Darker Than Black season 3 will not happen unless the anime made a profit and there is enough source material for a third season left. So if there was no profit or material left, then two seasons and five specials are all Darker Than Black will have.
So, in this article, we will look at the source material left for the third season. And the profit that the Darker Than Black anime adaptation made. That will tell us if Darker Than Black season 3 will happen and the possible release date.
Darker Than Black season 3 episode 1 is something that many fans have been waiting for since 2009. And after reading this short but in-depth post, it will be clear to people if there will be a Darker Than Black season 3 and the release date.
Is There Material for Darker Than Black Season 3?
There is no source material for the Darker Than Black anime because it’s an anime original. That means this series is one of the rare anime originals.
As a result, Darker Than Black Season 3 will not have any issues with the source material. But it will not make a profit from it either.
Who created the Darker Than Black Story?
Tensai Okamura created the original story for the Black Bullet anime at studio Bones.
Is there a manga adaptation of Darker Than Black?
There is, and a manga artist Nokiya drew the first manga. It adapts the story of the Darker Than Black anime’s first season faithfully.
What about the second season manga for Darker Than Black?
Yūji Iwahara drew the manga for the second season. He was also the original character designer for the anime. The manga for the second season does not follow the story of the anime.
What is the second manga, then?
The second manga comes after the first season but before the four specials and season 2. So it’s a manga prequel to Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini.
How is it called?
It’s called Darker than Black: Jet Black Flower. And the story of that manga takes place one year after the events of season 1.
Most anime series, even originals, will usually get manga adaptations. While it’s not a big profit for them, it’s still something they can sell. As a result, the source material will not be a problem, but it can hurt profitability.
That means that Darker Than Black Season 3 or even later seasons would not have an issue with adapting material. So it’s different from sequels like Classroom of The Elite Season 2 or No Game No Life Season 2 that needs books to adapt.
SUMMARY: Darker Than Black Season 3 will not have any problem with source material because it’s original anime series.
How Much Money Did Darker Than Black Make?
We need to check if the second season of the Darker Than Black anime was profitable and how well the series is doing in sales. If the anime failed to make a good profit, there would be no third season and no release date.
We will look at DVD sales, manga sales, and merchandise numbers.
That will tell us enough. After that, we will know if the second season of the anime made enough profit for Darker Than Black Season 3.
How many DVDs did the Darker Than Black anime sell?
Darker Than Black season one sold around 20,00 copies per DVD in Japan. The second season sold 15,000 copies. These numbers include the Blu-Ray boxes. Selling 15,000 to 20,000 copies of DVDs is fantastic, even if it contains Blu-Ray box numbers.
How many copies did the does the Darker Than Black manga sell?
It’s impossible to find how much the manga sold because it never ranked anywhere. But for most original anime, the manga adaptation is never a big moneymaker.
How many figurines are there for the Darker Than Black series?
There are 30 figurines available for the Darker Than Black. Most of them are either Suou Pavlichenko, Yin, or Hei. Fans made most of the figurines. So there is no profit in such figures.
How much merchandise did Darker Than Black get?
About 40 items are available. And while the merchandise numbers also look bad, they are, in reality, most likely much better. In 2009, online stores didn’t sell much merchandise. So it’s hard to find the exact number of goods for Darker Than Black.
Where does Darker Than Black Stream?
Online Streaming wasn’t a thing in 2009, so it didn’t make any money from that. Today, it’s one of the most important revenue sources for many series. Currently, this series isn’t available to stream anywhere.
Darker Than Black Collaborations
This series landed some big collaborations in Japan. The most notable ones are Pizza Hut and Nifty. Only a popular series get a collab like this because there is a lot of money.
Darker Than Black DVD sales are fantastic, and the goods also made a profit. Also, this series had some big promotions for big companies. So the anime adaptation made a profit for Bones and the production committee.
I’m not going to share the rest because they usually don’t make a lot of money.
But there are also other ways the Darker Than Black anime made money. The soundtrack, ending and opening songs, and foreign rights for Funimation. Then there’s Animax streaming and more.
SUMMARY: Sales and profits won’t be a problem for Darker Than Black Season 3. The second season of Darker Than Black made a lot of money from the anime adaptation.
Will There Be Darker Than Black Season 3
After so many years, the chances of Darker Than Black Season 3 getting announced are low. I would say close to zero percent, the same as a sequel like Black Bullet Season 2.
If Bones had wanted to do a sequel to this anime series, they would have done it long ago. But, unfortunately, there isn’t any point in making Darker Than Black Season 3 after 12 years.
The fanbase will not be there in 2021 anymore, and the first two seasons look pretty bad compared to the anime released today.
So if there will be something more for this anime, then most likely a complete reboot of the whole anime.
But Bones is a busy studio, so I don’t see them returning to reboot the series anymore. The creator also hasn’t directed an anime original in almost ten years now.
And, in a 2017 interview with him, he implied there were no plans for Darker Than Black Season 3.
So, if you want more Darker Than Black, check out the manga Black: Jet Black Flower. It takes place one year after the events of season one but before season two.
CONCLUSION There will most likely never be a Darker Than Black Season 3. The first two seasons and the two OVAs are all there will ever be for this franchise.
Are you interested in any other sequels?
If so, then you should look into the anime-continue category. You can find information about many sequels there. Konosuba Season 3, Black Bullet Season 2, and Tokyo Ravens Season 2 are a few examples.
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