Children of the whales is a beloved fantasy and science fiction anime series released in 2018. This series, which many of us know from TV screens, is actually based on the manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The anime series was created by the famous animation studio JC Staff† We know how well they can draw, and this anime once again proves the quality of the studio. The anime’s broadcasting rights, which were initially broadcast on the local channels Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS and BS11, were acquired by Netflix† After it was released on Netflix in March 2018, many viewers got the chance to watch the anime worldwide, and its popularity increased. On the other hand, the studio, which prepared several seasons of productions such as: One Punch Man and food wars, managed to get the approval of the second season with a lot of anime. For example, Children of the Whales will have a second season†
What is the storyline of Children of the Whales?
The ship called the Mud Whale floats adrift in a sea of sand. Children of the whales tells what happened on this ship island. Islands crawl across endless sandy seas. One of these islands is the Mud Whale. There are two types of people living on this island, the marked and the unmarked. The marked are young people with special powers. They have some sort of telepathic powers, but unfortunately die when they reach the age of thirty. Those not marked are normal people. Management is in unmarked people, consisting of the elderly.
Our main character is called Chakuro. He is one of the highlighted individuals and it is his job on the island to put in writing what happened. Like every young man on the island, he is curious about the outside world. One day, an island appears near the Mud Whale, and Chakuro joins the island’s fundraising team. However, Chakuro finds a miserable and bloodied girl on the island instead of the source. The girl attacks Chakuro, but immediately faints because she is so tired. Chakuro takes the girl, goes to his other friends and immediately returns to the Mud Whale. As a result, a person from the outside world has been found. This is a sensational event. Before long, the actual bomb will explode as someone approaches the Mud Whale.
Will there be a second season of the anime?
JC Staff or another related company has yet to renew the series for a second season† The first season of the anime originally aired in the last quarter of 2017. We haven’t heard an official statement in over three years. Considering the issue, there is still no renewal or cancellation for a new season recently. In fact, this situation is common in many anime, such as Children of the Whales. Because anime can take years to refresh. When some of the key factors are considered, it is possible to speculate about a new season. Manga status, popularity and disc sales will be the main items of this review.
Children of the Whales Manga Status
As we said at the beginning of the article, the Children of the Whales manga series is written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. Akita Shoten originally published the manga series in Monthly Mystery Bonita. At the same time, Viz Media has published the manga in English. The good news for the manga, which has reached 18 volumes since 2013, is still ongoing.
Like many anime, Children of the Whales uses manga as its main source material. The first season of the anime covered the first five parts of the manga, and there are still many parts and chapters left. There is no obstacle in the way of manga for a new season if it is really decided.
Disc popularity and sales (BluRay and DVD)
Manga status alone is not always enough, as financial situations always come first. Although the series aired on Netflix and was created by famed studio JCStaff, the disc sales were a complete disappointment. The second season of the anime, which sold only 216 copies with the first season, seems very unlikely for financial reasons. In general, an anime is expected to be profitable and sell at least 4,000 copies for the approval of the second season. Children of the Whales anime sales are far from this number.
Summary and release date
JC Staff has no plans for a second season yet. The overall popularity rating of the anime is 69.2%, but it doesn’t seem popular enough in Japan. Fourteen thousand people follow animes official Twitter account, and they don’t seem very active anymore. When all these are evaluated, we see it very difficult due to the low popularity of the second season and the disc sales. However, the anime world is full of surprises. The manga series is still in progress, and if there is an extension, production will take an average of one year, and we may see a new season in 2022.