Last summer, Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!) gained a rather impressive fan following with Free!, a sports anime that revolved around the Iwatobi Swim Club and its members. At the end of the final episode, an end-card stating “see you next summer” was already laid out as a huge hunt that the series would receive a continuation (and to be honest, which recent KyoAni series hasn’t?) but a poster at special Free! talk event in Japan earlier today outright confirmed it – a season 2 has received the green light.
No details about the second season have been announced yet, but there will no doubt be many fans will be looking forward to returning to the Iwatobi Swim Club!
The original series was simulcast on Crunchyroll as it aired.
These last few weeks really have been turning into very, very happy times for me in regards to anime goodness (maybe that’s just because I love a lot of romance anime and Kyoto Animation series’?). After the exciting news of SHAFT’s Nisekoi and Kyoto Animation’s Chunibyo demo koi ga Shitai Ren series’ starting next month, the news is still piling up! A few months ago, it was revealed that Kyoto Animation were working on a follow-up project after the 12 episode slice of life anime Tamako Market, which aired between January-March of this year.
The director, scriptwriter and main cast of the original series are coming together once again for Tamako Love Story – an anime film set to open in Japan on 26th April 2014. Despite being mostly slice of life, the original series did have quite a romantic edge to it – and even left the main love-square unresolved, so maybe this will be the resolution fans like myself have hoped for?
Personally though, I was hoping for a Kanna Market TV anime focusing on Kanna, because she’s awesome:
The original series centered on Dera Mochimazzwi, a bossy, overweight bird from a tropical island who departs on a journey to find a suitable wife for his Prince. Eventually, he ends up in Japan and in particular, the Usagiyama Shopping District, where he befriends Tamako Kitashirakawa, the daughter of a Mochi shop owner and soon becomes acquinted with both the lives and love lives of the shopping district’s residents. The series has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.
After the frankly, amazing The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya anime movie, many had considered the once-phenomenal success of the Haruhi Suzumiya anime franchise to be over, considering the largely negative reaction to the “Endless Eight” story arc of the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Unfortunately, a continuing adaptation of Nagaru Tanigawa’s light novel series hasn’t been announced, but it seems that the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise hasn’t faded entirely from view.
AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that if you try and visit the official Haruhi website “haruhi.tv” you are directed to a fairly standard looking “page cannot displayed” screen. However, if you highlight the bottom of the text, it shows an interesting redirect:
If you view the linked website on an Android device, the following message is revealed:
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime Adaptation in the Works
Haruhi-chan & Churuya-san are also being distributed!
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan is a spin-off manga by Puyo that is set in the alternate universe explored in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. It is published in English by Yen Press.
Other than that an anime is indeed happening, not much else is known (although I would be very surprised if Kyoto Animation wasn’t the studio animating it). Hopefully it won’t be much longer until we know more!
Who else is super excited for 8th January, 2014? What? You don’t know why that date is so special? Well, well, take a seat right here *pulls a chair out of a hat* and I’ll tell you why – you can apologise for your mistake later.
Kyoto Animation’s 2012 romantic comedy anime series Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions was one of my favourites of that year (I think I’ve already stated in a previous article that I just want to give Rikka a big hug, haven’t I? Well, series protagonist Yuta Togashi has declared that the time for revival is nigh – the second season will begin broadcasting in Japan on 8th January, 2014! In fact, here’s a teaser trailer to hopefully tide you over until then (or if you’re like me, it will make you even more impatient!):
I absolutely loved Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (Chunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai!) when it aired in Japan late last year. I think it’s impossible for anyone to watch that series without just wanting to give Rikka a massive hug! Anyways, at the end of Kyoto Animation’s Tamako Market‘s final episode, a second season of Chunibyo was confirmed. After months of not having any information other than it beginning in January, we finally have some:
Set after the events of the first season, Yuuta and Rikka are now secretly living together, but soon Yuuta begins to feel the pressure of not only having a girlfriend, but having a girlfriend who is a chunibyo (someone who suffers from adolescent delusions) might be starting to take its toll. Then, things are shaken up by the sudden appearance of Satone Shichimya, the one who is responsible for Yuuta’s own past Chunibyo phase, who refers to herself as “Sophia Ring Saturn VII”.
Chunibyo Demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren is scheduled to begin broadcasting in January 2014. The first season has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.