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【The Misfit of Demon King Academy】A thorough examination of the possibility of a second season! With strong distribution, the odds are in our favor!

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We’re going to thoroughly examine the possibility of a second TV anime season for “The Misfit of Demon King Academy” which aired in the summer of 2020 and attracted many anime fans!
We will explore whether or not a sequel will be made from various perspectives such as disc sales, distribution, growth of the original work and current stock!

Netizens come to a boil over the “Naro” anime that went through the roof!

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Was the anime adaptation of “The Misfit of Demon King Academy” a success or not?
I’ll explain the decision and the details later, but at the very least, it was an anime that created a lot of excitement among anime fans.

Let’s take a look back at the process that led to the anime adaptation of this work.

The original work is a web novel that Aki-sensei started posting on Shosetsuka ni Narou in April 2017.
The official title is “The Misfit of Demon King Academy: The Founder of the Strongest Demon King in History, Reincarnated to Attend a School for His Descendants”, and it depicts a school story where the “tyrannical demon king” Anos Voldigord, who destroyed all races including gods, dares to lose his life in order to end the long-lasting days of warfare, and is reincarnated 2000 years later to start a new life with his descendants.

The battle depiction of the demon king Anos, who shows overwhelming abilities that make other Musou-style works look hazy, attracted attention right after it was posted, and it quickly became number one for the day.
It went on to become number one overall for the week and number one overall for the month, and within eight months of submission, it was announced that it would be published as a book, and Dengeki Bunko began publishing it in March 2018.

The illustrations were done by Shizuma Yoshinori, a popular artist famous for designing Shimakaze and other characters in “Ship This”.
The book was reprinted within 10 days of its release, thanks in part to the support of the “SSR artist” who has illustrated hit novels such as “Marginal Operation” and “The Book of Zero to Start Magic.

After that, the book was reprinted one after another, and with the momentum, a comicalization series was started on Manga UP!
The manga version, written and drawn by Haruka Kaya, was also a hit, and in October 2019, when the total number of copies sold for the series reached 850,000, a TV anime adaptation was announced.

So far, things have been going extremely well for “The Misfit of Demon King Academy”, but due to the …… new Corona, the broadcast date has been postponed from Spring 2020 to Summer 2020.
Fans of the original work, as well as anime fans and Naro fans who were looking forward to the broadcast, will have to wait three months. In addition, in the spring, the supply of Naro’o anime was rather high with the airing of “I’ve been reborn as a villainous daughter with a doomed flag in an otome game…” and “Yatsuo to sore wa nai wa yo!

However, as soon as it started airing, anime fans were excited to see Anos-sama’s strength, which was an order of magnitude greater than any other Naro’o protagonist to date.
His signature line, “Did you think I’d die just because you killed me?

Disc sales are not good, distribution is good!

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It is not always the case that an anime that is produced for a second season has high numbers in Blu-ray/DVD (disc) sales.
In recent years, this tendency has become more pronounced as various funding methods including exclusive distribution rights have been established.

Nevertheless, it is a fact that high disc sales are always a good thing.
A work with strong disc sales is a sign that it has a strong customer base, and the companies in the production committee can safely invest in such a work.
If the companies that invested in the first season continue to support the second season, the planning for the second season will go through very smoothly.

With this in mind, I will judge whether the anime “The Misfit of Demon King Academy” is a success or not, and whether it has left enough results for a second season to be produced.

First of all, the disc sales of the first volume were 2,700 copies.
This is a good number considering the recent recession in anime, but it is not enough to say that the second season is almost certain based on disc sales alone.
It seems to be an anime that is relatively popular among young people, so it must have been difficult to make a big hit with the expensive discs.

On the other hand, the distribution is going well.

On Netflix, it ranked first in the “Today’s Top 10” every week.
On Amazon Prime Video, the number of reviews is much higher than other anime that aired at the same time, indicating the large number of users.
The number of views on “Bilibili Video” shows how the distribution in Asia is faring. …… Unfortunately, “The Misfit of Demon King Academy” is distributed only in Taiwan, so we cannot estimate its popularity.

Next, let’s take a look at the growth of the original work.
When the anime adaptation was announced in October 2019, the series had sold a total of 850,000 copies, but it continued to grow steadily, reaching 1.35 million copies by July 2020, when the anime started airing.
In October of the same year, after the anime had finished airing, the series had sold over 1.6 million copies.

It is worth noting that not a single comic book version of the manga was released during this period.
In fact, due to Kaya Haruka-sensei’s health condition, the manga version of the series has been stopped despite the anime broadcast period.
Therefore, the sales of the old volume and the new novel alone have nearly doubled from 850,000 copies to 1.6 million copies.

Because of this, it is a little difficult to predict the second season based on the number of views on Bilibili Video or the sales of the original work and the comicalization.

For example, the same Naro’o works that have already been confirmed for a second season are “Shield Hero’s Rise”, “Common Occupation, World’s Strongest”, and “I don’t want to be in pain, so I’d like to focus on defense. Although the disc sales of “The World’s Strongest” are almost the same as those of “The Misfit of Demon King Academy”, the manga version has grown significantly, and the number of views on “Biribiri Video” has exceeded 100 million.
However, because of the reasons mentioned above, it is difficult to evaluate the effect of the anime on the manga version and the number of video views, so it is difficult to say “there is a big possibility of a second season! So, to be honest, I can’t say for sure that there is a possibility of a second season.

However, taking into account the fact that the anime effect itself has been remarkable, with all the volumes being heavily printed, and the fact that the distribution is going well, it can be said that a second season is within reach.



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