Citrus is a popular anime series in the yuri genre, meaning girls’ love, released in 2018. The anime is based on a manga series written and illustrated by Saburouta. It was created by the studio Passione. Citrus is directed by Takeo Takahashi and Naoyuki Tatsuwa, whom we know from the popular anime series Dakaichi. Originally aired on AT-X, Tokyo MX, SUN, BS Fuji local channels between January 6, 2018 – March 24, 2018, the first season attracted great attention. Thanks to the Crunchyroll and Funimation license, the series has spread worldwide. After about three years, fans are still waiting for a new season. So, will there be a second season of the series?
Synopsis: Fancy Yuzu thought differently about the first day of her new school after her mother remarried. She didn’t know it was an overly rigid and tutored school. So instead of her sweet high school crush, she conflicts with the head of the school council, Mei. Mei is actually her half-sister. And she will learn that hate and love are not that far away. Unable to deal with what is now, Yuzu discovers a brand new beginning, her sexual side, and discovers more about Mei.
After the first season: The first season was full of intense tension, love triangles, confused emotions, and distractions. By the end of the season, Mei finally confessed her true feelings. Unfortunately, Yuzu couldn’t respond clearly, creating an awkward atmosphere. The second season will allow Yuzu to further explore their relationship by agreeing to their feelings.
Will there be a second season of Citrus?
At the time of writing, neither studio Passione, manga publisher Ichijinsha, nor any related company renewed the second season’s anime. There is also no cancellation yet. We can see a new season of anime years later, and this period can take 5-6 years sometimes. Right now we can only speculate about the possibilities of the new season and air date. There are some important criteria, such as source material, popularity, and sales, to examine second season possibilities.
Manga status of the anime
As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, Citrus anime is a TV adaptation of the manga of the same name written by Saburouta. Originally published by Ichijinsha, the manga consists of 10 volumes in total and aired between November 17, 2012, and August 18, 2018. Manga is not ongoing anymore. In the meantime, it is possible to reach animation in English thanks to Seven Seas Entertainment.
The anime’s first season progressed faithfully to the manga. It covers 4 manga volumes in the first season. The remaining 6 volumes are quite enough for a second season. Also, those who want to continue with manga can start reading with the fifth volume.
Popularity and BD Sales of Citrus
According to last year’s data, the anime’s Blu-Ray DVD sales remained below 2,000. BluRay sales are expected to be at least 5,000 to see a new season of anime. When sales fall below this number, a new season is usually not considered because it does not benefit broadcasters.
While Blu-Ray sales make the new season unlikely, the production is not local and is also broadcast on global streaming channels. When we look at the overall popularity, we see a popularity score of 85.0%. This score is in a pretty good place compared to other anime and promising for the second season.
Release date of the second season of Citrus
As a result of the evaluation, we are 50% – 50% for a new season because BD sales are low and the creative studio is a small company and is currently busy with other anime. The anime studio has created ten anime and three OVA series so far. However, none of them has a sequel. We think that the studio’s work is mostly based on advertising to feed the manga. Nevertheless, still, there is enough source material and viewership for a new season of the series. If the anime renewed, the new season could be like 2022.
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