‘One Punch Man’ rumors: Season 2 to arrive in Spring 2018?

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A promotional image for "One Punch Man."

Anime enthusiasts highly anticipate the return of “One Punch Man” for a second season. However, fans of the manga-turned-anime, unfortunately, may have to wait a little longer.

Some of the most recent rumors surrounding its return point to a 2018 airing. According to a report from Korea Portal, season 2 of the anime could premiere as late as December next year. Many fans base the speculations on the recent developments happening in the scheduling of anime series.

Production for season 2 began only last March and the usual production timeline runs between six to nine months. On top of the production timeline, there is still the post-production stage, making a 2017 airing for season 2, bleak.

Viewers also need to consider the marketing side of things. If everything falls into place without any humps and hurdles, the earliest possible airing of season 2 will be around spring of next year, the report added.

Meanwhile, The Christian Post reported that there’s still a glimmer of hope for a 2017 airing. The slim chance rests on the statement of Viz Media senior marketing director Kevin Hamric. He earlier said that fans should expect “One Punch Man” and “Tokyo Ghoul” this year.

Though the anime’s publisher clarified that Hamric was referring to “My Hero Academia’s” instead of “Tokyo Ghoul,” they still remained mum regarding “One Punch Man.”

Last month, the Inquisitr reported that the upcoming season of “One Punch Man” will feature a “Hero Hunter” arc. The story will likely feature the antagonist Garou who is said to be the most dangerous opponent Saitama has ever faced.

In addition, there are also speculations swirling that season 2 will feature a homage to the “Dragon Ball Z” series. This is stems from the “One Punch Man” manga that recently showcased a panel inspired from the “Dragon Ball Z” manga.