Darwin’s game is one of the successful science fiction anime released in 2020. Originally, a manga-based script was written and illustrated by FLIPFLOPs in 2012. The anime adaptation was created by the Nexus studio and appeared on January 3, 2020. Nexus studio is a Japanese animation studio that has been working in recent years but has proven to be good with this anime. The first season of the anime, which aired a total of 11 episodes, was also featured in crunchy rolls and Funimationand Aniplex of America also licensed the anime. It is also available on Netflix and Hulu TV. In this way, the popular anime series found an audience from all over the world. After more than a year, fans are concerned about the second season† So has the series been renewed for a second season?
What was the storyline of Darwin’s Game?
A message arrives on Sudo Kaname’s phone. By clicking on the fake link in this post, Kaname will end up in a game called Darwin’s Game. He doesn’t care much and gets on with his school day. Hours later, a message pops up on his phone, and a player says he wants to play with him. Kaname accepts the panda costume user’s offer with a knife in the picture on the phone, and in reality a man with a knife in a panda costume appears and attacks. Kaname, who survived this attack, realizes he can’t leave the game anymore, and at this point tense moments begin.
Darwin’s game‘s final was very meaningful. Fans did not expect such a final and were impressed. In the last episode, it was nice that the protagonist conquered the areas and banned the D-Game in those areas. They also went outside the rules of not killing in the finale and took the series to another dimension. Those featured in the series’ final episode could have a sense that the second season would be a very different Darwin’s Game.
Will there be a second season of Darwin’s Game?
Although some sources say the series is renewed for a second season and will meet the audience, unfortunately the news is not true. No worries, from Nov 20, 2021, there is no cancellation, but the series has not yet been renewed for the second season by studio Nexus or licensed distributors. Is there going to be a second season of the anime series whose first season got good views and reviews? For now, we can only make a few predictions.
The anime is adapted from a manga written and illustrated by FLIPFLOPs, as mentioned at the outset. The manga aired on December 12, 2012, and it is ongoing. For the manga published in Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine, 24 volumes have been published so far and the last volume was published on September 8, 2021. The fact that Darwin’s Game manga is still ongoing is significant because it source material for the anime provides .
Anime is very faithful to manga because of its story and drawings. The first season covers 30 chapters of the manga. It’s about the eighth part. It’s good news, because the manga can provide enough source material for at least one more season. Stock material is already available for a minimum of 2 seasons.
The popularity of the anime
The manga series is one of Japan’s best-selling manga series and the anime fuels it. According to the Myanimelist ranking, it ranks 402nd which is an above average ranking. Darwin’s Game is an anime available worldwide as a Funimation and Crunchyroll license, but popularity in Japan often determines a new season of the anime. The Twitter account of the anime has been followed by 40k users so far. This figure looks average, but not strong enough to promise another season. We see that animes renewed for the new season usually have more than 100,000 followers. From this perspective, it seems that Darwin’s Game needs more.
What about disc sales?
Disc sales are important because animes are for-profit products. For an anime to have a new season, it is expected to average 4,000 sales. If it falls below this figure, the decision-making committee usually doesn’t give the green light for a new season. Unfortunately, Darwin’s Game is one of those anime that failed to achieve its desired goal in disc sales. The anime sold only 734 copies in its first week and did not exceed that number in the following weeks.
2nd season Chance of Darwin’s Game
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.27 on MA, 7.8 on IMDb)
Major distributor like Netflix
Enough light New source material availability
Good Light Novel Sales (4+ million copies in print)
No success with disc sales
Low popularity in Japan
Only one season
Possible release date of Darwin’s Game
From Nov 2021at the time of writing, anime has not yet been renewed for a second season† It is not yet clear whether this will help Nexus; it hasn’t yet shared an anime plan for 2021 or beyond. But it seems that Darwin’s Game seems to be one of the most profitable products in the studio, despite the low disc sales. Since there is no extension yet, it is not possible to see a new season in 2021. For now, the best prediction of the release date for the new season of the series 2023 – 2024†
Is there a released trailer for season 2?
The anime has not yet been confirmed for season two. For this reason, it is currently not possible to see a new season trailer. While new season trailers were created by collecting past episodes on YouTube, they are unofficial and contain no details about the new season. The new season trailer may be released in the coming months.