One Punch Man Season 3 was announced on Aug 18, 2022, after a gap of almost three years. And as the frolics ended, a single question has lingered on the lips of every One Punch Man fan. Nope, they are not too worried about the anime’s release date. Rather, all of them are eager to find out which studio will be animating the third season of their beloved anime.
The concerns in the fandom are understandable, given how the second season of One Punch Man fared. J.C. Staff being replaced for this season seemed like a foregone conclusion to many. However, there are only rumors of a change in studio as of now, and it would be foolish to completely write them off.
But, fans aren’t ready to see them come back to animate the third season, given the weightlifting they might have to do in upcoming arc. And until the official announcement is made, they are allowed to dream, and the majority want one of MAPPA, Bones or Madhouse to animate the third season.
The inclusion of MAPPA is a no-brainer. One of the best studios in the industry, MAPPA is coveted by every fan to adapt their favorite manga.
They have also been quite prominent recently, with an impeccable track record being maintained for a while now. They showcased their quality in Jujutsu Kaisen anime and Jujutsu Kaisen 0, and improved leaps and bounds in Attack on Titan Final Season‘s second part.
With the upcoming Chainsaw Man anime too looking pretty good from the trailers and previews, fans of One Punch Man are confident that the third season will be safe in the studio’s hands.
However, the studio has a lot on their plate right now, with Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2, which might include the Shibuya Arc, Attack On Titan Final Season‘s Part 3, Vinland Saga Season 2 and also Jigokuraku coming out in the near future.
So it needs to be seen if they would be willing to spread their resources thin and accommodate another team to animate something totally new.
Not to forget that MAPPA has come under scrutiny for their poor scheduling practices in the past, with animator outbursts and bad workplace environment threatening to dent their image, making it a territory they would want to tread carefully going ahead.
This brings us to the next studio in question.
Bones too, like MAPPA, has an excellent track record. However, the added bonus is that they have already worked on an anime adaptation of Mob Psycho, which is created by ONE, the original author of One Punch Man. That and the recent news about the studio employing only hand-drawn animation for Mob Psycho 100 is seen in a very positive light by the fans.
The prospect of having a completely hand-drawn animation style for One Punch Man‘s eye opening art, is an idea that already have the fans drooling.
If Bones indeed takes up One Punch Man Season 3, they might assign it permanently to one of its smaller studio, most probably Studio B, which is currently handling Mob Psycho.
In the studio’s president Masahiko Minami’s own words, Bones is a studio which focuses a lot on “action, explosion and missiles.” As evident from this interview, Minami makes it a point to ask his producers if a project they are planning to adapt includes these aspects.
So, without a doubt, the studio would be a perfect fit for One Punch Man, and the ton of action that is set to come in the upcoming season of the anime. Can’t blame fans for having Bones in their wish list.
Coming to Madhouse, they have already worked on One Punch Man Season 1. Though the first season was a winner, its success is hugely credited to the staff, and especially the director Shingo Natsume.
If not for scheduling conflicts, Madhouse and Natsume would have returned for the second season, however, it wasn’t meant to be. What ensued is still etched in the minds of fans, as they had to make do with a season whose animation quality couldn’t hold a candle to its predecessor.
One Punch Man Season 1’s experience alone is enough to make fans want Madhouse to pickup the project again. And their wishes might get answered, as they look like the most probable studio out there to work on One Punch Man Season 3.
MAPPA and Madhouse have collaborated in the past for Takt OP Destiny, and such a collaboration is still possible for this anime.
Other than these three studios, Liden Films too has popped up a couple of times in discussions. Again, not a surprise considering how they have been active recently and animating series like Bastard!!, Tokyo Revengers, Insomniacs After School etc.
Another interesting thing to note is that the possibility of Ufotable’s involvement, though suggested by some fans, was largely played down.
One-Punch Man is a Japanese superhero manga series created by One. It tells the story of Saitama, a superhero who, because he can defeat any opponent with a single punch, grows bored from a lack of challenge. One wrote the original webcomic manga version in early 2009.
A digital manga remake began serializing on Shueisha’s Tonari no Young Jump website in June 2012. Written by One and illustrated by Yusuke Murata, its chapters are periodically compiled and published into individual tankōbon volumes. As of June 2022, 26 volumes have been released.
In North America, Viz Media has licensed the remake manga for English language release and has serialized it in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.