Ahiru no Sora is a sports anime series that started airing in 2019 and remained on the screens for a long time. The anime, which is a manga adaptation, is based on a script dating from 2003 to the present day. We’ve seen the release of sports anime such as Number 24 in recent years. Ahiru no Sora is one of these anime. Anime licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The anime series, also licensed by Crunchyroll, has also been listed on Netflix in some countries. Originally launched on TV Tokyo, AT-X, BS TV Tokyo local channels on October 2, 2019, the anime aired a total of 50 episodes and made the season finale on September 30, 2020. It was created by Diomedéa studio, whom we know from Domestic Girlfriend. Although the studio has a successful animation team, it is inexperienced in sports anime. Some fans want the second season of the anime to be released by another studio. So will the anime have a second season?
Sora Kurumatani is a student who is 1.49 m tall and very short for his peers. Weak and passionate, Sora Kurumatani enters Kuzuryuu High School, hoping to fulfill his mother’s request for her to win his first high school tournament. But the basketball club’s players do everything except play basketball. The members of the club are a talented center who can make strong jumps but can’t shoot baskets into the basket, and his twin, Chiaki, a talented playmaker who has already lost interest in the sport.
They also bullied and threatened Sora that he could not play basketball in this school and he should find another club. Not giving up despite all this, Sora decides to do his best to make his club members love basketball and play basketball with everyone.
What we will see in season 2?
The anime was slow in the first season, but it always kept its excitement. It showed that the heroes have a long way to go. We had a lot of defeats in the first season, and it’s time to evolve. They saw their shortcomings in every match they played and tried to improve them. The key player seems to be Momoharu; Momoharu is a player who must be well evaluated for the team to develop. Tobi was already talented and developed and got used to team play. Sora has started to advance in playmaking, he is also improving in three-pointers, and he has to deal with dribbling. Chiaki is already a genius, and the man is doing well. Shigeyoshi will not be able to advance too much this way, and he especially needs stamina. Momoharu is key because our characters can’t play under the rim. After all, Momoharu can make neither rebound nor score. When Momoharu develops in this direction, our attack possibilities will increase. We will also watch them improve themselves in defense in the second season. We hope we will see a strong team in the second season.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
At the time of writing, as of August 15, 2021, neither manga publisher Kodansha, nor Studio, nor Sentai Filmworks has yet to renew Ahiru no Sora for a second season. It can take years for anime to have a new season. Especially if that anime is a sports anime and has a season of 50 episodes. Let’s make predictions for the second season.
Manga (main source material) compared to anime
As we mentioned before, the anime is adapted from the manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Hinata. The manga series began airing in 2003 and was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Good news for manga. Although the manga has completed its broadcast life, it has been published for 16 years and consists of 51 volumes in total. Unfortunately, manga does not have a publisher in the USA and only progresses with fan translations. So far, 25 volumes of the manga have been translated into English.
If we compare anime and manga, the anime covers 140 chapters of the manga. For manga, which has about 600 chapters, we can say that the adaptation rate is ¼. There is pretty enough source material to see 3 new seasons of the same length. Also, those who are impatient to wait for the new season can start reading the manga from the 140th chapter.
Popularity and other factors
The news on the manga was good, but we cannot see great success in popularity. The anime’s popularity score is 62.2%, according to our metrics (popularity scores of other anime). This score is highly critical but not entirely hopeless. Although the Ahiru no Sora anime did not achieve the hit it wanted, we think we will see an adaptation or a second season again in the future because the manga is very popular. According to the latest data, it has more than 24 million sales in circulation. This allows it to be on the bestseller lists.
Unfortunately, the studio was not very successful in adapting. Sports anime have a different atmosphere, and not every studio is suitable for this job. Also, the studio is currently working on the Futsal Boys anime. Futsal Boys, which is not based on a manga and has an original story, is also a sports anime like Ahiru no Sora. However, there is no leak as to whether the studio is working on Ahiru no Sora yet.
Possible release date
After all the evaluations, we cannot say everything is perfect, but we are not pessimistic about seeing a new season. The anime was announced on February 28, 2018, but started airing on October 2, 2019. Based on this, we can say that the production period of the anime is about 2 years. If the series is renewed for a second season, it will air in 2022.
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