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Is a sequel to the [Made in Abyss] series being produced for a second season? Or the movie version? A thorough review of what’s to come!

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An in-depth look at the future of Made in Abyss, which aired to high praise in 2017 and had a theatrical version in the works!
While a series sequel is in the works, we’ve put together a summary of each of the possibilities, whether it’s really a second season or if it’s going to be developed into a theatrical version!

Heretical manga grows rapidly into an anime adaptation

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The manga “Maid in Abyss” by Akihito Tsukushi started to be serialized on Manga Life WIN on October 20, 2012.
Manga Life WIN is a 4-panel webcomic distribution site of Take Shobo, which has serialized “Aimaimai-mei”, “Poptepic”, etc. However, at the time, there was a category called “Manga Life WIN+”, which dealt with storyline manga, not 4-panel manga, and it was published there.
In addition, Manga Life WIN+ was later renewed, and now it is called “WEB Comic Gamma”.

The series has been steadily progressing at a monthly pace, and in July 2013 the long-awaited first volume was released.
This was Tsukushi-sensei’s first commercial manga, and at the time it wasn’t yet gaining much attention, and a month after its release, it seemed that if it sold another 4200 copies, it would be ready for another printing.

What kind of a situation this was, is that while it wasn’t an instant hit, it wasn’t quite a hit, and there was still a long way to go.
In 2013, even if it wasn’t as bad as it is now, there was a publishing slump, and the number of copies of a new author’s first volume was squeezed to a very low level, and if it was a popular work, it would be reprinted pretty quickly.
In fact, many of the manga that would later become hits were reprinted soon after their release, and the “Urgent big reprint! It’s not uncommon to see phrases such as “I’m not a fan of this” dancing around.

In other words, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Maid in Abyss, the hit manga that has been made into an anime, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing.
To put it more clearly, at that time it was a question of “How long can the series continue?

Of course, it doesn’t mean that the content was bad.
At the time of the first volume, the overwhelmingly detailed drawings and the original worldview of the artist are already vividly expressed, and the quality is unusually high for a first volume by a new manga artist.
Tsukushi-sensei was originally a game designer and illustrator for Konami, so even though he was a newcomer to commercial manga, his skills were already top-notch.

On the other hand, the design itself is quite unique, but the combination of this heartwarming design, bizarre and sexual depictions, and a dark storyline is still heresy.
On top of that, the super dense setting that seems to have all the trappings of taste makes people choose, so it may be that it took some time for this work to catch on.

Nevertheless, manga lovers around the world have found this kind of work, and through word of mouth it has slowly spread, and in October 2014, a long-awaited reprint of the manga was published, a short time after the second volume was released.
Furthermore, the manga was later selected as a nominee for the soon-to-be established “Next Manga Award”.
Although it didn’t win the award, the manga’s popularity increased, and its fan base steadily increased as both volumes were reprinted.

After that, the manga got back on track, and people who had been put off by the artwork started to pick up the manga after hearing its reputation, and sales increased rapidly.
It has grown into a representative work of WEB Comic Gamma and Takeshobo, and in December 2016, the long-awaited TV anime adaptation was announced.

As of July 2017, when the anime began broadcasting, the series had a total of 1.2 million copies in circulation.
Of these, it was widely announced that ebooks accounted for 800,000 copies of the series.
Although the share of e-books has increased over the years, it seems that it was still very rare for a work to sell twice as many copies as a paper book, which is one of the main features of this work.

There are several reasons why Made in Abyss e-books are selling far better than paper books.
First of all, since it’s a webcomic distribution site, readers are naturally more inclined to go online.
In addition, Takeshobo frequently runs campaigns on their e-book store “BOOK WALKER”, and this seems to have led to sales promotion.

In addition, we cannot ignore the lewd magic of this work.
The charm of this work is its realistic worldview, which is always facing death, sometimes even grotesquely, in a way that is hard to imagine from the character designs that look like a picture book character or the meticulously drawn beautiful cover.
Rather than a paper book, which requires a number of steps to get through the story, an e-book, which can be purchased immediately and the next page is just a click away, allows you to experience the world of this work in a more direct way.

First season discs are a hit! The movie version is also very popular.

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The Made in Abyss anime aired in the summer of 2017 to very high acclaim.

Disc sales, which were released in both the top and bottom volumes, were also strong, averaging over 5,000 copies, but the anime is more than just those numbers. The fans have been very supportive of the show, and it ranked first in the “5ch People’s Best Anime Ranking 2017″, and AT-X Anime Ranking 2017!” for all the 2017 anime that aired, including the third place in It was ranked high across the board in various surveys conducted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
We also won major awards both domestically and internationally, including a Jury Recommended Work at the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival and the Grand Prize at CRUNCHYROLL ANIME AWARDS 2017, sponsored by a major American animation distribution service.

These achievements have been highly acclaimed, and Made in Abyss is now rushing to an even bigger stage.
A theatrical compilation with new cuts will be released in 2019, followed by a completely new theatrical version of Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul in January 2020.
Despite the relatively small size of the film’s 50 screens nationwide, it has recorded a high occupancy rate and is showing strong box office revenue.

Also, the sales of the original work have increased significantly from before the anime adaptation, and the total sales of the series have exceeded 3.33 million copies.
The effect on the original work has been outstanding.

Right after the release of “Dawn of the Soul”, the decision to produce a sequel to the series was announced.

Series sequel production = 2nd season?

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Normally, when a second season has been decided, you don’t have to use a roundabout way of saying “2nd season confirmed! I’m going to announce straight away that I’m going to do it.
If this is not the case, it is assumed to be “It has been decided to make a sequel, but the form it will take is still undecided”.
Therefore, it does not necessarily mean that a sequel to the series is in the works for a second season.

On the other hand, since it is not clearly stated as the second season, it cannot be considered as the second season.
For example, “SHOW BY ROCK! was initially described as “A sequel and short anime is in the works! and then officially announced that the sequel is the second season of the TV anime.
In other words, we can neither confirm nor deny the second season at this point in time.

However, we can make some predictions based on the stock.

The first season of the Made in Abyss anime was filmed up to the early part of volume 4.
Then, the movie version of Dawn of the Deep Souls drew its sequel and has been digested to volume 5.

As of February 2020, the Made in Abyss comics have already been released to volume 8.
However, the pace of the series has slowed down considerably due to Tsukushi-sensei’s inconsistent health, and only two episodes have been updated since volume 8, which was released in May 2019.
Because of these circumstances, the announcement may be cautious.

However, the first season was produced in volumes 1-3 + 2 episodes, so if the same digestive pace is used, 6-8 volumes + 2 episodes can be made for 1 cool story.
Therefore, although it’s at the very last minute, the stock for the second season has been saved up, and it’s possible to produce a second season.
The current episode (the village episode) is nearing the end of the season, so it seems like it will fit in better if they make the second season after the series has progressed a bit more.

On the other hand, it is also possible that the movie version will expand on the story.
In that case, the climax of the story will be the 46 episodes included in the 7th volume.

However, considering the breakup of the series, the 2nd season has a much higher chance of happening.

Summary

My personal opinion is that the second season is 80-90% of the way through.
Of course, the theatrical version is worth watching, but I’d like to see the TV series take its time with what happens after volume 6!

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