Mushishi Season 3: Release date, news and rumors

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Mushishi season 3 has been one of the most awaited anime of the last few years. Fans already had to wait for seven long years until they finally got a season 2, and now they are waiting for a season 3. Although seven years have passed since the second season ended, fans haven’t given up on it and are still hoping for a surprise announcement. So, is the wait finally over? Keep reading to find out all the details about Mushishi season 3.

Mushishi, also called Mushishi Zoku Shou, is a Japanese anime series based on a manga of the same name. The anime’s first season was released on October 23, 2005 and has 26 episodes. The second season started being aired on April 5, 2014, and it has 20 episodes. Mushishi is an award-winning supernatural, adventure, and Iyashikei anime.

What Happened So Far In Mushishi

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The plot is set in an imaginary era of Japan in between the Edo and Meiji periods. In which there is 19th-century technology, but Japan is still a closed country. The anime follows the story of Ginko, a man who can see Mushi, which are ethereal primitive creatures with superpowers. Mushi are comparatively more primitive than other living beings such as animals and fungi.

Although most humans cannot see Mushi, their actions can still cause problems to humans due to their supernatural nature.  Hence, even if Mushi are blind to the human eye, humans still feel their actions. After this premise is created in the anime, a group of people are introduced who have the capability to see Mushi, which enables them to protect themselves and others from the dangers caused by Mushi.

The main character, Ginko, is exceptionally talented and gifted, because of which he calls himself ‘Mushi-shi’ or Mushi Master. He travels across the land to understand Mushi, research them, and protect people from the harms caused by them.

What Is Going On With Artland?

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The first and second seasons both have been produced by studio Artland. Studio Artland was founded on September 14, 1978, by Noboru Ishigoru. They worked on their first project, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, in 1982. After that, they worked on many other projects.

However, after completing season 2 of Mushishi, the studio only worked on two more projects, Komori-san Can’t Decline in 2015 and Seven Mortal Sins, produced with studio TNK in 2017. It has been four years since Seven Mortal Sins ended, but the studio has been inactive and hasn’t worked on any other new project. Studio Artland has been under heavy financial debts due to which it had to transfer its stakes to Tokyo-based company LEVELS. Their debt is probably the reason why studio Artland is not working on any projects currently.

What do we know about Mushishi Season 3 so far?

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Fans might have to wait for a little more until their favorite anime, Mushishi, gets a season 3. Unfortunately, the creators have still not released any official news about the release of Mushishi Season 3. The studio may be keeping the news a secret until it’s the right time, just like they did for season 2.

What are fans saying about Mushishi Season 3?

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Mushishi is an anime like none other. Its storyline is outstanding and unforgettable, which is why fans have been demanding for its season 3 even after all of these years have passed. Discussions have been going on between fans on social media forums about whether there will be a season 3 or not. Many fans on this forum believe a season 3 will not be coming, maybe because most of the manga has been covered by previous seasons and the movie.

Here are more posts of fans desperately demanding for a Mushishi season 3:

Will there be Mushishi Season 3?

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Mushishi remains a top-rated anime series, as proven by Google Trends as well. The manga on which the anime is based has been highly successful and has won numerous awards, such as the Excellence Prize at the 7th Japan Media Arts Festival. The ten volumes of the Mushishi manga series have sold more than 3.8 million copies. The manga’s sixth volume was one of the best-selling manga in Malaysia in March 2009.

Mushishi’s first season has been rated as the best anime series of 2007 Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network. The second season, Mushi-Shi -Next Passage, was also successful as it received a great response from fans. Most of the anime’s Blu-ray and DVDs volumes reached Oricon’s Top 20 list of best-selling charts. Since the anime and manga have been so successful, it is a huge motivation to create its season 2. Moreover, the anime has a high rating of 8.68 on MyAnimeList as well.

However, the main reason why there are still lower chances of a season 3 is that there is a lack of source material for its production. The manga began its serialization in 1999, and it ended in August 2008. The manga only has 10 volumes, and most of them have already been covered by the first and second season and the movie. Although a few chapters of the manga were skipped in the anime, they still won’t suffice to create a second season. Furthermore, the officials have not given any hints about the production of season 3 either.

When will Mushishi Season 3 be released?

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So far, it is not confirmed if Mushishi season 3 will be released or not. Hence, its release date cannot be predicted either.

What Can We Expect In Season 3 Of Mushishi?

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Since there is no source material available, the plot of season 3 cannot be confirmed either. Moreover, at the end of season 2, the story of Mushishi was appropriately concluded. Hence, it isn’t possible to predict the plot of season 3.

If season 3 was to be released, the writer would probably write a new chapter and an arc that would take the anime in a new direction. Fans will once again see Ginko follow his life’s true purpose.