Air Gear is a unique anime about fights with motorized roller blades, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get Air Gear Season 2?
Without the second season, we will never learn whether Ikki will fulfill his dream, reach the sky, and become the most skilled Storm Rider ever.
The only way to learn the answers without another season would be to check out the source material, but watching anime is much more exciting and fun.
The problem is that Air gear Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Air Gear will get announced.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be Air Gear Season 2?
I’m interested in anime sequels. That’s why I examined hundreds of anime in the past few years and the chances of them getting another season announced.
I noticed that the best information to focus on is the source material, sales, and popularity.
The information in 95% of cases was enough to tell me why there is no sequel or if there will be one in the future. I did the same for the Air Gear anime, so if you want to know the chances of more Air Gear anime, you’ll love this comprehensive article.
Now let me give you the information I found in 3 parts and tell you if you should expect that Air Gear 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 Air Gear Season 2
The source material is essential because most anime series are just adaptations from other existing properties. Most of the time, it’s either manga, light novels, visual novels, or even games.
The source material for Air Gear is the manga.
We need to check a few essential things in the source material section for this old franchise.
Is the source material still ongoing? Because if the story concluded, that could be why another season will have a harder time to be green-lit like in the case of Konosuba Season 3.
After that, we need to determine how many manga volumes got used for the anime adaptation and the OVA. There are sequels like No Game No Life Season 2 that didn’t happen yet because there was no source material left to adapt after the first season.
How many volumes of Air Gear are there?
There are currently 37 manga volumes of Air Gear in Japan. Air Gear has no spin-offs or anything like that published.
This series was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine by Kodansha, and they released the manga volumes.
Is Air Gear still ongoing?
The Air Gear manga concluded in 2012 with the last volume 37 released by Ito Ōgure (Tenjho Tenge) in Japan on July 17, 2012
There are no new manga volumes planned for this series.
Which manga volumes does the anime of Air Gear cover?
The anime of Air Gear that aired in 2006 adapted volumes 1-12. The 3 OVA did use books 16/23/24 of the manga. That means manga volume 13 continues after anime.
CONCLUSION FOR SOURCE MATERIAL The good news is that 22 volumes of manga didn’t get used for anime yet. The bad news is that the manga already ended eight years ago.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information for Air Gear Season 2
When Air Gear got adapted into two cour anime television series so many years ago, it was a lot less expensive to produce anime.
These days a standard anime series with 24 episodes can cost up to 5 million dollars.
And even if the first season of Air Gear made some profit, it’s not unusual that a sequel will be less profitable. That’s what happened to Noragami, and that’s why there is no Noragami Season 3.
The production committee behind the anime would need to see a good return on the investment to even consider making more. That’s why looking at the sales and profit for Air Gear can tell us a lot.
Air Gear DVD sales
Air Gear Manga sales
Selling only 150,000 copies isn’t great for the last volume of manga with anime boost. If Air Gear had at least a light novel that sold decently, it would boost a sequel’s chances, like for Goblin Slayer Season 2.
Air Gear Merchandise numbers
Forty figures are available for Air Gear. Most of them are for Simca, Agito, and Ringo. There are also 20 goods for Air Gear that I could find.
There was a little more merchandise and figures, but there is no way to find that out in 2020. However, even if there were teen times more merchandise, it would still be a low number for a two cour series that had 3 OVA adapted.
At least it’s more than Tokyo Ravens since it got 0 figures, and that’s why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2.
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 profit.
But here are a few examples for Air Gear – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Funimation, streaming on Hulu, musical, various collaborations.
CONCLUSION ON SALES & PROFIT The anime didn’t sell too well, but I believe it made back the money it did cost to produce. The problem is that making barely enough to cover production costs isn’t enough to justify another season.
Part 3 : Popularity Information for Air Gear Season 2
Another season for anime only makes sense if it can create new fans, or there is enough big fan-base that is still waiting for it like in the case of Overlord Season 4.
Air Gear is a 14 years old series, so It’s not easy to find the current interest.
We will look at the official website, social media accounts, Google trends, and new merchandise. That will tell us if the Air Gear franchise is done or still showing some life signs in 2020.
The official website for Air Gear did get the last update in 2006 with news about staff interviews. I can’t find any other social presence for the series like an official twitter account.
The popularity of Air Gear peaked in August 2011 and then started to drop fast. I wonder what did happen since the series ended in 2012, but the drop began in 2011.
Now the popularity is really low for Air Gear. Something similar happened to Wise Man’s Grandchild, so I wonder if there ever will be Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2.
In terms of manga, the series got completed years ago, so there are no new releases. It looks like the author doesn’t have plans to release anything for Air Gear anymore. He is working on Bakemonogatari manga adaptation.
As for merchandise, the franchise is quiet in 2020. There are no new figures or merchandise planned as far as I can find. Air Gear didn’t get anything new for years now, and I feel it won’t change even in the future.
CONCLUSION FOR POPULARITY The series is old, so most of the first season’s popularity in early 2010 is gone by now, and the OVA didn’t help.
Why There is No Air Gear Season 2?
Why there is no continuation for anime is the mystery that is usually hard to answer because there is often no apparent cause.
Even some anime that had everything going in the right way to receive a continuation didn’t get it like Accel World Season 2.
We can rule out the source material since there is more than enough manga to make Air Gear season 2. So in the case of Air Gear and season 2, I think it comes down to money and that the series wasn’t too successful in making a profit.
The DVD sales were low, and the manga was selling only 150,000 copies per volume plus merchandise didn’t do too well. Air Gear didn’t make a big profit for Kodansha, so they never invested in a sequel.
Will There Be Air Gear Season 2
Air Gear got the first season and the 3 OVA, and that is all this franchise will ever get. I can’t see a reason why it would ever get another season.
Air Gear wasn’t a huge hit or made a lot of money, so there isn’t even reason to reboot it.
If Kodansha wanted to do a more of Air Gear, they would ask Toei animation a long time ago to make one. There isn’t any point in waiting with a sequel for over 14 years. The fan-base is pretty much gone.
If you want to know how the story ends, you are lucky. You can jump into the manga because it’s fully translated into English.
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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