Dorohedoro is a beloved anime series prepared by studio MAPPA and published on Netflix. Dorohedoro is another of the studio’s beloved anime, such as Banana Fish and Dororo. Netflix published the anime in May 2020. It quickly gained a great fanbase. After its successful first season, the series’s fans have started to wonder about season 2. So, will there be a second season, what can be the plotline, and when will it air? The series, which has good ratings, has 12 episodes that have been published so far and managed to get an above-average score of 8.1 on IMDb. When we examine the audience’s comments, we can say that the anime is one of the most successful anime released in 2020. Let’s start with the new season expectations of the series.
Dorohedoro takes place in a world called Hole. There live humans and Magic-Users. Magic-Users kill Hole residents and terrorize the streets of Hole. It is a very violent world, and residents fear their lives every day. Caiman is the main character; he was human before being disfigured by Magic-Users and becoming amnesiac. His face is disfigured into a reptilian. The series is about him searching for his past because he does not remember anything from his past. He has his partner Nikaido. They together question other Magic-Users before killing them to learn about his history.
Season 2 of Dorohedoro will bring many new challenges to Caiman as he will get closer to his past. Magic-Users will get even more furious because Caiman and Nikaido will continue to kill Magic Users to learn about his past and take revenge. Not only Caiman but also Nikaido will get in great trouble as his partner in crime. Many new enemies will emerge to make his plan more difficult for Caiman. But his ambition to find out about his past life will not lessen one bit. Fans are wondering if Caiman will meet new people who will help him search for justice and be able to do it this season.
Will there be a second season of Dorehodoro?
Dorohedoro’s season finale episode aired globally on Netflix on May 28, 2020. Despite the two years passed, the anime has not yet been renewed for a second season. As of July 1, 2022, Studio MAPPA or Netflix is remaining silent about a new season decision. It can sometimes take years for animes to be renewed for a new season. The same is true for popular anime like Tower of God or Redo of Healer. These animes, which are much more popular than Dorohedoro, are also waiting for renewal. Although there is no official statement, it is possible to speculate about whether an anime will have a new season. We have speculated considering the manga source material availability, popularity, disc sales, and financial data.
Dorohedoro anime was nominated for the 2021 5th Crunchyroll Anime Awards. And Yuichiro Hayashi, the series director, said he would make season 2 possible if the first season was successful. So was it successful enough?
The manga written by Q Hayashida is completed on September 12, 2018. However, there is still enough source material to keep the anime going for another season. It even seems enough for a third season. The manga currently consists of 23 volumes published between November 30, 2000, and September 12, 2018, and 8 of these 23 volumes were adapted into the first season of the anime. While it’s good news that the anime has enough source material to be adapted, it’s also a pity that manga is no longer running. Because the anime series is also a manga advertisement, and the completed manga gradually reduces the advertising work.
Manga adaptation rate
Disc Sales and Popularity
Dorohedoro is ranked 414th on Myanimelist’s popularity rankings. This popularity is above average for an anime coming out in 2020, and a second season is promising in terms of this ranking. However, these data may not always reflect current popularity. Fortunately, when we look at the search volume on Google, we see parallel popularity. We can say that Dorohedoro is more searched than many renewed anime. Another Netflix anime with similar search popularity, Beatstars, came to the screens with the second season and it was renewed for a third season as well. Also, Dorohedoro has better reviews than Beastars on both Myanimelist and IMDb. From this point of view, the possibility of a second season of the anime is likely.
When we look at the official Twitter account of the anime, we see that although the manga has been completed, it still continues to work on advertising and product promotions. An active team is still making efforts for this series. Still, judging from the number of followers, we see that the popularity in Japan is lower than it is worldwide. Anime is followed by about 50k people in Japan, and when we look at anime that has received new season approval, we can say that we usually see at least twice this number. However, we attribute this to the fact that Netflix-licensed animes are not always popular in Japan. The anime is quite a hit worldwide, as it is listed on Netflix.
Finally, disc sales of the anime were below expectations. Dorohedoro sold 2781 units, but 2020 was a very tough year in terms of anime disc sales. Although the disc sales are bad, the Netflix factor should not be skipped. Netflix has an exclusive distribution contract for Dorohedro’s anime, and this is a good factor that greatly advances the second season production. Netflix is famous for investing a lot of money in production.
2nd Season Chance of Dorohedoro
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on Social Media
Popularity on Google Searches
Success in Disc Sales
Above Average Reviews (8.08 on MA, 8.1 on IMDb)
Good Popularirty Worldwide
Big Distributor such as Netflix
Enough Manga Source Material Availability
Good Light Novel Sales (3+ million copies in print)
Only One Season
Average Disc Sales
Below Average Popularity in Japan
When is the second season of Dorohedoro?
Dorohedoro has not yet been renewed for a second season. However, we speculated about a new season above, and we can say that we are pretty hopeful for a second season. There is already strong popularity, and the manga series has enough source material for creating a new season. We think Netflix and the studio will be eager for a second season. If there is a renewal soon, we may see a new season towards the end of 2023. However, as there is no renewal at the time of writing, this is only speculation, and we will update our article as official information becomes available.
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