Why there is no KonoSuba Season 3 yet? What is the possibility of the third season? What is the probable release date?
Konosuba is an excellent Japanese anime that follows how a boy is sent to the fantasy world with MMORPG elements are following his death. The first season comprising of 10 episodes was aired from January 14, 2016. It was followed by the second season also consisting of 10 episodes. The second season originally aired from 12 January 2017 to 16 March 2017 and since then the fans are awaiting the third season. Fans are wondering why there is no sequel so far, and will we ever witness Konosuba Season 3?
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, its popularity, and the demand of the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for Konosuba. Based on our search, here is what we feel about the possibility of KonoSuba Season 3. Let’s discuss in detail:
1) Do We Have 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 with the full name as KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
In order to affirm whether there will be more anime seasons or not, we need to check how many light novels did the writer has released so far. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is a little possibility of continuation.
The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been covered in making the first two seasons of the Konosuba. Maybe there isn’t enough source material left to make a sequel.
How many volumes of Konosuba light novel series has been released?
To date, 17 light novel volumes of KonoSuba have been released in Japan. The last volume was released on 1 May 2020. Besides this, there is a spin-off series as well as a Manga. The author is planning to continue writing more stories for Konosuba in the future.
The anime series of Konosuba, consisting of two seasons has adapted four light novels each season. The first season covered volumes 1-2 and the second season covered volumes 3-4. The movie Kurenai Densetsu adapted the whole volume 5. So, there are 12 more volumes left to be adapted.
2) Konosuba Season 3: Sales & Profit Information
The future of anime series 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 to 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 avoid makers from continuing the franchise. If there is a significant drop, it could mean the series is no longer profitable.
KonoSuba Blu-ray sales
Researching on Blu-ray sales of KonoSuba, we discovered that the first season sold a massive 12,000 copies per volume. The second season didn’t drop much and sold over 11,000 copies per volume.
However, Blu-ray is a thing of past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital and OTT platforms. 12,000 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 95,000 copies.
In terms of light novel sales, Konosuba is doing pretty good compared to other series like Wise Man’s Grandchild. However, still, there is a possibility of Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2.
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 on 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 very good numbers. A hit movie gives a big boost to the anime sequel.
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 we will definitely get 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.
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 of the 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 turns out unendurable. 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.
Will There Be Konosuba Season 3?
Considering all the above points, there is no denying that there will be a third season. The series has everything in its favor be it sales, hype or buzz, popularity, or 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. Now coming to the release date, I am expecting it to be announced later this year of in early 2021. Our best guess is that Konosuba season 3 release date could fall sometime in 2021. We will update as soon as we get an official update.
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 the show in English, you can find dubbed episodes on Crunchyroll, Netflix, VRV, and AnimeLab.
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