hurt the mainstream popularity the franchise gained from the first season.
But One Punch Man is just too big not to do another season. It prints money with how much popular it is, especially in the west. It’s not a too big stretch to say it’s the most famous recent anime in the west along My Hero Academia. So I wouldn’t worry about One Punch Man Season 3 because it will be announced.
The real question is the release date and if it will look more like season 1 than season 2 of One Punch Man. If I had to guess, I would say late 2020, or more likely in 2021, we will hear something about One Punch Man season 3 release date.
And I hope the third season will improve at least the sound because that was the worst part for me in One Punch Man season 2. The fighting scenes need a lot of work as well since One Punch Man is action-packed anime that benefits from great animation. It wouldn’t be funny if even Konosuba season 3 looked better.
Maybe the animation studio JS staff will deliver the anime in better animation quality next time, or a miracle will happen, and Shingo Natsume will return to work on One Punch Man season 3.
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