Goblin Slayer Season 2: The first season of the dark fantasy Japanese anime series received positive reviews. Will there be Goblin Slayer season 2?
Goblin Slayer is a Japanese dark anime series based on a dark fantasy light novel series. The first season comprised of 12 episodes started airing in Japan on October 7, 2018. The last episode of the first season was aired on December 30, 2018.
Season one of the anime series received a positive response, and since then, the fans are wondering why there is no sequel so far, and will we ever get Goblin Slayer Season 2? In the next season, we will get to know about how Goblin Slayer gets rid of the goblins and how many goblins will he kill along with his party.
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, its popularity, and the demand for the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for Goblin Slayer Season 2. Based on our research, here is what we feel about the possibility of Goblin Slayer sequel. Let’s discuss all factors in detail:
1) Do we have enough source material for Goblin Slayer Season 2?
Almost every anime series use existing source material, which usually is manga, light novel, or a mobile game.
For Goblin Slayer, the source material is a light novel series of the same name. Written by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki, it began serialization online in February 2016 by the Japanese publishing company, SB Creative.
To affirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check how many light novels series have been released so far. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is a little possibility of continuation like what happened to No Game No Life.
The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been adapted in making the first season of Goblin Slayer. Maybe there isn’t enough source material or novels left to make a sequel like what happened to No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes of Goblin Slayer light novel have been released?
There are two light novel series on Goblin Slayer. The first light novel series has 12 volumes while the second one ‘Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One’ has just two volumes. The first one is illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. There are two manga series as well. Goblin Slayer light novels are still ongoing. The latest volume was released in Japan on Oct 15, 2020. The next volume is due to release on Mar 12, 2021.
The first season of Goblin Slayer adapted volumes 1-2 of its first light novel series and some parts of volume 4. A new movie titled ‘Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown’ utilized the whole volume 5.
So, 9 out of 14 released light novels are available for adaptation. It means that the second season of Goblin Slayer would start with volume 6 of the first light novel series.
With Nine novels still available to be adapted, the creators of Goblin Slayer have more than enough source material to go ahead with season 2.
2) Goblin Slayer 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.
We need to check how the first season performed and how were the sales? Anime creation is a risky business, and it requires a lot of investment. Anime series, like Goblin Slayer, involves an investment of around 2 to 3 Million dollars. 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. A significant drop in revenue is the reason we don’t have Noragami season 3 yet. Now let’s have a look at the sales and profit information of Goblin Slayer.
Goblin Slayer Blu-ray sales
The Goblin Slayer anime from WhiteFox sold around 4,000 copies per disk. This is a pretty good number considering that Blu-ray disk sales dropped drastically with anime coming to OTT platforms. Even the profitability of most popular animes like One Punch Man is getting more and more dependent on OTT viewership.
Goblin Slayer Light novel sales
The 12th volume released in Feb 2020 sold over 27,000 copies, and the previous volume 11 sold 31,000 copies. Generally, an average sale of 30K copies is a decent number. However, it doesn’t mean that the series is a big hit and guarantees a sequel.
Goblin Slayer Manga, Merchandise and other sales
Goblin Slayer manga series is much more popular than the novel series just like Wise Man’s Grandchild. Still, we are not sure about Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2. The latest Manga volume 9 of Goblin Slayer had a sale of more than 100,000 copies. The previous volumes had an average sale of 150,000 copies per volume. These are pretty solid numbers.
There are around 50 pieces of merchandise and about 5 figures made for the series to date. The merchandise, too, is not working well for Goblin Slayer. If the series is much popular, then it must have at least 10-20 figures with around 100-200 merchandise pieces available.
Failure of the movie: Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown
The movie titled ‘Goblin Slayer: Goblin’s Crown’ was released in Feb 2020 but it tanked at the box office. It did only ¥100,000,000 in Japan, which is nearly 1 million USD. The failure of a movie is a setback for Goblin Slayer fans.
Other than these sources, Goblin Slayer also makes a profit from the international license for Crunchyroll, streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other platforms, collaboration with advertisers, and other collaborations.
It’s a mixed bag as far as sales and profit are concerned for Goblin Slayer. Blue-ray sales are fine. Manga is quite a hit. However, the movie was a big flop.
3) Buzz and hype for Goblin Slayer Season 2
In deciding the destiny of an anime series, the most important factor 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 possibility of next season. For Goblin Slayer, the buzz was high at the time of the release of the first episode of the first season. I believe it was because the first episode was controversial. The anime series has a good fan base with around 70K to 80K searches per month for the second season on google.
Overall, the buzz is not as high as anime like Overlord, it is decent enough to motivate creators to move ahead with season 2.
Will There Be Goblin Slayer Season 2?
Fans will be delighted to know that Goblin Slayer season 2 is coming back. During the GA Bunko 15th anniversary celebrations on Jan 31, it was revealed that the second season of Goblin Slayer is in production. Along with an announcement, a new video teaser and poster has been released.
Is There A Release Date For Goblin Slayer Season 2?
Though the anime series has been renewed for season 2, there is no official update on its release date. Anime sequels take a long time to arrive. However, as the show is confirmed to be in production, we believe that it would return in 2021 or early 2022. A hopeful prediction would be October 2021, the same month that season 1 aired in 2018.
Goblin Slayer English Dub
Goblin Slayer Season 2 trailer
There has been no trailer released for the second season. You can bookmark this page as we will update this section as soon as anything official comes on a plate.
Goblin Slayer Cast & Characters
Here’s a look at the characters and their voice over artists:
- Yuuichirou Umehara as Goblin Slayer
- Yui Ogura as Onna Shinkan
- Daichi Hayashi as Bokujoushu
- Shizuka Ishigami as Butouka
- Yuuichi Nakamura as Dwarf
- Nobuo Tobita as Burglar
Goblin Slayer Controversy
The show mired in controversy for its first episode. The main controversy was because of the violent graphic scenes of assault. There was a general perception that a lot of violent sexual scenes were too heavy to digest. However, this controversy provided the much-needed buzz and boost to the anime viewership.
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