Can you believe it will soon be ten years since the first season of Accel World anime aired, and there are still no words about Accel World Season 2 in 2020? Well, that’s the depressing truth, but the mystery now is why is that, and will Accel World still get a continuation?
This article will answer those questions with the best and most comprehensive analysis of the Accel World franchise in 2020. Information like the source material status, sales, popularity, and much more. You will 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 has yet to be confirmed. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a second season. Accel World season 2 depends on a few factors that we will examine in this article.
Will Accel World have a season 2?
Anime sequels usually require source material, money, and popularity to get approved, and it’s the same for Accel World. Each of these three factors can decide if a series will continue or leave fans wondering what happened.
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 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 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.
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 this anime in the future.
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 20, so they are not far from the Japanese version.
If you are curious about what happens after the anime ends or want to support the series for a better chance of season 2, then check out the Accel World Light Novels on Amazon.
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
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. You can find the Accel World Blu-Ray on Amazon.
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.
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.
250 Goods for a two cour series is on the lower end, but it’s still a good number. Accel World season 1 got a decent amount of figures, and this one is my favorite Figma of Kuroyukihime
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.
The film was only on 19 screens, and it was a half-recap. At least the Blu-Ray sold pretty well for Infinite Burst. Viz Media released the Accel World movie, Infinite Burst, on Blu-Ray 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 Game 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, 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, and stuff like that. 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 2018 about Accel World Blu-ray BOX. Not even one tweet about the new light novel volume.
Google Trends for Accel World
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.
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, 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.
The profit 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 2020 now, and I still think there is some chance that Accel World second season and the release date will get announced by Dengeki Bunko. These are the essential things to look out for in 2020 for a clue if Accel World season 2 can still happen.
Accel World Light Novels and the release speed
The author usually only releases one volume per year, and the sales are slowly declining. At least two books would be a good start to see some live return to the franchise.
Studio Sunrise and Love Live
The studio behind Accel World is essential as well because if they make more Love Live, then the chances for more Accel World will go down. The franchise can always chance studio, but I loved the way season 1 was animated, so it would be sad if it ended like One Punch Man continuation.
What will happen to Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online is in the last arc, and the anime is ending soon, so we will see if Kawahara Reki will finally focus more on Accel World. Maybe he will even connect the two series, and 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 really unlikely.
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