Kekkai Sensen is an extremely unique show with strong storylines, interesting characters, coupled with beautiful animations. Intensive gang wars, crime organizations, a little blend of the supernatural, powerful ocular powers, good comedy, and a powerful story of sacrifice and purpose – these are the elements which make Kekkai Sensen as good as it is.
Released on 5th April 2015, the anime unsurprisingly garners lots of love and attention from the anime community, not that it is completely lack of flaws. The dark and gritting world of the show is something that is rarely seen and it does amass a certain appeal to it. Kekkai Sensen Season 3 remains one of the most anticipated anime in the community currently.
Kekkai Sensei: Manga and Anime Adaptation Overview
Known more commonly as Blood Blockage Battlefront by some fans, Kekkai Sensen originally is a Japanese manga series written by Yasuhiro Nightow. The first part of the manga is serialized by Shueisha in Jump SQ19 from 2009 till 2015, which marks the end of the first portion. This part has 10 volumes in total which composed of 33 chapters.
A sequel manga by the same author and publisher titled ‘Blood Blockage Battlefront: Back to Back’ is released in 2015 after the end of the first manga. So far, up to 5 volumes have been released in Jump SQ Crown till 2018 when the serialization task shifts to Jump SQ Rise, which is currently updating the manga on a bimonthly interval.
The first season of the anime debuts on 5th April 2015 published by none other than Bones Studio with 12 episodes in total. When Bones Studio is involved, one immediately tends to think of their masterpieces such as Full Metal Alchemist and My Hero Academia. After all, the studio has become a trademark of quality anime for quite some time now. Season 2 premieres two years later on 8th October 2017 with the same amount of episodes. Both seasons are met with mostly positive reviews from fans and critics alike.
The nature of this feedback means that Kekkai Sensen Season 3 is very likely to continue. Here at Squinoo, we shall try and evaluate the chances of Kekkai Sensen Season 3 and when it could possibly premiere.
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Kekkai Sensen Season 3 Release Date: Breaking Down The Possibilities
Despite the fact that Studio Bones is yet to release an official confirmation of Kekkai Sensen Season 3, there are very good chances of it happening in the near future. After all, the DVD/Blu-ray of the anime series sells incredibly well for both seasons. The first season, released in 2015 is the 7th best-selling anime in Japan, accumulating up to an average of more than 17000 copies sold. You can check the statistics provided by someanything.com in this link. At one point, the show dominates both the weekly charts of the DVD and Blu-Ray sales which is a remarkable feat rarely achieved by only the top tier animes. The actual figures for those sales are available here in this list provided by My Anime List.
The first two seasons have effectively covered the entirety of the original manga. Therefore, Kekkai Sensen Season 3 will have to adapt material from the sequel series written by the same author. Of course, it could take a direction using anime original materials but that seems a bit far fetch especially if a whole new season is a targeted project. It could perhaps work for a short OVA series or a movie adaptation. A short 24 minutes OVA episode is indeed available which has been released on 4th July 2018 by Bones.
It is most likely that Kekkai Sensen Season 3 will feature stories from the new manga ‘Blood Blockage Battlefront: Back to Back’, which has 5 volumes as of the writing of this article. The first season uses up to the sixth volume of the original manga, meaning producers could be waiting for new volumes to be published before they give the green light for Kekkai Sensen Season 3.
A certain website titled lifekino.com seems to claim that Kekkai Sensen Season 3 has been confirmed and scheduled for release on 7th October 2019. However, there are no sources that can back up this claim and it seems to be unreliable information. It might be worth checking out but it is most likely untrue. Keep your fingers crossed.
It should also be noted that hardly two years have passed since the release of the second season, therefore it is still early to call the shots for Kekkai Sensen Season 3. Anime sequels can take up a lot of time but it will be worth the wait if the new season is as good as the previous ones. Producers are most likely waiting for new volumes of the new manga, how similar it is to the previous franchise, and how much critical and financial success it is garnering.
Studio Bones is enduring a hectic season so far, with the recent release of two animes – ‘Carole and Tuesday’ and the third season of Bungo Stray Dogs. Furthermore, the much awaited My Hero Academia Season 4 is scheduled for release on October 2019. After that, Studio Bones hopefully will have enough time and resource to invest for Kekkai Sensen Season 3.
A good manga and anime DVD/Blu-ray sales rate, a high rating from My Anime List for both seasons (7.73 for the first and 8.04 for the second), a continuously updated source material, and Bones reputation of making sequels all translate to one final conclusion – there is a very high chance that we get Kekkai Sensen Season 3 in the future. However, keep in mind that our thorough research and speculations are all for naught unless and until the studio release any form of a substantial statement.
Therefore, we sincerely hope and believe that some news regarding Kekkai Sensen Season 3 will emerge at least by the end of 2019 or in 2020.
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Kekkai Sensen: Brief Plot Introduction
Three years prior to the start of the show, a gateway is suddenly opened in the city of New York. The mysterious gateway ushers in all form of different humanoid creatures from the nether world into the realm of men. The once bustling city life of New York is abruptly changed, and it has its name changed to Hellsalem’s Lot – as fitting of a society that endorses the cohabitation of different sentient species. A mysterious bubble-like structure is erected which prevents any form of escape from the city.
An organization called Libra takes up the authority to maintain order within the city as well as sustaining the bubble intact and prevent it from spreading.
Enters our protagonist Leonardo Watch. Through a series of fateful circumstances, Leonardo attains an ocular power called the ‘All Seeing Eye of the Gods’. However, the power extracts a heavy toll which is paid in the form of his sister’s eyes. Prior to her blind state of being, Leonardo’s sister is already decapitated with the inability to walk, which gives Leonardo even more motivation to find a solution for her. While searching for a cure which can help regain his sister’s sight, he runs into the dark organization Libra – a platform controlled by superhuman and monsters who take an interest in his ocular powers.
There begin the adventures of Leonardo Watch in Hellsalem’s Lot – deemed the strangest place on earth where he must toil, sweat, and bleed against unimaginable odds in pursuit of his sister’s cure.
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Kekkai Sensen Review: Squinoo’s Take
Kekkai Sensen has an uncanny resemblance to Code Geass –the protagonist has powerful ocular powers as well as cute, blind, disabled younger sister. Despite these glaring similarities, Kekkai Sensen is a very original anime on its own. With a setting as dark and cruel as Kekkai Sensen, it is simply amazing that the producers are able to insert humor into the show. The characters chemistry and interactions flow smoothly as it juxtaposes comedy and action into a very pleasurable watch. There are a few shows which can balance the two genres, as well as Kekkai Sensen, does.
The interesting plot doesn’t need to be repeated. It is not purely original but it is indeed unique to see a blend of monsters and gangster into a single story. The animation in both the manga and the anime are superb and highly deserving of the many praises they are receiving. Bones Studio rarely fails to deliver in creating beautiful animations after all. The soundtracks, particularly the blend of jazz music played in the background are melodiously stunning. Voice acting, openings and endings, and other audio technicalities all perform well, and the music feels like it belonged, never out of place.
There are complains that the story arcs within the show feel too short and episodic instead of what should be a single well-structured plot, but we don’t really care about that. We just want Kekkai Sensen Season 3.
So if you are a fan of the show like us, pray with us that Studio Bones will eventually go for it in the future. Thank you for reading, as always. See you next time!!