Kemono Jihen was one of the expected anime series of 2021. The anime announced at Jump Festa ’20 on December 31, 2019, was released on January 10, 2021. The anime met the expectations of the manga’s followers, written by Shō Aimoto since 2016, and received positive reviews. The dark fantasy anime created by Ajia-do Animation Works, which we know from Ascendance of a Bookworm, is licensed by Funimation. The anime originally aired on Tokyo MX, YTV, BS11 local networks as 12 episodes between January 10, 2021 – March 28, 2021. So will the anime be renewed for a second season?
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What is the plotline of Kemono Jihen?
In a remote mountain village, corpses of animals begin to appear, rotting overnight. Inugami, a detective, specializing in supernatural matters from Tokyo, is summoned to investigate the case. While working on the event, he befriends a strange boy who works in the field every day instead of going to school. Excluded by his peers and nicknamed “Dorota-bou”, living in the mud, Kabane helps Inugami uncover the truth behind the deaths. As he gets closer to the truth, Inugami will realize that the only superhuman thing in the child is not the nickname “Dorota-bou”.
Will there be a second season of Kemono Jihen?
As of July 18, 2021, Ajia-do Animation Works or any related company has yet to renew the anime for a second season. When we look at the studio’s other works, we know that it has received new season approval for Ascendance of a Bookworm and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord. We hope the same for Kemono Jihen for now. Since there is no official announcement yet, we speculated about the second season of the anime under some key factors.
The manga series written and illustrated by Shō Aimoto began airing on Jump Square by Shueisha on December 2, 2016. The manga series, which reached 13 volumes in total, continues to be published. In the first season of the anime, the first 6 volumes of the manga were adapted. The remaining source material is sufficient for the second season. The manga does not have an English publisher yet, but we hope it will be in the future. Currently, only one extra new seasonal source material is available, but as the manga continues to publish, more stock material will be available in the future.
Disc sales and popularity
Disc sales of the anime started on March 25, 2021. Disc sales for anime will be very valuable because there are not many exclusive distributors that it can generate extra income from, and it does not have a smartphone game either. Therefore, it should reach 4,000 copies, which is shown as the general target in disc sales.
(The series only sold 244 units in disc sales. When we look only at disc sales, we see a great disappointment. However, the series is not without undeniable popularity. So hopes for a second season remain regardless of disc sales.)
On the other hand, when we look at the current popularity, we see a popularity score of 69.3%. This score is ideal for a recently released anime series. 84,2K people on Twitter already follow the anime account. If this popularity is reflected in the disc sales, the second season will be very likely.
Ajia-do Animation Works is the anime’s creative studio. It may make sense to compare it with the studio’s other work. Ascendance of a Bookworm was renewed for a third season, and How Not to Summon a Demon Lord was renewed for a second season. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord is a really popular anime, but Kemono Jihen stands out from the popularity comparison of Ascendance of a Bookworm with Kemono Jihen. It means that the studio may not say no to the second season of Kemono Jihen as well.
When is the second season release date of Kemono Jihen?
The anime’s first season has just been aired, and a confirmation has not yet happened for a second season. We may have to wait for a new season of anime for years. However, it seems that the source material is sufficient, and a new season can be prepared with a production period of one year on average. It is possible to see a new season in 2022-2023, but for this, the anime must first be renewed. As a result of our evaluation, we can say that a second season depends on disc sales. Stay tuned.