Re:Zero 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 two OVAs are all Re:Zero will have.
So, in this article, we will look at the source material left for the third season. And the profit that the Re:Zero anime adaptation made. That will tell us if Re:Zero season 3 will happen and the possible release date.
Re:Zero season 3 episode 1 is something that many fans have been waiting for since 2021. And after reading this short but in-depth post, it will be clear to people if there will be a Re:Zero season 3 and the release date.
Is There Material for Re:Zero Season 3?
For the Re:Zero anime, the source material is a light novel. And here is all the information that we need for Re:Zero Season 3.
It will tell us if there is enough source material for a third season. It’s important because that could prevent the sequel and the release date from happening.
Is the Re:Zero light novel finished?
The Re:Zero light novel is still ongoing. The author, Tappei Nagatsuki (Vivy), released the latest volume on June 25, 2021.
How many Re:Zero light novels are there?
In Japan, Re:Zero has 27 light novel volumes in the main series. There are also 4 EX volumes and many side stories written.
How often does the Re:Zero light novel come out?
Every year, the author publishes three to four new light novel volumes of Re:Zero. That’s how it’s been for the past five years.
Where to start the Re:Zero light novel after the anime?
The first season of the Re:Zero anime, by studio White Fox, used volumes 1 to 9. The second used volumes 10 to 15. And the two OVAs are from a prequel novel and a side story.
How many copies are in print?
As of 03/2020, Re:Zero had 7.000.000 copies in print. That puts it within the top 30 best-selling light novels of all time.
The Re:Zero light novels by MF Bunko J are still getting published. The story has not ended yet, and volume 16 picks up where the anime left off. So there are no problems with the source material.
There are 12 light novels available for Re:Zero Season 3. That’s more books left to adapt for Re:Zero Season 3 than for sequels like Overlord Season 4 or No Game No Life Season 2. As a result, the source material will not be a problem.
SUMMARY: Re:Zero Season 3 will not have a shortage of source material. There’s enough for at least two more seasons.
How Much Money Did Re:Zero Make?
We need to check if the second season of the Re:Zero 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 Blu-Ray sales, light novel sales, and merchandise numbers. There is also the OVAs box-office and games.
That will tell us enough. After that, we will know if the second season of the anime made enough profit for Re:Zero Season 3.
How many Blu-Rays did the Re:Zero anime sell?
Re:Zero season one sold around 12,000 copies per Blu-Ray in Japan. The second season sold on average 5,000 copies. That’s more than a 50% drop, but 5,000 copies sold is still an excellent number in 2021.
How many copies do the Re:Zero light novels sell?
Volume 25 sold around 35,000 copies in Japan, and volume 26 sold about 36,000. This series is also the fourth best-selling light novel series in Japan for the first half of 2021. Beginning in 2016, Re:Zero was among the top 5 best sellers per series every year.
How many figurines are there for the Re:Zero series?
550 figurines are available for Re:Zero. Re:Zero is doing extremely well in figurine numbers. The one concern is that it’s the twins, Rem and Ram, that get everything.
How much merchandise did Re:Zero get?
About 3200 items are available. If there is one thing Re:Zero shines at, then it’s selling merchandise. 3200 pieces of merchandise is a massive amount.
What is the Re:Zero OVAs box-office?
The Re:Zero Memory Snow OVA box-office is around 255,000,000 yen. That’s approximately 2,5 million dollars. The second OVA, Re:Zero Hyouketsu no Kizuna, box-office was around 300,000,000 yen or about 3 million dollars. Both of the OVAs did well for Re:Zero and made a profit.
How well are the Re:Zero Games doing?
The Re:Zero franchise has received four video games. Two are visual novels, one is a mobile game, and one is a browser game. All of the games did well, and the mobile game is still making a good profit.
Re:Zero Blu-Ray sales for the second season are good, and the games did make a profit as well. The amount of merchandise and figurines is insane. and the OVAs did pretty well in box-office. So the anime adaptation is a golden goose for Kadokawa 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 Re:Zero anime made money. The Soundtrack, ending and opening songs, license for Crunchyroll. Then there is streaming, chibi shorts, various collaborations, and more.
Also, if you are curious, I have collected the same information for plenty of other anime sequels. Like Made in Abyss Season 2, Konosuba Season 3, One Punch Man Season 3, and The Misfit of The Demon King Academy Season 2.
SUMMARY: Sales and profit will be a problem for Re:Zero Season 3. Re:Zero did make a massive from the anime adaptation.
Will There Be Re:Zero Season 3
I would say with 99% probability that there will be Re:Zero season 3 announced. It wouldn’t make sense not to have another season of such a big anime series like Re:Zero that makes an enormous profit.
The announcement of Re:Zero Season 3 will most likely happen at Anime Japan 2022, with an April 1, 2023 release date.
April 1, 2020, on Subaru’s birthday, was the original date for the first episode of season 2. And the last episode, 25, was going to air on September 23, Emilia’s birthday.
So it wouldn’t surprise me if they wanted to do the same thing for the third season.
Well, it could be sooner, but I don’t think it will air before 2023. Of course, it depends on what White Fox is doing after Re:Zero.
If the third season was green-lighted even before season 2, it shouldn’t take more than two years.
White Fox hasn’t announced any new anime series they are working on right now. But some anime they worked on are getting new projects.
I doubt they’ll be able to work on all the anime series. But, new projects for Goblin Slayer, Maou-Sama, and Utawarerumono are in the making.
And there are rumors about Shinchou Yuusha season 2 also.
Also, the Re:Zero season 2 animation was pretty bad. It was a noticeable downgrade from season one. Even Emilia from Kyūta Sakai looked better in season one.
That’s why I hope White Fox will have more time for season 3 preproduction. It needs better quality considering all the fights it will have.
CONCLUSION Re:Zero Season 3 will happen, and the announcement should happen in the next 12 months. But even if it does get announced, it most likely won’t air before 2023. Only if White Fox started work on Season 3 right after season 2 ended, which I doubt.
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. Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2, Goblin Slayer Season 2, and Shinchou Yuusha season 2 are a few examples.
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