It’s been eight years since the first season of Accel World anime aired in 2012, and there is still no news about Accel World Season 2 even in 2020. So if you are curious about what is going on with the continuation, then you are in the right place.
In this article, I will tell you why Accel World season 2 was not yet announced. Plus, you will learn if there is any chance left that we can get one day the Accel World season 2 release date even after so many years.
We will also look at some interesting information about the Accel World franchise. Information like the source material status, sales, popularity, and much more. Why they are essential to look at, you will learn in the article.
So continue reading if you want to learn why the is no sequel even after so many years and if you should expect one in the future.
Was Accel World Season 2 Officially Announced?
Accel World Season 2 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. The first season aired in April 2012, but Accel World season 2 was so far not yet confirmed. You can read in this article why is that and if season 2 will happen in the future.
Now just because it was so far not officially announced, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be a second season release date one day. With all the excellent information in this article, I will tell you why there is even after almost ten years no sequel and if there will be one.
Will Accel World have a season 2?
Accel World season 2, like any other anime continuation, depends on the source material, money, and popularity to get approved. Each of these three factors can decide if a series will continue or leave fans wondering about the release date that will never come.
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:
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. Like for example, what most likely happened to No Game No Life Season 2.
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.
There is 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.
Now let’s explore each of these factors for Accel World to give us a better idea of what happened and if we can still hope for more of Accel World and a release date in the future.
Accel World 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 and the Infinite Burst movie.
How many volumes of Accel World are there?
Currently, there are 24 light novel volumes of Accel World released in Japan. There is also the Accel World manga series that has eight books published, but it’s just retelling the anime into a manga format. And we can’t forget the 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, 2018, and 2019. I wonder if the year 2020 will be any different because it used to be two to three volumes per year.
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 the 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 did officially licensed the Accel World light novels, so you are lucky if you want to get more of this franchise. The English translation of Accel World light novels from Yen Press is already at volume 20, so they are close to 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 gets a sequel, it would be because they didn’t make enough money back.
Accel World Blu-Ray sales
Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 copies have an excellent 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
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.
Accel World Merchandise Numbers
There are 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 and Sales
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. Usually, only 115,000,000 Yen would be a total disaster for an anime film, but this movie was a little special.
Accel World Games Sales
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, various collaborations, and more.
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. 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 last time in Oct 2019 about Accel World on Abema TV. Not even one tweet about the new light novel volume.
Google Trends for Accel World
The popularity of Accel World peaked in September 2012 at the end of the first season. After that, it just keeps dropping lower and lower. The current searches are almost before anime levels, and that’s sad to see. Because, at the peak popularity, it had the same worldwide popularity as the first season of Konosuba.
Accel World has 4.800.000 copies in print as of 06/2017. The latest Accel World Volume 24 got published last year in September. The release speed used to be 2-3 volumes per year, but now it’s just one. Noragami season 3 has the same problem with the release speed of books.
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, now that we have all the information we need, we can check if any of the three main reasons are why there is no Accel World season 2.
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 the movie did one, so there are 18 left, and that should be enough for a few new seasons.
Profit shouldn’t be a problem either since it made more than enough for Kadokawa and the production committee. The Blu-Ray sold around 9,000 average, and even the light novels used to sell more than 100,000 copies per volume.
Popularity was there also since the sales used to be high. Not to mention Accel World got a lot of merchandise and figmas between 2013-2016.
Google trends also confirm it was pretty popular and even rival series like Konosuba, and there will be Konosuba season 3, so popularity shouldn’t be a problem.
Since we can rule out the three main reasons why there would not be a sequel, it means there was something else going on with Accel World season 2. I believe these are the two main reasons why there is no Accel World sequel so far.
The main reason is the studio Sunrise that did work on Accel World started to work on Love Live! School Idol Project. It’s a massive franchise that is still getting new projects and seasons to this day from Sunrise.
The second reason would be Sword Art Online. With the explosion of the popularity of SAO, the author started to focus more on that, and Accel World season 2 was no longer a priority.
Will there be Accel World season 2
Yes, I believe there will be Accel World Season 2. It’s 2020 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 in the next two years.
If there is no word about Accel World season 2 even in 2022, then I don’t think it will ever happen. I would say three things are keeping the dream of the second season alive for Accel World for now. And those are:
The fact that the series sold well, so it never lost any money, and that’s important for even a chance of a sequel. An Accel World sequel wouldn’t be a sure money maker like One Punch Man season 3, but I doubt it would lose money.
The second reason would be that the author is Kawahara Reki. As a best-selling light novel author that made a toon of money for Kadokawa, I believe Kadokawa would approve Accel World season 2 if he demanded it.
And the third and last is the connection with Sword Art Online. If the author decided to connect the two series, that would boost the chances of more anime for AW.
Well, I did update this for 2020, and we will see how things will turn out this year. Anyway, don’t expect the second season to happen this year because that is unlikely.
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