With the final airing in a few hours, we’re breaking down what the future may hold for fan-favorite animated series “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid” in Season 3.
The return of Kobayashi, Tohru and Kanna in July was what the world needed; The series holds a special place in the hearts of countless anime fans around the world after the Kyoto animation studios arson in 2019.
The Season 2 finale will air in just a few hours, exclusively via Crunchyroll on September 22sd at 5 p.m. BST (9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT) for premium users.
However, right from the credits, fans will be desperate to know whether or not Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid will return with season 3.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid season 3 has been confirmed?
At the time of writing, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid has not been officially renewed for season 3 either by Kyoto Animation studio or its associated distribution networks in Japan.
However, fans can be pretty confident that our favorite dragons will return for a third adventure series thanks to the popularity of the series and the availability of source material.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid has become somewhat of a cult classic over the past few years, culminating in Season 2 with a score of 8.47 / 10 on MyAnimeList – which is considered “very good” compared to over 56,000 reviews.
“There will never be a series like Dragon Maid. I never imagined that a sequel would make me want to love the prequel even more. Dragon maid S was a joy ride for me. I waited every week and watched every second of the show. I feel like I’m in their world and honestly, I feel like I’m personally with the characters. – Mukho, via MAL.
Popularity is the first hurdle that any anime renewal must overcome, the second is the source material i.e. is there enough for another season to be produced or the studio to be produced. animation will have to wait?
While the anime didn’t necessarily scale the events of the manga in order, Episode 12 of Season 2 is expected to scale through Volume 7 of the original series.
The good news for fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is that 11 volumes of manga have been released in Japan, which means there are enough sources for at least one more anime season.
All in all, it should only be a matter of time before Kyoto Animations renews the hit anime for season 3, but when could it be released?
When could Miss Kobayashi release season 3?
As the anime has yet to be officially renewed for season 2, no information on a targeted release window has been shared for season 3 of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.
Unfortunately, predicting a potential premiere date remains difficult due to the history of Miss Kobayashi’s production schedule.
It has been announced that Kyoto Animations will be directing production for Season 2 again in August 2020, with the hit series returning to our screens in July 2021 – indicating a cycle of around 11 months.
However, in the aftermath of the 2019 arson that tragically claimed the lives of 36 people, including director Yasuhiro Takemoto, the studio had to drastically reduce the number of projects it could work on.
This is where the production of Season 3 of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid could be affected, with the studio already planning to work on Free The Final Stroke Part 2 in 2022.
While it’s conceivable that the hit anime could return in July 2022 on the summer mailing list or in October on the fall schedule: given the studio’s other commitments, fans should prepare for a another long wait before the return of the series.
Plot for season 3 of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid…
Spoiler Warning: This section will discuss the potential plot of Season 3, based on the events of the manga.
Miss Kobayashi’s next season of Dragon Maid will likely open with Kanna’s father, ‘Kimun,’ entering the human world and wanting to get his daughter back.
Kimun explains how he searches for “dragon balls”, much like a human wizard called Azad, and that this could lead to a new end-of-the-world conflict between humans and dragons.
Season 3 would also see Ilulu and Taketo’s relationship leveled up, forcing Tohru to resume his progress towards Kobayashi.
However, the two escape to have a private conversation and with Tohru in his dragon form, Kobayashi reveals his true feelings!
Could there be a spinoff series or film?
While all fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid will be desperate for a third season, we might also see the production of a spinoff series or animated film.
There are currently four spin-off manga series from the Dragon Maid franchise in the works: Kanna’s Daily Life, Elma’s Office Lady Diary, Lucoa is my xx, and Fafnir the Recluse.
The most likely option would be an anime adaptation of Kanna’s Daily Life, which at the time of writing has nine manga volumes released in Japan. Producing a spin-off TV series would offer a chance to keep the show’s excitement and relevance alive, similar to The Slime Diaries earlier this year.
Alternatively, Kyoto Animation could opt for a theatrical sequel to Dragon Maid. The recent trend of producing animated films has been accelerated by the box office success of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. However, other franchises, including Jujutsu Kaisen, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, and Dragon Ball Super, have since followed suit.
Interestingly, two other popular summer roster series have already announced animated films as their next project, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and My Next Life as a Villainess.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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