Not getting another season is quite common for anime series no matter how beloved or popular they are which is quite disheartening. Conventionally, an anime adaptation is made from the source material, i.e, the manga which in most cases is ongoing, which implies that there is enough material for the anime to advertise. However, certain other factors also dictate the renewal of an anime series after the first or maybe the second season apart from having enough material to cover. Here are some of the anime series that won the hearts of thousands only to leave them wanting and craving for more.
Noragami is an extremely popular anime animated by the big-name Japanese animation studio – Bones and is directed by Kotaro Tamura. It crushed several hearts worldwide when it was not renewed for a third season after coming out in 2015. The long and unplanned hiatus taken by one of the authors for certain health complications seems to be the reason we still have not gotten to see the third season of Noragami yet. However, the Noragami manga has since resumed publication in 2019 and is miles ahead of where Noragami Season 2 ended. Fans are still hopeful to see Noragami Season 3 sometime in the future which will most likely focus on Yato and his relationship with his father.
No Game No Life
Unfulfilled story arcs and incomplete character development left fans wanting a second season for this anime. The creator of the anime, Yuu Kamiya, tweeted about making No Game No Life a 12-volume series back in 2021. The cliffhanger at the end of Season 1 has left viewers impatiently waiting for the new season ever since Season 1 finished airing in 2014. However, Studio Madhouse could not begin production for the second season as the No Game No Life light novel continues the story as a prequel rather than a sequel. Fan theories, speculation, and intense debates as to what may happen in Season 2 have been a raving talk in the community ever since Season 1 came out.
The 2019 sports anime, Stars Align (Hoshiai no Sora) was a cult favorite series with a significant overseas fanbase. Akane Kazuki revealed his determination to publish episodes 13 to 24, however, he is unable to find a production house willing to fund the sequel. Lack of funding has always been a disheartening cause that has brought many beloved anime to a halt.
The Deadman Wonderland anime started to stray away from the manga near the end. Manglobe Inc, the studio that animated Deadman Wonderland, incurred a 350 million yen debt, and as it stands the producers and directors will likely not be able to make anything else. This came as a shock to fans worldwide.
Yuri On Ice
One of the most eagerly awaited anime of all time, animated by MAPPA. The studio is yet to announce Yuri On Ice Season 2. Fans have been anticipating the second season for more than 4 years now. Yuri’s narrative is left incomplete and the second season is most likely to focus on the connection between the male leads, Yuri Katsuki and Victor.
Ouran Highschool Host Club
If an anime comeback has been delayed for more than 14 years, it is highly unlikely to have another season despite the enormous love it received. However, lo and behold, exactly 14 years later, creator Bisco Hatori disclosed there will be a season 2 which was supposed to come out in 2019. It is said that due to the global pandemic, the production was pushed back but hopefully, we can expect it to be out sometime in the next two years.
Kaichou Wa Maid-sama!
The worldwide beloved anime that garnered a huge fan base did not sadly get renewed for a second season, even though the manga ran up to 18 volumes. Maid-sama did not have a big enough fan base in Japan because of the “maid café” theme which only appeals to a certain demographic of otaku. It is also considered blatantly sexist and appealing for the male fantasy. So, seeing Misaki and Usui finally get married or a Maid-sama Season 2 is probably not going to be a dream fulfilled.
Back in 2005, based on Lynn Okamoto’s seinen manga series, one of the most edgy anime of all time was at an all-time rise in popularity because of its widely dark and violent content. The Elfen Lied anime, animated by Studio Arms came to an abrupt end, while the manga was still in publication for 12 fat volumes. Studio Arms had to file for bankruptcy in July 2020 only to close down soon after. So, the unfinished plot will likely stay that way.
Highschool of the Dead
Quite tragically, just like Berserk, the creator of the series Daisuke Sato passed away in 2017. The studio decided to discontinue the production even though the anime and the manga were a tremendous hit. The co-creator, Shouji Sato gave an interview where he stated he did not feel it was right to finish the series by himself because it would not do the anime or the manga justice. Quite heartbreaking, eh?