One Punch Man is an outstanding comedy 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 One Punch Man Season 3?
Without the third season, we will never learn what happens with Garou and if he gets to fight with the rest of S class heroes. I know he won’t overcome Saitama since he is too strong, but I wonder about the rest.
The only way to learn that without a third season would be to check out the manga, but OPM is one of the series I prefer to watch.
The problem is that One Punch Man Season 3 didn’t get officially announced yet in 2020, and I heard that many people believe that One Punch Man season 2 was a disaster, so there won’t be a continuation.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be One Punch Man Season 3?
I’ve researched hundreds of anime series in the last few years and the reasons why they got a continuation or what was the problem if they didn’t get one.
I can tell you 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 it. I did the same for One Punch Man, so If you want to know if there will be a continuation of One Punch Man, you’ll love this article about OPM.
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 2020.
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 vital because original anime is rare, so most anime these days use existing content for an adaptation.
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 won’t happen like what happened with the Air Gear 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 there needs to be a break like in the case of No Game No Life Season 2.
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 – 133 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 author One (Mob Psycho 100) got released in Japan on December 4, 2019.
The author One (Mob Psycho 100) writes 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, giving us five books that can 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 in 2020. The release speed is fast for the One Punch Man manga.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For One Punch Man Season 3
It’s safe to say that most anime are pretty expensive 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 normal for a sequel to drop some sales, and it even happens to super popular series like Noragami. 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 sequel did good in terms of maintaining sales and profit.
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 an excellent sales of Blu-Ray. The second season did bomb with more than 80% drop.
If this happened five years ago, it would destroy the chances for a sequel. Luckily Blu-Ray sales don’t matter that much in 2020, well, at least for the big shounen series.
And even for series that had high Blu-Ray sales, it didn’t mean a sequel is guaranteed since we still don’t have Accel World Season 2.
One Punch Man Manga sales
I looked at the sales of the latest One Punch Man manga volume 21, and it sold around 600,000 copies. OPM didn’t rank in the top 10 best selling manga series in Japan for 2019, which is a shame since it had anime.
The manga sales are fantastic, considering 600,000 per volume is around My Hero Academia and other big shounen manga series.
One Punch Man Merchandise Numbers
The number of merchandise and figures is excellent as well. I had expected a little more of 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.
One Punch Man Games sales
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.
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 good 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.
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 games did poorly, and the BD sales dropped a lot, but the manga, merch, and streaming are doing fine, so there shouldn’t be any problem with profit for OPM for now.
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.
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 most is how did the second season affects 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.
I did expect the OPM twitter account to have many more followers because it’s less than other shounen series like AOT 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 or Attack on Titan.
Interesting 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. 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, which means probably no Goblin Slayer Season 2.
As for merchandise, the franchise is doing great. There is plenty of new merchandise to pick from every month, but 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 much 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 along with My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan.
So I wouldn’t worry about One Punch Man Season 3 because it will happen.
The real question is the release date and if it will look more like season 1 of OPM. 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.
Maybe the animation studio J.C.Staff will deliver the anime in better animation quality next time or a miracle will happen, and Shingo Natsume will return to work on OPM season 3.
I will update this again in a few months, and we will see if something changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category for more sequels.
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