What are the chances that Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja No Mago) was enough popular isekai series to receive a season 2?
Is there any point to continue hoping that a Kenja No Mago season 2 will get announced?
Should you just read the light novels to get more of Sicily and Shin?
If you a fan and want to know the answers to those questions, then keep reading because you will get answers to all of them in this article. I spend a lot of time examining the chances of Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2, so everything you will read is backed up by reliable data, and the latest information that is available in 2020 for this series.
Here is the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2 Release Date
- How to determine chances of another season for Kenja No Mago
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Will there be Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2
Is There Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2 Release Date?
Wise Man’s Grandchild 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 Kenja No Mago because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
Possibility of Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja No Mago) Season 2?
Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 depends on how well did the first season sell, how much popularity it was, and if there is anything left to adapt. In other words, it’s money & profit, popularity, and source material. To determine if a Kenja no Mago season 2 can happen, we need to check each of these three factors.
There are a plethora of other causes why continuation may not get green-lit, but these are the three primary reasons. And here is a fast rundown of why the three factors are so crucial to a series that wants to have another season:
Why is the source material necessary
This one is important because anime series like Kenja no Mago are adapted from existing source material. In the case of Wise Man’s Grandchild, it was from the light novels even though the manga is more popular. If there is nothing left to use or it’s ending, then the sequel is unlikely.
Why are the sales and profit important
The average price of one cour anime series is around 3 million dollars. It may not look like that much, but most series are struggling even to make that much money back. And nobody will do a sequel without making a profit, so that’s why we need to look at the sales and profit of Kenja no Mago.
Why is enough popularity critical for a sequel
There usually is no point in making another season of anime that is not big enough. 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.
Now let’s quickly examine each one of these essential factors for Wise Man’s Grandchild, and that will give us a clue what the chances are that we will get Kenja No Mago Season 2 announcement.
Source Material Information
There are a few things we need to confirm in the source material section. First of all, is if the story is still ongoing and how many volumes are there currently. After that, we need to check how many got used for the Kenja no Mago season 1 and how many are available for potential continuation.
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 was 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) was published in Japan on October 30, 2019. The author wrote only two books in 2017, 2018, and 2019. And for 2020, it’s so far one volume 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 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.
Sales & Profit Information
The main objective of any anime adaptation is to make money, and that’s why sales and profit are the most crucial factor. Most anime never get a sequel because they make no money back for the production committee. Now let’s look at how well Wise Man’s Grandchild did in terms of making money.
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. 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.
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. Even Accel World light novels sell 60k, and people are still waiting for Accel World Season 2 for eight years. For a possible sequel, a series should get at least close to 40-50k copies sold per volume.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga sales
The manga volume 12 of Wise Man’s Grandchild sold around 100,000 copies. Latest Wise Man’s Grandchild manga volume 13 sold 65,000 copies in the first week, so it should sell around 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.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Merchandise sales
Three 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.
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. You can find the website for the game here, but it’s only in Japenese.
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.
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, then that could improve the chances for season 2 of Wise Man’s Grandson a lot.
In this part of the article, we will look at the current activity and popularity of the franchise. That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print new merch. That should tell us if there are more plans for Wise Man’s Grandchild (Kenja No Mago) franchise going forward.
The official website for Wise Man’s Grandchild was last updated in December with news about a rebroadcast decision. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 13,800 followers did tweet last time in April about 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 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 currently has 4,800,000 copies in print as of 2020/01. 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 figmas or merchandise are in production from what I could find online. Well, it’s just February, 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 months and social media is still active, which is good. I would say it’s too early to judge this series popularity and staying power since it came out just last year.
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, the decent amount of merchandise, and the newly announced mobile game for the series in 2020.
The manga sales aren’t anything impressive, but they aren’t bad either. So if the mobile game does well, then I can see Kadokawa considering doing another season for Kenja no Mago.
I normally would consider Wise Man’s Grandchild anime to be just an advertisement for the source material. These types of anime 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.
So the answer is there is a chance for Wise Man’s Grandchild season 2 or at least an OVA from Silver Link studio, but it depends on how well will the mobile game do.