In a surprise turn of events, controversial YouTubers and wannabe React trademark holders, Fine Brothers Entertainment announced season three of Tokyo Ghoul, before the Japanese rights holders, on their newest episode of “… IN 6 MINUTES”.

This confirmation comes off the back of many rumours of a third season, and the switch from Pierrot to Madhouse, so we don’t have anymore issues like Tokyo Ghoul √A (season two).

Tokyo Ghoul Season 3 not coming?

If you’ve gotten this far and you know anything about me, you’d know that the above flavour text is sarcasm, kinda. Tokyo Ghoul Season 3 has not be announced, despite what any CEO of FUNimation has said, and if a change in studio was to happen, the director Shuhei Morita, would most likely still be working on it, because in the end studios don’t really matter (unless you’re talking about Kyoto Animation or Ghibli).

Like any mainstream anime, the misinformation surrounding a second (or in this case third) season of it is greater than the wage of an animator working on your favourite anime.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 3

Source: International Business Times (cause they’d have the scoop on OPM right?)

One-Punch Man Season 2 Confirmed by Mangaka Yusuke Murata!
(FYI, the mangaka of One Punch Man is ONE, not Murata)

Tokyo Ghoul Season 3

Source: DayHerald

Attack on Titan Season 2 Delayed to make sure the Manga is Four Arcs ahead!

These are both real stories from realistic looking websites that get shared around because people don’t know better, and that’s not entirely their fault. While yes, you could blame people for sharing misinformation, much like FBE have in a video that has been viewed over 270,000 times, and not checking their sources (always check your source!), the fact there isn’t a site like IGN, or Kotaku for anime, that quell these rumours and help inform the public is baffling, and a reason why I spun off Fighting for Nippon into a news site.

FBE presents a recap of Seasons 1 & 2 of Tokyo Ghoul so you can be fully caught up to watch and enjoy Season 3.

– Description of FBE’s video

International Licensors are also at Fault

The fault doesn’t lie just with those clickbaity sites though. A few weeks back the Spanish licensor for Attack on Titan, Selecta Visión, announced at a convention that “it will finally be delayed and we will have to wait a little longer to see new episodes” saying that “Kodansha has confirmed us that it will not be [released] this 2016, and that it will be for 2017”. Kodansha being the international rights holder of Attack on Titan and works with FUNimation and Selecta Visión to release the show legally internationally.

Selecta Visión also said “Many people thought it would be in October of this year, …  they would have released character designs, .. press release, they would have released spots, trailers… and if at this stage there is nothing, that is because it will not be for the October season”. Yes, because every show being in released in four months already have a trailer. (NOTE: None have, we normally don’t see those until 3 months out, or maybe earlier, SV apparently know nothing of how Japan markets new anime series)

As you could imagine, the internet fired up in a rage at this news because it was previously announced by Kodansha that we’d be getting Attack on Titan season 2 in 2016. At this time, there has been no response by Kodansha on the news, nor do I think there will be, the Shingeki event will be held next month where no doubt we’ll be getting news on Season 2 then.

This also comes back to FUNimation and Tokyo Ghoul, where last year, CEO Gen Fukunaga said “[season 3 was] set for 2016.” When later asked to clarify by Anime News Network, on whether Fukunga was talking about season three or the newly announced mobile game, they didn’t respond. Of course being that no trailer or press release has been given for a 2016 start date, according to Selecta Visión, it mustn’t be happening.

Having worked at an international licensor in the past, and one that streams anime legally, I can attest that these two examples wouldn’t be the only examples, just two very public ones. While licensors might be told one thing, that could be changed at a moments notice, or mistranslated (which is never fun).

All in all, I blame the Fine Brothers for not checking their sources and erring on the side of caution, they have a massive following that are easily swayed, but it’s not entirely their fault. It’s a combination of international licensors, the state of anime reporting at the moment, and people not checking facts.

Then again, that’s why you guys are here, to get the facts!


Posted by Daryl Harding

A 20-something who has nothing better to do than watch anime, talk about anime, and play with my totally not sexual anime figurines.

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