One Punch Man upon releasing gained massive popularity with both the Japanese and Western audiences alike. It quickly uproared and broke records. Saitama, the protagonist of the show was loved by everyone who watched the anime or read the manga.
The original webcomic has been a huge hit and the manga has been quite successful too. As of the anime series, two seasons have been released and the third is certainly going to come. Rejoice OPM fans, the third season isn’t far away.
1. Season 3 Release Date & Announcement
One-Punch Man season 3 has been confirmed for production.
Though there has been no official announcement made by the production house or the creator himself, we speculate that the OPM S3 will come sometime by the end of this year (2020) or probably by the next year (2021).
2. Theory Section
The second season of One Punch Man came after four years of its initial release so fans are used to long waiting and craving for the new episodes to come out.
The reason for being so untimely is the regular and long hiatus of creator ONE. He often goes on a break from his work. As of now, the webcomic has 131 chapters in its pocket.
I. Financial Standings
The original webcomic was released in 2009 and by 2012, it had a massive following and there were a whopping 8 million views. About manga, as of 2020, there have been more than 20 million copies in print which is no ordinary feat.
In 2016, One Punch Man manga series won the 2nd Sugoi Japan Award as well as was also nominated in the 28tb Harvey Award in the same year.
II. Animation Quality
The first season was critically acclaimed and well received by the fans. Madhouse did the perfect job with the anime. But the tide turned when there was a studio change and JC Staff was the new production house, the second season received mixed reviews.
There was a drip in the animation as well as the pacing of the series seemed off too. IGN gave the second season five out of ten ratings deeming it ‘mediocre’.
There has been no change in the studio as of now but the fans expect Madhouse to come again.
III. About ONE’ Health
The writer is known for taking several long breaks. In February 2010, he took a one year break due to some family problems. In January 2017, after releasing his 109th chapter, he took a two-year hiatus and released a chapter back in April 2019.
Although in November 2019, was sick with a fever and was hospitalized. But the writer seems to be in good health currently.
It’s getting cold recently … Please take good care of yourself and your sleep, and take good care of yourself!English Translation, Twitter Translate
(ONE posted a tweet regarding his bad health)
3. Production Update
Covid-19 has taken a heavy toll on the anime industry as well. Several of the upcoming anime were delayed due to the pandemic. If the third instalment of One Punch Man also gets entangled in this, it won’t come as a surprise.
Moreover, people are used to waiting for the new season of the popular shonen so there won’t be much of a problem.
4. Key Visual
No key visual has been released.
There has been no news regarding the trailer yet.
6. Expected Storyline
More madcap villains are to be expected in this season. OPM Season 3 will focus on the infiltration of the monsters’ secret based and fighting them one on one. The Heroes Association with its S- Class Heroes will play a major role in this installment.
There will be plenty of amazing fighting sequences however Genos’ disappearance will also be there, not to forget about our beloved protagonist’s Saitama — he will also not get much of the screen time as the focus will shift to several new and established characters.
There’s one catch though, Saitama will be taking part in some secret mission so we can expect some short epic fights.
7. Fandom’s Response
The first season received high praise for the uniqueness, humor, story, and animation present in the shonen series. The fight scenes were well choreographed and even the side characters were adored by many.
The tables turned when the second season was released. There were mixed reviews, viewers unanimously criticized the drip in the animation quality and the pacing of the story felt off too. Furthermore, the ending felt static and bland.
There’s even a petition which says to bring back the legend Shingo Natsume, the director of OPM in the first season.
Whatever the story might be now, one can’t deny that people are eagerly waiting for a new season of the popular shonen series which has become a benchmark for other shonen as well.
8. Cast and Staff
The cast and staff for One Punch Man Season 2 were:
- Director – Chikara Sakurai
- Character Design – Chikashi Kubota
- Series Composition – Tomohiro Suzuki
- Makoto Furikawa as Saitama
- Kaito Ishikawa as Genos
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Garou
- Hiroki Yasumoto as King
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Bang
9. About One Punch Man
OPM was originally a webcomic written by ONE in early 2009. It quickly rose to popularity within months and gained 7.9 million hits by June 12.
Since the webcomic enjoyed so much success, Shueisha thought of converting the webcomic into manga with its original creator ONE and illustrator Yusuke Murata. The manga then was adapted by Madhouse as an anime series in October 2015 followed by Studio JC Staff in April 2019.