Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online is an action-adventure and science-fiction anime series that first appeared before the audience in 2018. The series, which many viewers are familiar with its anime, is adapted from a popular light novel series. Based on the light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, the anime was adapted for TV by the 3Hz animation studio. We also know the studio with ‘A3!’, released last year. The anime, which is also listed on Crunchyroll licensed by Aniplex of America, was broadcast on many local Japanese networks such as Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, MBS, TVA, CS NTV Plus between April 8, 2018 – June 30, 2018. However, what allowed the series to reach its current worldwide popularity was its global broadcasting on huge platforms such as Netflix and Hulu. Fans of the series are now wondering if there could be a second season, despite the passage of time.
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What is the plotline of Gun Gale Online?
The story is about Karen Kohiruimaki, 183cm tall but is unhappy with her height, bad at dealing with real-world people. Karen Kohiruimaki is an asocial person who feels inadequate in the real world. She has difficulty making friends with girls her age due to her overweight. Everything changes after she discovering Gun Gale Online.
In the avatar that Karen opened in the Gun Gale Online world, she is less than 150cm tall and always wears pink. After that, she meets the beautiful brunette Pitohui. One day, Pitohui forces her to join the “Jam Team”, one of the Ballet of Bullet tournament teams.
Will there be a second season of Gun Gale Online?
We have been following the anime’s official Twitter account @ggo_anime for a long time. However, it looks like 3Hz or any related company has yet to renew the anime for the second season. It can take many years for anime to get a new season approval. However, under some main factors, we examined whether the anime will have a new season. As you know, the anime is a light novel adaptation and the current state of the light novel affects the possibilities of the new season. In addition, disc sales and audience popularity are critical factors for a new season decision. Let’s take a look together.
Light novel status of the anime in terms of a sequel
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online is the original light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. Light novel has been published by the Japanese publisher ASCII Media Works since 2014 and has now reached ten volumes. The last volume, called ‘Five Ordeals’, was released on April 10, 2020, and the series is still ongoing. Yen Press, on the other hand, brings the manga series together with readers in English.
So how many volumes of the light novel have been adapted in the first season? The answer to the question strengthens the possibilities of the new season. In the first season of the anime, only the first three volumes were adapted, and there are currently seven remaining volumes for new seasons. There will be no problem in terms of stock material availability for a new season. Besides, the light novel series is still ongoing, and it is possible to see many seasons in the future.
Disk sales in terms of the second season
Disc sales are important for animes. Because animes are commercial products, they need to hit enough profit targets for a second season. This goal is at least 4,000 disc sales. In general, if an anime sold an average of 4,000 copies in disc sales, it is promising for a second season.
In the first season of the anime, it managed to reach 4,473 in disc sales. This number is sufficient for a second season. On the other hand, the fact that the anime is broadcast on platforms such as Netflix and Hulu TV and is licensed by more than one license company means additional financial return. Also, financially, we think the anime could have a second season.
Conclusion and Release Date of the Second Season
The anime’s popularity score, according to our metrics, is 88.0%. This score shows how much the anime is talked about on social platforms, how much it is searched on Google, and it is a favorite of many viewers. Sufficient source material, sufficient popularity, fine disc sales point out the second season. However, first, a second season renewal is still needed. 2022 could be a good year to see a new season of anime because the average production will take at least one year. We will update you with official information and leaks.