Will there be Overlord Season 4? Has the dark fantasy been renewed? What is the probable release date? Read on to know more details.
Overlord is an Isekai anime based on the Japanese dark fantasy novel series of the same name. The first season comprising of 13 episodes premiered on September 29, 2015. The makers followed it up with two more seasons of 13 episodes each. The third season concluded airing on October 2, 2018, and since then the fans are waiting for Overlord season 4.
Will we ever get Overlord season 4? Without the fourth season, we will never know if Ainz manages to conquer Yggdrasil’s whole world, or someone stops him.
Overlord is a hugely popular anime. It’s been more than two years since season three of the hit dark fantasy anime concluded and the fans are now concerned about the next season.
For anime series, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors. Don’t worry we have done the research for you and analyzed these factors for Overlord. Based on our search, here is what we feel about the possibility of Overlord season 4. Let’s discuss in detail:
1) Do We Have Enough Source Material For Overlord Season 4?
Almost every anime series use existing source material which usually is Manga, light novel, or mobile game. For Overlord anime, the source material is the light novel of the same name.
In order to confirm that there will be more episodes, we need to check how many light novels have been released. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is little possibility of continuation.
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The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been covered in creating the first three seasons of Overlord. Maybe there isn’t enough source material available to make a sequel like what happened to No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes of the light novel series have been released?
Till now, 14 light novel volumes of Overlord have been released in Japan. The latest volume was released on March 12, 2020. Kugane Maruyama wrote one volume in 2017, 2018, and none in 2019. He is planning to finish Overlord with the 17th volume.
The anime series Overlord has adapted three light novels each season. So, 9 out of 14 released light novel volumes have already been covered for the anime adaptation by Studio Madhouse. It means that Overlord season 4 would start with volume 10 of the novel series.
With 5 novel series yet to be adapted, the makers have enough source material to go ahead with Overlord season 4.
2) Overlord Season 4: Sales & Profit Information
Apart from the source material, the future of anime series depends on the profitability as well as the sales of the source material, Blu-ray disks, DVDs, merchandise, viewership on OTT platforms.
We already had three seasons of this anime series, so there is no denying that it is a profitable venture for the makers. Whether there will be Overlord season 4 or not, depends on how well the last three seasons performed.
While a drop of around 20% in profit for a sequel is acceptable, anything above it is a reason to worry and may refrain makers from continuing the anime franchise. If there is a significant drop, it could mean the series is no longer profitable, like in the case of Noragami Season 3.
Overlord Blu-ray sales
Now coming to Blu-ray sales of Overlord, the first season sold a massive 12,500 copies per volume. The second season dropped to 7,000 copies, and the third one was about 6,500 copies per volume. However, Blu-ray is a thing of the past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital and OTT platforms. Still, 6500 copies is a very good number. Most series struggle to sell even 2,000 per disk in 2021.
Overlord Light novel sales
Each volume of Overlord saw the sale of more than 200,000 copies. This is just an incredible number considering the other competing novels. Overlord is the second best-selling light novel per volume just behind Sword Art Online.
Overlord games sales
A mobile game for Overlord called Mass For The Dead is available in Japan and the USA. It is performing well with more than $700,000 revenue worldwide in March 2021. These are pretty good numbers.
Other than these sources, Overlord 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.
Overlord makes huge profit for the makers to go head with the fourth season.
3) Buzz and hype for Overlord Season 4
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. That’s what happened to Tokyo Ravens and why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2 yet.
Coming to Overlord, there is certainly a huge demand for the sequel. Every month around 225K users are searching for the fourth season on Google. The demand for the third season was also very good as it had twice as many searches as the first season that aired in 2015. This is a very good sign. Leave aside anime, the light novel series is really popular despite the release speed is very slow.
What the makers are saying about season 4?
During AnimagiC 2019 in Germany, Kugane Maruyama, so-bin, and Overlord anime scriptwriter Yukie Sugawara were guests of honor. During the Overlord panel, the fourth season of the anime series was discussed. While Maruyama had no comment, Sugawara told convention attendees that it was “extremely likely” that the fourth season would be produced in the future.
Will There Be Overlord Season 4?
There is big news for Overlord fans. Seeing the anticipation, season four and a movie adapting ‘Holiday Kingdom Arc’ has been announced. The announcement came on May 28, 2021.
Overlord will receive a Season 4! & also a movie has been announced!
— AnimeTV チェーン (@animetv_jp) May 8, 2021
Overlord Season 4 release date
Now that season four has been officially announced, It won’t take much time to arrive. I am expecting season four to start airing in Fall 2021. Studio Madhouse will be developing season 4 and movie.
Isekai Quartet Season 3
Before Overlord, its crossover series Isekai Quartet was renewed for a third season. Iseki Quartet is a very popular crossover series, with characters from Overlord, KonoSuba, The Saga of Tanya the Evil. We will get its third season before the fourth season of Overlord.
More details about Overlord anime
Overlord is a Japanese anime television series based on the light novel series of the same name written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. The series was produced by Madhouse under the direction of Naoyuki Itō. Till now, three seasons consist of 13 episodes each have been aired.
First Season: July 7, 2015, to September 29, 2015
Second Season: January 10, 2018, to April 4, 2018
Third Season: July 11, 2018, to October 2, 2018
Two compilation anime films recapping the events from the first season were released in Japan on February 25, 2017, and March 11, 2017, respectively.
Overlord English Dub
For those who like watching anime shows in English, the good news is that Overlord has a fantastic English dub which was made keeping the show’s international fanbase in mind. If you want to watch the show in English, you can find dubbed episodes on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu.
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