ajin, a popular anime, attracted a lot of attention with an immortal “Ajin” fiction that will come back to life even if he dies. Like the original manga, its anime is also very popular. The popular manga series that Kodansha started broadcasting in 2012 and written by Gamon Sakurai was adapted to the anime in 2016. Netflix acquired streaming rights of anime under license from Sentai Filmworks† The anime was created by Polygon Studio, which collaborates with Netflix in many anime. We also know the studio with the Floating Dragons and Levius anime series. The anime, which came out in two parts with 26 episodes in the same year, currently consists of 2 seasons. The second season of the series aired on MBS, TBS, CBC, BS-TBS local channels from October 8, 2016 to December 24, 2016. It was on Netflix on December 27, 2016. Now fans are wondering if there is a third season from the anime.
What is the storyline of the anime?
Mysterious Immortal Humans are known as: “Ajin” first appeared in Africa 17 years ago. After their discovery, they were branded as a threat to humanity, as they could use their power for evil and cannot be destroyed. Since then, whenever Ajin is in public, he must be immediately arrested and detained.
Kei NagaicWorking hard to become a doctor, is a high school student who only knows Ajin from what he saw on the news. While the students are taught that these creatures are not considered humans, it is an issue that is not emphasized in Kei’s class. Kei, who had a traffic accident one day after school, realizes he is Ajin when he comes back to life. The great escape story of Kei, who was seen by those around him and labeled as the third Ajin of Japan, began.
Will there be a third season of Ajin: Demi-Human?
At the time of writing, Polygon Pictures, Netflix or any other related company have yet to renew the anime for a third season† As of March 2021, there is still no approval for a new season, but we know that anime series received new season approvals years later and this period can be extended to even 5-10 years. We did a review for a new season and we have some concerns based on the disc sales. Let’s start at the beginning.
Manga status of the anime
Ajin is an adaptation of the manga series of the same name. The original manga was written and illustrated by Gamon Sakurai. The manga series published by Kodansha in the Good! Afternoon magazine was published between July 6, 2012 and February 5, 2021 and consists of 16 parts. The manga ends with the latest volume released recently.
In the first season of the anime, the first 5 parts of the manga were adapted into the anime. In the second season, however, the series continued with an original story. Many volumes were not adapted, and many open doors were left in the finale of the second season of the anime. It is possible that the third season of the anime will continue even if it has original content or is adapted from the manga.
Disc sales and distributors of the anime
The anime’s disc sales are valuable for a decision on a new season. In general, if an anime season’s disc sales exceed 4,000 units, there is a huge hope for a new season. However, the poor disc sales make the chances of making a sequel extremely low. Looking at the sales of Ajin’s anime discs, the first volume sold 1547 units, 2nd volume 754, 3rd volume 553, 4th volume sold 359 units. When these sales figures are taken into account, financial risks are evident. A new season of the anime does not seem possible in terms of disc sales.
But beyond the disc sales, the fact that a giant platform like Netflix has bought the streaming rights to the series bolsters the possibility of the new season. We can say that the financial income that he could not earn from the sale of anime discs was provided by streaming rights.
Popularity and the other factors
Although disc sales were disappointing, the anime’s popularity rating was 88.8%. This score shows how popular the anime is on online platforms, the number of searches on google and indirectly the expectation for the new season. When the filmmakers think about the current popularity, they can think of a new season. The animation made with CG technology was also very good. More than 50,000 users follow anime’s official Twitter page (@anime_ajin), and in terms of popularity, a new season seems likely.
Season 3 features and release date
The anime hasn’t come yet renewed for a third season, but the sufficiency of the stock material keeps the possibility of a new season alive. Other than disc sales, all other factors indicate that the anime will have a new season. There is no innovation yet, but because it is prepared with CG technology, the production time may take longer. We expect a new season of the anime in 2022with a possible extension soon.