Blue Exorcist is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato. It has been published since April 2009 in Shūeisha’s Jump Square magazine, and twenty-seven volumes have been released as of July 2022. A 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures aired between April 17, 2011 and October 2, 2011 on TBS in Japan. An animated film was also released in December 2012, and various derivative products were created. A second season of 12 episodes, also produced by A-1 Pictures, aired between January and March 2017. The series’ second season ended five years ago and in this article, we are going to tell you whether you can expect a third season of Blue Exorcist anytime soon
The third season of Blue Exorcist still hasn’t been confirmed or canceled yet. The second season aired five years ago and while there still is a lot of material to adapt from the still-ongoing manga series, the third season is still uncertain. Having said all of this, Blue Exorcist was a very popular series and was extremely talked-about, and based on all the known facts, a third season is not impossible. We just don’t know when it could happen.
The rest of this article will bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season 3 of Blue Exorcist. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this exciting anime series whose future is still somewhat uncertain.
Will Blue Exorcist Season 3 happen?
The Blue Exorcist manga is written and drawn by Japanese artist Kazue Katō. A first chapter was published in Jump Comics SQ in issue 9/2008 of August 2008 under the title “Miyamauguisu-tei Jiken”. Regular publication began with issue 5/2009 on April 4, 2009 within the magazine published by Shūeisha. The individual chapters have been combined into 23 tankōbon editions so far.
When the anime started airing, the series was also reprinted in Shonen Jump Advanced magazine, starting April 5, 2011. Outside of Japan, Viz Media licensed the series for the North American region and began publishing the translation on the same day.
An adaptation of the manga as an anime television series of the same name, Blue Exorcist, was announced on November 27, 2010 on Jump SQ’s website. The animation was done by Studio A-1 Pictures, led by producer Hiro Maruyama and director Tensai Okamura. The 25-episode series premiered on April 17 and ran until October 2, 2011 on MBS and TBS; a week later than originally announced.
This was caused by the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake. DVD and Blu-ray releases began in Japan on June 22, 2011. Each issue was released about a month apart and the final, tenth issue was released on March 21, 2012. Each media contained two to three episodes, with the fifth edition having an additional episode, the Special “Kuro no Iede” (also referred to as Episode 11.5). The episode had not previously aired on television, bringing the series to a total of 26 episodes.
Aniplex also simulcast the series as Blue Exorcist with English subtitles beginning April 20 on North American websites Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Anime News Network. A theatrical film titled Blue Exorcist: The Movie hit Japanese theaters on December 28, 2012. It was also made by A-1 Pictures, and directed by Atsushi Takahashi.
The second season with a further 12 episodes and the title Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ran from January 7 to March 25, 2017 after midnight (and thus the previous day of television) in Japan. It was directed by Kōichi Hatsumi and the rest of the production staff was also largely different.
The future of the Blue Exorcist anime is still quite uncertain at this moment, but the good thing is that it is not because there’s no interest or because there’s a lack of material. The series was very popular and we’ll just have to see whether there is enough interest for a continuation to make any proper predictions about the potential continuation of the series. The manga has been doing extremely well despite the hiatuses, and the first two seasons received great reviews from the fandom, but it’s been a while and there has been no news on the show’s future.
In any case, the earliest we could see a potential third season is late 2023, but we’d have to get some confirmation on the future during 2022 or easily 2023; 2024 is also a strong possibility. The fans are demanding a new season, but we’ll just have to see how it goes; as far as things stand now, a cancelation has not been confirmed, but we cannot rule it out either.
What could be the plot of Blue Exorcist Season 3?
At this moment, we do not know how far the third season of Blue Exorcist could take us because we don’t know how many chapters of the manga the season could potentially adapt; it could be the whole series, or just a part of it. Namely, due to a lack of information in general, we have absolutely no clue how far the third season might go if it even happens. What follows is an overview of the source material that could be adapted in a potential third season.
The world of Blue Exorcist consists of two dimensions. In the dimension called Assiah, people live and have no idea that a second dimension could exist. This second dimension, called Gehenna, is the home of the demons led by Satan. Satan is also the father of the protagonist Rin Okumura. He is supposed to be the new demon ruler. Both worlds are largely separated from each other, so the demons cannot come directly to Assiah.
However, they are able to possess humans, animals, and even dead creatures. This enables them to both control and transform them. Rin lost his mother at birth and was raised by the priest and exorcist Shirō Fujimoto believing he was an ordinary person. His twin brother, Yukio Okumura was born an ordinary human and thus does not have the same abilities as Rin.
However, he also has the ability to see the demons. Since all of the powers that Satan bestowed on the brothers passed to Rin, Shiro was forced to banish his powers, which manifest themselves as blue flames, into a katana. The sword Kurikara sealed his abilities and allowed him to lead a near-normal life. However, he was always followed by bad luck.
Others labeled him a demon because he was brutal (from the human point of view) and “not normal”, which made Rin very angry and he always got into fights because of it. He feels misunderstood and is the good-for-nothing (other than cooking) in the family. When Rin is about 15 years old, the seal’s effect begins to wear off and he is faced with the situation of learning the truth of his origins.
In the course of events, his foster father Shirō is killed by Satan, who has now become aware of Rin. Not really knowing how to proceed and cursing the demons for his father’s death, he asks an old friend of Shirō for help. This is Mephisto, the head of a school for training exorcists. He is visibly surprised and amused to learn that Satan’s son, of all people, wants to become an exorcist. Nevertheless, Mephisto begins Rin’s education at the new school, where his brother Yukio works as one of the teachers.