One Punch Man is an excellent comedy shounen series that is also one of the world’s most successful anime series, so why is there no sequel so far, and are we ever going to get Season 3 of One Punch Man?
We’ll never learn what’s happening to Garou without the third season, and whether he gets to fight with the rest of the S-class heroes. I know that since he is too powerful, he won’t overcome Saitama, but I wonder about the rest.
Checking out the manga would be the only way to learn that without a third season, but OPM is one of the series I prefer to watch.
The issue is that in 2020, One Punch Man Season 3 has not yet been formally confirmed, and I have heard that many people feel that season 2 of One Punch Man was a failure, so there will not be a continuation.
How will we find out if there will be Season 3 of One Punch Man?
In the last few years, I’ve been investigating hundreds of anime series and whether they got a continuation or what the issue was if they didn’t get one.
I can tell you that looking at the source material, sales, and success is the best way to know if a sequel is going to happen.
From that data, you can say 95 % of the time whether another season will occur or whether there are no plans to continue a series. I did the same with One Punch Man, so you’ll love this article about OPM if you want to know if there’s going to be a continuation of One Punch Man.
Let me now send you the data I find in 3 sections and tell you if you should expect the announcement of One Punch Man Season 3 in 2020.
Let ‘s begin with a detailed look at the source content.
Section 1: Content Details Basis For One Punch Man Season 3 Season 3
Since original anime is uncommon, the source material is important, which means most anime would use existing content for an adaptation. It’s typically a manga, a light novel, a graphic novel, or even a game.
For One Punch Man, the source material is the manga.
We need to check how many volumes of manga have been published so far and if the story is still continuing in 2020. If the story ends or is close to finishing, that may be why OPM will fail to get green-lit for another season. In the other hand, it raises the likelihood of a sequel as it did for Classroom of The Elite Season 2 if there is plenty of material left.
After that, for the first two seasons, we need to find out how many manga volumes have been used. The anime catches up with the source material occasionally, and there needs to be a break. No Game No Life Season 2 is a sequel that didn’t take place because of source material issues.
How many of the One Punch Guy volumes are there?
There are currently 22 One Punch Man manga volumes published in 2020 in Japan. Chapters 107-138 in tankōbon format have not yet been published by One Punch Guy. The chapters are published by Shueisha in Tonari no Young Jump magazine.
Is One Punch Guy underway yet?
Still continuing is the One Punch Guy manga. Author One ‘s new volume (Mob Psycho 100) was released in Japan on September 4 , 2020.
Author One (Mob Psycho 100) writes the initial manga, but it’s drawn by Yusuke Murata. Three OPM books have been published in 2019 and just one in 2020 so far.
What manga volumes are covered by One Punch Man’s anime?
Volumes 1-7 were updated for the first season of One Punch Guy, which premiered in 2015. Manga volumes 8-16 were used during the second season. That means that after anime, manga volume 17 starts, giving us six books to get used to season 3 of OPM.
For another season of One Punch Guy, there’s still not enough source material, but that should be solved in 2021. For the One Punch Man manga, the pace of release is high.
Part 2: Details on Revenue & Benefit For One Punch Man Season 3
It’s fair to say that it’s pretty expensive to produce most anime, and if we’re talking about one court show like OPM, it might be as much as $3 million a season.
To get a second season, One Punch Man was lucrative enough, but how well did the sequel do?
For a sequel, it is common to drop some sales, and it also happens to be a mega famous series. Noragami’s sequel fared worse than the first season, and that’s why there’s no season 3 of Noragami so far.
Now, let’s see if, in terms of sustaining revenue and benefit, the OPM sequel did well.
Sales for One Punch Man Blu-Ray
Average sales per volume of one Punch Man was around 10,000 for the first season and 1,300 for the second season.
The first season of One Punch Man had impressive Blu-Ray sales. With more than an 80 percent fall, the second season bombed.
It would ruin the possibility of a sequel if this happened five years ago. Fortunately, in 2020, Blu-Ray sales don’t matter too much, well, at least for the large shounen sequence.
And it didn’t mean that a sequel is guaranteed except for series that had strong Blu-Ray sales, because we still don’t have Accel World Season 2.
Sales of One Punch Man Manga
I looked at the sales of volume 22 of the new One Punch Man manga, and it sold around 400,000 copies. Volume 21 sold 600,000 or so copies. OPM did not rank for 2019 in Japan’s top 10 best-selling manga series, which is a shame because it had anime.
The manga sales are fantastic, given that My Hero Academia and other major shounen manga series are about 400,000 per volume. The problem is that the volume sold 200,000 more copies beforehand. I wonder what went on there.
Merchandise Numbers for One Punch Man
Eighty-five figures are available for One Punch Man and Saitama nad Genos are 70 percent and Garou and Tatsumaki are the rest. For One Punch Guy, there are also 800 goods produced.
It is also outstanding for the number of goods and figures. For the second season, I had expected a little more merchandise and statistics, because even Konosuba season 2 got more.
In terms of figures and merchandise, I wonder how Konosuba Season 3 and One Punch Man Season 3 would look. Konosuba has more of both at present.
Sales at One Punch Guy Games
Two new games for One Punch Man in 2019 have been announced. One is for PlayStation 4, Xbox One , and PC, and one for iOS and Android.
One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows was released in February 2020 on PC , PS4, and Xbox. In Japan, the game sold just about 10,000 copies, which is not good for major shounen assets.
From what I read about it, the game didn’t like people.
One Punch Guy is the mobile one: Road to Hero, and it looks like it’s doing poorly as well. It did not rank in the top 300 mobile games in Japan or the USA. I reviewed the February, March, and even April rankings for iOS and Android.
It looks like there is One Punch Guy now that’s doing much better than the first version: Road to Hero 2.0. And the second mobile game, ONE PUNCH MAN: The Best, is a fantastic one.
As in the case of Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 or Overlord Season 4, a successful mobile game profit may make a sequel more possible, so it’s nice to see it doing better now.
The above are just the key means that an adaptation of an anime will produce profit, but there are more ways in which anime makes money. I’m not going to post them all because that post will be ten times longer.
But for One Punch Guy, here are a few examples: soundtrack, ending / opening songs, web radio, Viz Media international license, Hulu streaming, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Live Action Video.
The PC game did badly, and the BD sales dropped a lot, but the manga, merchandise, mobile game, and streaming are doing well, so for now there should be no profit problem for OPM. Season 2 of OPM has caused major harm to the franchise, but let’s hope it can be resolved by season 3.
Section 3: Popularity Knowledge Season 3 for One Punch Guy
When it expands or has a huge fanbase that can sustain it, it only makes sense to continue an anime series with more seasons. So, when analyzing franchise viability for a sequel, success is a big factor to remember.
And one that looks like it has had a decline in particular.
Look at Tokyo Ravens Season 2 if you need an example. That is a sequel that never happened because to help it, it never had a large enough following.
In the case of success, what we are most interested in is how the overall franchise of One Punch Man was impacted by the second season. We’ll look at Google Trends, the official website, new merchandise, printed copies, to do that.
That will help us understand the current success and operation after season 2 of the One Punch Man franchise.
The Social Media
The official Twitter account for One Punch Man is updated almost daily and has more than 183k followers already. The official website is also up to date.
I expected to have far more followers on the OPM Twitter account because it’s less than other shounen series such as AOT, My Hero Academia or Demon Slayer.
Trends from Google
Season 2 of OPM was roughly 30-40 percent less successful than season 1. It still has a huge following that can compete with other series, such as My Hero Academy or Titan Assault.
It’s odd that the second opening song was not nearly as successful as the first.
The series actually has 20,000,000 copies in print, as of 07/2019, in terms of manga. From OPM season 2, the sales didn’t boost much, but I don’t think that matters.
For series such as Goblin Slayer that didn’t get much boost from anime, it’s much worse, which possibly means no Goblin Slayer Season 2.
The franchise is doing well as well as merchandise. Every month, there are plenty of new products to choose from. The sad thing is that a small number of Fubuki figures are still present.
Season 2 of One Punch Man was not as big as season 1 was, but it was still successful. There’s no doubt the second season didn’t do the franchise any good. The mainstream attention the franchise received from the first season was hurt.
There Will Be One Season 3 Punch Guy
One Punch Man is just too big not to make it to the next season. This prints cash with how popular it is, particularly in the west. It’s not too big a stretch to say, along with My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, it’s the most popular recent anime in the West.
So I wouldn’t worry about Season 3 of One Punch Man because it was going to happen.
The real question is the release date and whether it’s going to look more like OPM season 1. I would say, if I had to guess, in 2021, or more likely, in 2022. I wouldn’t expect to hear anything this year about the release date for season 3.
And I hope that at least the sound will change in the third season. In Season 2 of One Punch Man, that was the worst part for me. Since One Punch Man is an action-packed anime that benefits from great animation, the fighting scenes also need a lot of work.
Perhaps next time, the animation studio J.C.Staff will deliver the anime with better animation quality. Or maybe a miracle is going to happen, and Shingo Natsume is coming back to work on Season 3 of OPM.
Next year, this article will be updated again, and we’ll see if perhaps something has changed. In the meantime, if you are curious about the chances of some other series receiving a continuation, you can check the anime-continue category.
I hope this article has helped you understand the odds of One Punch Man Season 3 being announced in 2020.