Zombieland Saga is a comedy horror anime series that first met the audience in the fall of 2018. This anime, which has managed to attract the audience’s attention in a different genre than many romantic comedies and dark fantasy anime, is not based on any manga or light novel. At the head of the anime, there is the MAPPA studio, which we know from many successful animes. MAPPA, which has been mentioned frequently with Attack on Titan, perhaps the most popular anime of all time, excited the fans with the decision of the second season of Zombieland Saga. The second season, called Zombieland Saga: Revenge, was broadcast on many local networks such as AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, TVQ, Saga TV, BS11 between April 8, 2021 – June 24, 2021. The anime, which was also broadcast on Funimation and Crunchyroll, gained viewers worldwide. Fans are now waiting for the third season of the anime. Let’s remember the series and take a look at all that is known about the third season.
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What is the plotline of the anime?
Typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peaceful life of seven girls will suddenly drop by the zombies. It’s also true that they never wanted to be a part of a beautiful and scary zombie world. They all share one hope: “We want to live.” These girls will struggle to achieve the miracle against the saga. High school student Sakura Minamoto dies one morning after being hit by a pickup truck while leaving the house for her idol application. Ten years after this event, Sakura is resurrected as a zombie by a producer named Kotaro Tatsumi, along with six “legendary” girls from various periods in Japanese history, as part of the all-out zombie idol group known as Franchouchou in Saga prefecture.
Will there be a third season of Zombieland Saga?
The anime made its second season finale on June 24, 2021. Sometimes we can come across new season confirmations of animes in the season finals. But that wasn’t the case for Zombieland Saga. MAPPA or any anime-related company has not yet renewed the anime for a third season. It looks like the team will keep quiet about this for a while. First, the viewerships and the disc sales will be evaluated. It is possible to evaluate the possibility of the renewal under some main factors. Let’s see together.
Manga status of the anime
The anime’s manga is written by Megumu Soramichi and published by Cygames. However, the point that should not be missed is that the anime is not a manga adaptation. On the contrary, the manga is adapted from the anime and conveys the events in the anime to the readers. The source material for new seasons of anime is important, and they often use manga. However, since the series is not a manga adaptation, there will be no problem in terms of the source material. If requested, an anime-specific script will be written for the third season of the anime.
Disc sales of the anime
Animes are for-profit productions, so disc sales are important. Although the popularity of DVD and BluRays has decreased with the increase in online video-watching habits, it is still good data to see the popularity in Japan and to compare it with other animes released in the same period. The anime’s first volume disc sales will take place in the coming weeks and three volumes will be sold. We’ll have commented here that it whether make good sales when the sales figures were released. Meanwhile, the anime’s first season sold an average of 20,917 units on three volumes in the summer of 2018. It was the third-best sales figure of the year. If the success continues in the second season, a third season will be inevitable.
Popularity and the other factors
On the other hand, popularity matters. Having a strong studio behind it is a great advantage for anime. The anime already has a strong Google search volume with its second season. A strong fan base follows the anime on Twitter, and the anime’s Twitter page is currently followed by 161k people. In order to make a simple comparison, we can say that; No Game No Life has 124k, and Overlord, which has been renewed for new seasons three times, has 115k followers. In terms of popularity, we are full of hope for a new season.
When is the second season of the anime?
A new season of the anime has yet to be confirmed. However, according to the speculation we made above, there will most likely be a new season. It’s hard to give an exact release date. The anime received approval for the second season about one year after the first season was broadcast, and it returned to the screens two years after this renewal. As such, there was a 3-year waiting period in between. It is highly likely that the pandemic also had an impact on this. Generally, the production time of an anime is one year. Considering this situation, we think that we will not wait three years for a new season. Based on this, the summer of 2023 is a good prediction for the anime’s third season. Stay tuned for more official announcements.