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Ektaa-Posted March 2, 2021
How much more blood do we shed until we get a Season 2?
The shounen anime and manga series, Akame ga Kill! synonymously known as Akame ga Kiru!.
It translates to “Akame Slashes” as one anime title to attract a tonne of attention in the 2010s.
The series was loved and hated by all those who consumed the blood and gore the story had to offer.
But ever since the conclusion of the series back in 2015, not even a scent of a possible Season 2 has been revealed by the creators.
For the intrigued, we are going to discuss all the possible ways to get (or not, too) a new season for Akame ga Kill!
Everything we know about Akame Ga Kill so far
We are introduced to a young Tatsumi, who travels to the Capital along with two of his friends, to earn money for a decent living for himself and his family.
Upon reaching there, he comes to face the corruption and injustice in this big city.
Tatsumi is separated from his friends in a bandit attack and also loses out on getting recruited into the army.
But when he gets taken in by a noble family, their property gets attacked by the all assassins group, Night Raid.
Tatsumi gets apprehended by them and eventually learns of the horrors the family had inflicted on his friends and had the same plans for him as well.
Tatsumi becomes a member of the Night Raid.
He helps them fight the corruption and injustice forced by the merciless Minister Honest ruling the Capital from the shadows.
The members of the Night Raid are equipped with rare and ancient weaponry known as Teigus or Imperial Arms.
The opposition i.e. the ruling party and its evil minions too have these powers but only use them to inflict pain on the innocent.
Some Teigu appears as weapons while some take shape as living creatures. These living creatures are known as Danger Beasts.
The only drawback of being a Teigu user is that if the usage of the powers is exceeded, the Teigu will disintegrate at the very core.
That means so will the user. But, if the powers are used in excess they end up turning the users into Danger Beasts.
The series is conceptualized and written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro.
Official Announcements and Release Date of Akame Ga Kill Season 2
As of date, no official announcement regarding the same has been made. It's been seven years when season 1 was released.
So, to speculate why there has been no official announcement we have analyzed every factor that might have any sort of influence on a possible season 2.
Go ahead and let's understand whether or not we will be getting a season 2.
Source Material Information for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
In the Anime series, Episode 24 which is the concluding episode, the city of Capital is in complete shambles.
He is also responsible for the death of Tatsumi. Akame takes on the blame for all the wrongdoings of the Revolutionary Army.
She bids Najenda farewell who dedicates the rest of her receded life to rebuild the empire.
All records of the Night Raid are redacted and they are now complete legends.
The post-credits reveal a lonely Akame walking through the desert who gets ambushed by a bunch of Teigu users.
Carrying the weight of her deceased compatriots, Akame battles the bandits.
BUT! This was not how the manga ended. Tatsumi actually lives in the manga series.
For all those who shipped Tatsumi and Mine, they even get married and have a baby together (despite being stuck in his Teigu Dragon form).
Talk about a perfect and happy ending after the chaos they went through! Phew!
Here’s a classic example of the anime creators drifting away from the source material.
Just like Classroom of the Elite, which received severe backlash from its fans.
They actually managed to boycott Season 1 and nothing was ever heard for the series later, will Akame ga Kill! face a similar fate?
When Takahiro was asked to create a manga for Square Enix's Gangan Joker.
His idea of an all-female assassins group and a boy who gets apprehended by them”.
The idea approved by the editor of the zine.
After a few hiccups within the company, Takahiro managed to build the world and create the characters to his satisfaction.
He found Tetsuya Tashiro to bring his characters to life.
Its serialization began in April of 2010 and continued until 2017 in Gagan Joker.
It became a huge hit amongst the shounen-loving fans in Japan and the west.
The first tankobon was published in August of 2010 and fifteen volumes have been released until February 22, 2017, in Japan with each containing 5-6 chapters.
“Special Volumes” of the manga each containing 4 EXTRA chapters too were released between the period of 27th October 2014.
Seeing the first release and December 25, 2017, seeing the second release. The series was licensed by Yen Press.
Getting to the important aspect, the storyline of the manga seemed to interest readers more than the adapted storyline of the anime.
The manga dwells in the horrors, corruption, and evils being laid onto the Capital.
The backstories of each of the assassins of the Night Raid are explored, we even come to know how Leone got Lionel from the Black Market.
A point to note here is, those who have read the manga claim it to be a gruesome read.
The Wild Hunt arc (which apparently 20 pages omitted for the anime series) is a particularly brutal read.
And Akame didn’t enter into a fight with Esdeath.
She had to sift through a sea of Teigu wielding Revolutionary Army members to get into a 1v1 fight with her.
Leone’s killing of Minister Honest is not the one for the faint-hearted.
It is gut-wrenching and blood spillage to the max. And an added bonus of the members of the army lining too, quite literally, get a piece of Honest.
Akame ga Kill! Zero, a prequel to Akame ga Kill! was released by Takahiro which features the illustration of Kei Toru.
Zero explores Akame’s days before joining the Night Raid and covers a good part of her past life of being an assassin for the Empire.
Zero’s serialization began on October 25 2013 with the 11th issue of the Monthly Big Gangan.
The series a total of ten volumes spanning across 6-9 chapters in each volume. The latest issue was released in Japan on 25th April 2019.
As a continuation to Akame ga Kill! Takahiro created the manga series, Hinowa ga Yuku! Or Hinowa ga CRUSH! and the art was done by Strelka.
The story is set in an eastern country known as Wakoku. Hinowa is the protagonist of this series absorbed in an upheaval.
For fans of the original storyline, Akame is seen in this series as well.
Hinowa ga CRUSH!’s serialization began in June 2017 and the latest volume was released in August of 2020.
It has five volumes with 6-7 chapters in each. Six chapters from the Crush series have yet to be released in tankobon format.
The anime adaptation for the series was later announced in 2014 and began airing across television screens in Japan from July through December.
Akame ga Kill! was aired in the US an entire year later from August 2015 to February 2016.
On June 19, MAL (My Anime List) reported that Akame ga Kill!’s anime adaptation has been greenlit.
The anime is produced by the same, Square Enix along with TOHO animation and is licensed by Sentai Filmworks for its release in North America.
The animation production was given to WHITE FOX. They chose the director, Tomoki Kobayashi of Steins Gate and Tears to Tiara fame.
Makoto Uezu was the Series Composer and the Chief Animation Director, Character Design was helmed by Kazuhisa Nakamura.
Takahiro was in charge as the Scenario Supervisor.
Breaking down the storyline for you, the anime was conceptualized in the midst of Takahiro writing the source material.
The anime series comes across as an in-your-face, gory and edgy series.
The anime is a modern style animation with vivid colors. An exceptional amount of visual effects to add to the fact that it is a fast-paced action series.
WHITE FOX added details elevating the world even further.
The anime series follows through only eight volumes of the manga.
The storyline compiles certain story arcs from the further volumes and it has an anime exclusive ending.
For the uninitiated, it diverges its storyline from Episode 19. It has a runtime of 24 minutes each.
That’s cutting it too close to develop the characters and the world.
Most notably, Tatsumi’s death in the ending, which as discussed, does not exist in the manga storyline whatsoever.
Some refute that he sacrificed himself for the greater good.
When asked the same question in an interview Takahiro said that ‘ By the time anime ended, the manga series exceeded.
To make the story exciting, I decided to change the ending since those who have read the manga already know the ending’.
He also added, ‘the anime ending was fantastic but the manga ending will be more fantastic!’.
But the fans of the manga and anime did not seem too happy with the ending.
A small set of omake segments were packaged along with the anime series, Akame ga Kill! Theatre.
The ONA (Original Net Animation) was produced by C-Station along with the co-operation of WHITE FOX.
The series was directed by Masafumi Tamura and featured character designs by Asami Watanabe.
Ever since then, there has been no news whatsoever of the anime series returning.
So has changed the storyline made an impact on the return on the series?
Popularity Information for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
Popularity itself is a major factor to decide for next season.
Popularity gives positive hints to producers to invest more money to keep the anime going forward.
Website & Merchandise
The website was last updated in August 2015.
The “Goods” section boasts a variety of merch, surprisingly not something you get to see for an anime series.
A selection of Backpacks, Towels, Carry Zipper bags, Phone cases, Pillows, and other non-traditional merchandise.
There are two figurines of Akame and Esdeath available as well but they are not featured on the main website.
Sentai Filmwork's last updates about Akame ga Kill’s merch was in 2016 featuring new t-shirt and hoodie designs.
A Google trends graph shows a clear rise in the search hits and interest in the anime series in 2014.
But after 2016, the graphs dip to such a low that is quite discerning.
Google has been since flooded with hits for a possible Season 2. But, no official word is out.
You will be amazed to know that around the globe a whopping 38,000 people search for Akame ga kill season 2.
The highest being in the USA followed by the UK.
So it's a positive signal that there are people who still want season 2 in spite of the fact that it's been a long time since season 1 got released.
The Twitter page is active and the only place one can receive fresh updates, but they have all been related to Hinowa ga Yuku!.
The captions hint at bits of the Akame ga Kill! storyline but not it in its true sense.
Despite the manga having been continuously released by Takahiro and Gangan Joker, one could surmise that sales haven’t been all that great since the anime series released.
And despite the spin-off manga released during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may have affected the sales as well.
Online Reactions for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
If you Google Akame ga Kill! one of the first few things you read about the series is, ‘why is Akame ga kill bad?’ , ‘ is Tatsumi alive?’
Akame ga kill is a lesson on how to not kill all the characters in the first season. And that’s not a welcoming sight for anyone who was recommended the anime.
Many who have enjoyed anime series like Clover, find Akame ga Kill! their perfect fix of gore and action.
As you can see from this Reddit post, they are pretty much sure that there will not be any season 2.
It might be due to the fact that anime stopped the following manga from episode 19.
This quora post provides some valuable insight as you can for yourself. Again they mentioned that anime had some major differences from manga.
From the above two posts, we can say that people have now assumed that there might not be a season two.
There is no enthusiasm in fans for the next season.
We know that many of you still be excited to get a new season but the probability is decreasing day by day.
Let see, if we get a season 2, what might be the expected plot?
Expected Plot of Akame Ga Kill Season 2
We have already established that there is enough source material for the story to progress.
But, Akame ga Kill! Zero and Hinowa ga CRUSH! could be useful for creating a new season.
So instead, the fans could expect a prequel in the form of Zero's story being explored.
The story of Akame and her younger sister, Kurome, who represents the Jaegers.
Both the girls believe in the well-being of the Empire and are work towards maintaining the peace of the nation.
They continue to do so even when they are separated. The girls join a team of assassins and begin their training in martial arts.
The story is Akame's past character exploration along with a bunch of other assassins as well.
Given that there at 10 volumes with a total of 60 chapters, there's enough material to execute a prequel series.
We can only speculate that they could create a season for the anime universe.
The final episode of the series ended with the main characters being killed off. Leaving no room to take the story further.
And Hinowa ga Crush! is still in serialization in Gangan Joker.
So it'll be a waiting game for the manga series to end. Many who have read the manga claim that the story isn't close to the original one whatsoever.
Fans of Akame ga Kill! can only hope for some news of a new season and keep speculating until then.
Reviews and Rating Score for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
The IMDB rating of the show is 7.9 stars out of 10. Yet if you were to notice a small graph on the page, it shows a decline in the popularity of the show.
The MAL score of the show is 7.91 with a popularity ranking at #29, which is pretty amazing for a show without a new season.
Here, we can say that anime has got good ratings from users and it will act as a positive signal for season 2
Here's a review on the website IMDb.
What does it hint at? Should there be next season based on IMDb rating?
Sales and Profit information for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
Profit matters most. I think it is the most important factor for producers to invest in next season.
Let's see what is happening here.
The manga’s serialization began in April 2010 in Square Enix’s issue of Gagan Joker and was sold on 20th March 2010.
Volume 7 of the series sold a whopping 24,181 copies in its initial week and so did Volume 8 perform well by selling out 37,833 copies in its debut week as well.
Akame ga Kill!’s English translated manga featured on the NY Times Manga Best Seller List of 2015 with Volume 1 dwindling between #8 - #10.
Volume 2 featured at an amazing standing of #2 on the same list in May.
Volume 8 also made it to the Top 3 ranking at #3 of the list. The initial manga series ended in January 2017.
Akame ga Kill! Zero too made an appearance on the NY Times list, ranking at #6 for one week.
Some reports suggest that the prequel and the manga series have collectively sold 3.3 million copies alone.
DVD/ Blu Ray Discs Sales
The website currently has 8 volumes of the series in DVD & Blu-Ray formats. The preliminary Summer 2014 sales for the series were 3,154.
Later that year Volume 1 sold a total of 2,378 copies ranking at #10 of the Blu Ray Discs sales in Japan and 776 copies of the DVD sold ranking at #5.
All DVD and Blu-Ray discs were released by Toho Co. Ltd.
The series premiered on Tokyo MX on 7th July 2014 and went on till December. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime in 2015.
Adult Swim’s Toonami began airing the series from August 8 to February 20, 2016.
The series was such a hit that, the blocking became one of the most-watched programs with 1.8 million viewers consuming the series!
The series currently is being aired on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video.
The Production Cost of Akame Ga Kill
Akame ga Kill! is an Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy genre anime series.
Anime series being developed of the same genre are usually considered as high-value production projects.
We could assume that it would’ve taken at least 350 million yen to create Season 1. If the series were to progress, it would mean more deaths.
More special effects and an intriguing storyline that the fans will approve of. It could double the amount to get another season of gore and bloodshed.
Given the current pandemic situation and also the fact that 7 years have passed since Season 1 ended, it looks slightly bleak to create a new season.
And to add to that, the backlash from the fans isn’t making it any easier for the creators and production houses either.
Famous Characters for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
Let’s start off by stating that Akame ga Kill! boasts a total of 35 deaths in Season 1 itself. As per the anime, only two characters remain, Akame and Najenda.
If they are to create another season, these two will definitely make the cut (no pun intended!)
Akame is a member of the Night Raid, she also becomes the first one who comes to killing Tatsumi.
She appears cold-hearted at first but is always worried about the safety of her compatriots.
Her combat ability is on power with the all-powerful General Esdeath of the Empire.
Her Teigu, Murasame is known for being coated in an intense poison that can claim lives almost instantaneously.
The hunk of the rebellion, Najenda is the leader of the Night Raid. She is confident, level headed and leads the group with determination and clear thinking.
She is mistaken as a man sometimes due to her appearance and gets the nickname of the hunk. Najenda is known for passing cold comments and bad puns.
Her Teigu, Susanoo is a living humanoid that functions as a user’s bodyguard and an added bonus of doing household chores.
Other Decisive factors for Akame Ga Kill Season 2
The ending of the previous season and controversies tells a lot. Is there any hint for next season?
Ending of Akame Ga Kill Season 1
We have already established the grimy world of Akame ga Kill! A group of assassins called the Night Raid.
Their function was to handle reconnaissance and battle against the brutal rulers of the Capital.
She states that Tatsumi died because he was weakling.
But some could confer that she did have some feelings for him but could not express the same.
In a thrilling battle with Akame, she manages to slash Esdeath. She then walks over to Tatsumi’s corpse and freezes herself along with him and disintegrates.
With a good chunk of its members dead from the battle, the surviving members, Akame and Najenda help rebuild the Capital.
They shed the last blood drop of the Emperor who willingly agrees to be publicly executed for his misjudgments.
The series noted as the GOT (Game of Thrones) version of the anime world.
This means that most of the key characters have already been erased from the timeline.
If one notices the names of the titles of the episodes, it’s not too difficult to understand the crux of the show.
The creators of the show took an easy way out to conclude the season!
But is it enough to create another season with only three of the main characters surviving?
The internet is filled with debates, forums, and chat rooms discussing how the creators of the anime messed up the ending and ruined the whole experience for them.
Many manga elitists or purists loathed the anime series as it deviated from the source material.
Which as discussed earlier, did not end up for another anime series as well.
Many claim this is one of the reasons why they could not reboot the series.
This may have also been one of the reasons the sales dipped and so did the popularity of the show.
It is very important to consider the fan's reactions and emotions towards the source material creators put out.
It can be one of the deciding factors of making or breaking a series and its successes.
No, a Season 2 for Akame ga Kill! is yet to be confirmed like blood lad season 2.
Given that the most important people are understandably upset with the anime series.
It looks bleak that the series will get another season.
Despite the fact that Takahiro has been putting out truckloads of the source material, with the latest being in 2020.
There is no dearth of a storyline for the creators to adhere to and even experiment cautiously with.
The 7-year gap and silence from the production house and creators could be taken as a sign to slowly pull over a white cloth over the series.
We can only conclude, saying that chances look really slim for Akame ga Kill! Season 2.