Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World is an anime series in the fantasy and romance genre that first aired in the fall of 2020. The series that is a light novel originally written by Kei Sazane is about two civilizations at war and a love story born of these two different civilizations. Shin Oonuma, who has participated in many successful projects such as Bofuri, sits in the director’s chair of the anime. It is broadcast on many local TV channels such as AT-X, Tokyo MX, ABC, TVA, BS11, and also it is licensed by Funimation. Silver Links, also the creator of Masamune Kun No Revenge and Wise Man’s Grandchild like Bofuri, takes over the studio role of the anime. The anime’s first season was broadcast in 12 episodes between October 7, 2020, and December 23, 2020. So, it’s now wondering, will there be a second season?
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What is the plotline of the anime?
There is an endless war between the Heavenly Empire and the Nebulis Sovereignty for years. While Heavenly Empire is an empire that has made tremendous progress in science, Nebulis is a civilization that is home to magical girls. The ongoing war between these two civilizations has confronted the mighty swordsman Iska and the Aliceliese known as the “Ice Calamity Witch” on the battlefield. Despite being enemies, the knight falls in love with the beauty and dignity of the princess, and the princess falls in love with the knight’s power and way of life. Will conditions allow these two, who are trying to end the war in a peaceful way?
Will there be a second season of Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World?
As of May 26, 2021, at the time of writing, Silver Link or manga publisher Fujimi Shobo has not yet renewed the anime for a second season. Animes can sometimes take years to renew for a new season. However, it is possible to evaluate that it will whether have a new season under some main factors. Animes are financial products, so the popularity and the disc sales are of paramount importance. On the other hand, since it is a light novel adaptation, the source material availability is also important. Let’s have a look.
The light novel series that the anime is adapted from is written by Kei Sazane and illustrated by Ao Nekonabe, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article. Originally published by Fujimi Shobo, LN went live in May 2017. The good news is that the light novel series is still ongoing today. In addition, it meets the readers in English thanks to Yen Press publishing. (At the time of writing, the first 6 volumes were published in English.) The first 4 volumes of the light novel series, which reached a total of 11 volumes on May 20, 2021, were adopted in the first season. It seems that the light novel can provide enough source material for the anime to have a new season.
Source material adequacy is important but insufficient on its own. Although disc sales have declined in recent years with the increase in online video watching habits, it is important to see the popularity in Japan. When we look at the sales of the anime, we see that it only sold 746 copies of BluRay & DVD. (Generally, it is expected to sell at least around 4,000 units for a new season renewal.)
17.7k people follow the anime’s Twitter account. It is very low compared to other animations released in the same period. It should be noted that Bofuri, also released in 2020, belonging to the same studio, was followed by 67.2k people, and the studio’s other product, My Next Life as a Villainess, which aired in the same period, was followed by 86.6k people. Besides, we do not see any promising results for a second season when we look at the Google search volumes. It seems hard to see a second season under the current popularity. However, the anime world is full of surprises, and we think there might be a chance for a new season as long as the light novel continues. If there is a renewal soon, it is possible to see a new season like 2023. Stay tuned.