Kemono Jihen was one of the upcoming anime series of 2021. The anime announced at Jump Festa ’20 on December 31, 2019, was released on January 10, 2021. The anime lived up to the expectations of the manga’s followers, written by Shō Aimoto since 2016, and positive received reviews. The dark fantasy anime created by Ajia-do Animation Works, which we know from Rise of a bookwormis licensed by Funimation. The anime originally aired on the local networks Tokyo MX, YTV, BS11 as 12 episodes between January 10, 2021 and March 28, 2021. So, the anime will be renewed for a second season†
What is the storyline of Kemono Jihen?
In a remote mountain village, corpses of animals begin to appear, which rot at night. Inugami, a Tokyo supernatural detective, is called in to investigate. While working on the event, he befriends a strange boy who works in the fields every day instead of going to school. Excluded from his peers and nicknamed “Dorota-bou”, living in the mud, Kabane helps Inugami to uncover the truth behind the dead. As he gets closer to the truth, Inugami realizes that the only superhuman in the child isn’t the nickname “Dorota-bou”.
Will there be a second season of Kemono Jihen?
From November 29, 2021at the moment of writing, Ajia-do Animation Works or some other related company has yet to renew the anime for a second season† Looking at the studio’s other works, we know it has received new season approval for Rise 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 based on some key factors such as availability of manga source material, disc sales, and popularity.
Written and illustrated by Shō Aimoto, the manga series aired on Jump Square by Shueisha on December 2, 2016. The manga series, which reached a total of 15 volumes, is still being published. In the first season of the anime, the first 6 parts of the manga were adapted. The remaining source material is sufficient for the second season. The manga doesn’t have an English publisher yet, but we hope it will in the future. By the way, it is worth noting that manga is quite popular in Japan.
Disc sales and popularity
The anime’s disc sales started on March 25, 2021. The anime’s disc sales will be very valuable because there aren’t many exclusive distributors for it to generate additional revenue from, nor does it have a smartphone game. Therefore it should reach 4,000 copies, which shows up as the general target in disc sales.
(The series has only been sold) 244 units in disc sales. If we just look at the disc sales, we see a big disappointment. However, the series is not without undeniable popularity. So hopes for a second season remain, regardless of disc sales.)
On the other hand, if we look at the current popularity, we see that the anime is 658th on Myanimelist based on their popularity ranking. This arrangement is ideal for a recently released anime series. 82.2K people on Twitter already follow the anime account† Finally, let’s look at global popularity with another statistic. Looking at the search volume about anime in Google searches, we see that it attracted serious attention when it was first published, but recently its current popularity has dropped to medium levels. It seems that anime is a bit above average in terms of popularity. However, given that only a limited number of animes get a new season chance, we can say that more is needed than that.
Ajia-do Animation Works is the creative studio of the anime. It may be useful to compare it with other work from the studio. 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 very popular anime, but Kemono Jihen stands out from the popularity comparison of Ascendance of a Bookworm with Kemono Jihen. It means the studio can’t say no to the second season of Kemono Jihen also.
2nd season chance of Kemono Jihen
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Above average ratings (7.43 on MA, 7.4 on IMDb)
Above average popular
Enough availability of manga source material
Good Light Novel Sales (4+ million copies in print)
Only one season
No success in disc sales
No big distributor or extra income
When is the release date of the second season of Kemono Jihen?
The first season of the anime has just aired and there is no confirmation for a second season yet. We may have to wait years for a new season of anime. However, it seems that the source material is sufficient and a new season can be prepared with an average production period of one year. It is possible to new season around 2023but for this the anime has to be refreshed first.