Maken-Ki Season 3: Will It Return?

Fans of the harem anime have been waiting for years to see the light of Maken-Ki Season 3. Yes, it’s been seven years since we watched the last episode of the series. So will it make a comeback in the following year? First, let’s break down the series.

Maken-Ki is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name. Hiromitsu Takeda writes the series. At the beginning of its serialization, it was published by Dragon Age Pure before moving to Monthly Dragon Age magazine because the former ceased publishing. Hiromitsu Tekeda released the first chapter in 2007.

Studio AIC, through its sub-division AIC Spirits, picked up the series to make it into anime in 2011. The first season, listed with 12 episodes, was airing from October 5 to December 21, 2011. However, the second season saw a change of studio animation. Xebec took over the project and made the sequel in 2014. It was aired from January 16 to March 20, 2014. The sequel got fewer episodes than the first season, listed only with ten episodes. The series also got two OVA, each made by studio AIC and Xebec.

The second season got a split review among the fans because Xebec made some changes in the sequel. Some fans took it with an open hand, while the others criticized the studio because they were unfaithful to the source material. This split review, however, made fans want to have Maken-Ki Season 3 even more.

So, will it make a return? Here is everything we know about the series.

Will there be Maken-Ki Season 3?

Maken-Ki Season 3

Bad news for you, Maken-Ki Season 3 probably won’t come. There are several reasons why.

The first is coming from the source material. The author, Hiromitsu Takeda, ended the series in volume 24, which was released in 2020. The ended of the manga is decreasing the possibility of Maken-Ki Season 3. Usually, a studio animation makes anime to boost the sales of the source material. So, if there is no manga or light novel to boost anymore, the studio probably won’t make another season.

The second reason is the sequel which Xebec made. The first season, which studio AIC handled, performed well both in and outside Japan. It also applied to the OVA that they produced. The second season, however, had a poor performance. The change in direction could be why the second season was received poorly, unlike its predecessor.

The good news is there are still many contents to be adapted into Maken-Ki Season 3. From the information we gathered, the first season covered five manga volumes, while the second was primarily original. Added the sixth volume that the OVA adapted, there are still 18 volumes to be covered.

Maken-Ki Season 3 Release Date

There is no official announcement for the release date of Maken-Ki Season 3. No news about the cancelation of the series, so we can breathe a little.

It has already changed its studio animation once; therefore, we can hope it will happen twice. If Xebec is not going to make Maken-Ki Season 3, studio AIC probably does. Or, Xebec could redeem what they’ve done before so the fans can forgive them. Either way, fans would rejoice if there is the third season of their beloved harem anime.

Plot of Maken-Ki

The harem anime series is about Takeru Ohyama, your typical perverted protagonist. He is attending a new school which doesn’t need entrance exams. The school is also turned into co-ed, so it is like a dream come true for Takeru. But, unfortunately, it is not entirely like he hopes.

The students have a unique item called Maken, and they use it for duels! Sadly for Takeru, there is no Maken which accepts him. The series is the story of Takeru, who tries to fit in his new school while searching for his own Maken.

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