A recent update has fans wondering if The Eminence in Shadow Season 3 will be released in the form of a big-screen movie.
The hit anime series based on the Japanese novel series of the same name recently finished its second season run in Japan, with American fans now able to stream the series on HIDIVE and Hulu stateside.
The series follows Japanese boy Minoru Kageno who, after a tragic accident, finds himself inhabiting a magical world embued with mysterious magic.
Eminence in Shadow Season 3 Might Be a Movie
Following the conclusion of The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 in Japan, it was announced the hit anime would be getting a feature film, leaving some to wonder if this would be in place of a potential Season 3.
Announced via a press release timed with the Season 2 finale, the film is titled The Eminence in Shadow: Lost Echoes and came with a piece of promotional art for the big-screen epic (per Crunchyroll).
It remains unclear if this movie will take the place of a third season of the hit series, something that is not uncommon in the anime industry.
The uber-popular Demon Slayer series got the theatrical treatment after its first season with Demon Slayer Mugen Train, which served as the opening to the show's Season 2.
Lost Echoes could very well follow suit, with the movie serving as the first arc of Season 3.
However, there is also always the chance this movie is nothing more than a side story meant to take place between the seasons, or - as the One Piece series does with its films - outside of the continuity entirely.
The exact plot details remain unclear for the Eminence in Shadow film, so it is hard to predict just how consequential the movie will be to the overall narrative the anime is weaving.
But surely, once information on the movie's story is revealed, fans will have a much better idea of if this is a Season 3 replacement or not.
What Will Happen in Eminence in Shadow Season 3?
Whether Lost Echoes will take the place of The Eminence in Shadow Season 3 or not remains to be seen. But what audiences do know, is that when the anime does eventually return, there are going to be plenty of narrative threads to tug on.
Season 2 ended shockingly with the main character Cid (aka Minoru Kageno) seemingly headed back to Japan.
This came after two seasons of the character building his power in this magical world he found himself after his supposed death early in Season 1.
However, that is all about to change as Cid will find himself back on Earth, retaining the incredible powers he acquired in this other realm.
So seemingly Season 3 will focus on the character back in the real world taking on magical threats in modern-day Japan with his astounding otherworldly abilities.
This could make for some interesting narrative prospects like the idea of characters who knew Minoru/Cid before he died crossing paths with the character, shocked that he is back.
That is to assume this is the same Japan Cid left. The Season 2 finale seemingly hinted at the idea of Realms and alternate realities, so the world he finds himself in could potentially be one of these many alternate realities.
Fans will have to wait to find out in The Eminence in Shadow: Lost Echoes which currently has no scheduled release date.