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Are you chewing at the arms of your sofa in frustration over when Konosuba season 3 will finally be released?
Well, the good news is that you are not alone. Despite headlines saying “Konosuba season 3 canceled”, a season 3 still looks likely.
Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo! season 3 has been made even more likely thanks to the smash-hit movie that was released earlier this year.
Let’s take a closer look at what we know.
At long last, fans of KonoSuba are in for some good news.
KonoSuba is one of the world’s most popular anime series. Fans have been anxiously awaiting the third series for several years.
Before we get to the recent developments, let’s take a look at the story so far.
This series is about a NEET called Kazuma Satou who dies trying to buy a video game.
He gets reincarnated into a fantasy world by the goddess Aqua. When he is asked what he wants to take on his journey, Kazuma Satou decides to pick Aqua. What follows is a roller coaster ride of comedy as Kazuma and Aqua embark on a series of hilarious adventures.
Writer Natsume Akatsuki published his first KonoSuba novel back in October of 2013. Since then, he has published a further 11 volumes, the latest of which was released on July 24th, 2017, in Japan.
Thanks to its success with fans, both within Japan and internationally, KonoSuba went on to be made into a anime series, as well as spawning several spin-off shows. A video game based on the characters in the series was released on PlayStation, though this video game was only available in Japanese.
In 2016, the first anime series of KonoSuba was aired on Japanese TV. A second series followed promptly the following year, the final episode of which was aired in March of 2017. Both series’ comprised of just 10 episodes, which, unfortunately, have not yet been translated into English.
However, for some unknown reason, despite there being enough material left to make another series, we have yet to see a third series make its way to our screens.
Fans were sure that there would be a third series, not only because all the novels have yet to be covered in the anime, but also because the second series ended with a notification saying “Thank you for the support, everyone! Our true battle has just begun, and this is just the beginning of our grand adventure in this wonderful world!”
Fans interpreted this as an statement from the creators that there would be several more series to follow that would cover the content from the remainder of the books.
The KonoSuba Season 3 Release Date
For quite a while now there have been rumors regarding a possible season 3 release date. Natsume Akatsuki, the talented writer behind the novels, claimed that the 3rd series had been canceled. However, this claim was soon confirmed to be false.
It was recently reported that the release date of season 3 may have been accidentally sugggested during an interview with two of the shows voice actors, Jun Fukushima and Rie Takahashi, who played the main characters of Kazuma and Megumin, respectively.
During a HiBiKi radio program back in 2017, the pair confirmed that a new project was in the works. at the same time, the official KonoSuba Twitter page tweeted the same thing. It is unlikely that these two actors would have made such an announcement were season 3 of KonoSubanot not have been in the works.
Some commentators have suggested that the actors were referring to the KonoSuba OVA 2 episode. But once again, this seems unlikely because their statement came a day after the announcement of that episode.
KonoSuba Season 3 Plot
It is likely that the 3rd series will pick up where the second left off in KonoSuba volume 5.
This will be great news for fans as volume 5 and 6 are generally considered to be some of the best and most humorous in the series. In these books, we get to learn more about Megumin’s background and clan.
Despite the 1st and 2nd series missing many of the subplots that were present in the 1st 5 novels, fans have been delighted with the anime series far.
KonoSuba Movie Suprise
On June 25, 2018, the news broke that there would be a KonoSuba movie. Fans were delighted as their long wait for a new outing was almost over.
It is likely that Jun Fukushima and Rie Takahashi were, in fact, referring to the movie being made rather than a third series. So while fans will get a nice feature film to watch, we are back to square one so far as guessing when we can expect the release of season 3.
In February 2019, the studio released a trailer for the movie which will be released in Japan in August 2019.
You can view the trailer on YouTube.
So while fans may still have to wait longer for series 3 of KonoSuba, they will get to watch a feature-length movie in late August.
However, only the Japanese release date has been announced while it has still yet to be confirmed whether there will be an English dubbed version available in a theater near you.
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