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Golden Kamuy Season 3: Premiere Date, Characters, Plot

Updated October 10, 2019
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Golden Kamuy (also known as Gōruden Kamui in Japanese) is a historical anime television series which is based on a manga series of the same name. Written and illustrated by Satoru Noda, the manga series was first published on August 21, 2014. A few years later, an anime studio called Geno Studio announced plans to adapt the manga series into a television series, and Season 1 of the show premiered on April 9, 2018.

Season 1 was a hit among fans of the source material and new viewers and alike, and a special original video animation (OVA) episode was released on September 19, 2018, shortly after the conclusion of Season 1. Less than a month after the release of the OVA, Season 2 of Golden Kamuy premiered on October 8, 2018. Since then, fans of the show have been waiting to hear news on a third season. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 3 thus far.

Golden Kamuy Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?

Golden Kamuy season 2 premiered on October 8, 2018 and ran till December 24, 2018. Months later, another OVA episode was released on March 19, 2019. A few months after that, an OVA episode released on September 19, 2019. 

Sometime around the OVA release, it was confirmed that Golden Kamuy has been renewed for a third season. As it happens, there was always enough source material for a third season, and Season 2 anyway left fans with an explosive ending, hinting at another season.

Thus, while no official release date has been announced, our best guess is that Golden Kamuy season 3 release date could fall sometime in September, 2020. We’re keeping our ears open for any news and we’ll update this section as soon as we hear something reliable.

Golden Kamuy English Dub:

You can watch the subbed and dubbed versions of ‘Golden Kamuy’ on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Amazon Prime.

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Golden Kamuy Plot:

The events in Golden Kamuy take place in the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese War which spanned from 1904 to 1905, and the show follows the story of Sugimoto Saichi, a Russo-Japanese War veteran.

The protagonist, Sugimoto, had served valiantly in the Russo-Japanese War and was given the nickname “Immortal Sugimoto” for his bravery in the battlefield. However, Sugimoto was far from a definitional “hero”, and was dishonourably discharged from the Japanese army for trying to kill a superior officer.

The show starts off following Sugimoto’s dismissal from the army, and follows him as he heads to the rugged terrain of Hokkaido in search for gold, so that he can fulfill a promise he made to a lost brother-in-arms. Sugimoto’s search for gold is not motivated by greed, but instead, the fortune he seeks to find is meant for his deceased comrade’s widowed wife. Despite Sugimoto’s noble intentions, his search for gold proves to be fruitless for a long time…until he meets a mysterious stranger who tells him an urban legend about a stolen fortune.

As per the legend, a stash of gold belonging to the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, was stolen by a criminal some time ago and hidden in a secret place. However, the only way to find the place is by piecing together a map, which is not made of parchments but is made up of the tattoos of escaped convicts.

Once Sugimoto comes to know of this, he teams up with a young Ainu girl called Asirpa and sets off in search of the escaped convicts so that he can get their tattoos, and ultimately the map to the fortune. However, Sugimoto’s search does not prove to be a walk in the park, and he and Asirpa have to brave many challenges, the least of which are other soldiers and mercenaries who are also searching for the gold. Aided by Asirpa’s native knowledge of the land, Sugimoto thus begins an epic quest marked by revenge, murder, and greed.

Golden Kamuy Characters:

Although Golden Kamuy has a bunch of characters, there are only three main characters in the show. Below, we’ve provided you with backgrounds on each of these main characters.

[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]

Sugimoto Saichi: The main protagonist of the show, Sugimoto is a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War, having served in the 1st Division of the Imperial Japanese Army. He is  distinguishable for the many scars he bears on his face and his body. A muscular man, Sugimoto is known for his savagery in battle and is a formidable opponent in any encounter. Although Sugimoto has a serious and mature demeanour, he is shown to be an extremely kind person underneath. However, years of being a battle-hardened soldier has left its mark on Sugimoto, and he his quick to violence if he or any of his loved ones are threatened. Owing to his abnormally strong survival instincts, Sugimoto is not one to roll over and die, and despite the odds being stacked against him most of the time, Sugimoto manages to come out victorious each and every time.

Asirpa: Another major character in the show, Asirpa is an Ainu girl who becomes Sugimoto’s companion in his search for the lost gold. When Asirpa is introduced, she comes off as a cold and emotionless girl, but as she spends time with Sugimoto, she warms up to him and even shows a jovial, happy side. Like Sugimoto, Asirpa has extremely strong survival instincts, and is a hunter by profession. Despite the relatively short span of her hunting career, Asirpa shows tremendous wisdom for someone her age, and is shown to be acutely aware of the laws of the wild, where it’s either kill or be killed. That being said, Asirpa is also shown to have a deep respect for nature and the Ainu way of life, and she reveres animals, considering them to be the equivalent of god.

Shiraishi Yoshitake: Another major character in the show, Shiraishi is an escaped convict who is also known as the “Escape King” for his devious ways. An ordinarily built man, Shiraishi does not have much strength, but instead relies on his roguish tendencies and his cunning to get himself out of sticky situations. Notably, Shiraishi’s upper body is covered in a tattooed map, and he is an important piece of the puzzle that Sugimoto is looking to solve.

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