Accel World is a rare 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 announced.
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 one.
I learned that the best things to look at are the source material, sales, and popularity information.
It told me 95% of times why a sequel didn’t happen or why there was one. I did the same for Accel World Season 2 in this post, so if you want to know if there will be a sequel to this anime, you’ll love this article.
I will show you the information that I analyzed in 3 quick parts and tell you if you should expect that Accel world season 2 will be 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 are just adaptations from other existing properties.
For Accel World, the source material is the light novel.
What does interest us in the source material is how many volumes 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 what happened with Air Gear Season 2.
After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation and the Infinite Burst movie. Sometimes there is nothing left to adapt after the first season for a sequel like in the case of No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes does Accel World Have?
There are currently 24 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, 2019.
The author did write only one book in 2017, 2018, and 2019. For 2020, it looks like it will be again just one volume that will get released in September 2020.
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 adapted later stuff from novel 19. That means light novel volume 5 continues after anime.
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.
Another thing that often happens is that sequels are less profitable from season to season. That’s what happened to Noragami, and that’s why there is no Noragami Season 3.
A two cour anime television series like Accel World can cost up to 5,000,000 dollars to produce.
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 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. Blu-Ray sales don’t matter much these days since it’s all about streaming revenue since people don’t buy expensive disks anymore like they used to.
For example, One Punch Man Season 3 will happen, and it will be profitable just from streaming.
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 sold around 55,000 copies.
The books aren’t a big moneymaker for Accel World since it’s just one book per year, but they are still doing fine.
This franchise is in the top 20 best sellers by per volume sales and sells better than a never series like Kenja No Mago. It would be cruel if there is Kenja No Mago Season 2, but no sequel for Accel World.
The worst thing is that the books used to sell more than 100k per volume. Accel World volume 16 sold 109,000 copies.
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. That includes mugs, shirts, key-chains, straps, plushes, clear files, cushions, etc.
The first season of Accel World got a good amount of figures even though it is mostly Kuroyukihime. On the other hand, 250 goods for a two cour series are on the lower end, but it’s still a decent number.
Accel World Movie Box Office
The box office for 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.
Goblin Slayer Season 2 will have a hard time considering that even the Accel World movie did better in the box office.
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. There are more ways anime adaptation can make money. 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, 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.
Part 3: Popularity Information for Accel World Season 2
There is no point in making another season of anime that can’t get more popular or doesn’t have enough big fan-base.
Tokyo Ravens Season 2 is an example of a sequel that never happened because it never had a big enough fan-base to support it.
That’s why we are interested in if the series is still popular and active in 2020.
That means 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 almost before anime levels, and that’s sad.
It was searched more at the peak popularity than series like 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 24 got published in September 2019. Volume 25 will be out on 10th 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 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 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 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.
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 a season 2 of Accel World
I still think there is some 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 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.
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.
If there is no news about the sequel in the next two years, I would say read the light novels.
I will update this again next year, and we will see if something changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category for more sequels.
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