As a rule, any anime series has a solid base in the form of a light novel or manga. Usually, the studio which produces the series is trying to adapt the entire story or its half, or another part. That's why in general each season of your favorite anime consists of twelve or twenty-four episodes. A cour is usually a unit of production, which is equal to a quarter of the period of broadcasting in Japan. It typically contains twelve or thirteen episodes. Frequently, the US broadcasters, as well as fandom, take such two-cour period as two separate seasons. But, in fact, it is just one season split into two parts.
Why do we make such a weird introduction? We made this just because it would be easier for you to understand what happens with your favorite anime. If you visited this page, you are a fan of Snow White with the Red Hair. Of course, you are looking forward to a next season of the series. And, without a doubt, you want to know, is there going to be a Season 3 of Akagami no Shirayukihime? You have been waiting more than a year, but no official announcement of the third season followed. Let's try to find out why.
There are a couple of reasons why a studio quits their current project and begin working on another one. However, the most significant among them all is a commercial value of their job. Have you ever imagined how much could it cost to produce just one season of anime? According to the insider leak, an average price of production is about two million dollars. This figure might give you a hint why your favorite anime still has no next season. Now, let's take a closer look at Akagami no Shirayukihime.
We watched two seasons of the series + an OVA. In fact, it was just one season consisting of twenty-four episodes (two cours). Thus, this Original Video Animation was mere a final chapter of the story, its conclusion (sequel or prequel), in other words. That is why you have seen the word "fin" at the end of the 24th episode, that means "finale." To be sure of this fact, please watch the last episode of the first season. You won't find the same word at the end of the season. It is a sad fact, surely. But this is more like the truth, unfortunately. But, do we have a chance for a next season, bearing in mind all of this?
As usual, a foggy hope still exists. The main reason to produce one more season of this anime is that there is a lot of source material for a next installment. The original manga series consists of seventeen volumes. The most recent volume has been issued on March 3, 2017, that means that the manga is still ongoing. A reception by the target audience also looks impressive.
According to MAL, the first season of the series has a score of 7.92/10 > 104,000 votes, while the second one has a rating of 8.14/10 ~ 61,500 votes. As we may see, the sophomore installment was even more successful compared to its predecessor. In the US and UK, this factor is capable of affecting the decision on renewal. But the Japanese anime universe follows its own rules.
As mentioned above, the production of any anime series is a costly process. Therefore, the decision on renewal mostly depends on the sales of BD/DVD releases. If the sales were successful, the studio which worked on the anime starts thinking on the development of one more season, spinoff, or a sequel. They must first pay back the costs, isn't it? The sales of a Blue-Ray BOX, which contains 24 episodes + OVA, started off on July 28, 2017, according to the official website of the franchise.
So, the project isn't dead. The show's creators just need to count up their incomes to make their final decision on the matter of Season 3. Just believe us, even if the story has come to an end, but the sales were a success, the studio could produce one more season. Besides, there are some clues we want to know. Additionally, there are some volumes of manga to adapt. Summing up, we conclude that this is not the end of the Akagami no Shirayukihime franchise. We still have a chance for the next season. The only question remains when it could happen?
What Is Akagami no Shirayukihime About?For those who don't know what is this series about, here is a brief overview below.
Snow White with the Red Hair is a story of Shirayuki, a cheerful young girl living in the kingdom of Tanbarun. She is peculiar thanks to her lush hairs of unusual red color. Her fabulous beauty and a specific color of hairs served a reason for the local Prince Raj to force Shirayuki to become his concubine. She had the bravery to disobey Raj. As a result, Shirayuki was forced to escape the kingdom, as well as to cut her incredible beauty hairs.
She decided to hide in the forest, where Shirayuki encounters a stranger named Zen. Shirayuki rescued him from poison by finding an antidote, because of her skills in the herbal science. It turns out that Zen is a prince of Clarines, a kingdom, where Shirayuki is trying to escape. Here, in Clarines, Shirayuki becomes the court herbalist and restarts her life at the royal palace of Clarines. Over time, Zen and Clarines start a romantic relationship.
On The Subject of The Possible Release Date for Season 3Unlike the widespread opinion, we believe that Snow White with the Red Hair Season 3 still could happen. Above, we described all the reasons to think so. We admit that the odds are low. Nonetheless, everything could change in the world of anime. Sometimes, some studio might revive some presumable dead project. We hope that Akagami no Shirayukihime deserves such attention from the side of many famous studios. The project is a great and worthy continuation. We assume that if the studio Bones manage to cover expenses, they will film another season of Akagami no Shirayukihime. But the decision on their side, anyway.
As for the possible release date for the third season, it could happen next fall. After all, we are waiting for a bit more than a year. Some anime series receive renewal after or a couple of years or even a decade. Thus, the fall of 2019 is a very likely period for release. The announcement of renewal will be revealed possible in the first quarter of 2019 in that case. So, we are waiting for the official news. Do not lose hope! Stay tuned for updates. We'll keep you informed on the subject. By the way, you might help, if you have some additional data on the matter. Perhaps, you have access to the box office of Snow White with the Red Hair. These data might allow us to expand our forecast with some additional reliable figures and facts. Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments, below.