'Tokyo Ghoul' season 3 release date in 2016 despite behind-the-scenes trouble

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More than a year since its second season ended, fans of Sui Ishida’s “Tokyo Ghoul” continue to speculate about a possible season 3 for its anime adaptation with rumors suggesting a broadcast date for this year despite season 2’s dismal reception.

Reports indicate that production of season 3 is currently underway, though no official confirmation about any specific date is up as of yet. Rumors suggest that a season 3 might still come this year, although it might be in fall since the summer 2016 TV season is already around the corner without any announcements.

The Anime News Network reported last year that Gen Fukunaga, president of Funimation which owns the rights to “Tokyo Ghoul” localizations, said that season 3 was “set for 2016.” The quote came from a press release between GameSamba and Funimation, which announced that the two companies had teamed up to work on developing a “Tokyo Ghoul” mobile game.

The first season of the “Tokyo Ghoul” anime adaptation aired in 2014 as part of the winter 2014 anime lineup, introducing viewers to an alternate reality where cannibalistic creatures known as ghouls exist. The main character, Kaneki Ken, ended up as a half-human, half-ghoul hybrid after getting maimed when he went on a date with a girl who revealed herself as a ghoul and tried to eat him.

The second season followed suit in the winter 2015 anime season, titled “Tokyo Ghoul ?A” or “Tokyo Ghoul Root A” which continued the story only to end up being negatively received for problems such as being an unfaithful adaptation of the original manga. Both seasons were produced by Studio Pierrot, which released two original video animation (OVA) episodes; “Tokyo Ghoul: JACK” and “Tokyo Ghoul: PINTO” late last year.

Fans hated the second season so much, they started a petition on Change.org to try and convince author Sui Ishida to have the anime series rebooted with a different studio. The petition ended dismally, with only 266 signatures, barely half of the required 500 supporters.

At any rate, the fall 2016 season is still months away so announcements about a season 3 still have a chance.