Kenja No Mago is one of the more popular isekai series in recent years, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2?
Without the second season, we will never see how Sicily and Shin’s relationship progresses more into the story.
The only way to learn the answers without a sequel would be to read the source material. The issue is that you can’t read it in English because there is no English translation available, so all we can do is wait for a sequel.
The problem is that Kenja No Mago Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Wise Man’s Grandchild will get announced.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2?
There are plenty of ways to check how anime did and if there will be a sequel, but after analyzing hundreds of anime, I found the best way.
That is looking at the source material, sales, and popularity. From that, it’s possible to tell if a continuation will get announced or if there is a reason why it won’t.
I used my method to look at Wise Man’s Grandchild, so If you want to know if there will be a sequel, continue reading this detailed article.
Now let me give you the information I found in 3 parts and tell you if you should expect that Kenja No Mago Season 2 will get announced in 2020.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information
The Source Material is relevant because anime series like Kenja no Mago are adapted using existing source material.
In Wise Man’s Grandchild’s case, it was adapted from the light novel even though the manga is more popular.
There are a few things we need to confirm. First of all, is if the story is still ongoing and how many volumes are there currently. If the story is close to ending or the story already finished, then the sequel is unlikely, like in the case of Air Gear Season 2.
After that, we need to check how many light novels got used for the Kenja no Mago season 1 and how many are available for potential continuation. If there is nothing available, it can take years to get a continuation like what happened with the No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes of Wise Man’s Grandchild are there?
There are currently 12 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 currently has 13 books published, and the last one got published on February 4, 2020.
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) got released in Japan on October 30, 2019.
The author wrote only two books in 2017, 2018, and 2019. For 2020, there is so far one volume of Wise Man’s Grandchild released.
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. That gives us nine books that can get used for Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2.
Conclusion for Source Material There is more than enough source material left in the light novels for at least two to three more seasons in 2020. That means source material is not a problem for Wise Man’s Grandchild.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information
The average price of one cour anime series like Kenja No Mago is around 3 million dollars. It may not look like that much, but most series struggle even to make that much money back.
It’s also typical that a sequel would make less money than the first season like in the case of Noragami and why there is no Noragami Season 3. So, sales and profit are the most important factors determining if a sequel will get green-lit.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Blu-Ray sales
The anime got released on three disks in Japan, and the average sales are around 900 copies per volume. Any anime that sells under 1,000 will have a tough time getting a continuation.
Blu-ray sales don’t matter much these days since it’s all about streaming revenue, but I feel that doesn’t apply to series like Wise Man’s Grandchild. Unless you are big like One Punch Man Season 3 that will make a profit from streaming, you need at least decent BD sales.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Light Novel sales
I looked at the sales of the previous volume 11, and it sold around 16,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 12 sold approximately 15,000 copies. This series didn’t rank in any recent yearly sales report.
Selling bellow 20,000 is unfortunate for a series with an anime adaptation like Wise Man’s Grandchild. For a possible sequel, a series should get at least close to 40-50k copies sold per volume.
Even older series like Accel World is selling 50k+ per volume, and to this day, there is no Accel World Season 2.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga sales
The manga volume 12 of Wise Man’s Grandchild sold around 100,000 copies, and the latest Wise Man’s Grandchild manga volume 13 sold 65,000 copies in the first week, so it should sell about 100,000 as well.
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.
The sales are almost the same as Goblin Slayer manga, so it will be interesting to see if we will get Goblin Slayer Season 2.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Merchandise sales
Three figures available for Wise Man’s Grandchild, and all of them are Sicily. There are also 140 goods for Wise Man’s Grandchild. 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 did check this in 2020, and the numbers are pretty much the same, which means it didn’t get anything new.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Mobile Game
Did you know Kenja no Mago is getting a mobile game in 2020? Well, I just found out during my research. It’s not out yet, so we will need to wait to see how well it does.
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 part of 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, collaborations.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit The sales aren’t high, and even the manga isn’t a big hit, but if you combine it all, then it’s at least decent. If the mobile game does well, it could improve the chances of Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2.
Part 3: Popularity Information
There usually is no point in making another season of anime that is not big enough. That’s what happened to Tokyo Ravens and why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2 even today.
Kenja no Mago season 2 only makes sense if it can create new fans, or there is enough big fan base to support the series going forward.
In this part of the article, we will look at the franchise’s current activity and popularity.
That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, and new merch. It should tell us if there are more plans for Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja No Mago) franchise.
Wise Man’s Grandchild’s official website was last updated in December with news about a rebroadcast decision. The official twitter account for this franchise, with 14,300 followers, did tweet last time in April about a new mobile game for the series.
It looks like Kenja no Mago or Wise Man’s Grandchild episode one peaked close to Konosuba season one popularity. The Bad news is that the popularity started to drop from episode 2 to half of the popularity before it ended. Now it’s almost pre anime level.
Light Novels and Manga
In terms of light novels and manga, the series currently has 5,100,000 copies in print as of 2020/06. The series added 300k more copies since the last time I checked in 2019.
There is nothing new for the series in 2020 announced so far. No new figures or merchandise are in production from what I could find online.
Well, it’s just June, so maybe it will improve.
Conclusion for Popularity There is a new mobile game for the series. New volumes of manga and light novels every few monthsa and social media is still active, which is good.
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 sequel, it would be the manga sales, the decent amount of merchandise, and the announced mobile game.
The manga and merchandise sales aren’t anything impressive, but they aren’t bad either. If the mobile game does well, I can see Kadokawa doing another season for Kenja no Mago.
I usually would consider Wise Man’s Grandchild anime to be just an advertisement for the source material. These anime types never get a season 2, but they don’t do games for series like that.
It makes sense to do a continuation for series that get mobile games to promote them. So maybe that will be the case for Kenja no Mago as well.
I will update this again next year, and we will see how the mobile game did. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category for more sequels.
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