How it’s possible that Accel World doesn’t have season 2 even after almost ten years since it aired?
Is there any point to continue hoping that a release date for the sequel will get announced?
Should you just read the light novels to learn more about the accelerated world and continue the story of Kuroyukihime and Haru?
If you are a fan that is interested in any of those questions, then keep reading because you will get answers to all of them in this article.
I spend a lot of time examining what happened to Accel World Season 2, so everything you will read is backed up by reliable data, and the latest information that is available in 2020.
Here is some of the information you will get from this article:
- Is there an Accel World Season 2 release date
- How to determine chances of another season for Accel World
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Why there is no Accel World Season 2 so far
- Will there be Accel World Season 2
Is There an Accel World Season 2 Release Date?
Accel World Season 2 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a second season of Accel World because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
Possibility of Accel World Season 2?
If we want to figure out the chances of another season for Accel World getting green-lit, then we need to examine the sales, current popularity, and the status of the source material for this series.
Each of these three factors is important to determine if there is any hope left for Accel World Season 2. Here is a short explanation for people who don’t know why they are so essential.
Why is the source material necessary
Most anime series are adapting an existing property like manga, light novels, games to boost popularity and sales. So if there is nothing left to adapt or the source material is finished, then that could be the reason why a sequel was never announced. For Accel World, we need to check the light novels.
Why are the sales and profit important
If the sales are low or there wasn’t enough profit made, then there is no reason that the production committee would be eager to agree to finance a sequel. A two cour anime television series like Accel World can cost up to 5,000,000 dollars to produce.
Why is enough popularity critical for a sequel
There is no point in making another season of anime that can’t get more popular or doesn’t have enough big fan-base that will support even sequels and make sufficient profit for the production committee.
Now let’s quickly examine each one of these factors for Accel World, and that will give us a clue why there is no sequel so far. And more importantly, we can determine what the chances that Accel World Season 2 will get announced are.
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 in 2020. After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation and the Infinite Burst movie.
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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.
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, 2018, and 1 in 2019. And for 2020, there is no new volume announced so far.
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.
Conclusion for Source Material: There is more than enough source material left for at least three more seasons of Accel World in 2020. That means source material is not a problem for a possible sequel.
Sales & Profit Information
Sales and profit are the most important of all three factors for an anime continuation probability. If there is one reason why 90% of anime never gets 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.
Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 copies have a great chance to get a continuation. Not to mention that it was in 2012 when the Blu-Ray sales were still critical since streaming wasn’t that big back then.
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.
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 the top 20 best sellers with series like No Game No Life, Re:Zero, and Konosuba.
Accel World Merchandise numbers
One hundred 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 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.
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 in 2019 with an English dub.
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.
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.
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 OVAs bundled with them, so that helped.
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 and Crunchyroll, various collaborations, and more.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit: The anime sold well, and it even boosted the light novel sales to more than 100k per volume. Profit shouldn’t be a problem since it made more than enough for Kadokawa and the production committee.
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. That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of the Accel World franchise.
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 this year about the Accel World radio Resurrection award. Not even one tweet about the new light novel volume, but the radio news is excellent.
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 searched than Konosuba.
Accel World has 4.800.000 copies in print as of 06/2017. The latest Accel World Volume 24 got published in September 2019. The release speed used to be 2-3 volumes per year, but now it’s just one for the past few years.
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.
Conclusion for Popularity: The series is old, so most of the popularity the first season got in 2012 is gone by now, and the movie didn’t help. No new merchandise and the slow release speed of light novels aren’t helping either.
Why There is No Accel World Season 2
In the case of Accel World season 2, we can rule out the source material, sales, and popularity. There was more than enough source material, it made a healthy amount of profit, and it was popular in 2012/2013.
So what went wrong with Accel World Season 2 then?
Well, I believe there are two main reasons that we don’t have a sequel yet for this anime, and those are studio Sunrise and Sword Art Online.
The main reason is that the studio Sunrise that worked on Accel World is working on a more popular series called Love Live! School Idol Project. They did hit the jackpot with that franchise. It’s still getting new projects and seasons to this day from Sunrise.
Not to mention it’s one of the top-selling franchises in Japan, and Sunrise is part of the production committee, so you can see why they would prefer to work on that instead of Accel World season 2.
Sword Art Online
What does SAO have to do with Accel World Season 2? Well, they have the same author Reki Kawahara. You can guess on which one did the author start to focus on more after the popularity explosion of Sword Art Online.
Accel World was most likely no longer a priority for the author or Kadokawa. That’s why currently, the light novels release rate is slow, and the promotion for Accel World is non-existent in 2020.
Will There Be Accel World Season 2
Yes, Accel World can still get a Season 2. It’s 2020 now, and I still think there is a modest chance that Accel World second season and the release date will get announced by Dengeki Bunko.
There are three main reasons why I think there is still some chance left for Accel World Season 2 and those are:
The first one would be that the franchise is slowly dying. Kadokawa can’t wait any longer if they want to keep the franchise alive. The light novel sales are already starting to drop bellow 50k per volume.
The second reason is that even if Sunrise is bussy, the production committee can find another studio. I would love Sunrise to work on a sequel, but they are doing another Love Love movie currently. We can only hope they would find time for Accel World Season 2.
And the last 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. At least I hope that 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, and that would be unfortunate. I will update this again next year, but for now, I still believe Accel World Season 2 can be announced in the next two years.