Witch Craft Works is an anime series released in 2014 in the fantasy genre. Before the anime, the first steps of the series were taken by Ryū Mizunagi in 2010. The original is a manga series and the anime is only a partial adaptation of the manga. Seven years have passed since the first episode of the anime was shown to 2,000 people at the Cinemart Shinjuku Theater in Tokyo. It was created by the same studio as the record-breaking anime One Punch Man and Food Wars!a work of the studio JCSstaff† The anime, licensed by crunchy rollsoriginally aired in Tokyo MX between January 5, 2014 – March 23, 2014. The second season of anime has not been screened so far, but anime fans have been waiting for years. So, can the anime get a second season despite the time that has passed? Let’s recall an anime plot first and then see what we know so far about the second season.
What was the storyline of the anime?
Takamiya Honoka is a college girl with classic student problems. Every day he gets on the same bus with the girl Kagari, called the princess at school and adored by almost all the students. Although their desks at school were next to Kagari, they never spoke. Even the slightest thing between them would torment the princess’s fan club Takamiya.
One day, while Takamiya is in the school yard, part of the school building falls on him. Kagari rescues Takamiya, who thinks he will die. However, Kagari is in witch’s clothing and standing on a broomstick. Without a chance to understand what has happened, this time warrior rabbits attack Takamiya. Kagari, who also burned them down, tells Takamiya that she no longer needs to protect him in secret; she will protect him openly.
Thus begins the mysterious relationship between the two, but others in the school are not happy about it. Although they do not want to see the princess with such a person, the princess does not intend to leave her “master”. However, the other side has no intention of letting go of Takamiya. A group of 5 witches is transferred to Takamiya’s class. This is how the story takes shape.
Will there be a second season of Witch Craft Works?
As of November 1, 2021, at the time of writing, JC Staff or a company related to the anime hasn’t yet renewed the anime for one second season† The first season of the anime was released in 2014, but there has been no leak for a new season so far. We have seen many times that the animes have been confirmed for new seasons despite the years that have passed. In line with this possibility, there may be a new season of Witch Craft Works because the manga is still going on!
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, the manga is written and illustrated by Ryū Mizunagi. The manga started publishing by the famous manga publisher Kodansha on March 5, 2010, and it is still ongoing. The manga series also has an English version and at the time of writing it consists of 16 parts. When the anime first aired, all 6 aired volumes were adapted for the first season. Therefore, the manga for the second season of the anime should have gone on for a long time to provide enough source material. Today, 10 parts have not been adapted into the anime and there is enough source material for a second season.
Another important factor is disc sales; although the increase in digitization in recent years and disc sales were not as strong as before, it has been very valuable over the years, Witch Craft Works published. Given the years it was published, the animes were expected to sell at least 6,000-7,000 copies. If it were below this number, the decision-making committee would not see a second season profitable.
A total of 6 volume discs were sold for the anime. With an average of 4,377 units, it achieved a turnover that is not far from the target, but cannot be considered a success. While Haikyuu sold an average of 25,514 units during the same period, Love Live’s 2nd season had strong sales of 67,341. In total there were 145 anime for sale at the time and Witch Craft Works was in 38th place. Since animes are not often refreshed for the new season, we cannot say that this ranking is promising.
Exclusive distribution of an anime (on platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) or the release of a game adaptation for smartphones increases the chances of a new season. Witch Craft Works does not have these, however. Looking at current popularity, we don’t see a strong expectation. The animes Twitter account is followed by 10k people. This shows that expectations in Japan are low. Taking all this into consideration, it’s hard for the anime to get a second season, but it’s not impossible as long as manga source material is available. If a new season is approved, we can make a new season of the anime in 2023 – 2024† Stay tuned!