Accel World is a unique mix of sci-fi anime with virtual reality elements, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get Accel World Season 2?
Without the second season, we will never learn who created the Accelerated World and how the relationship between Kuroyukihime and Haru develops in the future.
The only way to learn the answers without a sequel would be to read the source material, but watching anime is much more enjoyable and fun.
The problem is that Accel World Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Accel World will get green-lit.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be Accel World Season 2?
In the past six years, I looked at hundreds of anime series and tried to figure out why they didn’t get a sequel or why they managed to secure a continuation.
I learned that the best information to analyze is the source material’s status, sales, and popularity to determine if there will be a sequel.
So I did the same for Accel World Season 2 in this post. That means that if you want to know what the chances are that this franchise will get another season, you should read this article.
I will show you the information that I analyzed in 3 short sections of this article and tell you if you should expect that Accel world season 2 will get announced in 2020.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information for Accel World Season 2
The source material is essential because most anime series in 2020 are just adaptations from an existing property. It’s usually from manga, light novel, visual novel, or sometimes even games.
For the Accel World anime, the source material is the light novel.
What does interest us in the source material is how many volumes of the light novels are there and if the story is still ongoing in 2020. If the story concluded, that could be why another season doesn’t make sense anymore like in the Air Gear Season 2 case.
After that, we need to figure out how many books got used to adapt the first season and the Infinite Burst movie. Sometimes there is nothing left to use for continuation. No Game No Life Season 2 is an excellent example of a sequel that didn’t happen yet because of that.
How many volumes does Accel World Have?
There are currently 25 light novel volumes of Accel World released in Japan. Accel World also has a manga series, but it already concluded with volume eight, and it was 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) got published in Japan on September 10, 2020.
The author did write only one book in 2017, 2018, and 2019. For 2020, it looks like it will be again just one volume.
Which light novels does the anime of Accel World cover?
The Accel World anime that aired in 2012 adapted volumes 1-4 and 10. The Infinite Burst movie adapted later stuff from novel 19. That means book five and later are ready to be used for another season.
CONCLUSION ON SOURCE MATERIAL There is more than enough source material for at least three more Accel World seasons in 2020. That means source material is not a problem for a possible sequel.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For Accel World Season 2
If there is one reason why 90% of anime never gets a sequel, it would be because they didn’t make enough money back. That’s why it’s essential to look at sales and profit for Accel World.
Looking at if there was enough profit is also crucial because additional seasons of anime are usually less profitable from season to season. For example, Noragami Season 3 didn’t happen yet because the second season dropped a massive percentage of the first season’s revenue.
And a two cour anime television series like Accel World isn’t cheap to produce because it can cost up to 5,000,000 dollars to make.
So sales and profit are the most important of the three parts for an anime continuation probability.
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 also did get 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. Blu-Ray sales don’t matter much these days since it’s all about streaming revenue because people don’t buy expensive disks anymore as they used to do in Japan.
For a decently popular series streaming success can pay for a sequel alone. For example, One Punch Man Season 3 will happen, and it will be profitable just from streaming.
Accel World Light Novel sales
Volume 24 of Accel world was released on September 10, 2019, and sold approximately 55,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 25 released in 2020 sold around 45,000 copies.
The books aren’t a big moneymaker for Accel World since it’s just one book per year, and the worrying thing is that the sales are dropping a lot with each volume. The copies sold are currently less than half of the 109,000 copies that volume 16 sold.
On the other hand, Accel World is still in the top 30 best sellers by per volume sales and sells better than a never series like Kenja No Mago. So It would be cruel if there is Kenja No Mago Season 2, but there is no sequel for Accel World.
Accel World Merchandise numbers
One hundred figures available for Accel World, and 70% are Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus. The rest is Silver Crow, Chiyuri, Scarlet Rain. There are also around 250 goods manufactured for Accel World. Stuff like mugs, shirts, key-chains, straps, plushes, clear files, cushions, etc.
The first season of Accel World did get a healthy amount of figures even though it is mostly Kuroyukihime. The number of merchandise is not bad, but I would expect a little more from a two cour series that aired ten years ago.
Accel World Movie Box Office
The box office for the Infinite Burst movie is ¥115,000,000, that’s around 1 million dollars. The film also sold about 7,000 Blu-Ray copies in Japan, and Viz Media released the film for the USA in 2019 with an English dub.
Box-office of only ¥115,000,000 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 the Infinite Burst movie.
An excellent movie box office can usually boost the chances of a sequel getting green-lit. So I need to wonder if Goblin Slayer Season 2 will happen considering that even the Accel World movie did better in the box office with all its problems.
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 games sales to other games based on anime property. I think the games did well. The fact that there is 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. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only a small part 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, Crunchyroll, various collaborations, and more.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit The anime sold well, so it made a decent profit for Kadokawa, and it even boosted the light novel sales to more than 100k per volume. That means the profit wasn’t the reason that Accel World Season 2 didn’t happen.
Part 3: Popularity Information for Accel World Season 2
Now let’s look at how popular the Accel World anime was when airing in 2012. And we need to look at how the popularity and demand are holding teen years later.
There are cases when fans or even the production committee doesn’t care about a franchise after so many years.
I hope it’s not like Tokyo Ravens Season 2 case when everyone already forgot about the series.
To analyze the demand for Accel World, we will be looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, new merchandise. It 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. The official twitter account 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 is not a good omen, but the radio news is excellent.
The popularity of Accel World peaked in September 2012 at the end of the first season. After that, it just keeps dropping to almost pre anime levels. The current searches are close to before anime levels, and that’s sad.
At the peak of Accel World popularity, it was more searched than Konosuba, and there will be Konosuba Season 3, so it was popular enough for a sequel.
Accel World has 5.700.000 copies in print as of 06/2020. The latest Accel World Volume 25 got published in September 2020. The release speed used to be 2-3 volumes per year, but 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 is a new Kuroyukihime bunny figma and a rubber mat. The Infinite Burst movie did not affect merchandise popularity positively.
Conclusion for Popularity The series is old, so most of the first season’s popularity from 2012 is gone by now. The movie from 2016 didn’t help to ignite the enthusiasm for this franchise either. No new merchandise and the slow release speed of light novels aren’t helping with popularity.
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 is more than enough source material, it made a healthy amount of profit, and it had the popularity 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. Those are studio Sunrise and Sword Art Online.
The main reason is that the studio Sunrise that worked on Accel World started to work 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 they take part of the profit. You can see why they would prefer to work on that instead of Accel World season 2.
I hope that if even Madhouse can find time for Overlord Season 4, Sunrise will be able to do the same for Accel World.
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 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 the light novels release rate is currently slow, and the promotion for Accel World is non-existent in 2020.
Will There Be Accel World Season 2
I still think there is a small chance that Accel World’s second season and the release date will get announced by Dengeki Bunko. There are three main reasons why I believe it’s possible even after so many years.
The first one would be that the franchise is slowly fading. Kadokawa can’t wait any longer if they want to keep the franchise alive. The light novel sales are already starting to drop below 50k per volume.
The second reason is that even if Sunrise is busy, 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.
And the last reason is that Sword Art Online is in the last arc. Sword Art Online 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.
This article will get updated again next year, and we will see if something perhaps changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category if you are curious about the chances of some other series receiving a continuation.
I hope this article helped you understand what the chances are that Accel World Season 2 will get announced in 2020.