Jujutsu Kaisen, the popular dark fantasy anime series, has been officially renewed for a third season by streaming giant Netflix. This upcoming season will continue the story of Yuji Itadori and his friends at the Tokyo Jujutsu Tech high school as they confront powerful curses and the sinister plans of the antagonist Kenjaku.
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The announcement of Jujutsu Kaisen’s season 3 renewal came via a special video shared on the anime’s official website on January 18th, 2024. This news has excited fans across the world, who have been eagerly awaiting more adventures with their favorite Jujutsu sorcerers.
Jujutsu Kaisen first premiered in October 2020 and tells the story of high school student Yuji Itadori who swallows the finger of the powerful Curse Ryoumen Sukuna to save his friends from a deadly curse. This leads him to join the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School in order to help them track down and eliminate the remaining fingers of Sukuna.
The dark fantasy series skillfully combines action, horror, comedy, and Japanese mythology into an addictive shonen anime. It has garnered praise for its animation quality, intense action sequences, multifaceted characters, and faithfulness to the original manga source material.
Details of the Season 3 Renewal
The official third season renewal announcement did not reveal too many details about the upcoming episodes.
However, it did confirm the following key points:
- Season 3 will adapt the fan-favorite “Culling Game” arc from the manga
- It will continue to follow Yuji, Megumi, and other main characters
- The antagonist Kenjaku’s sinister plans will come to fruition
A more comprehensive announcement detailing the episode count, release date, staff, and other production details is expected to come at a later date.
Preceding Events and Story So Far
To understand the context around the third season announcement, it is important to recap the preceding events and story covered in the anime so far:
The first season of Jujutsu Kaisen adapted up to chapter 64 of the manga. It mainly followed Yuji’s introduction into the world of Jujutsu sorcerers and curses as he learned to control Sukuna’s immense power while battling dangerous curses. A highlight of season 1 was the dark, emotional Goodwill Event arc.
The second season, released in July 2023, then covered the fan-favorite Shibuya Incident arc, spanning roughly 25 episodes. This epic storyline saw the different Jujutsu schools unite against the threat of the immensely powerful Curse Ryoumen Sukuna after he was resurrected in Shibuya. It also featured emotional deaths that shocked fans. The season ended on a somber but hopeful note as the Jujutsu sorcerers prepared for Kenjaku’s next move after gaining control of Sukuna’s vessel body.
What to Expect in Season 3
With the stage now perfectly set for the next phase of the story, fans can expect an action-packed and dramatic third season.
Some of the key developments and plot threads likely to be covered include:
- The beginning stages of the Culling Game set up by Kenjaku
- New characters like Angel, Higuruma, Takaba, and more
- Power struggles and infighting between players in the deadly Culling Game
- New domains, powers, and fighting styles
- High stakes as the Jujutsu sorcerers fight for their lives in a massive battle royale
- Major cliffhangers and emotional moments
Given the fast pacing of the anime so far, it is likely season 3 will adapt over 80 manga chapters. This could result in a longer, 24 episode season packed to the brim with jaw-dropping moments.
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Release Date Speculation
Perhaps the biggest question on fans’ minds is – when will Jujutsu Kaisen season 3 be released?
While Netflix’s announcement did not confirm a date, some release timeframe speculation is possible based on patterns observed from the previous seasons:
- Season 1 released in October 2020
- Season 2 released in July 2023, roughly 2 and a half years later
- If this gap is maintained, season 3 would only release in late 2025 or early 2026
- However, with the popularity surge, Studio MAPPA may shorten the cycle to annually like other major anime such as Attack on Titan and Demon Slayer
- The production committee also benefits from striking while interest is at a peak
Taking these factors into account, a likely release window for Jujutsu Kaisen season 3 could be late 2024 to mid 2025. While not confirmed, this would allow the animation studio extra breathing room to maintain its exceptional quality.
Of course, Netflix could throw fans a curveball by announcing an earlier release date too. But for now, they must temper their anticipation and patiently await official word.
Who Will Return for Season 3?
With the renewal greenlit, attention now shifts to the cast and crew behind the anime.
Jujutsu Kaisen chapter 247 is out! Read it here: https://t.co/AlPCvIzzvi— Jujutsu Kaisen (@JujutsuKaisen) January 5, 2024
Jujutsu Kaisen’s popularity is partly thanks to its talented Japanese voice actors who help bring the characters to life:
- Yuji Itadori voiced by Junya Enoki
- Megumi Fushiguro voiced by Yuma Uchida
- Nobara Kugisaki voiced by Asami Seto
It is almost guaranteed that these three leads along with important supporting characters like Toge Inumaki, Satoru Gojo and others will reprise their roles.
There will also be additions to the cast as new jujutsu sorcerers and players join the Culling Game. But their voice actors likely won’t be confirmed until closer to the premiere date.
As for the staff and production team, studio MAPPA is confirmed to return for animating the third season. Given their stellar work in the first two seasons bringing Gege Akutami’s vivid panels to life, fans can expect the same top-notch quality for the next installment.
The addition of any new high-profile directors, storyboard artists, or music composers would further bolster expectations. But for now, MAPPA remaining committed is reassuring given the heavy CGI and action the new arcs entail.
Jujutsu Kaisen Season 3 “Culling Game” announcement video❗️ pic.twitter.com/YJUB4C3daV— Jujutsu Kaisen (@JujutsuKaisen) December 28, 2023
Potential for Spin-Offs and Continuation
The vast world and ensemble cast of Jujutsu Kaisen offers rich potential for spin-offs and continuation even beyond the upcoming arcs.
Popular guesses for spin-offs include an OVA or movie dedicated to Yuta Okotsu, the powerful special grade sorcerer shrouded in mystery. Manga readers also theorize a Kyoto students spin-off featuring Maki Zenin could be riveting.
As for future seasons, Jujutsu Kaisen season 3 will likely end on a tantalizing cliffhanger paving the way for more. With over 150 manga chapters and counting still left unadapted, there is ample source material for a fourth or even fifth season down the line.
Of course, as a popular ongoing shonen series, Gege Akatami is likely to keep expanding the manga universe with new threats and challenges emerging for Itadori and friends to conquer after the Culling Game story arc concludes.
But for now, fans eagerly look forward to stepping back into the dark yet captivating world of curses and jujutsu in the highly anticipated third season of the smash hit that is Jujutsu Kaisen!
Preview images for Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Finale episode 23 which airs tomorrow❕ pic.twitter.com/BAy7NZCKfp— Jujutsu Kaisen (@JujutsuKaisen) December 27, 2023
Jujutsu Kaisen’s runaway success till now clearly justifies a third season renewal by Netflix to capitalize on the current wave of popularity and intrigue surrounding the franchise. The stage is perfectly set for adapting the pivotal Culling Game arc from the manga, which promises to be extremely thrilling based on early reactions.
While an exact release date is still awaited, Studio MAPPA’s continued involvement paired with the talented returning Japanese cast paves the way for season 3 to meet fans’ sky-high expectations when it eventually drops.
And with plenty of source material left to cover, the Jujutsu Kaisen anime has the potential to run for several more action-packed seasons down the line as well. For now, ardent fans will have to contain themselves till official word drops on when exactly they can dive back into the dark world of cursed spirits!