Why did a unique anime like Air Gear never receive a season 2, but just a few OVA?
Is there any point in keeping hoping that a sequel will get announced after so many years had passed since it aired?
Should you just read the manga to finish the story of Ikki?
If you are a fan interested in any of the above questions, then keep reading because you will get answers to all of them in this article. I spend a few hours examining what happened to Air Gear Season 2, so everything you will read is backed up by reliable data, and the latest information that is available in 2020.
Here is the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there an Air Gear Season 2 release date
- How to determine chances of another season for Air Gear
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Why there is no Air Gear Season 2 so far
- Will there be Air Gear Season 2
Is There Air Gear Season 2 Release Date?
Air Gear Season 2 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a second season of Air Gear because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
Possibility of Air Gear Season 2?
Well, there are plenty of reasons why anime may never continue, but most of the time, it comes to either source material, money, or popularity. So if we can get information about these factors, then we can determine the chances for Air Gear season 2.
And if you are curious why they are so important then here is a short explanation about each of them and why they are so crucial to a continuation of an anime:
Why is the source material necessary
Air Gear was adapted from the manga that started a long time ago, so is there even anything left to adapt or did the manga end already? There wouldn’t be a point in making a sequel if the anime used most of the source material, and there wouldn’t be enough for another two cour season.
Why are the sales and profit important
When Air Gear was adapted into two cour anime television series, it was less expensive to produce anime. These days a standard anime series with 24 episodes can cost up to 5 million dollars. And the companies who did put up the money need to see profit before they even think about doing more.
Why is enough popularity critical for a sequel
There is usually no point in making another season of anime that is not popular enough or was already forgotten. 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 even after so many years had passed.
Now let’s quickly examine each one of these factors for Air Gear, and that will give us a clue why there is no sequel even after so much time passed. And more importantly, we can determine what the chances that Air Gear Season 2 will get announced are.
Source Material Information
There are a few essential things we need to check in the source material section. The first season of Air Gear aired 14 years ago, so is the source material still ongoing? If not, how many books got used for the anime adaptation and how many are there in total.
How many volumes of Air Gear are there?
There are currently 37 manga volumes of Air Gear released in Japan. This series has no spin-offs or anything like that published. Air Gear was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine by Kodansha, and the manga volumes were released by them as well.
Is Air Gear still ongoing?
The Air Gear manga concluded in 2012, so the story completed. The last volume 37 was published by the author 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. And 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 there are 22 volumes of manga that can be used for another season of Air Gear. The bad news is that the manga already ended eight years ago, so is there any point in promoting it?
Sales & Profit Information
Profit and sales are the top reasons why most anime series will never get a continuation. As stated above, two cour anime cost millions to produce, so the production committee behind the anime would need to see a good return on the investment even to consider making more.
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. The manga wasn’t a big moneymaker for Air Gear. A substantial anime boost for the manga would be a minimum of 200,000-300,000 copies sold per volume.
Air Gear Merchandise numbers
Forty figmas 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.
Well, I believe there was a little more merchandise or figmas, but there is no way to find that out in 2020. But 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.
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 Air Gear – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Funimation, streaming on Hulu, musical, various collaborations, and more.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit: The anime didn’t sell too well, but I do 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.
It’s not easy to find the current interest in a series that is 14 years old., but it’s possible. We will look at the official website, social media accounts if there are any, Google trends and new merchandise. That will tell us if the Air Gear franchise is done or still showing signs of life.
The official website for Air Gear did get the last update in 2006 with news about staff interviews. And I can’t find any other social presence for the series like 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.
In terms of manga, the series is finished, so there are no new releases. And it looks like the author doesn’t have plans to release anything for Air Gear anymore. He is working on Bakemonogatari manga adaptation. At least it’s finished, and people can read the ending.
As for merchandise, the franchise is quiet in 2020. There are no new figmas 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 popularity the first season got in early 2010 is gone by now, and the OVA didn’t help. No new merchandise, and the fact that the manga is over isn’t helping either.
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, for example, Accel World Season 2 or Hataraku Maou-sama! Season 2.
We can rule out the source material since there is more than enough manga to make Air Gear season 2. In the case of Air Gear and season 2, I think it comes down to money and the fact the series wasn’t too successful in terms of 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 that’s why 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 a sequel. 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, then you are lucky because you can jump into the manga since it’s finished and fully translated into English. So Air Gear fans have it better than Tokyo Ravens Season 2 fans.