what determines if an anime has more than one season? thoughts/recommendations


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    I know that Anime is often a vehicle to promote an LN or Manga series, however I can't wrap my head around why some popular works seem to only get one series (Danmachi - went years before getting a 2nd season announced, and the books are very popular) while others seem to have have been around for decades.

    any hidden gems? - something that maybe isn't popular but you think is great? Or something that you wish had a 2nd season but didn't.

    Please indicate where it can be streamed (if anywhere)


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    Nozaki-kun topped one of those "wish for a second season" lists two years in a row iirc. That's a comedy romance on CR (and a good manga).


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    Aside from money issues, like whether the discs actually made money or the series increased book sales, scheduling issues are also a huge part of it. Networks need to plan out in advance when they can air a show, studios also need to coordinate with other studios and see when they can actually work on a show, and for sequels, you'd need to make sure the voice acting talent is available and willing to do another season.


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    I think it was easier to produce sequels back then. Nowadays, there's just so many new stuff, there's never a shortage of new projects for animation companies. I understand disc sales definitely play a large part though (such as in the cases of High School DxD and Strike the Blood).

    My personal wish there was a sequel series is Lords Marksman & Vanadis. I think it's still on CR.


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    Anime productions are funded by the publisher and other companies that think they can make a profit of some kind. So it starts on whether the publisher thinks that the source will get a sales boost. Then they'll form a Production Committee with other companies like television stations, record labels, merchandise producers, and so on. They all invest into the anime production cost in return for rights like choosing an artist from their company, producing the toys, and so on. That money then goes to paying an anime studio to producing the work.

    Additional seasons inherently don't sell as well as the initial seasons so the anime itself isn't meant to be highly profitable and they don't really look at that as much. Instead, they look at the boost in sales. If they do well, they may fund another season based on when their sales start to decline, or when they think they can get another major boost. From there, the process starts over depending on the various companies of the Production Committee. If a company didn't make a profit on the anime for whatever reason, they may not fund a new one which could leave a gap.

    There could also be timing or budget issues. Perhaps a publisher only has enough funding for x amount of series each year, or they want the staff from the first season but they're all booked for another 2-3 years on other projects.

    Some series which are runaway hits will typically pay for themselves (like SAO and the Monogatari Series which have full adaptation promises). These typically always have something in the pipeline whether it be an anime, game, new merch, and so on.

    Overall, it's a lot of factors that go into whether something will get another season or not.


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    @Aruseus493 explaination cover pretty much everything, so i will just give recomendations:
    try Susei no Garganta it's a really good "Mecha" (cotation cause, it's like code geas there's mecha but they're not the focus) serie the s2 was cancel and replace by an LN, also it's probably well know on JNC forum but Grimgar anime, aside from a cringy scene at the begining and the characters looking a little too young, is really good with fantastic graphic and music, both are on Netflix.



  • Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
    Kokoro Connect
    Love Lab
    Moauyuu Maou Yuusha
    Spice and Wolf
    Hataraku Maou-sama! (The Devil is a Part-Timer!)

    Some names off the top of my head
    I don't live in the US so ain't sure where you may find 'em tbh



  • As mentioned in the thread the two main points are.

    • list itemDVD sales
    • list itemPromoting Source material

    However I feel DvD sales are much more relevant for a second season, and source promotion as the instigator for the initial first season.

    If the series is really popular I believe that cashing in from the franchise by adopting different media to be also a very strong incentive