Blue Exorcist is a popular dark fantasy manga series by Kazue Kato that has been adapted into an anime series by A-1 Pictures. The story follows Rin Okumura, a teenager who discovers that he is the son of Satan and inherits his demonic powers. Along with his twin brother Yukio, who is also an exorcist, Rin joins the True Cross Academy to learn how to fight against the forces of evil.
The anime series has two seasons so far, with the first one airing in 2011 and the second one in 2017. The first season deviated from the manga storyline after episode 17 and had an anime-original ending, while the second season followed the manga more closely and covered the Kyoto Impure King arc. Fans of the series are eagerly waiting for a third season that would adapt the next arc of the manga, but will there be one? Here is everything we know so far about Blue Exorcist Season 3.
Will there be Blue Exorcist Season 3?
As part of Jump Festa 2023, it was announced that a new anime project for Blue Exorcist is in the works. But we don’t know if it will be another sequel to the series or a movie. You can watch a first teaser and a visual below.
Blue Exorcist Season 3 Release Date
At the moment, it is only known that the new anime project is a series that will soon be broadcast on Japanese television. A concrete release date as well as details about the contributors, are still pending. We will keep you up to date.
The 37-part anime adaptation of Blue Exorcist (Japanese: Ao no Exorcist) was directed by Tensai Okamura at Studio A-1 Pictures and ran in two seasons in Japan from 2011 to 2017.
The original manga by Kazue Katou has been published in Jump Sqaure magazine since April 2009. The publishing house Shueisha has published 28 volumes in the Japanese trade so far.
Based on these assumptions, we can estimate that Blue Exorcist Season 3 could be released sometime in 2024, depending on how many episodes and volumes it will cover. Of course, this is just speculation and not based on any official information, so take it with a grain of salt.
Where Can You Watch Blue Exorcist?
If you want to watch or rewatch Blue Exorcist before a possible third season comes out, you have several options to choose from. You can watch both seasons of Blue Exorcist on streaming platforms such as Crunchyroll and Funimation, both with English subtitles and dubbing. You can also watch them on Netflix, but only with English subtitles.
Blue Exorcist Season 3 Plot
The plot of Blue Exorcist Season 3 will depend on whether it will follow the manga storyline or not. If it does, then it will most likely adapt the next arc of the manga, which is the Illuminati arc. This arc spans from volume 10 to volume 17 of the manga and introduces a new enemy group called the Illuminati, led by a mysterious man named Lucifer. The Illuminati are a secret organization that aims to resurrect Satan and create a new world order.
The Illuminati arc also reveals more about the origins and secrets of Rin and Yukio, as well as their relationship with their father, Shiro Fujimoto. It also introduces new characters and allies, such as the Lightning King, Arthur Auguste Angel, and Shura Kirigakure’s brother. The arc also features more action, drama, and twists, as Rin and his friends face new challenges and dangers.
If the third season does not follow the manga storyline, then it will have to create an original plot that continues from the anime-original ending of the first season. This could involve new enemies, new allies, or new revelations that are not present in the manga. However, this could also alienate some fans who prefer the manga storyline or create inconsistencies with the second season.
Blue Exorcist Season 3 Trailer
Blue Exorcist Season 3 first teaser and a visual.
Blue Exorcist Season 3 Visual
Who are the Blue Exorcist characters, cast & anime staff?
I. Characters & Cast
The main characters and cast of Blue Exorcist are expected to return for the third season. They are:
- Rin Okumura, the protagonist and the son of Satan who inherited his blue flames. He is voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto in Japanese and Bryce Papenbrook in English.
- Yukio Okumura, Rin’s younger twin brother who is also an exorcist and a teacher at True Cross Academy. He is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese and Johnny Yong Bosch in English.
- Shiemi Moriyama, Rin’s classmate and friend who is a tamer and can summon a greenman spirit named Nee. She is voiced by Kana Hanazawa in Japanese and Christine Marie Cabanos in English.
- Ryuji Suguro, Rin’s rival and friend who is an exorcist from the Myoda sect. He is voiced by Kazuya Nakai in Japanese and Kyle Hebert in English.
- Izumo Kamiki, Rin’s classmate and friend who is a tamer and can summon two fox spirits named Uke and Mike. She is voiced by Eri Kitamura in Japanese and Kira Buckland in English.
- Renzo Shima, Rin’s classmate and friend who is an exorcist and a spy for the Illuminati. He is voiced by Koji Yusa in Japanese and Brian Beacock in English.
- Konekomaru Miwa, Rin’s classmate and friend who is an exorcist and a strategist. He is voiced by Yuki Kaji in Japanese and Mona Marshall in English.
- Mephisto Pheles, the director of True Cross Academy and one of Rin’s brothers. He is voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya in Japanese and Sam Riegel in English.
- Shura Kirigakure, Rin’s mentor and an exorcist who specializes in swordsmanship. She is voiced by Rina Sato in Japanese and Wendee Lee in English.
Some of the new characters and cast that will appear in the third season are:
- Saburota Todo, Renzo’s older brother who is possessed by Karura. He is voiced by Takahiro Sakurai in Japanese and Kirk Thornton in English.
- Arthur Auguste Angel, the Paladin of the True Cross Order. He is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita in Japanese and David Vincent in English.
- Maria Yoshida, a former exorcist who joined the Illuminati. She is voiced by Aya Hirano in Japanese and Cristina Vee in English.
- Egyn, Mephisto’s younger brother and the King of Water. He is voiced by Daisuke Ono in Japanese and Matthew Mercer in English.
II. Anime Staff
The anime staff for Blue Exorcist Season 3 has not been confirmed yet. However, it is likely that the same studio, A-1 Pictures, will produce the anime, as they did for the previous seasons. A-1 Pictures is known for its high-quality animation and works on popular anime series such as Sword Art Online, The Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
The director for the third season has not been announced yet. The first season was directed by Tensai Okamura, who also worked on Darker than Black, Wolf’s Rain, and Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan. The second season was directed by Koichi Hatsumi, who also worked on Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., and Berserk: The Golden Age Arc.
The scriptwriter for the third season has not been announced yet. The first season was written by Ryota Yamaguchi, who also worked on The Vision of Escaflowne, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and Digimon Adventure tri. The second season was written by Toshiya Ono, who also worked on The Promised Neverland, Land of the Lustrous, and Gatchaman Crowds.
The music composer for the third season has not been announced yet. The first season was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who also worked on Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, and Re:Creators. The second season was composed by Kohta Yamamoto, who also worked on Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu, Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, and Edens Zero.
The opening and ending themes for the third season have not been announced yet. The first season had two opening themes: “Core Pride” by UVERworld and “In My World” by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D. The first season also had two ending themes: “Take Off” by 2PM and “Wired Life” by Meisa Kuroki. The second season had one opening theme: “Itteki no Eikyou” by UVERworld. The second season also had one ending theme: “Kono Te de” by Rin Akatsuki.