The dark fantasy anime series Goblin Slayer was premiered in 2018 and since then has captivated its viewers with the merciless killings of the goblin slayer and the naive priestess’ adventures.
With a list of twelve episodes, this anime series ends at a pivoting point in the story and left many questions unanswered for the fans.
This has made the followers unnerving, who are always looking ahead to know the complete story yet don’t bother resorting to books as they are more fazed by the idea of animations and visuals than words.
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This is where the need for a Globin Slayer season 2 comes in. Even though the intrigued fan base plays a large role in urging the directors to come up with a sequel, various other factors contribute to this cause.
Goblin Slayer Season 2 Release Date
The core ones being the popularity of the series i.e goblin slayer s2, its sales, and the original material it is based upon. This article compiles all three details of these aspects and helps the globin slayers anime fans realize whether they should be expecting another season soon or not.
Factor A: Popularity
A devoted fan following helps motivate the directors to conjure up the will power and work towards another sequel.
With no demand by show enthusiasts for a continual, the directors disregard the thought of a sequel even if there is a material present to make use of.
The popularity poll of goblin slayer 2 can be measured through three easy research techniques being google search results, social media accounts, and sales of the series and manga.
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Globin Slayer first aired in 2018 and made a powerful yet controversial start. Eventually however its popularity fell back a whopping 40% based on the google trends and since then as continually decreased.
Social media accounts help keep the followers updated about the series and draw new viewers right in.
With the Globin Slayer’s official website just updated in March with news of an autograph campaign and its last tweet coming in May for its 45K followers conveying about the stay at the home campaign, the viewers are still interacting with the franchise even if not in an overly elaborate and series related update manner.
The Goblin Slayer is based on the original light novels written by Kumo Kagyu. These have been largely popular and sold upto six million copies in 2019. That is an impressive amount of sales with only 20 to 25 books present in the series.
Conclusively, the Goblin Slayer might have started off on the wrong foot yet achieved a sufficient amount of sale in its books, over the course of time it has reached low in the popularity status and failed to hook the viewers into the lives of the Goblin Slayer and the priestess.
Factor B: Sales and Production
The Sole reason behind many adaptations is for the production house to profit from it. This is a key factor as if the franchise continues to benefit from it, they will likely carry on with the series sequels and prequels.
The production cost for animation like Goblin Slayer season 2 ranges from 2 to 3 million and there is a very prominent risk factor when the production house intends to pursue the same series sequel as user views and ratings might considerably drop.
With around 4000 copies being sold by Whitefox in 2018, the Blu-ray version of the series started off quite strong.
The light novels on which Goblin Slayer is based on consist of twelve volumes. The average sale for all of these volumes are calculated to be around 30K which is actually quite impressive.
The nine-volume manga has however succeeded in attracting a wider audience than the light books and sold over 100K copies.
While the first volume in the Manga sold over 20K copies in the first week only, little was made from the adaptation itself and the anime series didn’t largely contribute to the sales of the light books or the manga.
The merchandise sales adds to the profit of the production house as well. With figures being available only in a limited character range ranging from goblin slayer to the cow girl and high elf archer, only around fifty pieces are manufactured of this merchandise and those too are not bought with applauding zeal and enthusiasm.
Recently the Goblin Slayer Goblin’s Crown movie was released in Japan and flopped badly at the box office earning a mere total of one million dollars.
With another movie coming in July, it is largely anticipated that it might not do well at the box office either and add to the already deteriorating list of sales for the franchise.
To sum it up, while the books and manga were largely popular, the anime adaptation did little to none to add to its sales and its franchise failed to earn considerable profit though the series, movie, and merchandise.
Factor C: Original Material
Generally, anime is based off on books and series either on going or consisting of many volumes. This factor helps determine the possibility of a sequel as it is necessary for the directors to have ample content to cover for its sequel without repetition of the first volume.
The Goblin Slayer is based on the light novels by Kumo Kaygu even though its manga by Kōsuke Kurose has done comparatively better in the sales and production. These light novels consist of twelve volumes with nine books available in the manga series, providing sufficient material for the director to work with.
The latest addition to this volume was released in February 2020, having published six books over the course of three years which is an ideal publishing rate.
The series aired cover only the first and second volumes of book four while the movie was based on the fifth volume. Thus, even now about seven volumes are left to be covered and the directors clearly do not lack in with material to be made use of in the series.
Will a Goblin Slayer Season 2 be aired?
Even though the light novels and manga have gained a considerable fanbase, over the course of time and after seeing the audience response to the anime adaptation, movies, and merchandise we regrettably inform you that an impending sequel can be seen nowhere near as for now.
Were the series to be taken up by an English production house and made available to a wider range of audience, there is a sheen hope that season two might take place. But for this to happen, we shall have to wait until next year and for now resort to the manga and light novels to read more about the Goblin Slayer’s killings and priestess adventures.