Kengan Ashura season 3 has been officially confirmed by Netflix; are you ready fighters?
Netflix s’ attempt to expand its horizon in the anime scene has been progressive, to say the least. The popular Action, Adventure, and Fantasy have found their way on the streaming site but also the Fighting genre has now got a welcome addition in form of Kengan Ashura.
Kengan Ashura is a fighting anime based on the manga written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon. The backdrop of the show is set in the Edo time period in Japan, where businessmen make their dealings and show off their wealth through Gladiators battles.
Kengan roughly translated as ‘To wish upon a fist’ is essentially how transactions happen in this time period. The violent nature of battles and the usurper s’ reward is a huge draw for both the fighters and the sponsors.
The plot follows the businessman Yamashita Kazuo who works in the sales department of the Nogi Group. One day Kazuo witness Tokita Ohma beating the larger fighter Komada Shigeru in a Kengan street fight.
The following day Nogi s’ CEO calls Kazuo in and tasks him to be the manager of (you guessed it) Tokita Ohma, who will be the new representative of the Nogi Group for the Kengan Association.
Tokita Ohma aka Ashura is also entered into the Kengan Annihilation Tournament whose winner will be the next CEO of the Kengan Association, a prestigious position of power and respect.
How Ohma uses his power to win the tournament while battling his past demons is the central plot of the show.
Kengan Ashura was ranked 4th on the Top 10 Netflix’s Most Watched Anime in Japan in 2019.
After the completion of the second season, fans have been demanding Kengan Ashura season 3. Well, there are not be disappointed as Netflix has some good news for the third season, let’s check it out.
Kengan Ashura is rated 7.4/10 and ranked #1919 with 125k members on MyAnimeList.
WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR KENGAN ASHURA SEASON 3?
Kengan Ashura has completed two seasons so far; the first season aired on 31st January 2019 and the second season was released on 31st October 2019 in one go with 12 episodes each.
On 23rd March 2022, Netflix announced on Twitter, that Kegan Ashura will return and has officially been renewed.
The caption of the tweet after translation reads
“In the sequel to the series, even the final match of the Kengan Ashura Tournament, which is the completion of the original story, is drawn! What kind of battle will you fight with the many fighters who stand in front of the royal horse?”Stay tuned for more news!
It has taken more than two years for Netflix to announce a return, while the show is renewed for a third season or part 3, there was no mention of a Kengan Ashura season 3 release date.
Considering development and production take on average one full year, we can expect Kengan Ashura’s season 3 release to be late 2023 or early 2024.
UPDATE: Kengan Ashura Season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix next year.The announcement came alongside a new visual poster for the anime, showing off series protagonist Ohma Tokita with the release date as 2023.
KENGAN ASHURA MANGA CATCHUP
Kengan Ashura manga is written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon. It began serialization on the MangaONE app from 18th April 2012 to 9th August 2018.
The manga has collected 236 chapters in 27 volumes and as of writing the manga has been completed with the last volume released on 19th February 2019.
A sequel titled Kengan Omega is still ongoing which tells the story two years after the completion of the original series. There are 10 volumes in the spin-off manga and the first issue came out on the 19th of February 2019.
The first two seasons adapted 17 volumes or 136 chapters from the manga hence 10 volumes or 100 chapters are still left as source material. Kengan Ashura manga has sold over 1.5 million copies and volume 27 was ranked 40th on the Japanese Comic Ranking, February 18-24 with 18686 copies sold.
Kengan Ashura is rated 8.3/10 and ranked #282 with 46k members on MyAnimeList.
KENGAN ASHURA SEASON 3 PLOT
The final episode of Kengan Ashura season 2,” Father and Son”, ended with plenty of rule-bending and inner dealings in and out of the arena.
Meguro has a flashback to his youth when he killed his father’s best students. His father accepted that his son was never human, merely a monster in human form before he is killed by Meguro.
Meguro then falls to the ground with a big smile as Muteba is declared the winner of the match. The episode ends with Hanafusa revealing that Ohma doesn’t have much time left.
As the Netlfix s’ announcement mentions, Kengan Ashura will cover the final bits of the Kengan Annihilation Tournament arc. If the anime follows the manga chronologically, chapter 137 would be in line for adaption and the summary of it reads as:
Wakatsuki Takeshi’s and Julius Reinhold’s pasts are revealed. Wakatsuki was born with Superman Syndrome and Julius was subjected to enough steroids to kill a horse that made him inhumanly strong. Wakatsuki and Julius finish their pre-match preparations before stepping into the arena and getting their titanic fight underway!
Kengan Ashura will cover the remaining six fights leftover from Round 2 in the tournament.
KENGAN ASHURA CHARACTERS, CAST, AND CREW
Kengan Ashura anime is directed by Seji Kishi who is a martial artist as well. Seiji was asked if he wanted always wanted to do a martial art based anime like Kengan Ashura, he replied:
“I’ve been a martial artist, so I’ve always liked martial arts stuff. Because I love martial arts, I always wanted to do something in anime or manga—martial arts anime or manga. And when you talk about martial arts, you can’t escape from pain, blood, and violence. So it’s fiery, and it’s hot.“
The show is scripted by Makoto Uezu. Kazuaki Morita is the chief character designer and the music is composed by Yasuharu Takanashi. Naoka Akuzawa is the art director and the show is edited by Masaki Sakamoto. Larx Entertainment handles the animation production.
You can find the Kengan Ashura characters and cast listed below:
|Daisuke Namikawa||Setsuna Kiryū|
|Jouji Nakata||Hideki Nogi|
|Junya Enoki||Cosmo Imai|
|Tatsuhisa Suzuki||Ōma Tokita|
|Tetsu Inada||Jun Sekibayashi|
|Yumi Uchiyama||Kaede Akiyama|
Fans will be delighted to hear that Kengan Ashura is renewed for a third season. As the show enters into its final fray, we do hope the best fights are yet to come.