Accel World Season 2: What We Know
Accel World has been a hit in every released form. Going back to its initial light novel release, the series became an immediate crowd-pleaser for its unique story, compelling characters, and fantastical world. The series has spawned several manga releases, some video games, and a hit Anime series. There have been even more releases in this franchise, but there has yet to be a second season of the Anime. This has caused a certain measure of worry among the show’s more devoted fans. Many are wondering when the announcement for another season can be expected to arrive.
While the franchise has kept fans quite busy, it might surprise you to realize just how much time has actually passed between seasons 1 and 2. Believe it or not, but fans have been waiting for a proper update to Accel World season 1 for over 7 years!
Here is what we can tell you right now.
Catching Up With Accel World
Accel World, the story of a bullied boy named Haruyuku, who takes part in a vast virtual world and game called Brain Burst, was popular from the very beginning. The light novel series first began as the brainchild of writer Reki Kawahara and illustrator HiMA. Three different manga series were then serialized across two of the most popular magazines in Japan. With popularity on a level like this, it certainly made sense that an Anime series would eventually come to fruition.
Shortly after the success of the light novel series, an Anime was ordered. Accel World debuted in April of 2012. It was also around this time that two video games were released, for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable respectively. In addition to the games themselves, both titles offered fans one original video animation each.
The series then saw a theatrical film release in 2016. Infinite Burst proved to be wildly successful with both fans and critics. It also performed rather well at the box office. There was even a spinoff known as Acchel World, which ran from 2012 to 2013.
With all of this success, and so much material, it just makes sense that we can expect Accel World season 2 at some point in the future.
When Can We Expect Another Season Of Accel World?
To date, everything released in connection with this series has been successful. Despite a waiting period that is currently in its seventh year, fans are hoping to hear an announcement from Sunrise, or anyone, at some point in the near future. The success of the film is worth keeping in mind. Furthermore, the movie was released just a few years ago in 2016. Clearly, the studio is still thinking about this property.
If the movie frustrated fans at all, it was simply for the fact that it did not pick up directly from season 1. It was rather an original story, with no specific connections to any of the questions fans had after the first season had concluded. The film was certainly well-liked, but it also stoked the fires for another season of the Anime.
At this point, unfortunately, it is difficult to say for sure when the series will return. Fans have been hoping for an announcement during 2019, which marks the 10-year anniversary of the debut of the light novel series. However, nothing concrete has been revealed at this time.
While fans want to temper their expectations to a certain degree, it is entirely possible that an announcement can still be made before the end of the year. Barring that, it is also possible that something will be revealed in 2020.
What Can We Expect From Season 2 Of Accel World?
Obviously, season 1 of Accel World did not finish the light novel. In fact, it is worth noting that as of this writing, the light novel is still being produced and released. In other words, there is tons and tons of material that can be used for a second season of the Anime. In fact, there is honestly material for at least a few more seasons.
In terms of what we can expect, there are a few possibilities. While the movie didn’t give us much of an indication of what happened after season 1, despite being set immediately afterwards, it did emphasize the larger points of the story’s ongoing narrative. It is the dream of the main protagonists to succeed in the Brain Burst game to the point of achieving its highest honor. That would be the opportunity to meet the creator of the game. While season 2 wouldn’t necessarily culminate in that, it would certainly get us much closer to their dream than we are right now.
The Future Of Accel World
While seven years is a long time to wait for another season, one shouldn’t give up hope. The light novel series continues to do extremely well. It seems likely that Sunrise is keenly aware of that.