‘So I’m a Spider, So What?’, a beloved anime in the Isekai genre, debuted in January 2021. The 24-episode anime series conveyed two different stories to the audience. The first half of the anime was about a spider-girl, while the second half was about her reincarnated classmates. Adapted from the beloved light novel series by Okina Baba, the anime series was created by studio Millepensee. The studio, which we know with the Berserk anime series, has very few products so far, and ‘So I’m a Spider, So What?’ was an excellent opportunity for them to prove themselves. Also licensed by Crunchyroll, the anime aired on many local channels such as AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, KBS, SUN, TVA between January 8, 2021, and July 3, 2021. Although the final episode has been delayed, it has made a finale, and fans are now wondering if the anime will have a second season.
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What is the plotline of the anime?
The world where the hero and the demon king continue to oppose each other. The immense magic emanating from the hero and the demon king passed over worlds and exploded in a high school classroom. The students who died in the explosion reincarnated in another world. The main character with the worst reputation in the class reincarnated as a spider. Yet with her strong will, she quickly adapted to the current situation. This was the story of a girl who turned into a spider and tried her best to survive.
In the anime’s first season, 3D CGI transitions have been heavily criticized. On the other hand, the fact that the story moves away from the main character and often deals with subjects other than the main character may not be a good technique for anime viewers. Although this is quite normal for light novel readers, anime lovers expect a story focused more on the main character in the second season. Very few details were available about the human-demon warfare in the anime. On the other hand, this subject was dealt with in great detail in the novel. We also recommend the light novel to anime viewers who love this universe.
Will there be a second season of ‘So I’m a Spider, So What?’
The anime’s delayed first season finale aired on July 3, 2021. However, as of July 4, 2021, a renewal did not come immediately after the first season of the series aired. Studio Millepensee or manga publisher Fujimi Shobo remain silent on the matter for now. The secret of success and a second season confirmation is popularity, as anyone can guess. Crunchyroll licensed the anime for the first season, and audiences worldwide had a chance to know about it. We can wait a long time for the anime’s second season to be confirmed. We have speculated about a second season under some major factors, and anime usually gets new season confirmations based on these factors.
1. Renewal criteria: Light novel
As we mentioned at the beginning of our article, the light novel of the anime is written by Okina Baba. Tsukasa Kiryu is doing the drawings for the series. Originally published in Japan, LN has been broadcast by Fujimi Shobo since December 10, 2015. Yen Press is publishing the series in English. The final volume of the light novel, consisting of 14 volumes in total, was released on January 9, 2021, and the series is currently ongoing. The continuation of the series indicates that there will be more source material for anime in the future. It is also advantageous to use anime as an advertising element for an ongoing series.
The light novel series contains 14 volumes so far, and the first 5 volumes of these 14 volumes have been adapted into the anime. Although many important chapters and many details about this universe are not covered in the anime, the anime is largely faithful to the light novel. The adaptation rate is 35% for now, and the light novel series is still ongoing. It seems that the light novel source material status is sufficient for a second season. But this is not the only important criterion for a second season.
2. Disc sales
Disc sales have decreased in recent years because people are now changing their watching habits. However, disc sales are still good financial data to compare with other anime released in the same period. ‘Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?‘ will sell 6 volume discs in total. In its first volume, it sold 960 copies. In general, an anime is expected to sell 4,000 units on volumes’ average in order to get a new season. However, things don’t seem to have gone too well. On the other hand, SK8 the Infinity, which sold discs in the same period, managed to sell 8,928 units and Yurucamp 2nd Season 6,250 units. In terms of disc sales, a second season is improbable.
If there’s anything more valuable than disc sales, it’s popularity. Because streaming revenues now provide a higher financial income than disc sales. Anime is currently being searched more than beloved animes like Yasuke, Devils Line. According to our metrics, Google search popularity is currently 73%. And it should keep it above 70, at least for a second season.
On Myanimelist, it is currently ranked 721st and not bad for a new anime. We are sure that this ranking will increase in the coming days. Finally, we took the official Twitter account in Japan to see its popularity on Twitter. 55k people are currently following the anime’s Twitter account. That number should be over 100k to increase the chances of a second season, but it’s a new anime, and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t.
When is the second season of the anime?
There is no official announcement yet for the anime’s second season, but we speculated about a second season above. As a result of our detailed evaluation, we see a 50% probability of the new season of the anime. The popularity seems good at the moment, and you should recommend it to your loved ones for it to increase even more. In disc sales, the anime has been quite unsuccessful. Although there is no official announcement yet, we are hopeful for a second season. Considering the production and renewal times, 2023 may be a good year for the anime’s new season release.
It should be noted that most of the animes don’t get the second season opportunity. Therefore, we recommend that you be open to all possibilities. On the other hand, if you are wondering about the rest of the story, you can follow the light novel. Or we can recommend you a few Isekai anime: Moriarty the Patriot or How Not to Summon a Demon Lord.