How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3 is the highly anticipated sequel to its previous seasons. Here is everything we know about the third season of this popular isekai-fantasy anime.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (also known as Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu in Japan) is an ecchi-isekai anime series created by Ajio-do Animation. It is based on the novel penned by Yukiya Murasaki which follows the Takuma Sakamoto, a hikikomori gamer who is mysteriously transported to the virtual world of his favourite MMORPG, Cross Reverie, with the appearance of his own character in the game, the Demon Lord Diablo.
The two young girls who summoned him, the pantherian Rem and the elf Shera, attempt to use a spell to make Takuma their servant, but due to his magic ring with the ability “Magic Reflection”, the spell rebounds, and both end, up with magic collars stuck on their necks, thus becoming his servants instead. With a serious case of social anxiety, Takuma decides to act like his character while interacting with others and makes use of his high stats and vast knowledge of Cross Reverie’s lore to survive in his new environment, travelling along with Rem and Shera
Its second season which was animated by Studio Tezuka Productions, Okuruto Noboru concluded in June 2021 and since then fans have been wondering whether the anime will return for season 3.
In case of anime the possibility of a sequel mainly depends of three factors which are:
- Availability of source material
Now I will present the information that I examined in 3 short sections and tell you if you should expect Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Season 3 to get announced in 2022.
Let’s start with an in-depth examination of the source material.
Is there enough material available for How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3?
Today most of the anime are adapted from the already existing source material in the form of manga, light novel, games and such.
In the case of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, the source material is light novel. Now we have to check how many volumes are currently available and how many of them have been adapted in the previous season and if the series is still ongoing.
Currently, there are thirteen light novel volumes of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord released in Japan. The light novel series by Yukiya Murasaki is still ongoing and a new volume is released every 8 months on average with the last one released on June 2, 2020. The active release of the novel is good news for the anime series. Moreover, there is also a manga adaptation by Naoto Fukuda which is currently running in Kadokawa’s Suiyobi no Sirius magazine since June 2015.
The first season of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord anime covered the first 3 and second more 3 volumes leaving behind 7 volumes worth of content.
Conclusion: Currently, 7 volumes are left to be adapted, so more than enough source material is available for another one-cour season. The series is still ongoing, so that’s a big plus for a sequel chance as well.
Sales and Popularity
In this section, we will see if the anime was even profitable for the production committee or failed to even make up the production costs. For this, we will analyse its Blu-ray, DVD sale and light novel sales.
Before moving ahead you will need to understand that most of the anime today created are mostly produced to promote and boost the sales of its source material (in this case a light novel). Sales generated through the sales of the light novel and merch are their main source of income and the rest is treated as a side income in the form of advertiser fees, online streaming licencing, and Blu-ray.
Generally a 12-epsiode anime television series like usually takes about $ 3,000,000 to produce.
As of the latest How Not to Summon a Demon Lord has 3.1 million copies in circulation. Since the airing of the anime, both the light novel and the manga grew in their popularity, leading to an increase in digital sales. The novel sales have tripled since the first season aired.
On average a light novel usually has 600,000 to 800,000 copies in circulation, so it is certainly doing impressive in terms of light novel sales.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord’s Blu-ray Sales
Disc sales are an important criterion for anime creators to earn financial income. In general, if an anime’s disc sales are over 5,000, a second season would be pretty promising.
In the case of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, the Blu-ray DVD sales are looking quite optimistic. As reported by sometaaniting.com, the first season of Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu sold a total of 4893 units over 3 volumes with an average sale of 1631. On re-release, it sold an additional 1188 units leading to a total of 6119.
A total of 6.1k units sold with is quite impressive, considering there is also growing streaming and merch money coming from domestic and overseas companies like Crunchyroll, Funimation BiliBli, in 2021.
The Blu-rays for second season are yet be be released in market but we are suspecting the second season to sell more than the first season cause the season 2 Blu-rays will come with a uncensored version along with various additional merchs which will attract quite a audience of MEN OF CULTURE. Moreover the Isekai genre itself is quite popular now, so we expecting some good numbers.
Conclusion: the series certainly has made a lot of money since the anime has debuted, so profitability shouldn’t stand in the way of a sequel either. And I don’t see Kadokawa and the production committee of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3 losing money unless the popularity drops for the franchise.
Popularity of the series in Japan and in west
In this section, we will take a look at how popular this series is and how much the anime boosted its popularity. To do that, we will look at its official social media handles, MyAnimeList and other rankings, and how successful light novel is.
How popular is the Light Novel?
The How Not to Summon a Demon Lord light novel was already quite popular in Japan and its popularity has surged after the anime aired. In March 2018, before the anime aired, the series had over 1 million copies in print. The numbers now have increased to 3.1 million. In addition to that several volumes of the novel also ranked in the top ten of Amazon Japan’s Light Novel charts in June 2021. Currently, its last released volume is ranked #943 as the bought light novel on Amazon Jump. Recently it ranked ninth Oricon’s Weekly Top 10 Light Novel Series by Sales (May 31 – June 6) with over 6813 copies sold.
Their official Twitter handle has about 47.6k followers and is regularly updated from time to time. This directly shows how popular the series in Japan who are the demographically targeted audience for its light novel and Blu-rays sales and accounts for almost 50% of revenue generated. Also, in comparison, Talentless Nana only had 34.1k followers and its season 2 might already be in work. Meanwhile, on Reddit, each episode discussion of season 2 received about 1.2k upvotes with around 200 comments. Also, the show’s official subreddit has about 5.4 members.
On MyAnimeList, Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu is ranked at #3913 with a rating of 6.94 with about 286k members. Meanwhile, on IMBD the series had received a rating of 7.1. The ratings are quite average but are still impressive if you take into account the controversial content it showed.
Meanwhile, in Japan, the second season was one the most watched anime of the Spring 2021 season ranking top on multiple anime streaming websites such as the D-Anime Store, AbemaTv. On NicoVideo, Japan’s own YouTube and the biggest video hosting site, episode 1 received a total of 155k views with 11k comments and the last episode spawned over 65k views with 6k comments.
Conclusion: the series is fairly popular in both Japan and overseas so it won’t have any problem getting season 3.
So will There Be a How not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3?
As of now, no official announcement has been made by Kadokawa, Avex Pictures, Tezuka Production and any other production committee for the third season, but, taking into account how popular the entire series has become after the anime aired, I think Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Season 3 has an excellent chance of getting announced.
There is enough source material available currently and the series has made tons of money from merch sales. If you ask why it is taking so long for a sequel, it’s probably because anime studios are busy these days, including studio Tezuka Productions, where they are booked up to next 2-3 years. Currently, they are working on Kanojo Konojo which is due for July 2021 and the rumoured Adachi To Shimamura Season 2. So even If the production committee did green-light a sequel in 2021 after the anime success, it would take a few years to announce next season.
How not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
How not to Summon a Demon Lord is yet to be officially renewed for season 3, but if it does get a new season, then it most likely will air in early 2023 since season 2 aired from April 9, 2021, to June 11, 2021, and usually takes around 1-2 years to create a new season.
As of now, no official announcements have been made yet, hence the readers need to keep in mind that these are just speculations. But, keep an eye out for this space as we will update it as soon as something official is announced. We can expect the announcement in the next few months.
What to expect from season 3?
The next season will begin with adapting the seventh volume adapting the “Dark Elves Arc”. J-Novel Club describes the content of the seventh volume as such:
“With Diablo learning of a ritual passed down by the Dark Elves that may be able to remove the remnants of the Demon Lord’s soul still slumbering within Rem’s body, he tags along despite her insistence to solve her personal problems on her own (out of concern of course—it has nothing to do with the Dark Elves having gigantic breasts according to the game! R-Right…?)
But a tragic injustice they had suffered in the past looms over them, making the Dark Elves hostile to the other races. Diablo steels himself for battle as bow and arrow are nocked against him.”
I hope this article helped you understand what are the chances that we will get a How not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3.