With its action-packed plot and sports related setting, the anime series Air Gear has successfully won over the viewers and has them hooked in the world of Storm Riders and Ikki. However, much to the displeasure of its fans, the famous series has been discontinued just after its season one completion and left the viewers twisting in their seats because of the impending curiosity.
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Without a season two of the air gear anime series, the only way to find out whether Ikki accomplishes his mission of becoming the best Storm Rider or not would be to read the manga this series is adapted from. However, as in the case of many anime enthusiasts, this idea is not as much appealing to them as watching the actual series is and they would thus move on to another series eventually enough.
The real question stays intact however and in this article we will try to figure out if an Air Gear season 2 should be expected soon or not. This will be calculated based on factors that usually contribute to any series getting a sequel being the source material available, the popularity of the series and its production and revenue generation estimates. Based on these responses, the probability of a series getting a sequel can be determined most of the times.
So if you are another Air Gear Anime Series enthusiast, follow this article with us to know by the end of it whether you should still be hoping for a season two of the series or start reading the manga instead.
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Factor A: Source Material
Most of the anime series are based on popular light novels and manga. In this scenario, it is vital to know the total volume of these light novels and the status of their updates to calculate the amount of source material available for the anime series to adapt.
Such is also the case with AirGear which is based on the manga written by Oh! Great. This manga consists of 37 volumes and was concluded in 2012, about eigth years ago. Since then no further plans or news are made regarding any spin-offs of the series or publishing of new light novels.
Another thing to shed light on in this aspect is regarding how much content has already been covered by the anime series in its previous seasons. In the case of Air Gear s1, the first twelve volumes were adapted while the three OVA made use of the 16th,23rd and 24th volumes of the manga. This leaves more than twenty volumes that are yet to be covered.
Based on these figures, even though plenty of material is available were a season two to be launched, a major held back in this regard is the fact that the manga was completed almost eight years ago and since then has probably lost most of its dedicated fans and enthusiasts.
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Factor B: Popularity
This is the key factor behind any series getting a sequel. A series that does not have many dedicated fans fail to create a buzz and the hype that one with a wide fanbase does. Thus, it is important to know whether an Air Gear season 2 will be met with enthusiasm or not based on its current popularity status and fan base activeness. This can be done by looking up to its social media accounts, merchandise sales and the google trends it generated.
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The official website of Air Gear was last updated in 2006 with news regarding staff interviews. Since then no activity has been seen or interaction between fans has taken place. A further downgrade to its popularity comes in the form of its lacking of any social media handles on sites like Twitter and Facebook.
The Google Trends witnessed a spike in 2011 in the searches of Air Gear but since that time, it has considerably dropped with almost little to no searches as of 2020.
The Manga sales would have added to this failing popularity of the series but the fact that they were completed in 2012 also adds to this aspect instead. With the author currently working on an another manga adaption, no further plans can be seen of the Air Gear Manga being published as of now which stoops its popularity toll even further.
With so little fans in 2020, it makes sense that the merchandise has stopped the release of any new products or figures and has remained almost blank since the past years and can rarely been seen changing now.
To conclude, the series would have gained fans with its initial release but because of the large interval since its premiere and manga being published, it has lost almost all of its followers and fans and failed to keep their spirits alive by the inactiveness and unavailability of social media accounts and website.
Factor C: Costs and Production
The estimated revenue an anime might generate plays a huge part in convincing the production house and franchise to work towards a season two. When only a little chance is seen of the sequel producing a great revenue at the market, franchise disregard the possibility of the sequel almost immediately.
Estimated to be around 760K dollars when compared to around 5million dollars now, when Air Gear was initially released, the production costs of any anime series were quite lower than what they are now. Even then, its DVD sold merely 1500 copies per volume which is only moderate and not quite enough to encourage its season two.
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Another income generating way comes in the sales of the manga to the author. With only 150K copies sold of Air Gear last volume, it is clear that the hype generated even at time of its initial release was not of immense profit to the author and it failed to get listed in any yearly sales ranking order.
Merchandise is another revenue calculation way. With only forty figures and limited number of products available for Air Gear fans, the merchandise sales also can be seen dropping largely over the years and failing to boost the franchise towards another sequel.
TO sum it up, the production and profit at the time of its initial release was moderate enough to not cause any considerable profit or loss to the franchise yet since then it has failed to collect and raise its costs sales in all aspects of its income generating slots.
Can Air Gear 2 be seen happening anytime soon?
Keeping in mind the failing popularity and sales of the Air Gear Anime series, it is almost crystal clear by now that a season two has no chance of happening. A sequel released after its initial airing date might have benefited from it but there is absolutely no point of the season two coming over after a period of eight years as the series seems to have little to none fans left now.
So if you are still a dedicated fan of Air Gear Anime, the sole way to quench your thirst for Ikki’s quest in becoming the best Storm Rider would be to read the manga books which have fortunately enough been translated completely into English by now. Yet for, we regrettably inform you that Air Gear 2 seems like a distant perhaps impossible possibility in 2020.