Fans of Tokyo Ghoul got excited after what seemed like an off-hand comment from VIZ Media’s Kevin Hamric, saying a new season of the anime was on the way. But in light of a recent statement by Viz provided to Anime News Network, the senior director reportedly misspoke or was misquoted.
The ICv2 website had previously posted an interview with Hamric. When ICv2 asked, “Anything change in the last few months in terms of the streaming environment, new shows coming on, or anything that’s helping?”, Hamric responded:
Nothing that’s been recently released, but One-Punch Man is coming back on with season two. There’s going to be another season of Tokyo Ghoul coming shortly. Later in the year, those would be the bigger releases on the anime side.
The anime that was supposed to be mentioned for a new season was My Hero Academia. The subsequent backtrack from Tokyo Ghoul is likely the fact of the matter, as a new season is yet to be announced in Japan.
Viz’s last update on the franchise was that it had licensed Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul:re sequel manga, with plans to start releasing the series this fall. Ishida’s original Tokyo Ghoul manga, launched in September 2011, has gone on to inspire two TV anime series thus far, along with two original anime episodes, the prequel manga Tokyo Ghoul: Jack, and finally Tokyo Ghoul:re.