Why there is no Accel World Season 2 yet? What is the possibility of the second season? What is the probable release date?
Accel World is a superb action and romance anime. The first season comprising of 26 episodes including 2 OVA (original video animations) episodes was a super hit. It aired from April 7, 2012, to September 22, 2012. Since then the fans are eagerly waiting for the second season of the series.
In the next season, we would be able to discover how the relationship of Kuroyukihime and Haru gets evolved in the story. Also, we would get the answer to the biggest question in our minds, Who created the Accel World? However, the bad news for the fans is that the makers haven’t yet announced Accel World Season 2.
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand of the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for Accel World Season 2. Based on our research, here is what we feel about the possibility of the second season. Let’s discuss all major factors in detail:
1) Do We Have Enough Source Material For Accel World Season 2?
Almost every anime series use existing source material, which usually is manga, light novel, or a mobile game.
For Accel World, the source material is the light novel series of the same name. Written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by HIMA, it began serialization online in February 2009 by the Japanese publishing company, SB Creative.
To affirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check how many light novel series have been released so far. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is little possibility of continuation.
The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been adapted in making the first season of Accel World. Maybe there isn’t enough source material or novels left to make a sequel.
How many volumes of Accel World light novel series have been released?
To date, 25 volumes of the ‘Accel World’ light novel series have been released. The first one was released on February 10, 2009, and the latest volume was released on Sep 20, 2020. There is also a Manga series with eight volumes, the last one got published in July 2017.
The first season of the Accel World anime series adapted volumes 1-4 and 10 of its light novel series. An anime film titled Accel World: Infinite Burst released in 2016 adapted volume 19 of the light novel series.
So, 18 out of 25 released light novel volumes are yet to be covered in the anime! It means that the second season of Accel World has enough source material just like Konosuba season 3. The next season of Accel World would start with volume 5 of the light novel series.
The makers of Accel World has more than enough material to go head with the second season.
2) Accel World Season 2: Sales & Profit Information
The possibility of an anime series depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. Most of the animes fail to bring up the next season because they didn’t make much with the previous one.
Unluckily, we only have one season of Accel World. So we just have to focus on how the season performed and how were the sales. Anime creation is a risky business, and it requires a lot of investment. Many anime series fail badly and do not even manage to recover the investment.
Generally, anime sequels witness a drop of around 20% in profit. However, anything above it is a reason to worry and may refrain makers from continuing the franchise. Now let’s have a look at the sales and profit information of Accel World.
Accel World Blu-ray sales
Accel World season 1 was released in eight disks pack in Japan and each sold an average of about 9,000 copies. A BD-Box of the series was also released on December 23, 2015, and it sold around 1,500 copies.
Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 copies have a great chance of getting a continuation. However, Blu-ray is a thing of the past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital and OTT platforms. Popular anime series like One Punch Man, Overlord are continuing because they have huge viewership on OTT platforms.
Accel World Light novel sales
Accel World hasn’t performed too well when it comes to sales of light novels. Volume 23 of the series which was released on September 7, 2018, sold around 60,000 copies. Volume 24 sold over 55,000 copies. The novel sales are dipping with new volumes.
Accel World Merchandise Numbers
To date, one hundred figures have been made for Accel World out of which 70% are of Kuroyukihime and Black Lotus. The others are Silver Crow, Chiyuri, Scarlet Rain. There are also around 250 goods manufactured for Accel World including mugs, shirts, keychains, straps, plushes, clear files, cushions, etc.
Though most of the merchandise is of Kuroyukihime, the first season of Accel World has done a good job.
Accel World Games Sales and Movie Box Office
An anime movie titled Accel World: Infinite Burst featuring an original story by Kawahara premiered in Japan on July 23, 2016. It earned ¥115,000,000, that’s around 1 million in dollars. Viz Media released the English dubbed film in the USA in 2019. 7,000 Blu-Ray copies of the film were sold in Japan.
The first game ‘Ginyoku no Kakusei’ accounted for 30,000 copies. The second Accel World game ‘Kasoku no Chōten’ sold 20,000 copies. Overall, these are decent numbers.
Other than these sources, Accel World also makes a profit from the international license for Crunchyroll, streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other platforms, collaboration with advertisers, and other collaborations. But that sales are also far than satisfactory.
Overall, the sales of the anime and light novel series are decent enough. The makers are in profit.
3) Buzz and hype for Accel World Season 2
In deciding the destiny of an anime series, the most important is to have a look at its buzz and hype. In most cases, sequels are less popular than the first season. There are occasions when there is no buzz or hype for another season. This generally happens when the first season fails. That’s what happened to Tokyo Ravens and why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2 yet.
We analyze various sources such as the official website, social media, and google trends to predict the fate of the franchise. Coming to Accel World, the buzz and hype is not there at present because the series is old. The popularity of Accel World peaked in September 2012 when the first season was premiered.
Even social media channels are not active. The official website for Accel World was last updated in 2018. The official Twitter account with 70,000 followers is hardly active. These are bad signs for anime lovers. However, the good news of another season may make its fan crazy.
Accel World is an old anime. So most of the popularity the first season got in 2012 is gone by now. However, loyal fans are still waiting for its second season.
Will There Be Accel World Season 2?
The fact that anime series are usually renewed within a period of five years is disheartening for Accel World fans. However, we don’t have a sequel because the studio Sunrise that worked on Accel World is working on a more anime popular series Love Live!. For the past few years, the studio has been concentrating only on this anime. It looks like studio Sunrise is not interested in working on Accel World anime.
It’s already been around 9 years since the premiere of season 1. If studio Sunrise has to renew the series, they have to do it as soon as possible. If Sunrise is busy, a new studio should come on board.
In case, there is no announcement in the next 6 months then the possibility of Accel World season 2 would be zero. We are hoping for the best.
Accel World English Dub
The English Dub of ‘Accel World’ is available on Amazon Prime & Viz.
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