It’s been one year since the second season of One Punch Man finished, so when will we get season 3 announcement?
Is it possible there are no plans to continue OPM in anime format?
Should you just read the manga to learn what happens with Saitama and the Hero Association?
If you are interested in the future of OPM, then keep reading because you will get the answer to the questions above in this article. I spend a lot of time examining what’s going on with One Punch Man Season 3, so everything you will read is backed up by reliable data, and the latest information that is available in 2020.
Here is the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there One Punch Man Season 3 release date
- How to determine chances of another season for OPM
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Will there be One Punch Man Season 3
Is There One Punch Man Season 3 Release Date?
One Punch Man Season 3 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a third season of One Punch Man because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
Possibility of One Punch Man Season 3?
Most anime never get a second season, not to mention a third one. So if we want to figure out the chances of another season for One Punch Man getting green-lit, then we need to examine how well the franchise is doing in sales, popularity, and source material after the second season.
There can be plenty of other reasons why season three may not happen, but these three are most of the time what determines a series future. And this is why they are essential:
Why is the source material necessary
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. For One Punch Man, the source material is the manga.
Why are the sales and profit important
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 2,5-3 million dollars per season. So to get a sequel green-lit, the production committee needs to see a good return on that.
Why is enough popularity critical for a sequel
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.
Now let’s quickly examine each one of these factors for One Punch Man, and that will give us a solid clue why the announcement is taking so long. And more importantly, we can determine what the chances that One Punch Man will never get season 3 are.
Source Material Information
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 – 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 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.
Conclusion for Source Material: There isn’t enough source material for another season of One Punch Man yet, but that should be fixed in 2020 because the release speed is fast.
Sales & Profit 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, to improve the anime 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 because 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.
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.
The one for PC, PS4, and Xbox called One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows already released in February 2020, and it bombed. The game only sold around 10,000 copies in Japan, and that’s bad 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.
One Punch Man Live-Action Movie
A few days ago, it was announced that Sony Pictures is developing a live-action movie adaptation of One Punch Man. The Venom and Jumanji writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker will be working on it. There is no release date so far.
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.
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 now.
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 Attack on Titan or Demon Slayer.
Looking at Google trends, the OPM season 2 was about 30-40% 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. 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. 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 once you sell this 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.
Conclusion for Popularity: 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.
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. 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.
Maybe the animation studio JS staff will deliver the anime in better animation quality next time, or a miracle will happen, and Shingo Natsume and his friends will return to work on One Punch Man season 3.
And yes, you should read the manga even if there is One Punch Man season 3 because it looks gorgeous and it’s probably one of the best-looking manga out there.