Snow White with the Red Hair (also known as Akagami no Shirayuki-hime) is a popular anime series adapted from the fantasy romance manga of the same name. The story follows Shirayuki, an herbalist with distinctive apple-red hair who catches the attention of Prince Zen of Clarines.
Seasons 1 and 2 Overview
Season 1 introduces the kindhearted Shirayuki and Prince Zen, who help her escape an unwanted marriage. Zen appoints Shirayuki as the court herbalist, so they develop feelings for each other amidst adventures and intrigue.
Season 2 continues their story as Shirayuki officially passes an exam to become a court herbalist. She, Zen, and their friends go on more escapades while deepening their relationships. There is romantic development but no definitive conclusion by the season’s end.
The main duo is Shirayuki and Zen, both strong-willed but compassionate. Supporting characters include Zen’s aides Obi and Mitsuhide, Shirayuki’s herbalist friend Ryuu, Prince Raji, who covets Shirayuki, and the head pharmacist Garack.
Snow White With The Red Hair Season 3: Renewed or Cancelled
The series is renewed and will soon have a season 3. The date and an official announcement have not been made yet so that we can anticipate it around 2023 end or 2024 beginning.
What to Expect in Season 3
In season 3, Shirayuki will visit the Northern Territory of Clarines, known for its knowledge of herbs. There, Shirayuki will research new medicinal herbs with her friend Ryu.
Shirayuki’s Research on Herbs
During her research, Shirayuki encounters Prince Izana, who secretly stays at the Lilias Mansion there. When asked about her relationship with Zen, Shirayuki fondly recalls their first meeting.
Zen Missing Shirayuki
Meanwhile, Zen is shown missing Shirayuki in the capital. As soon as he finishes his royal duties for the day, he goes to bed, recalling his love for Shirayuki and wishing she was there with him.
The News Leading Zen to the Northern Territory
Later a messenger breaks into Zen’s room with some important news which prompts Zen to rush to the Northern Territory himself. But what exactly the news is remains a mystery for now
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Popularity and Ratings
Both seasons have received positive reviews for their heartwarming story, vibrant animation, and memorable characters. Many fans eagerly await more seasons. Several factors influence the possibility of Season 3:
Source material availability
The manga by Sorata Akiduki is still ongoing, with enough unadapted content for potentially 2 more seasons. This availability of source material is a positive sign.
Sales and profits
Blu-Ray sales in Japan have been modestly successful. Healthy profits motivate studios and publishers to invest in future anime seasons.
There is sustained interest amongst international fans who are eager to see more of Shirayuki and Zen’s journey. Active online communities indicate untapped demand.
Animation studio Bones is occupied with other projects in 2023. Earliest production could begin in late 2023, with a 2024 or 2025 release if the 2-year cycle is followed.
**Expected plot if season 3 happens **
Furthering the story from season 2, potential season 3 plot points include:
Continuing story from season 2
Season 3 would pick up loose plot threads and resolve the cliffhanger proposal scene at the end of season 2. More relationship milestones can be expected for central couples.
New character and relationship developments
New characters introduced in later manga arcs may appear. Existing relationships like Obi x Ryuu may see progression. Shirayuki and Zen could encounter fresh challenges.
Potential ending or future seasons
There is enough manga content for season 3 to wrap up the storyline or end on a lead-in to a possible fourth season.
The leading voice cast is likely to return. Voices fans love would likely reprise their roles:
Saori Hayami as Shirayuki
Hayami’s acclaimed performance as the brave, kind-hearted protagonist should continue.
Ryota Ohsaka as Zen
Ohsaka captures Zen’s princely dignity and amusing flustered reactions to Shirayuki’s affection.
Cast and Characters
Japanese Voice Cast:
- Shirayuki – Voiced by: Saori Hayami
- Zen Wisteria – Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka
- Mitsuhide Lowen – Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara
- Kiki Seiran – Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka
- Obi – Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
English Voice Cast:
- Shirayuki – Voiced by: Brina Palencia
- Zen Wisteria – Voiced by: Jessie James Grelle
- Mitsuhide Lowen – Voiced by: Ian Sinclair
- Kiki Seiran – Voiced by: Jamie Marchi
- Obi – Voiced by: Austin Tindle
What fans can do to support Season 3
To motivate the anime’s renewal, fans can:
Purchase Blu-Rays and merchandise
Increasing Blu-Ray sales metrics sends the message that audiences want more seasons. Official merchandise purchases also help.
Spread popularity on social media
Generating online hype trains, fan art, positive reviews, and discussions keeps the anime visible to producers.
Be patient, but keep hoping
Anime renewals can take years. Fans should keep calm rather than pestering studios for information but clear their enthusiasm.
Conclusion and Future Outlook
Snow White with the Red Hair enchants viewers with its fairy tale-esque charm. Though season 3 hangs in uncertainty, the manga’s unadapted storylines and dedicated fanbase suggest there is still room for the anime to grow. Shirayuki and Zen’s future may yet unfold further through magical new adventures.
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Is a season 3 renewal officially confirmed?
There is no official renewal confirmation yet. But positive factors make it a real possibility. Fans can help build momentum.
How much unadapted manga content is available for season 3?
At least 1-2 more seasons’ worth remains unadapted as the manga continues. So, source material is not an issue.
Would an anime-original ending be possible instead?
Theoretically, yes, if manga pacing becomes an issue. But a more likely scenario is adapting available arcs first rather than anime-original content.
Could a live-action adaptation happen someday?
It’s possible – popular anime getting live-action drama adaptations has been a recent trend. But there is no news of that yet for this series specifically. Season 3 still seems to be the next logical step.
How many light novels or spinoffs exist besides the manga?
There are currently no light novel or spinoff adaptations. The original manga by Sorata Akiduki is the only existing narrative source material as of 2024. So, a third anime season would be a direct manga continuation.
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