Knights of Sidonia Season 3: Release date, news and rumors

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Netflix landed a massive surprise for anime fans by adding the famous series Knights of Sidonia to the anime list.

This anime is an Original Netflix series based on the manga series “Knights of Sidonia” by Tsutomu Nihei. Five years have passed since Season 2 of Knights of Sidonia, and since then, fans have been highly impatient to hear about a Season 3 as they love this show way too much.

Knights of Sidonia was the first animated Original series by Netflix. Although the series is not all “original,” it is still licensed by Netflix for streaming it on their platform worldwide. Unfortunately, the anime isn’t available on Netflix anymore as they lost their copyrights to it this year.

The question that remains is, will we be getting a Knights of Sidonia Season 3 or not? Continue reading to find out more about this.

What happened so far in Knights of Sidonia

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The story starts in 3394, which is thousands of years after humanity has fled from the Earth after being destroyed by the Gauna, a race of shapeshifting aliens. The remaining humans aboard hundreds of spacecraft for their survival. Sidonia is one of these ships, which has a population of 500,000 people; these are the last humans left because the location or status of the other ships is unknown.

Sidonia is protected by weapons called Gardes, which have special spears that can tear down the core of Gauna and kill them. The anime follows the story of Garde pilot Nagate Tanikaze, who’s been living in the underground area of Sidonia since his birth. His grandfather raised him, and he trains himself daily in an old Guardian pilot suit every day, and he soon masters it. After his grandfather passes away, Nagate goes to the upper layer of Sidonia in search of food, but just then, Sidonia is attacked by Gaunas, causing significant loss to humans. But humanity wins against them temporarily because of Nagate Tanikaze and human-Gauna hybrid Tsumugi Shiraui. After the attack, Nagate was selected as a Guardian pilot.

It is up to Nagate, along with his fellow soldiers, Shizuka Hoshijiro, Yuhata Midorikawa, and Izana Shinatose, to defend humanity by fighting against Gauna to defeat them.

Season 2 is set 10 years after the attack by Guana. People are living peacefully, and Nagate is applauded as a hero of Sidonia. Tsumugi starts acknowledging her feelings for Nagate. However, as Captain Kobayashi has always said, humans cannot achieve peace as long as the Gauna are alive.

Hence, a decision is made to fight a final battle against Gauna upon which rests the fate of humanity’s last survivors.

What is going on with Polygon Pictures?

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After completing the first two seasons, the studio remained active. It worked on various projects, including Lost in Oz, Pingu in the City, Star Wars Resistance, Big Hero 6: The Series, and Plaza Effect.

They have produced Knights of Sidonia: The Movie in 2015 and Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars, released on June 4, 2021. They are currently working on Pacific Rim: The Black.

What do we know about Knights of Sidonia Season 3 so far?

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In 2017, director Hiroyuki Seshita of Polygon Pictures had confirmed that a third season is under development, and later in July 2021, Funimation acquired the streaming rights of both seasons from Netflix.

What are fans saying about Knights of Sidonia Season 3?

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Six years have passed since the end of season 2, and fans have been facing a hard time waiting for season 2 of Knights of Sidonia. The fans seem to be disappointed with the ending of manga, but they still want an animated adaptation to see the fights in it.

Some fans couldn’t wait for updates any more, so they went out of their way to email Polygon Pictures about a Season 3, to which they replied this. 

Will there be Knights of Sidonia Season 3?

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As shown on Google Trends, Knights of Sidonia has been a popular anime ever since its release. Its manga was so successful that it ranked on October 30, 2013, it ranked #47 in Oricon Charts with approximately 20,934 copies sold. The anime received positive responses from famous members of the Japanese anime industry such as Hideo Kojima, Digitarou, Yoshinao Dao, and Akiko Higashimura.

Moreover, the director had officially announced in 2017 that the third season in development would have been enough to assure that a season three will be coming. However, things took a turn when the Director of Polygon Pictures confirmed that their movie Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars will be released to conclude the story rather than a Season 3.

The director stated, “The Sidonia is finally finishing its journey. I would be happy if I could share these last moments with the many fans who supported Cydonia.”

Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars was released this year on June 4, 2021, and since it concluded the story and the manga had also ended in September 2015, a third season will most likely not come out.

When will Knights of Sidonia Season 3 be released?

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There is no release date for Season 3 as Season 3 will not be released as the sequel movie has officially concluded the story.

What can we expect in Season 3 of Knights of Sidonia Season 3?

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Since all the story of Knights of Sidonia has been covered by the previous seasons and then concluded by the last movie, and the manga has ended as well, there will be no Season 3 as there is no plot available for it. The movie was too rushed as it covered too many chapters of the manga, so if a Season 3 were to be created, it would probably show the same plot in the movie “Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven the Stars” more detailed.