Volume 17 of Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist manga is due out in Japan on July 4th, coinciding with the August issue of the magazine it calls home, Jump Square. Meanwhile, Kato prepares (while staving off the nerves) to appear at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles from this Friday, July 1st, and the teaser timer on the anime’s website will run out while the festivities continue into the weekend.

This convergence of events all seems rather fated, and an early look at Jump Square has revealed the happy news that the Blue Exorcist anime will indeed return in 2017.

The new season will cover the Kyoto Impure King arc, following the first which ran in April 2011. Crunchyroll streamed the show to the US as it aired in Japan, giving it the following description:

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but the demons are now intruding on the material world.

Update: More information has leaked out ahead of Jump Square‘s Monday (July 4th) announcement of the new Blue Exorcist anime. While A-1 Pictures will remain the studio on production, the first series’ director Tensai Okamura is handing off to Deadman Wonderland‘s Koichi Hatsumi. A new writer, Gatchaman Crowds‘ Toshiya Ono, is also coming on board. But the cast remains unchanged, with all main characters returning from the 2011 anime.


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