Blue Exorcist, an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures, is one of the most talked-about animated shows in recent years. This is because of its controversial story arc shown in the anime. If you are curious when Blue Exorcist season 3 release date is or you simply want to know more about the show, then you’re in the right place.
When Will Blue Exorcist Season 3 Be Released?
If you are looking forward to watching the next season of Blue Exorcist anime, then you need to be ready to wait for a while. In the existing websites for the anime, there is no news of the third season’s release. However, you can certainly get your hopes up knowing that the third installment has an official name: Illuminati Saga.
Without any official announcement pertaining to the next season, fans are left to ponder about the possible release date of Illuminati Saga. In some forums, fans theorize that the next parts of the series will come in 2020, especially as A-1 Pictures is deemed to be busy with the latest season of the anime Sword Art Online.
Such speculations can definitely make any fan excited about the prospect of new episodes. However, keep in mind that these are mere speculation and that the creators will have the final say.
What Will Happen in Blue Exorcist Season 3?
To be called Blue Exorcist: Illuminati Saga, season 3 will focus on Rin and the Exorcists’ quest against the Illuminati, a group dedicated to performing the bidding of Demons. To make things worse, the Illuminati is led by the King of Light, Lucifer. This group seeks to bring back Satan, the ruler of Gehenna.
However, in their quest to serve the Demonkind, the group has also started trying their hands-on experimentation. They conducted experiments on human zombies in an effort to create an elixir that can revive demons. During their journey, the Demons also attempted a feat that will bring danger to humankind.
Latest News About Blue Exorcist
As there is no news about the third season, the next best thing you can get is latest news about the anime itself. Check out some of the hottest announcements regarding the show.
It is Available in Blu-Ray
Anime fans who are fond of collecting merchandise of their favorite shows will be glad to know that Blu-Ray copies are available for the anime series. The Blue-Ray Disc Box was available since 2017, in both English and Japanese. For those who prefer subtitles, this set also includes English subs.
According to the show’s official website, the set includes several bonuses such as the OVA Episode titled “Kuro Runs Away from Home” and the Short Animation titled “Uea-Eku.” It also offers web previews, textless openings and endings, as well as CM and trailer collections.
A Game is Underway
For fans, one of the best things that can happen is to have a video game of their favorite game. The plan was announced at Jump Festa 2019. According to reports, the game will be titled Ao no Exorcist: Damned Chord and it will be a free-to-play (F2P) game. It will be created in collaboration with the manga and anime artist Kazue Kato.
While the game will be F2P, there will be in-app purchases. As for gameplay, there have been no official releases showing such. However, a trailer for the game seems to be giving viewers a hint as to how it will look like. Fans also anticipate the introduction of new characters.
The Manga Can End in 2023
In an interview, creator Kazue Kato hinted about when the manga will end. She said that there can be four more arcs in store for the comic series. She also clarified that of the entire story arc, half has been finished and published.
At the time of her comment, the latest installment published was Chapter 80 (Volume 18). This can mean that the last chapter will be Chapter 160 (Volume 36). Fans mentioned that the author published 11 chapters per year which places the potential end of the comics to be in 2023.
Of course, there is room for changes in this estimate. In the past, there have been mangakas who continued to make chapters even after the estimated end date.
Blue Exorcist Facts You Should Know
The Show Made Changes Compared to the Manga
One of the most important things you should know about this show is that fans expressed outrage in the inconsistencies shown between the manga and the animated series. This comes from the fact that when the final episodes of season one were aired, the arc is not yet finished in the manga. So, you can say that the last few episodes of the first season are fillers or non-canon content.
The Second Season Was Highly Criticized
If you have watched the first two seasons, you know how confusing it is to watch the second installment after coming from the first one, making the show highly susceptible to criticisms. This is primarily because of the filler episodes in the last few episodes of season 1.
After creating filler episodes in the anime, A-1 pictures decided to pull a retroactive continuity stunt by disregarding the events shown in the fillers. So, when viewers watched season 2 (subtitled Kyoto Saga), extreme confusion ensues. This sort of retconning can be very distasteful for fans and casual watchers alike, earning the criticism of viewers.
It is Simulcasted in North America
One difficulty for international fans is that they oftentimes get late broadcasts compared to those in Japan. Because of this simulcasting is a great innovation for fans around the world. This show is simulcasted on online platforms as well as on North American channels.
You Can Watch It on Netflix
Those who prefer using streaming apps will definitely appreciate the fact that they can watch the Blue Exorcist on Netflix. If you would like to watch the anime through official means can check out the streaming sites endorsed by its official English website. This includes Anime Strike (watchable through Amazon Prime), Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Hulu.
Just keep in mind that these given sites require paid subscriptions, so be ready to shed some money to gain access to the show. However, you can also take advantage of the free trials offered by sites such as Hulu and Netflix.
The Show has 3 OVAs and an Anime Special
Because of the success of the show, fans get more related content through original video animations and anime specials. The 1st OVA is adapted from the manga’s 6th volume, while the 2nd one is part of the Kyoto Saga based on a novel by the Kato set in the same universe. The third OVA is also based on a novel by Kato.
On the other hand, the Anime Special which is included in the Blu-Ray Box Set is an extra series containing animated versions of short comics created by Kato. It is made up of 10 episodes which are no longer than 2 minutes.
While waiting for the Blue Exorcist Season 3 release date, why not rewatch seasons 1 and 2, including the OVAs and Anime Special episodes? You can also spend your time reading the manga to have a strong grasp of the story before jumping into the anime.