Well friends, after last week’s reveal of Yuri!!! on ICE‘s skating spiritual successor, the inevitable has happened once again. It’s been announced that Re Zero Season 2 -Starting Life in Another World- is getting a second season in 2020.

Re Zero Season 2 Release Date Surfaces

Re:Zero Season 2

We have to admit, we were starting to think this wouldn’t happen after all. But it’s all set in stone for April next year, along with the return of staff and cast from season one. In the meantime, Japan can enjoy a special one-hour version of season one to be televised in January, while the show’s second OVA The Frozen Bonds screens in cinemas. The rest of us will just have to sit out the winter. But we can’t wait!

Re Zero Season 2 -Starting Life in Another World- will restart on Japanese TV on January 1 in special re-edited one-hour versions of season one, condensing the 25 episode series into 12. This re-edit will include new animation previously unseen. The staff and cast from the first season will return for the second season.

As for Re Zero Season 2, fans will be able to check in on its characters before long. The series will put out its upcoming OVA in November but only in Japanese theaters. If all goes well, the special will screen in North America through a streaming service like Crunchyroll. 

Re Zero Season 2 -Starting Life in Another World- Frozen Bonds will be a prequel confusing on Emilia. Fans are eager to learn how the girl met her guardian Puck, and this new OVA already looks like it will be a winner with fans.

Are you excited to check out this new  Re Zero Season 2 ?Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!

The 25-episode first anime season of Tappei Nagatsuki’s Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- light novel series premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll is also streaming both the Re Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ and Re:PETIT ~Starting Life in Another World from PETIT~ short anime spinoff series. Funimation released the television anime on home video with an English dub in June 2018.

The first OVA episode in the franchise, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Memory Snow, opened in Japanese theaters in October 2018 at #8. The episode featured a returning cast and staff.

Tappei Nagatsuki launched the original novel on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in 2012. Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and is also releasing Daichi Matsuse’s manga adaptation of the series, as well as the Re:Zero Ex spinoff light novel series.

Re Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Japanese: Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 Hepburn: Ri:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsulit. “Re: Starting life in a different world from zero”) is a Japanese light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrated by Shinichirou Otsuka.

The story centers on Subaru Natsuki, a hikikomori who suddenly finds himself transported to another world on his way home from the convenience store. The series was initially serialized on the website Shōsetsuka ni Narō from 2012 onwards. Seventeen volumes have been published by Media Factory since January 24, 2014, under their MF Bunko J imprint.

The series’ first three arcs have been adapted into separate manga series. The first, by Daichi Matsue, was published by Media Factory between June 2014 and March 2015. The second, by Makoto Fugetsu, has been published by Square Enix since October 2014.

Matsue launched the third adaptation, also published by Media Factory, in May 2015. Additionally, Media Factory has published two anthology manga with stories by different artists. An anime television series adaptation by White Fox aired from April 4, 2016 to September 19, 2016, starting with an hour-long special.

The first of two OVA based on the series was released on October 6, 2018, and the second OVA was released on November 8, 2019. In March 2017, game developer 5pb. released a visual novel based on the series. A second season is set to premiere in April 2020.

The novels and all three manga adaptations are published in North America by Yen Press. The anime adaptation has been licensed by Crunchyroll, which released the anime on home video through Funimation in the United States and Anime Limited in the United Kingdom.

The light novels have sold more than three million copies, while the anime series has sold more than 60,000 copies on home video. The light novels have been praised for their fresh take on the “another world” concept, but have been criticized for awkward dialogue and redundancy.

The anime series has been praised by critics for its “culturally complex world” and for the actions of its characters. The series received awards at the 2015–2016 Newtype Anime Awards and the 2017 Sugoi Japan Awards, and was nominated for Anime of the Year at The Anime Awards 2016.