Dozens of anime in the romantic comedy genre meet with the audience every year in Japan. Another production of the genre, which has famous examples such as Rent-A-Girlfriend and Masamune Kun No Revenge, was Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, which met with the audience in 2019 for the first time. Before adaption, it met the readers as a manga by Aka Akasaka, and the manga series is also still ongoing. The hit anime is animated by A-1 Pictures and licensed by Aniplex of America and listed on Crunchyroll and Funimation. We also know the studio from popular anime productions such as 86 and Blue Exorcist. The anime, which proved its success in the elapsed period, easily got new season approvals and completed another season with the one-hour finale on June 25, 2022. The final season of the series Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic- was the best, according to many fans. The anime’s third season was quite romantic, as the season title suggests. After a good season, the most significant question mark in mind is the 4th season. So has the anime already been renewed for a fourth season?
Will there be a fourth season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?
The third and the last season of the anime, consisting of 12 episodes like previous seasons, was broadcast between April 9, 2022 – June 25, 2022. Some anime make the sequel announcement in the finale of the aired season. But for this, it must have strong popularity, so its producers should not have financial concerns. Fortunately, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War was one of those hit anime and announced a new anime project at the end of the season. According to the announcement made on the official website and Twitter account of the anime on June 24, 2022, a new anime project is in production.
The news does not contain many details about the project yet, and more details will be published on the official website and Twitter later. We will try to share this news with you instantly in this article. It is unclear whether the new anime project marks a movie or a fourth season. However, judging by the situation of the manga, a new season seems quite possible.
As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, the manga series, which was broadcast before the anime, has been published since May 19, 2015. The story written by Aka Akasaka is also illustrated by himself. The series currently consists of 26 volumes, and the last volume was published on June 17, 2022. In addition, the fact that the series is still ongoing makes it possible to see more sequel anime projects in the future. Of course, source material availability is not always enough for a new anime season decision, and popularity and financial conditions are also very effective in the new season renewals.
We said that the announced anime project could be a new anime season. We think so because the manga series contains quite enough source material to happen. The manga series contains 256 chapters published in volume format. In addition, there are 267 chapters in total, with chapters that are not yet in volume format. 101 chapters were adapted in the anime’s first two seasons, and the number of adapted chapters in the third season reached 137. Although the anime series is faithful to the manga, about 20 chapters were skipped during the adaptation. You can also read the manga series from the beginning if you want to see different details about the series. In summary, only half of the manga seems to have been adapted in three seasons, and there is enough source material to create a new season and more.
Manga adaptation rate
The popularity of the anime
Although the manga of the anime contains sufficient source material, many series may not have a new season chance. This is because anime is created to advertise manga for only one season, or the anime does not generate enough revenue to get a new season financially. Fortunately, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a very popular series with its anime also, and it could manage to get new season approvals so far. If all goes well, we will be able to see more seasons in the future.
According to Myanimelist data, anime is among the 100 most popular anime of all time. (#61st) Also, the last season aired received more than 9.0 scores from users, and its popularity seems to increase even more.
Generally, animes with over 100k followers on Twitter are more successful in getting the new season confirmations. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’s official Twitter account is currently followed by 421.7k people, making it a huge hit in Japan as well. We also see that the popularity of anime in global Google searches is at least equal to beloved anime such as Wonder Egg Priority or Goblin Slayer.
Sales and distribution
Disc sales figures for the anime’s third season are not yet clear, but it managed to stay above the average by selling 4906 units in the first season and 3530 units in the second season (average sales in volumes). Although disc sales have decreased in recent years, it is good data to compare with other anime that went on sale in the same period. Considering the disc sales so far, we can say that the anime is not in a bad position.
Crunchyroll and Funimation list the anime on their platform. Also, the fact that it is distributed exclusively by a big distributor like Hulu TV all over the world makes everything better financially. Live-action movies released in 2019 and 2021 were also a good financial resource for the franchise. In summary, it is not difficult for us to see more seasons financially.
When is the fourth season of the anime?
The anime is getting a new anime project. Although it is unclear whether the announced anime project points to a new season yet, we expected it to be a new anime season. Another detail that has not yet been clarified is when will come to the screens. The anime announced the third season in the last quarter of 2020, and the long-awaited season came to the screens one and half years later. Therefore, considering the production period, it doesn’t seem easy to see a new season in 2022. However, this period may be shorter due to the decrease in delays caused by Covid19, and the production power is now almost as much as before the pandemic. If all goes well, we think we could see a new anime season in the summer of 2023. Stay tuned for official updates.
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