Did you know that it can take hours of rigorous research to learn everything about why Accel World season 2 didn’t happen yet and if there will be one?
Well, now you know, and you don’t need to waste time because I did it for you. This article will provide you with the best-detailed analysis of Accel World in 2019. And more importantly, answer the questions of why there is no sequel and if you should expect one in the future.
So, here is some of the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there an Accel World Season 2
- How to determine if anime can get another season
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Why there is no Accel World Season 2
- Will there be Accel World Season 2
Is there an Accel World season 2?
Accel World season 2 has yet to be confirmed, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2019. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a continuation to Accel World, because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
What are the factors that determine if anime can get another season?
Anime sequels usually depend on source material, money, and popularity. There are plenty of other causes why continuation may not happen, but these are the three primary reasons. And here is a summary of why the three factors are so crucial to a series that wants to have another season:
Source Material – This one is important because most anime are just adapting from existing source material like manga or light novels. If there is nothing left to use or the adaptation did catch up to the source material, then it becomes a problem.
Money – Two cour anime television series like Accel World can cost up to 5 million dollars to make. And if a series want’s to have a continuation it needs to earn back a lot more than the budget it did cost to produce.
Popularity – There is usually no point in making another season of anime that is not popular enough. Another season for anime only makes sense if it can create new fans or there is enough big fan-base to support it going forward.
Accel World season 2 source material information
What we need to look at in the source material is how many volumes are there and if the story is still ongoing. After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation.
How many volumes of Accel World are there?
There are currently 24 light novel volumes of Accel World released in Japan. Accel World also got a manga series based on the anime. The manga series has eight books published, but it’s just retelling the anime in manga format. There is also a spin-off series called Accel World / Dural: Magisa Garden.
Is Accel World still ongoing?
The Accel World light novels are still ongoing. The latest volume by the author Kawahara Reki (Sword Art Online) was published in Japan on September 10, 2019. The author wrote only one book in 2017 and 1 in 2018. And for 2019 there is again only one volume released.
Which light novels does the anime of Accel World cover?
The anime of Accel World that aired in 2012 adapted volumes 1-4 and 10. The movie Infinite Burst adapted later stuff from novel 19. That means light novel volume 5 continues after anime. So that gives us 18 books that can get used for Accel World season 2.
How to read the Accel World light novels in English
YenPress officially license the series for the English market so you can purchase them. The English translation of Accel World light novels from Yen Press is already at volume 19, so they are not far from the Japanese version.
Accel World sales information
Sales and profit are probably the most important of all three factors for an anime continuation probability. If there is one reason why 90% of anime never get a sequel, it would be because they didn’t make enough money back.
Accel World Blu-Ray sales – The anime got released on eight disks in Japan, and each sold on average around 9,000 copies. The series got a BD-Box on December 23, 2015, and it sold around 1,500 copies.
Accel World Light Novel sales – Volume 23 of Accel world was released on September 7, 2018, and sold approximately 60,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 24 that was printed in 2019 sold around 55,000 copies. This series didn’t rank in any recent yearly sales report.
Accel World Merchandise numbers – 100 figmas available for Accel World and 70% are Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus, and the rest is Silver Crow, Chiyuri, Scarlet Rain. There are also 250 goods manufactured for Accel World like, for example Keychains, posters, shirts and more.
Accel World Movie Box Office – The box office for Infinite Burst movie is ¥115,000,000 so around 1 million dollars. The film also sold about 7,000 Blu-Ray copies in Japan. Viz Media released the movie for the USA this year with an English dub.
Accel World Games Sales – The first game Ginyoku no Kakusei sold Around 30,000 copies. The second Accel World game Kasoku no Chōten did sell 20,000 copies. There is also Accel World x Sword Art Online that sold 80,000 copies.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can generate profit, but there are more ways anime makes money. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only a small piece of the profits.
But here are a few examples for Accel World – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, mobile game, international license for Hulu, streaming on Hulu, various collaborations, and more.
Blu-Ray – Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 copies have a great chance to get a continuation. Not to mention that was in 2012 when the Blu-Ray sales were still critical since streaming wasn’t really that big back then.
Light Novel – The books aren’t a big moneymaker for Accel World since it’s just one book per year, but they are still doing fine. By per volume sales, this franchise is in top 20 best sellers with series like No Game No Life.
Merchandise – Accel World season 1 got a decent amount of figures even though it is mostly Kuroyukihime. 250 Goods for a two cour series is on the lower end, but it’s still a good number. The Infinite Burst movie got close to zero merch or figures.
Movie – Usually, only 115,000,000 Yen would be a total disaster for an anime film, but this movie was a little special. The film was only on 19 screens, and it was a half-recap. At least the Blu-Ray sold pretty well for Infinite Burst.
Games – I compared Accel World game sales to other games based on anime property, and I think it did well. The fact that they did a sequel to the first game should tell you that as well. The games had OVA’s bundled with them, so that helped.
Accel World popularity information
What we are interested in is if the series is still popular and active. That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, new merchandise, and stuff like that. That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of Accel World franchise.
Social Media – The official website for Accel World, was last updated in 2018 with news about the Blu-ray BOX. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 70,000 followers did tweet last time in 2018 about Accel World Blu-ray BOX. Not even one tweet about the new light novel volume.
Google Trends – The popularity of Accel World peaked in September 2012 with the end of the first season, and after that, it just keeps dropping. The current searches are almost before anime levels, and that’s sad since, at the peak popularity, it was more popular than Konosuba.
Light Novels – Accel World has 4.800.000 copies in print as of 06/2017. The latest Accel World Volume 24 got published this year in September. The release speed used to be 2-3 volumes per year, but now it’s just one.
Merchandise – If we look at new merchandise, then it’s rather sad. The only thing Accel World got in the last two years was a new Kuroyukihime bunny Figma in 2018. The Infinite Burst movie did not affect merchandise popularity positively.
Why there is no Accel World season 2
Well, we can rule out the source material since there is more than enough material for Accel World season 2. The first season adapted five books and movie 1, and there are 18 left and that should be enough for a few new seasons.
The money shouldn’t be a problem either since it made more than enough for Kadokawa and the production committee. The popularity was there as well since it was selling more than 100,000 copies of the light novel per volume.
There were rumors that season 2 didn’t happen because Sunrise the studio behind Accel World was busy with Love Live. I don’t know how much of that is true, but in 2013-2014 I was expecting some news about season 2.
Will there be Accel World season 2
Yes, there still can be Accel World season 2. It’s 2019 now, and I still think there is a good chance that Accel World second season and the release date will get announced by Dengeki Bunko. And here are a few reasons why I believe that:
The first reason would be that the franchise is slowly dying. They can’t wait any longer if they want to keep the franchise alive. The light novel sales are already starting to drop.
The second reason is that the studio behind the first season of Accel World and the movie didn’t have time to do season 2 because of Love Live. Good news is that they didn’t announce yet another season for that franchise. That means maybe they will have time to do season 2 for Accel World.
The third reason is that Sword Art Online is in the last arc and the anime is ending soon so Kawahara Reki can finally focus more on Accel World.
I guess we will see in 2020 if Studio Sunrise is doing something else and if Accel World will get some more love from the author. If there is no news or updates about the sequel in the next 1-2 years, then I would say there most likely aren’t plans for one.
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