The second season of Dr Stone has concluded, but will the anime be renewed for season 3 and if so, what date could it theoretically release online?

The Winter anime slate has not only been full of fantastic new (Jujutsu Kaisen) and ongoing (Black Clover) anime but also returning fan favourites (Attack on Titan, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Dr Stone).

The latter series, Dr Stone, debuted with its second season in mid-January and ‘The Stone Wars’ has easily met the high standards set by the first.

However, with the season finale airing for free today on Crunchyroll, we breakdown whether Dr Stone has been officially renewed for season 3 and when it could potentially premiere.

Dr Stone season 3…

  • It’s great news for fans of Dr Stone, the anime series has been officially renewed for season 3!

The announcement was made on March 25th, via social media, only hours before the season 2 finale premieres. However, not many fans will be shocked by the news.

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Anime renewals typically depend on two factors; popularity and availability of source material – thankfully, Senku has these in abundance.

Currently, Dr Stone is scoring an amazing 8.2/10 on IMDB, 8.33/10 on MyAnimeList and 4.7/5 on Crunchyroll – easily enough to merit a renewal for at least one more season.

There is also plenty of source material from the manga left to adapt into more anime seasons. According to Monsters and Critics, season 2 concluded in chapter 83 (Volume 10).

The good thing for fans is that, at the time of writing, 169 chapters of Dr Stone have been published, with Volume 20 scheduled to release on April 2nd.

Considering the amount of material there is left to adapt and the popularity of the series, it was always a “ten billion percent” guarantee that Dr Stone would be renewed for season 3.

Dr Stone season 3: Release date…

Whilst season 3 has been officially confirmed, there was no information announced as to when Dr Stone will return.

However, we can make some extremely scientific predictions based on the production schedule of prior seasons.

Season 1 was announced in November 2018 and premiered in July 2019, with season 2 being confirmed immediately following the finale and releasing in January 2021.

Assuming that season 3 would follow a similar production schedule of roughly 12 months (from S2 finale to S3 debut), fans could expect Dr Stone to return in April 2022; in accordance with the start of the Spring slate.

However, there is also a possibility that if production on season 3 has already begun, Dr Stone could theoretically return as soon as January 2022 on the Winter anime slate.

This article will be updated as soon as more information on Dr Stone season 3 is officially confirmed.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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