Accel World Season 2 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. While the first season sold well, Accel World season 2 has yet to be confirmed. The author Reki Kawahara wanted another season in 2014, so what happened?
Why There Is No Accel World Season 2
There are two main reasons why we can’t watch Accel World season 2 yet, and all we got was a half-recap movie, Infinite Burst.
The main reason is that the studio Sunrise that worked on Accel World is working on a more significant series that you probably heard about called Love Live! School Idol Project. They did hit the jackpot with that franchise.
It’s a massive franchise that is still getting new projects and seasons to this day from Sunrise. It’s one of the top-selling franchises in Japan, and Sunrise owns it, so I doubt they will stop with that to work on 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 is most likely no longer a priority for the author or Kadokawa, and we need to see what will happen after SAO finishes. Currently, the light novels release rate is slow, and the promotion for Accel World is non-existent in 2020.
As an Accel World fan, I’m disappointed, but from a logical point of view, it makes sense to focus on what makes more money. So it’s hard to blame either the author or the studio for doing what is best from them.
Will Accel World Have A Season 2?
Yes, I believe there is still a good chance that Accel World will have a season 2 announced by Dengeki Bunko in the next two years. If you are wondering why then here are ten reasons:
1. Enough Source Material Left To Continue the Anime
Currently, there are 24 light novel volumes of Accel World released in Japan as of February 2020. The anime of Accel World adapted volumes 1-4 and 10, and the movie Infinite Burst adapted later stuff from novel 19.
That means Accel World Light Novel Volume 5 continues after the anime and 18 books of Accel World are yet not adapted into anime in 2020. That’s more than enough even for multiple two-cour adaptations of the Accel World anime.
2. The Accel World Story Is Still Continuing
The Accel World light novels are still ongoing, and 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 for the light novels. Thanks to that, the Accel World Light Novels in English are almost done catching up to the Japanese version.
It’s better if the release speed is slower than if the LN ended like the manga and the Accel World / Dural: Magisa Garden spin-off series.
3. Accel World Season 1 Had Great Blu-Ray Sales
The first season of Accel World sold around 9,000 copies per BD and even got BD-Box. Viz Media did release the Accel World Blu-Ray Set with English subs as well.
Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 copies have an excellent chance to get a continuation. So Accel World didn’t have a problem with bad sales, and streaming replaced BD sales anyway.
4. Accel World Light Novels Are In The Top 20 Best Sellers To This Day.
Even after eight years, the Accel World sales per volume are enough to put it in the top 20 best-sellers. Each volume sells around 50-60k copies, and back in 2012- 2015, they used to sell more than 110,000 copies per book.
The bad news is that the books aren’t a big moneymaker for Accel World since it’s just one book per year, and the sales per year are dropping. In 2012 the LN sold 1,033,906 copies, but in 2019 it was only 60,000.
5. The Accel World Series Got A Movie in 2016 That Didn’t Bomb In Box-Office
The Box Office for the Infinite Burst movie was around 1 million dollars (¥115,000,000). Usually, that would be a total disaster for an anime film, but the movie was shown only on 19 screens in Japan.
The movie sold about 7,000 Blu-Ray copies in Japan, and that is surprising considering the low box-office. Viz Media also released the Infinite Burst Blu-Ray with English Subs.
6. There is plenty of Accel World Merchandise
Accel World season 1 got around 100 Figmas, and 250 Goods, which for a two cour series adapted from light novels is decent. Around 70% of all the figmas are Kuroyukihime/Black Lotus. The rest is Silver Crow, Chiyuri, Scarlet Rain.
7. Accel World Did Get Several Games
The first game Ginyoku no Kakusei sold around 30,000 copies and the second Accel World game Kasoku no Chōten did sell 20,000 copies in Japan. There is also Accel World x Sword Art Online game that sold 80,000 copies.
I compared Accel World game sales in Japan to other games based on anime property, and I think they sold well. The fact that they did a sequel to the first game means it did well. The games had OVAs bundled with them, so that helped.