'Tokyo Ghoul' season 3 release date rumors: Premiere around late 2016 or early 2017, live-action film confirmed for Spring 2017 premiere in Japan

"Tokyo Ghoul" is one of this year's most-anticipated anime shows to return, but fans are still in the dark when it comes to the premiere date of the third season. According to reports, Funimation Entertainment will release the upcoming season in the latter part of 2016. The licensing company's CEO and president, Gen Fukunaga previously confirmed the anime's season renewal, but he did not give away further details. If there will be no drastic changes, Studio Pierrot will still produce the show, and the release might happen sometime in the fall.

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Season 2 saw Ken Kaneki transform into a Ghoul and his journey towards accepting his true form. Details for season 3 are still being kept under wraps, but rumor has it that Haise Sasaki or Touka will have a bigger part in the storyline this time.

Most fans believe Haise Sasaki will turn out to be Ken Kaneki's avatar, particularly because of his appearance. Similar to Ken Kaneki's hair, Haise Sasaki also has a mixture of black and white locks.

While fans await new anime episodes to come their way, it was already confirmed that a live-action film is currently underway.The announcement was made through the latest issue of "Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 7" manga which was published in Japan last June 17.

Kotaku named two of the lead actors who will be in the movie: Masataka Kubota to portray the character of Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu as Touka Kirishima. The film will be launched in Japan during the spring of 2017.

For the uninitiated, "Tokyo Ghoul" is a manga series created by Sui Ishida which was first serialized in Shueisha's Seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump back in September 2011. The manga quickly gained popularity among readers and now has 14 volumes in total. The anime adaptation's pilot season aired from July to September 2014, while the second season aired from January to March 2015.

If the production company will stick to its schedule, fans can expect a new season to roll out before this year ends. However, if the production will be further delayed, the show might be back around the first half of 2017.