No Game No Life is one of the most popular fun isekai anime with great art and animation, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get No Game No Life Season 2?
Without the second season, we will never see Sora and Shiro battle the other races of Disboard, or learn if they succeeded in challenging and defeating the God of games Teto.
The only way to learn that without a continuation would be to check out the light novels, but most people will never do that. Watching anime is just much more satisfying.
The problem is that No Game No Life Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of NGNL will get announced.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be No Game No Life Season 2?
I did examine more than a few hundred anime series to discover what was the reason they got a sequel announced or what was the problem if they didn’t get one.
One thing I learn from that is that examining the source material, popularity, and sales is the option if we want to figure out if a sequel will happen.
I did the same for No Game No Life Season 2 in this post, so if you want to know if there will be a continuation to this anime, you’ll love this article about NGNL Season 2.
I will show you the information that I examined in 3 quick parts and tell you if you should expect that No Game No Life season 2 will be announced in 2020.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information for No Game No Life Season 2
The majority of series these days are adapting an existing property like manga, light novels, games to boost popularity and sales.
For No Game No Life, the source material would be the light novel.
How many volumes are there, and if the story is still ongoing in 2020 is essential to check. If the story concluded, there wouldn’t be a good reason to push for another season like what happened with Air Gear Season 2.
After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation. Sometimes anime does catch up with the source material like in the case of OPM and why One Punch Man Season 3 will take a while.
How many volumes of No Game No Life are there?
There are currently ten light novel volumes of No Game No Life released in Japan. No Game No Life also has two manga series based on the light novels series.
The first manga series has two books published, but it’s just retelling the original story in manga format. The other manga is a spin-off series.
Is No Game No Life still ongoing?
The No Game No Life light novels are still ongoing. The latest volume by the author Yuu Kamiya (Clockwork Planet) got released in Japan on January 25, 2018.
The author wrote only one book in 2016 and 2018. I wonder if there will be another volume released in 2020.
Which light novels does the anime of No Game No Life cover?
The first season of the No Game No Life anime that aired in 2014 adapted volumes 1-3. The movie No Game No Life Zero did adapt the whole book 6. That means light novel volume 4 continues after anime.
Conclusion for Source Material Six books of No Game No Life are yet not adapted into anime in 2020. That should be enough for another season, considering the first season used only 3.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For No Game No Life Season 2
If the profit is not enough from season one or there wasn’t one in the first place, there would be no reason for the production committee to be eager to agree to finance a sequel. Wise Man’s Grandchild Season 2 is a sequel that will have a hard time getting green-lit because of profit.
A one cour anime television series like No Game No Life can cost up to 3,000,000 dollars to produce.
So in the sales section, critical information is the profit for both the tv series and the movie. If the film did poorly in the box office, that could affect the probability of continuation of the main series like what happened with Goblin Slayer Season 2.
No Game No Life Blu-Ray sales
The anime got released on six disks in Japan, and each sold, on average, around 9,000 copies. The series got a BD-Box on February 24, 2016, and it sold around 1,000 copies.
Most anime series that sell close to 10,000 have an excellent chance to get a continuation. Well, unless you are Accel World because we never got Accel World season 2 even with high BD sales.
No Game No Life Light Novel sales
Volume 9 of No Game No Life was released on August 25, 2016, and sold approximately 160,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 10 that got released in 2018 sold around 170,000 copies.
The light novels aren’t a big moneymaker for No Game No Life, but they are still doing outstanding. By per volume sales, this franchise is in the top 5 best sellers along with series like Overlord, and everyone expects that Overlord Season 4 will happen.
No Game No Life Merchandise
Forty-five figmas available for No Game No Life, and most of them are Schwi, Izuna, Stephanie, Jibril, and Shiro. There are also 500 goods for No Game No Life like for example shirts, towels, mugs, tapestry and more.
The merchandise is doing well so far, and that is excellent for improving the chances that the No Game no Life Season 2 will get green-lit.
The movie got a lot of love as well with merch and figmas. That doesn’t usually happen with anime movies.
I’m honestly surprised how many figmas are still being made for this series, even in 2020. It’s been three years since the movie aired in 2017, but just this year, there were six new figmas announced.
No Game No Life Movie Box Office
The box office for No Game No Life Zero movie is ¥700,000,000, so around 6,5 million dollars. The film also sold about 40,000 Blu-Ray copies in Japan.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the No Game No Life Zero movie did much better than Kadokawa anticipated. The movie could cost around 1,500,000 dollars to make and made back at least 2,500,000 in profit.
Konosuba Season 3 chances did increase a lot with a successful movie, so the same can be said for No Game No Life Season 2.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can generate profit. Still, there are more ways anime makes money, but those are usually only a small piece of the profits.
Here are a few examples for No Game No Life – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, mobile game, international license for Sentai and Yen Press, streaming on Crunchyroll, and Hulu, various collaborations.
Conclusion for Sales & Profit The franchise makes a lot of money, so profitability shouldn’t stand in the way of a sequel either. And I don’t see No Game No Life Season 2 losing money unless the popularity dropped for the franchise.
Part 3: Popularity Information For No Game No Life Season 2
There is no point in making another season of anime that can’t get more popular or doesn’t have enough big fan-base. If you want an example, read about why Tokyo Ravens Season 2 will never get green-lit.
Some anime can get a sequel green-lit even with a small but dedicated fan-base that is enthusiastic about supporting the anime, but that’s uncommon.
It’s been six long years since the first No Game No Life season aired, so is the franchise still popular and active? We will look at the official website, social media, Google Trends, copies in print, and new merchandise.
The official website for No Game No Life was last updated in 2018 with news about Guidebook. The official twitter account for this franchise with 121,000 followers did tweet last time in March 2020 about No Game No Life Anime on Abema TV.
No Game No Life popularity peaked in 2014, and after that, it just keeps dropping. The movie did bump the Google searches, but to only 30% of what it was at the peak.
The current searches are about 10% of what it was in 2014.
No Game No Life has 4.500.000 copies in print as of 02/2018. The latest No Game No Life Volume 10 got published last year in January.
The release speed is awful, with just two new volumes in the past four years. I hope 2020 will look better for the light novels.
At WonFes in 2020, there were a few new scales figmas announced for Shiro, Jibril, and Schwi, so that’s good. Merchandise is slowing down, but few things were released recently like a new No Game No Life Zero Rubber Mat.
Conclusion for Popularity The series is still popular, and the movie helped boost it. Still, if there is one thing that concerns me, it’s the light novels and their released speed.
Why There is No No Game No Life Season 2?
It’s rather safe to say that No Game No Life is a popular series that made a lot of money for the production committee, as proved above.
There wasn’t season 2 announced for No Game No Life after the first season because of the light novels and not profit or popularity.
The decision to make the movie must have occurred in early 2015. And that’s because at that time there wasn’t material to continue the anime.
Only six volumes were released, and the last one was a prequel story.
The author has some health problems. That’s why the release speed is so slow for the light novels. Something similar happened to Noragami season 3 because the author of that series got health issues as well.
It was a smart idea to make the prequel movie. It kept the franchise alive and made a fantastic profit.
Will There Be No Game No Life Season 2
I think No Game No Life season 2 is just a matter of time. It wouldn’t surprise me if No Game No Life Season 2 got an announcement next year or 2022 and air year later.
There is source material now for continuing the anime if that was the problem. If you are asking why it takes so long for a sequel, it’s because anime studios are busy these days, and that includes studio Madhouse.
Even If the production committee did green-light a sequel in 2018-2019 after the success of the movie, it would take a few years to announce No Game No Life Season 2.
NGNL makes a toon of profit for the production committee, and the popularity is still there. That means the only way the series won’t get another season would be because of the source material.
Kadokawa probably doesn’t want to spend money on a series that doesn’t have anything to promote. I don’t know what health problems the author is suffering from, but I hope there will be volume 11 published in 2020.
I will update this again next year, and we will see if something changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category for more sequels.
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