A new trailer, key visual and January 2024 release date for Blue Exorcist season 3 was revealed at the Aniplex Online Fest 2023, which took place on Sep 10, 2023.
The third season of the anime is titled Blue Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati Saga and will adapt volumes 10-15 of the manga. It will follow the events of the Kyoto Saga.
Check out the trailer and key visual of Blue Exorcist season 3 below:
Studio VLON is in charge of animating the upcoming season with Daisuke Yoshida helming the series. Toshiya Ono is in charge of scripts whereas Yuri Oohigashi is serving as the character designer and chief animation director. Kohta Yamamoto and Hiroyuki Sawano are composing the music for Blue Exorcist Season 3.
The cast from previous seasons of the anime will return to voice the characters, including Nobuhiko Okamoto, Jun Fukuyama, Kana Hanazawa and Eri Kitamura.
The new anime for Blue Exorcist was announced at Jump Festa 2023, five years after season 2 of the anime aired.
Blue Exorcist anime is adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato. The manga has been serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine since April 2009, with individual chapters collected in 28 tankōbon volumes as of November 2022.
The anime’s first season, animated by A-1 Pictures, was broadcast in 2011. An anime film, Blue Exorcist: The Movie, premiered in December 2012. A second season, titled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, aired early in 2017.
As of December 2022, Blue Exorcist had over 25 million copies in circulation.
MAL describes the plot of the series as follows:
Humans and demons are two sides of the same coin, as are Assiah and Gehenna, their respective worlds. The only way to travel between the realms is by the means of possession, like in ghost stories. However, Satan, the ruler of Gehenna, cannot find a suitable host to possess and therefore, remains imprisoned in his world. In a desperate attempt to conquer Assiah, he sends his son instead, intending for him to eventually grow into a vessel capable of possession by the demon king.
Ao no Exorcist follows Rin Okumura who appears to be an ordinary, somewhat troublesome teenager—that is until one day he is ambushed by demons. His world turns upside down when he discovers that he is in fact the very son of Satan and that his demon father wishes for him to return so they can conquer Assiah together. Not wanting to join the king of Gehenna, Rin decides to begin training to become an exorcist so that he can fight to defend Assiah alongside his brother Yukio.