One Punch Man 169 was apparently the second lớn the last manga chapter of the long boss khủng Association Arc since it adapted only part of website comic Chapter 94. One Punch Man 170 is expected to lớn finish the Human quái vật Saga và begin adapting the Psychic Sisters arc of the Neo Heroes Saga.
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The real question is which animation studio will be given the chance khổng lồ produce the third season. Most anime fans are already aware of how Studio Madhouse made the excellent first season only khổng lồ be replaced by Studio J.C. Staff for the second season. Thus far, anime news leakers have been consistently saying that Studio J.C. Staff will not be returning for making One Punch Man Season 3.
On March 8, 2022, anime news leaker Jaymes Hanson wrote a mysterious tweet that showed Fire Force shaking hands with One Punch Man Season 3. Since Fire Force Season 3 is confirmed to lớn be in production, others quickly jumped to the conclusion that he was claiming that OPM Season 3 was in production.
The leaker then clarified that he never said if One Punch Man Season 3 was in production or not, but still claimed that he has “industry” sources và that the third season is “confirmed on my end, could be greenlit stage, could be in production, time will tell I guess. … I just tweet what I hear.” He also asked people to, “stop tweeting ‘in-production’ please.” As for when the announcement will be official, he tweeted, “Your guess is as good as mine. … I don’t know what stage it’s in, so chances are it’s not in production for me to lớn know.”
A similar incident happened in regards lớn Mushoku Tensei Season 3. In May 2021, anime news leaker Sugoi LITE claimed that both Mushoku Tensei Season 2 and 3 are “currently in production”. Fast-forward khổng lồ March 2022 when the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 anime was actually confirmed to lớn be in production and Sugoi LITE clarified that he had mistakenly “used the two terms interchangeably” when he really meant that they were simply “greenlit” back then.
The difference is that being greenlit for production means that OPM producer Nobuyuki Hosoya has put the project in the pipeline and that actual animation production work at a studio will be scheduled for a later date. To lớn be in production means the beginning of the actual pre-production phase. (Sakuga Blog has an excellent article explaining what pre-production entails.)
On July 21, 2022, a purported Japanese leaker from NHK claimed there was going to lớn be a One Punch Man Season 3 production announcement tied to lớn manga Chapter 169 or 170. That part turned out khổng lồ be true. Furthermore, the rumor claimed that Studio Bones will be taking over the anime series from Studio J.C. Staff, which animated the second season. Studio Bones is currently working on My anh hùng Academia Season 6 và Mob Psycho 100 Season 3.
On August 12, 2022, anime news leaker Spanku seemed lớn tease a One Punch Man Season 3 announcement by tweeting an animation và claiming, “No official announcement yet.” In response, Jaymes Hanson replied, “Now you can annoy Spanku about OPM instead of me. Anyway, just another leaked affirmed.” Later on, Spanku also claimed that Studio Bones is producing the third season.
On August 17, 2022, news leaker Shonenleaks claimed that OPM Season 3 is in production and that there will indeed be a studio change.
“It’s for sure not J.C. Staff. But can’t reveal who’s actually working on it yet,” Shonenleaks claimed.
That same day, leaker SPY also claimed, “One Punch Man S3 in production.”
As for the possibility of a studio change for One Punch Man Season 3, Jaymes Hason tweeted, “I’ll update if I hear anything.”
Needless to say, while the One Punch Man Season 3 production is officially confirmed the information concerning the studio change is not verified by any official source so it should be treated as a rumor and taken with a huge grain of salt.
On the other hand, the One Punch Man series continues khổng lồ be popular. In 2020, Sony’s Columbia Pictures announced that a One Punch Man live-action movie was in development & in July 2022 the filming finished. So it’s very likely that One Punch Man Season 3 could be animated by a different studio.