†Demon Lord, try again!” (aka Maou-sama, Retry!) is a Japanese anime series published in 2019 in the genre of Fantasy and Isekai (otherworld). Originally based on a light novel series, the author of the story is Kurone Kanzaki. The anime adaptation licensed from Funimation was originally broadcast on Tokyo MX, BS Fuji local channels. The anime was created by the Ekachi Epilka studio, which we haven’t seen much of yet. The studio made its first appearance with “Crossing Time” earlier, and the most popular anime the studio has animated to date is “Demon Lord, Retry!”. The anime’s first season consisted of 12 episodes and aired from July 4, 2019 to September 19, 2019. We haven’t watched a new episode in over a year. So, will there be one second season of the series? Let’s remember the series and see what we know so far about the second season.
Demon Lord, try again! Season 2 Plotline
The Red Thread: Oono Akira is an ordinary person who works for an online gaming company. He often plays the character of the Dark Lord. However, when he opens the game one day, he enters the fantasy world of the game as the Dark Lord. There he meets an injured girl and together they begin their journey. But some nations and saints are trying to destroy the mighty Dark Lord. Wherever they go, they get in trouble.
What we can see in season 2: There was only one question in the minds of those who completed the first season of the anime. It is over? Because the first season of the series felt unfinished. The lack of war and enemies in the final episodes makes us think that great preparation has been left behind for the second season. Will he be able to reach the angels and advance their business? Our demon king is both strong and wise. As in some anime, the main character is not weak, which makes the audience happy. We expect to see more war scenes in the second season.
Will there be a second season of ‘Demon Lord, Retry!’?
From January 11, 2022at the time of writing, the anime has not yet been renewed for a second season† Studio Ekachi Epilka of Funimation did not leak that work is already underway for the series’ second season. For some reason, it can take years to renew an anime for a new season. So, could there be a new season of the series? We can make some predictions about this. Some parameters, such as light novel status, popularity, disc sales, and exclusive distributors, influence the decisions of the second season. Let’s look back together.
Light Novel status of the anime
Demon Lord, Retry!’s anime is adapted from a written source. As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the main story is based on the novel series written by Kurone Kanzaki. The light novel series, which was published by Futabasha in July 2017, is still ongoing. The ongoing light novel is good news because it provides the source material for the anime and anime is a light novel promotion in one sense. The series currently consists of: 8 parts in total and the last part was released on November 29, 2021. J-Novel Club publishes the light novel series in English.
Anime covers the first 2 parts of the light novel series. The good news is that with a simple proportional calculation, there’s enough source material for at least two more seasons. It is possible to see the second and third seasons of the series in theory. the availability of source material through his light novel is very important, but not a sufficient criterion in itself.
The popularity and disc sales of Demon Lord, Retry!
There’s plenty of script to make a new season, but not everything is great considering the recent popularity of the series. Anime ranks 976th on Myanimelist’s popularity ranking. This score can be considered average, but not enough for the second season.
Animes are for-profit productions, and often the popularity and disc sales in Japan determine the decisions for the new season of the anime. Basically, the anime is expected to sell 4,000 discs to have a new season. But “Demon Lord, try again!” sold only 302 units in its first season. Given this sales figure, a second season is almost impossible. Plus, it’s only followed by 13k people on Twitter (@maousama_anime† Although there is a worldwide fan base, anime in Japan is really underrated. Also, the cumulative run of the original novel is about 200,000, which is not a very good sale for a written work.
On the other hand, the studio seems to have no work for the next 2022. It is a fairly new anime studio and we cannot guarantee the new season.
“To be continued!”
At the end of the Demon Lord, try again! first season finale, there was a “to be continued” statement, which aired on September 19, 2019. While this statement raises hopes for the second season, the creators may not support this promise. The reason for this is the possibility that a second season may not yield sufficient financial returns. However, such a promise is not just given in the animes, and we see the doors opening for a second season.
Season 2 Chance of Demon Lord, try again!
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
“To be continued!” statement in the season finale
Enough light New source material
Ongoing Light Novel Series
Major distributor like Hulu
Average ratings (6.53 on MA, 6.8 on IMDb)
Only one season
Not a bestselling manga or light novel series
Below average popularity
No success in disc sales
When is the release date of ‘Demon Lord, Retry!’?
From January 11, 2022, “Demon Lord, try again!” has not yet been extended for the second season† A new season seems unlikely due to low disc sales and low popularity in Japan. However, the light novel of the series provides ample source material and was said to be continued, and there will always be a second season chance. The anime of the series was announced in 2018 and hit the screens in the summer of 2019. The average production period can be considered as one year. While Blu-Ray sales are below average, if the creators and publisher renew it, the series could hit the screen with a new season around 2023. Until the series is renewed, we would like to recommend an anime similar to this series. The reviews are better in many ways, and if you like this series, don’t miss it. The name of the featured anime is Ruler (2015)†