One Punch Man is an excellent comedy/parody shounen series that is also one of the most popular anime series worldwide, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get a One Punch Man Season 3 announcement?
Without a third season, we will never learn what happens with Garou and if he gets to fight with the rest of the top-ranked S class heroes. I know he most likely won’t win against Saitama since he is too strong, but I wonder about the rest of them.
The only way to learn that without a third season would be to check out the manga, but OPM is one of the series most people prefer to watch since it has excellent animation. Well, at least the first season of One Punch Man did.
The problem is that One Punch Man Season 3 didn’t get officially announced yet in 2021, and I noticed that many people think that One Punch Man season 2 was a disaster. There are plenty of people who fear there won’t be a continuation made for this anime because of that.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be One Punch Man Season 3?
I’ve analyzed hundreds of anime series in the last few years and why they got a continuation green-lit or what the reason was if they didn’t get one.
From that experience, I can tell you that the best way to know if a sequel will happen is to look at the source material, sales, and popularity.
You can 95% of the time tell from that information if another season will happen or if there are no plans to continue a series. I did the same for One Punch Man, so if you want to know if there will be a continuation made for One Punch Man, you should read this article.
Now let me give you the information I found in 3 parts and tell you if you should expect that One Punch Man Season 3 will get announced in 2021.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information For One Punch Man Season 3
The source material is essential because original anime is rare, which means most anime will use existing content for an adaptation. It’s usually from either manga, light novel, visual novel, or even mobile games.
For One Punch Man, the source material is the manga.
We need to check how many manga volumes got released so far and if the story is still ongoing in 2020. If the story concluded or is close to ending, that could be why another season for OPM will struggle to get green-lit. On the other side, if plenty of material is left, it increases the sequel’s chances like it does for Classroom of The Elite Season 2.
After that, we need to figure out how many manga volumes got used for the first two seasons. Sometimes the anime does catch up to the source material, and that why some anime will wait years to get a sequel announced. No Game No Life Season 2 is a sequel that didn’t happen because there was nothing left to adapt after season one.
How many volumes of One Punch Man are there?
There are currently 23 manga volumes of One Punch Man released in Japan in 2021. One Punch Man also has Chapters 112 – 139 not yet released in tankōbon format. 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 author One (Mob Psycho 100) got released in Japan on January 4, 2021.
The author One (Mob Psycho 100) writes the original manga, but Yusuke Murata draws it. There were three OPM books released in 2019 and only one in 2020. I wonder how will 2021 look for the manga release speed because it always used to be three new volumes.
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, giving us seven books to get used for OPM season 3.
CONCLUSION ON SOURCE MATERIAL There isn’t enough source material for another season of One Punch Man yet, but that should get solved this year if more than one volume gets released. It will be interesting to see if One Punch Man Season 3 will use eight volumes again.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For One Punch Man Season 3
It’s safe to say that most anime are pretty costly to make, and if we are talking about one cour series like OPM, it could be as much as 3 million dollars per season.
One Punch Man was profitable enough to receive a second season, but how well did the sequel do?
It’s common for a sequel to sell less than a previous season, and it even happens to some popular series. For example, the sequel to Noragami did worse than the first season, and that’s why there is no Noragami Season 3 so far.
Now, let’s see if the OPM season 2 did well to maintain sales and profit for the franchise.
One Punch Man Blu-Ray sales
One Punch Man average sales per volume are around 10,000 for the first season and 1,300 for the second season.
The first season of One Punch Man had excellent sales of Blu-Ray. The second season did bomb with more than an 80% drop. I need to say that it’s rare to see such a huge drop.
If this happened five years ago, it would ruin the chances for a sequel. Fortunately, Blu-Ray sales don’t matter that much in 2021. I mean, at least for the big shounen series.
And even for a series with high Blu-Ray sales, it doesn’t mean a sequel is guaranteed since we are still waiting for the Accel World Season 2 announcement.
One Punch Man Manga sales
I looked at the sales of the latest One Punch Man manga volume 22, and it sold around 400,000 copies. Volume 21 sold approximately 600,000 copies. OPM didn’t rank in the top 10 best selling manga series in Japan for 2020, which is a shame since it had anime recently.
The manga sales are great, considering 400,000 per volume is around My Hero Academia. The problem is that the volumes before sold 200,000 – 300,000 more copies. I wonder what happened there and if OPM will do better in 2021 manga sales.
One Punch Man Merchandise Numbers
The number of merchandise and figures is excellent as well. I had expected a little more merchandise and figures for the second season because even Konosuba season 2 got more.
I wonder how Konosuba Season 3 and One Punch Man season 3 will look in terms of figures and merch. Konosuba currently has more of both, but I believe OPM will get more stuff if season 3 gets animated.
One Punch Man Games sales
Two new games got announced for One Punch Man in 2019. One is for iOS and Android, and one for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The one for PC, PS4, and Xbox called One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows, released in February 2020. The game only sold around 10,000 copies in Japan, which isn’t suitable for big shounen property.
From what I read about it, people didn’t like the game.
The mobile one is One Punch Man: Road to Hero, and it looks like it’s doing poorly as well. It didn’t rank in the top 300 games for mobile in Japan or the USA. I did check the iOS and Android rankings for February, March, and even April.
It looks like there is One Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 now that is doing much better than the first version. And a second mobile game called ONE PUNCH MAN: The Strongest is making a few million dollars every month.
The above are just the primary means an anime adaptation can generate profit, but there are more ways anime makes money. I won’t post all of them because this post would be ten times longer.
But here are a few examples for One Punch Man – Soundtrack, ending/openings songs, web radio, international license for Viz Media, streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Live Action Movie.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit The PC game did poorly, and the BD sales dropped a lot, but the manga, merch, mobile games, and streaming are doing fine. That means there shouldn’t be any problem with profit for OPM for now. Season 2 of OPM didn’t help the franchise so let’s hope that season 3 can fix it.
Part 3: Popularity Information For One Punch Man Season 3
It only makes sense to continue an anime series with more seasons if it grows or has a massive fanbase that can support it. 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 in popularity after the second season.
If you need an example, look at Tokyo Ravens Season 2. That is a sequel that never happened because it never had a big enough fanbase to support it.
In the case of popularity, what we are interested in most is how the second season affected the overall franchise of One Punch Man. To do that, we will look at Google Trends, The official website, MyAnimeList ranking, new merchandise, copies in print.
That will help us understand the One Punch Man franchise’s current popularity and activity after season 2.
The official One Punch Man Twitter account is posting almost daily and already has more than 182k followers. The official website is up-to-date as well.
I did expect the OPM Twitter account to have many more followers because it’s less than other shounen series like Attack on Titan, My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer.
The OPM season 2 was about 30-40% less popular than season 1. Still, it has a massive fanbase that can rival other series like My Hero Academia, Jujutsu no Kaisen, or Attack on Titan.
Interesting is that the second opening song wasn’t anywhere near as popular as the first one. I was not too fond of the second opening, nowhere near as much as the first one.
One Punch Man is ranked number 5 in popularity with around 2,023,000 members. That’s fantastic, considering there are only four anime above it in terms of popularity on MAL. Those are Death Note, Attack on Titan, SAO, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. One Punch Man 2nd Season is close to 1m members as well.
In terms of manga, the series currently has 20,000,000 copies in print as of 07/2019. The sales didn’t improve much from OPM season 2, but I don’t think that matters.
It’s much worse for series like Goblin Slayer that didn’t get much boost from anime. That means probably no Goblin Slayer Season 2 annoucement.
As for merchandise, the franchise is doing great. There is plenty of new merchandise to pick from every month. The sad thing is that there is still a low amount of Fubuki figures.
CONCLUSION ON POPULARITY One Punch Man season 2 wasn’t as big 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. It did hurt the mainstream popularity the franchise gained from the first season.
Will There Be One Punch Man Season 3
One Punch Man is just too big not to do another season. It prints money with how popular it is, especially in the west. It’s not a too big stretch to say it’s the most popular recent anime in the west. Only matched in popularity by My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan.
So I wouldn’t worry about One Punch Man Season 3 because it will get announced.
The real question is the release date and if it will look more like season one of OPM. If I had to guess, I would say 2021, or more likely in 2022. I don’t expect we will hear something about One Punch Man Season 3 in the first half of 2021.
And I hope the third season will improve at least the sound. That was the worst part for me in One Punch Man season 2. Fighting scenes need a lot of work as well since One Punch Man is action-packed anime that benefits from great animation.
Maybe the animation studio J.C.Staff will deliver the anime in better animation quality next time. Or perhaps a miracle will happen, and Shingo Natsume will return to work on OPM season 3, and it will get a different studio like MAPPA or Bones.
This article will get updated again next year, and we will see if something perhaps changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category if you are curious about the chances of some other series receiving a continuation.
I hope this article helped you understand what the chances are that One Punch Man Season 3 will get announced in 2021.