Did you know that it can take hours of rigorous research to learn everything about why Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 didn’t happen yet and if there will be one?
Well, now you know, and you don’t need to waste time because I did it for you. This article will provide you with the best detailed analysis of Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja no Mago) in 2019. And more importantly, answer the questions of why there is no sequel and if you should expect one in the future.
So, here is some of the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there a Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2
- How to determine if anime can get another season
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Will there be Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2
Is there a Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2
Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 has yet to be confirmed, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2019. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a continuation to Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja no Mago), because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
What are the factors that determine if anime can get another season?
Anime sequels usually depend on source material, money, and popularity. 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:
Source Material – 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.
Money – One cour anime television series like Wise Man’s Grandchild can cost up to 3 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.
Popularity – 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.
Wise Man’s Grandchild 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 Wise Man’s Grandchild are there?
There are currently 11 light novel volumes of Wise Man’s Grandchild released in Japan. Wise Man’s Grandchild also has a manga series based on the light novels. The manga series has currently 12 books published.
Is Wise Man’s Grandchild still ongoing?
The Wise Man’s Grandchild light novels are still ongoing. The latest volume by the author Tsuyoshi Yoshioka (Kenja no Mago) was published in Japan on October 30, 2019. The author wrote only two books in 2017 and 2 in 2018. And for 2019 it’s again two volumes of Wise Man’s Grandchild.
Which light novels does the anime of Wise Man’s Grandchild cover?
The anime of Wise Man’s Grandchild that aired in 2019 adapted volumes 1-3. That means light novel volume 4 continues after anime. So that gives us eight books that can get used for Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2. That should be enough for another two more seasons.
How to read the Wise Man’s Grandchild light novels in English
Currently, in 2019, the only way to read Wise Man’s Grandchild light novels in English is to find fan-translations on the internet. Nobody so far did officially license the series for the English market so you can’t buy them anywhere.
Wise Man’s Grandchild 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 get a sequel, it would be because they didn’t make enough money back.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Blu-Ray sales – The anime got released on three disks in Japan, and the first volume sold around 900 copies. I will updates this later with average sales for all 3 Blu-Ray.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Light Novel sales – I looked at the sales of the latest volume 10, and it sold around 20,000 copies. Light Novel volume 11 will be out in October, so I will update this later. This series didn’t rank in any recent yearly sales report.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga sales – The manga volume 11 of Wise Man’s Grandchild sold around 125,000 copies. Latest Wise Man’s Grandchild manga volume 12 sold 55,000 copies so far, but it was just published on September 10, 2019.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Merchandise sales – 3 figmas available for Wise Man’s Grandchild and all of them are Sicily. There are also 140 goods for Wise Man’s Grandchild like, for example, badges and calendars, many keychains, acrylic stands, and more.
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 Wise Man’s Grandchild – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Funimation, streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, various collaborations, and more.
Blu-Ray – Any anime that sells under 1,000 will have a tough time to get a continuation. Streaming helps a little, but I don’t feel like this anime was super popular to make up for such a low sales of disks.
Light Novels – Only 20,000 is unfortunate for a series with an anime adaptation like Wise Man’s Grandchild. Even older series in decline like Accel World sell more. For a possible sequel, a series should get at least close to 40-50k copies sold per volume.
Manga – I can only assume that people like Wise Man’s Grandchild manga more since it’s a much stronger seller than the light novel.
The manga sales are fine, but it would be better If the light novels sold that much.
Merchandise – Wise Man’s Grandchild season 1 got a decent amount of merchandise for a one cour series. The figures number is small, and I’m not sure it will increase. I will recheck this next year, considering the anime ended just a few months ago.
Wise Man’s Grandchild 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 Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja no Mago) franchise.
Social Media – The official website for Wise Man’s Grandchild, was last updated in July with news about museum exhibition. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 13,000 followers did tweet last time in September about some merchandise.
Google Trends – It looks like Kenja no Mago or Wise Man’s Grandchild episode one peaked close to Konosuba season one level of popular. The bad news is that the popularity started to drop from episode 2. The anime dropped half of the popularity before it ended. And now it’s almost pre anime level.
Light Novels and Manga – In terms of light novels and manga, the series has currently 4,500,000 copies in print as of 08/2019. And there will be a new volume released on October 2019. I’m curious how will the Wise Man’s Grandchild volume 11 sell.
Merchandise – As for merchandise, we will need to see next year since it’s too soon to judge. It can get wholly forgotten or get new stuff every month.
Will there be Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2
If there is something that would give Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja no Mago) hope for a season 2, it would be the manga sales and the decent amount of merchandise. So if Kadokawa will think they can boost the manga sales more, I could see them thinking about a sequel.
But more likely is that the Wise Man’s Grandchild anime was just an advertisement for the source material. These types of anime never get a season 2. The best I can see is Silver Link studio doing an OVA.
So the answer is no there most likely won’t be Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2. But to be sure I will check this next year if something changed and how the sales are doing without anime.