One-Punch Man is an anime series that tells of a bored superhero, Saitama, who can defeat his enemies with, as the title suggests, one single punch. The vastly popular series has two seasons under its belt with talk of a One-Punch Man season 3 on the way. So, what exactly do we know of a possible upcoming season three?
ONE – ALMOST PERFECT
One-Punch Man is a very unique anime series in that the series first season was released in 2015. The reason we call it unique is although the series was extremely popular with fans across the globe, it took four years for season two to come out, premiering in 2019.
Season one of One-Punch Man has been described as near perfection. The story follows Saitama, a superhero with zero motivation to fight based on the fact that he can defeat any enemy with one punch. His boredom leads to him seeking to find a worthy opponent who could give him a challenge.
After three years of hard training, Saitama has developed into a superhero unmatched. But Saitama lives in a world of superheroes, so he is not alone. He also lives in a world of super-villains, and they are looking to take over. Saitama is convinced to join the Hero Association by a cyborg named Genos. Genos is looking for revenge on another cyborg who killed his family so together they become part of the Association. But due to his low scores on the entry exam, Saitama is placed as a low-level hero, his amazing feats basically going unnoticed by the general public.
Critics and fans alike fell in love with season one. The near-perfect mixture of humor, action, and fight sequences along with amazing animation put the series at the top of many “must-watch” lists. This left fans hungry for more, and so many questions now about what’s in store for One Punch Man season 3. But before that, there was a long wait for season two.
TWO – CHANGING OF THE GUARD
It took four years for a second season to premiere, a surprising amount of time given the fact that season one was a huge critical hit. But where season one took off, season two, by most observations, had the exact opposite effect. Gone was the crisp animation style employed in season one. Also gone was the off-beat humor and fun.
The reason for this, pointed out by most negative critics, was a change of the season one director and studio. Season one was directed by Shingo Natsume at Madhouse animation studio and written by Tomohiro Suzuki, while season two was animated by J.C.Staff, with Chikara Sakurai taking over for Natsume. It was a change that was at once noticeable and also at once loathed.
ONE PUNCH MAN SEASON 3: HOPEFULLY SOON
So, where do things stand for a season three? First off, there has been no official word that there will actually be a One Punch Man season 3. According to Comicbook’s translation on the official One-Punch Man Twitter account, season three is in the works, but there is no more information given. No premiere date has been announced on the official page though fans are hoping they won’t have to wait four years as they did between seasons one and two.
At the moment, season one can be seen on both Netflix and Hulu with season two available on Hulu as well as a few other streaming services. None of these big services has stepped up to claim a season three as of yet, but there could be a reason for the delay in that the written version of the series (the manga version) is currently releasing new material and it’s possible the series producers are waiting for new source material.
Another reason for the delay is that fans of the series are clamoring for the return of season one director Natsume to take on One Punch Man season 3. They are also in favor of taking the series back to its original animation studio Madhouse. It is not known at the present which studio will be in charge of season three or if there will be a new studio involved.
A ONE-PUNCH CREATION
One-Punch Man was first created as a webcomic by ONE, the pseudonym of a very popular Japanese manga artist. He then turned the webcomic into an even more popular manga series that has gone on to see the creation of 147 chapters and more to come.
ONE created the webcomic in 2009 and the manga followed in 2012. After the creation of the manga, the webcomic went viral, climbing over 7.9 million hits in June 2012. This popularity eventually led to the anime series.
When the English edition came to the U.S. in 2015 and was published by VIZ Media, the first and second volumes both made the New York Times manga bestsellers list. They were also both nominated for a Harvey and an Eisner Award. Its popularity gave way to the anime series as well as a mobile and video game.
AFTER ONE-PUNCH MAN SEASON 3
While the news has been somewhat slow surrounding a possible season three of the popular One-Punch Man anime series, talk of a live-action film has ramped up. Sony Pictures announced last year that they would be bringing their live-action version of the powerful, albeit bored, superhero to the big screen and they have hired Venom writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner to pen the script. The duo is also known for their work on Jumanji: The Next Level. Rosenberg is also known for his work on Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Beautiful Girls, Con Air, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Pinker is best known for his work on the series Alias and Lost as well as the features The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Dark Tower, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The script looks to be in good hands.
Avi Arad and Ari Arad of Arad Productions will be handling the producing duties.
Expect the movie to follow the season one storyline, complete with the humor and fight sequences. So far, no actors have been attached to the film.
As more information develops on One Punch Man season 3 as well as the feature film, GFR will be here to pass along the information. Until that time, you can check out seasons one and two on various streaming service platforms.