Will there be ‘KonoSuba’ Season 3? When will it release? Here are the details.
- A new Konosuba project was announced to be in production. However, the announcement did not specify if the new project is a third season, a spin-off project or a movie.
- The second season of KonoSuba aired from Jan 12, 2017, to Mar 16, 2017. After the second season, a few OVAs and a movie were released.
Konosuba is an excellent Isekai anime that follows how a boy is sent to the fantasy world with MMORPG elements following his death. The first season comprising 10 episodes aired from January 14, 2016, to March 26, 2016. It was followed by the second season of 10 episodes. The second season aired from Jan 12, 2017, to Mar 16, 2017. After the second season, a few OVAs and a movie were released. It’s been more than two years since the movie opened in theatres and the fans are getting desperate now. Fans are wondering why there is no sequel so far, and will we ever see Konosuba Season 3?
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the availability of source material, popularity, and the demand for the sequel. Let’s discuss all these factors in detail for Konosuba.
1) Is Enough Source Material For Konosuba Season 3?
Almost every anime series use existing source material which usually is Manga, light novel, or a mobile game. For Konosuba, the source material is the light novel series.
We need to check how many light novels have been released so far. The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been covered in making the first two seasons of the Konosuba and the movie released in 2019. Maybe there isn’t enough source material left to make a sequel like what happened with No Game No Life.
How many volumes of Konosuba light novel series have been released?
To date, 17 light novel volumes of KonoSuba have been released in Japan. Besides this, there are four spin-off light novels as well as a Manga. The Konosuba light novels concluded in 2020 with volume 17 released on May 1, 2020. There are also four spin-off light novels and a manga adaptation. Konosuba is among the top 20 best-selling novels of all time.
Konosuba anime consisting of two seasons has adapted two light novels each season. The first season covered volumes 1-2 and the second season covered volumes 3-4. The movie KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson adapted the whole volume 5. So, there are 12 more volumes available for adaptation. So, Konosuba season 3 will most likely use volumes 6 to 7.
The makers of KonoSuba have more than enough source material to green-lit KonoSuba Season 3. Of the 17 novels, 12 are still available for anime adaptation.
2) Konosuba Season 3: Sales & Profit Information
The future of the anime franchise also depends on the profitability as well as the sales of the source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise as well as viewership on OTT platforms.
We already had two seasons of this anime series, so there is no denying that it is a profitable venture for the makers. Whether there will be Konosuba season 3 or not, depends on how well the two seasons performed.
Usually, a drop of around 20% in profit is acceptable in case of a sequel, anything above it is a reason to worry and may refrain makers from continuing the franchise. If there is a significant drop, it could mean the series is no longer profitable. Noragami Season 3 isn’t happening because the second season failed to make profits.
KonoSuba Blu-ray sales
Researching on Blu-ray sales of KonoSuba, we discovered that the first season sold a massive 12,500 copies per disk. The second season didn’t drop much and sold over 11,000 copies per disk.
However, Blu-ray is a thing of the past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital and OTT platforms. 12,500 copies per volume is a big number as most anime series struggle to get even 5,000 copies sales these days.
Konosuba Light novel sales
The 16th volume of the light novel series, published on 1 August 2019, sold about 100,000 copies whereas the latest volume, the 17th volume of the series which was released in May 2020 sold around 95000 copies.
In terms of light novel sales, Konosuba is doing pretty good compared to other series like Wise Man’s Grandchild, Vinland Saga and others.
Konosuba movie box office numbers
A film titled KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson based on the fifth volume of the novel series was released in Japan on August 30, 2019. It collected ¥710,000,000 at the Japan box office and around $1,359,835 in the overseas market. These are pretty good numbers for an anime movie.
Konosuba Game sales
A mobile game released in February 2020 in Japan is doing pretty well. It is doing better than hit animes like Overlord and One Punch Man. If we consider, the mobile game downloads a benchmark then we will definitely get Konosuba Season 3 just like Overlord Season 4.
Other than these sources, Konosuba also makes a decent profit from the international license for Crunchyroll, streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other platforms, collaboration with advertisers, manga sales, and other collaborations.
Konosuba is making a lot of money on every front be it novel sales, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, games, or movies. So, it gives a solid chance to the third season.
3) Buzz and hype for Konosuba Season 3
It is one of the most important factors in deciding the fate of the anime franchise. 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 didn’t get much appreciation. That’s what happened to Tokyo Ravens and why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2.
Coming to Konosuba, the popularity of the series is increasing day by day. The game released in 2020 has performed exceptionally well. Even the movie has emerged as a big hit.
Konosuba anime was at the peak of its popularity in 2020. The demand for the third season of Konosuba is very high.
Will there be Konosuba Season 3?
Considering all the above points, there is no denying that Konosuba will get a third season. The series has everything in its favour be it sales, hype or buzz, popularity, or the availability of the source material.
Konosuba Season 3 release date and other details
Konosuba is a Japanese anime that follows how a boy is sent to the fantasy world with MMORPG elements are following his death. The first two seasons had 10 episodes each.
First Season: January 14, 2016, and March 16, 2016
Second Season: January 12, 2017, and March 16, 2017
It is surprising that despite being so popular, we are yet to get season 3 of Konosuba. So, when is KonoSuba season 3 releasing? The third season of KonoSuba has not been officially announced yet.
However, we got some hints when, Junichiro Tamura, the business producer of Kadokawa which is behind KonoSuba, participated in a Reddit AMA. When asked about KonoSuba season 3. Tamura said, “KonoSuba season 3 has a good chance if the movie does well.”
Coming to the movie, it made over ¥700 million in Japan and over $1 million in the U.S. Though not huge, these are good numbers to go ahead with the third season.
In fact, a new anime project based on ‘KonoSuba light novel series has been announced to be in production. However, it is not confirmed if this is a third season or a new movie.
As of Feb 2022, there is no official update on Konosuba Season 3 release date. However, I am expecting an official announcement in a few months. Still, we can expect KonoSuba Season 3 to premiere in late 2022 or early 2023. We will update you as soon as we get an official update.
Konosuba Cast and Characters
The first two seasons, as well as, the KonoSuba movie used the same voice actor cast. We can pretend them to feature in season three. The cast includes:
- Jun Fukushima as Kazuma
- Sora Amamiya as Aqua
- Ai Kayano as Darkness
- Rie Takahashi as Megumin
- Aki Toyosaki as Yunyun
- Yui Horie as Wiz
Konosuba English Dub
The English translation of the novel series, the manga and anime series is handled by Yen Express. If you want to watch this popular anime in English, you can find dubbed episodes on Crunchyroll, Netflix, VRV, and AnimeLab.
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