When Ao Ashi episode 1 aired in April, few people knew it would become one of the most popular sports anime in recent years. With the series’ two-cour run coming to an end, there will be a huge demand for an Ao Ashi season 2.
How likely is a sequel for Ao Ashi, and if it does come back, when can fans expect it to air?
Will There Be An Ao Ashi Season 2?
There has been no official confirmation regarding a second season of Ao Ashi. However, based on positive reviews, there is a good chance the series will come back in some form in the future.
Since being on the air, the Ao Ashi manga has received a significant sales boost in Japan, selling over 5 million additional copies. The series has also been highly rated internationally, although hasn’t achieved the popularity of some bigger titles.
Some series announce a second season shortly after the first. This could happen with Ao Ashi, but that appears to be unlikely right now considering the length of its first season and potential issues with the amount of source material, as explained below.
Ao Ashi Season 2 Release Date Predictions: What to Expect
If it’s decided that Ao Ashi deserves a second season, it’s unlikely we will see it soon.
The first season of Ao Ashi adapted just under half of the existing source material. While a second season of 24 episodes is theoretically possible, most manga adaptations like to ensure there is ample source material before announcing the series.
The Ao Ashi manga is still ongoing, with chapters released weekly. Therefore, producers may wait for the manga to build up enough content before announcing a new adaptation.
There are other options, of course. Ao Ashi season 2 could be a single-cour, 12-episode anime. This length is more common and would allow for a quicker adaptation.
However, most anime adaptations take around a year to go from announcement to airing. Given how nothing has been announced so far and assuming no major work is being done behind the scenes, the earliest we may expect an Ao Ashi sequel would be late 2023.
Ao Ashi could also do a movie release, similar to those recently announced for Haikyuu and Slam Dunk. However, those series are quite established sports anime titles – this move would be unlikely for Ao Ashi and there is no indication of this happening right now.
Of course, if anything official regarding Ao Ashi season 2 is announced, we’ll update this page, so stay tuned!