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Oshi no Ko Season 2: Here’s its release date and what will happen

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With Oshi no Ko Season 2 fast approaching, fans may want to brush up on its release date and story details before its premiere.

Oshi no Ko has gone down as one of the most popular anime of 2023, and with good reason. Famed mangaka Aka Akasaka followed up his popular romcom Kaguya-sama: Love is War with the significantly more grim Oshi no Ko. Instead of being like the gorey Baki series or persistently somber like Demon Slayer, Oshi no Ko centers around the dark side of show business, highlighting obsessive idol worship and the abuse of young people within the industry. 

Doga Kobo‘s anime adaptation of Oshi no Ko received several accolades, and its sheer popularity meant another season was inevitable. After all, the manga already boasted chapters in the triple digits by the anime’s release. Season 2 had plenty of material to adapt, and anime-only fans won’t have to wait long to see what happens.

The release date for Oshi no Ko Season 2 is confirmed

Oshi no Ko Season 2 will premiere in July 2024.

Thanks to the hype behind the series, Oshi no Ko Season 2 was quickly greenlit after Season 1’s finale. While there was no release date at the time of the announcement, fans had no doubt it would be soon. Now fans know that it’s set to be one of the biggest animes of the Summer. 

The first season of Oshi no Ko notably had a movie-length pilot episode, which could explain why it did not follow the typical 13-episode format. The pilot focused on Ai Hoshino, who doesn’t appear outside of flashbacks in the rest of the series for obvious reasons.

In March 2024, a teaser trailer finally dropped on YouTube. It confirmed a July 2024 release date for Oshi no Ko Season 2 and showcased the key characters for the upcoming arc, albeit without an exact date for the premiere. The season will include 13 episodes

What will happen in Oshi no Ko Season 2?

Oshi no Ko Season 2 will focus on the Tokyo Blade stage play arc.

After highlighting the idol industry in the first season, the second will pivot to theater. The arc primarily focuses on the nuances of theater production, the pressures of live performance, and respectable adaptations of beloved works. The teaser showcased the characters and confirmed their roles in the Tokyo Blade stage play.

Compared to other arcs, Tokyo Blade follows an ensemble cast throughout the entire process of a live stage play. From pre-production to premiere, this arc establishes a host of side characters who pop up sporadically for the rest of the manga.

Notably, the Tokyo Blade arc spans nearly three volumes of the manga. That makes Tokyo Blade the longest story arc up to that point. Season 2 will likely follow the Stage Play arc exclusively, as opposed to the first season which managed to cover four separate arcs.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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