KonoSuba, or with its Japanese name “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!”, is an isekai anime first released in 2016. Actually, it would not be right to call it a complete isekai; it is a comedy that references isekai. Based on a light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki, the anime takes place in the posthumous alternative world where our weird team contains Kazuma and his friends, goddess, magician, and challenger. Originally launched on January 14, 2016, on Tokyo MX, TV Saitama, CTC, tvk, Sun TV, GBS, MTV, TVQ, BS11 local channels, the series was licensed by Crunchyroll and soon became famous all over the world and it is also aired on HBO Max. This popularity was rewarded with the second season’s approval, and it appeared before the audience with a second season just one year later. The third season of the series is now eagerly awaited. So, will KonoSuba have a third season? Let’s investigate.
The young man named Kazuma Satou is introverted, a game addict, and addicted to anime and light novels. Unfortunately, he dies because of a traffic accident one day. However, this is not the end for him, but the beginning. When he wakes up and opens his eyes, he finds a beautiful but strange girl in front of him. The girl says her name is Aqua and claims to be a goddess. Aqua to Kazuma: “Hey, I have good news for you. Do you want to go to an alternative world? But you can only take one thing with you.” he says. Shocked Kazuma: “Then I’d like to take you.” The duo finds themselves in an alternative world such as MMORPG games.
The duo’s aim who come to the town of Axel is to destroy the Demon King and his monsters. Soon, two more join them in their struggle: the enraged Mage Megumin and the masochistic crusader named Darkness. Seeing that each member of his team is different and weird, Kazuma gives up defeating the Demon King before his adventure begins and decides to enjoy himself. However, although Kazuma does not want to go on an adventure, adventure finds him, and the Demon King’s generals constantly attack him. Unfortunately, Kazuma does not have the luxury of enjoying himself, as Aqua constantly causes trouble for Kazuma.
Will there be a third season of KonoSuba?
According to the announcement made on July 18, 2021, a new project was announced. More details about the new anime project will be shared in the coming days. The announced project points to anime, but as of December 29, 2021, it is still unclear whether this anime project will be a film, spin-off series, or a third season. We will update this section as official information becomes available. It is noteworthy that the drawings are different in the key visual published for the new project. Studio Deen had done the animations for the series in the previous season. There may have been a studio change in the new project. We’ll wait and see.
Light Novel Status (Main Source Material)
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, KonoSuba has been adapted from a light novel to TV. The series, which started to be published on the internet, is first published as short novels, then adapted to manga, and eventually becomes an anime series. With this side, we can call KonoSuba, a sibling to One Punch Man. One-Punch Man was also an amateur illustrated manga series that was first published on the internet.
The main source material for the series is the light novel written by Natsume Akatsuki and illustrated by Kurone Mishima. The series was published by Kadokawa, and Yen Press published it in English. The series, consisting of 17 volumes in total, started to be broadcast in 2013 and made a final on May 1, 2020.
Light novel no longer continues. This may upset readers, but not the same feelings for anime viewers. The first season of the anime covered volumes only 1-2, and the second season volumes 3-4. Enough source material is available currently for an anime that has at least five seasons in simple proportion. There is no problem in terms of stock material to see new seasons.
LN adaptation rate
Smartphone Game and Season 3 Relationship
A smartphone game of the series was released in February 2020. According to the announcement made on the series’s official Twitter account, it will be released globally in 2021. With this new game, anime producers will not want to release a new season because this situation will make the game’s popularity fluctuate and focus on the new season of anime. Anime producers will not want to divide the popularity between these two productions.
However, the game production shows that the investment in this series continues. We think that preparation will also be done for a new anime season, even if it does not happen at the same time as the game. The Attack on Titan app was recently released before the start of part 2 of the 3rd season, and now the 4th season has been decided.
Besides, a movie of the series was released in 2019. The movie is not directly linked to the season 3 situation, but in a way, it raises the possibilities. We can see them trying to keep KonoSuba alive. The movie also supports anime disc sales. We think that Game and Film can be a preparation policy for a third season.
Disc (BluRay and DVD) Sales and Popularity
In general, if an anime’s disc has sold over 5,000, it is promising for a new season. The committee stays financially above the targets with disc sales over these items. The disc sales of KonoSuba are as follows:
Season 1 Sales
Season 2 Sales
When we consider the initial volumes, disc sales exceeded 10,000. And the average values seem to be that KonoSuba disc sales comfortably exceeded the 5,000 thresholds. We do not see any obstacles for the third season in the disc sales part of our evaluation. Everything is OK.
Apart from disc sales, the series is very popular on online platforms. The anime, which was in the top 50 according to the popularity ranking of Myanimelist, was rated 6000 times in IMDB. This popularity is rare for an anime. And also, with more than 320kTwitter followers, we can see that there is no problem in terms of popularity. On the other hand, people’s search data on Google about anime shows that anime is more popular than many animes around the world. For example, KonoSuba is more searched than anime that have no trouble getting new season approvals like Fruits Basket and Goblin Slayer.
What about Studio Deen’s works?
Anime creator studio Studio Deen produces many animes throughout the year. This studio, which has been creating anime for many years, is in trouble with disc sales for most of its products. But they have an anime that breaks box office records. What we are talking about is KonoSuba. Studio Deen made both seasons of the anime. We think the same studio will create a possible third season. The studio will be enthusiastic for the third season, as it seems to be the most valuable product they have.
3rd Season Chance of KonoSuba
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on Social Media
Popularity on Google Searches
Success in Disc Sales
Good Reviews (8.14 on MA, 7.9 on IMDb)
Success in Disc Sales
Enough Light Novel Source Material Availability
Big Distributor such as HBO Max
Additional Income with Anime Film and Video Games
Good Light Novel Sales (7+ million copies in print)
Light Novel Ended
New Anime Project Announced!
When is the third season of KonoSuba?
KonoSuba has been renewed for a new anime project. Expectations are that this project will be the anime’s third season, but it has not been finalized yet. The anime staff asks fans to be patient for new details. We know that there will be new news in the coming days. If this renewal in July 2021 marks the third season, it is possible to see a new season in the summer of 2022. As more official data becomes available, we will share it with you.
January 13, 2016
January 12, 2017
What can be the plotline of the third season?
Then, when the third season of the anime is broadcast, we will talk about the characters expected to appear newly! First of all, the new character will be Sylvia, an executive of the Demon King Army. Sylvia is an influential person who serves as the director of the Enhanced Monster Development Bureau of the Demon King Army. As you can see in the image above, it looks like a dark-skinned beauty, but in fact, Sylvia has a surprising secret. Sylvia is a synthetic chimera that strengthens itself through synthesis and strengthening.
We are expecting to see new characters in the new season! First of all, a new character will be Sylvia, an executive of the Demon King Army. Sylvia is an influential person who serves as the director of the Enhanced Monster Development Bureau of the Demon King Army. She looks like a dark-skinned beauty, but in fact, Sylvia has a surprising secret. Sylvia is a synthetic chimera that strengthens herself. Sylvia’s upper body is a woman, but her lower body is a giant snake with a male part. Silvia is a unique character.
The other new character was Princess Iris of the Kingdom of Berzerk. Iris is so popular that it ranks 3rd in the popularity poll despite being a character that hasn’t appeared in the anime yet. It is thought that the secret of her popularity is not only its cute appearance but also the title of the royal family and the cuteness of admiring Kazuma, the main character, like his brother. Since she is a very popular character, it is expected that a popular voice actor will probably be in charge of the voice when it appears in the animation.
It is expected that the 5th volume of the original will be adapted to anime’s third season. If the third season of anime is to be broadcast in this way, it is thought that the anime will start from the Megumin’s homecoming. We heard about Yun Yun, who suddenly came to the mansion that the Demon King’s army attacked the village of the Red Demon Tribe. There will be an unexpected season with surprises. If you are curious about the anime’s continuation, please read from Volume 5 of the manga!
What makes KonoSuba different?
KonoSuba, which looks quite innocent from the outside, is actually not as innocent as you think. Each of the characters is crazier than the other. But that’s what makes them beautiful. The best example of this situation would be Kazuma’s encounter with the goddess Aqua after he died, and this so-called “goddess” Aqua was making fun of the way Kazuma died. The deluge of laughter begins when Kazuma, angry at this situation, chooses Aqua to take revenge on a gift bestowed by the goddesses in his reincarnation.
While watching the anime, it is impossible not to admire the way the characters are rendered. Each of the characters is so memorable with their own attitude and behavior that you may think that there are four main characters after a while. Putting aside how absurd the events are, our characters’ reactions in the face of events and the solutions they find for the problems can really put one into a laughter crisis.
KonoSuba is an anime series where the dose of comedy is on the top. Despite containing cliché scenes, Konosuba, who uses such scenes for his own benefit and makes fun of them until the end, is one of the rare anime of his kind. Even in the most serious action scenes, you always have the opportunity to see some antics.
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