Made in Abyss is a dark fantasy genre series that was first released as an anime in 2017. The series is inspired by the manga written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi. The anime, licensed by Sentai Filmworks, was presented to viewers on Amazon Prime Video. In this way, it became visible from all over the world, and its viewership increased rapidly. Kinema Citrus, which we know from popular anime like “The Rising of The Shield Hero“, was created the anime. The series originally aired on local channels AT-X, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS, TVQ, STS, BS11 from July 7, 2017, to September 29, 2017. After the 13-episode first season, we have seen a movie created by Kinema Citrus again, but fans insist on a second season. So, will the series has a second season?
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What is the plotline of Made in Abyss?
The gigantic system of pits and caves, the only undiscovered in the world, was called Abyss. This cave system, which contains strange and wonderful creatures in their depths, is also full of ruins that the current humanity cannot produce. These mysteries that Abyss possesses attract people to discover. These adventurers, who fearlessly dive down the cliff into the pit, are called Cave Raiders. The best and brave cave raiders, the White Whistles, are seen as legends by the people on the surface.
Riko is the daughter of Lyza the Destroyer, a white whistle lost deep in the Abyss. She wants to be a white whistle like her mother and explore the deepest part of the Abyss. However, Riko is only a beginner red whistle and is only allowed to land on the first layer of this seven-layer pit. However, Rico has a lucky encounter in the first tier. She is chased by a creature that should not have been in the first layer, while she is rescued by a robot that looks like a young boy. Riko names the robot “Reg” and asks him where he came from, but Reg says he doesn’t remember anything. Rico thinks Reg is from the Abyss’ depths because of the technologies he has, and the two decide to dig deep into the Abyss to find Reg’s memories and learn the truth that had happened to Rico’s mother. However, they don’t have the slightest idea of what awaits them there.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
At the time of writing, the anime has not yet been renewed for a second season. There are some misunderstandings about this issue. Last year, a sequel was confirmed. However, the sequel in question was for the new movie, not for a new season. On January 17, 2020, “Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul” was released as a movie. So the second season has not been confirmed yet. It is possible to speculate on this subject until an official statement is made.
Manga status of the anime (remaining source material)
As we mentioned before, the anime is based on a manga written and illustrated by Akihito Tsukushi. The manga series published by Takeshobo has been featured in Bamboo Comics since October 20, 2012. It currently consists of 9 volumes in total, and the last volume was released on July 27, 2020. The good news is that the manga is still ongoing. This is important for the source material continuity of the anime.
The anime has two movies released in 2019. These movies are not a sequel. The first movie was a compilation of episodes 1-8 of the anime. The second was the compilation of 9-13 episodes. However, “Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul” released on January 17, 2020, was a sequel. And a possible second season will tell about the events after this movie. Maybe there will be flashbacks scenes from the movie, but in general, it will be skipped.
In the first season, anime covers volumes 1-4 of the manga. The sequel movie was adapted from the 5th volume. Now there are 4 volumes left. Although it seems adequate, the situation is a little tricky. The manga currently consists of 55 volumes, and the final volumes contain fewer chapters than the first volumes. In the first season, 38 chapters were adapted. However, the remaining 4 volumes contain only 17 chapters. From this point of view, it means that we will wait for a few more volumes to be released for a new season.
Popularity and Disc sales of the anime (BluRay and DVD)
Anime’s disc sales are very important for a new season. Not only is Amazon’s review highly rated, but in fact, Made in Abyss has sold quite a bit of disc sales for the first season. Basically, if 5000 or more discs are sold, there is a high possibility to creators produce a second season.
Made in Abyss easily crosses this dam. According to the information we obtained from the official website, the anime sold 5,298 discs. (x2 volumes)
When we look at the popularity of anime, we see a 96.3% score. This is an incredible score compared to other anime on the anime list. This score shows how much the anime is searched on Google and how popular it is on online platforms. There is an incredible audience waiting for a second season. Producers will not ignore the benefit from this audience.
When is the second season release date?
Neither Kinema Citrus nor the licensees have renewed the anime for a new season. However, considering the continuity of source material, disc sales, and popularity, we think the series will definitely have a second season. Currently, the studio Kinema Citrus is not working on a sequel. However, they recently managed to get season two approvals for The Rising of the Shield Hero. We think the same will happen for Made in Abyss. However, the manga is not yet able to provide enough resource material for the second season. Considering the production and time to ensure sufficient source material, we will see the new season of the anime in 2023 at the earliest.