Kotaro Lives Alone, or ‘Kotarō wa Hitori Gurashi’, is a Japanese anime that aired on March, 2022. This 10 episode anime became a hit among anime fans with its childcare themed slice of life story. In this article, I will be talking about the information we have right now about Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2’s anime adaptation.
Hiroshi Satō wrote the story for Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi’s anime adaptation. The manga was later adapted into an anime with Tomoe Makino directing the show. Liden Films, a popular Japanese animation company, produced it.
The series is adapted from Mami Tsumura’s manga published in Big Comic Superior by Shogakukan. IMDb rates it 8.4, Google users 93%, and MyAnimeList 8.2.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Overview
|Name of the Season||Kotaro Lives Alone|
|Season Number||Season 2|
|Genre||Comedy, Slice of Life, Childcare|
|Initial Release Date||Mar 10, 2022|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Release Date||No official dates announced|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Manga Chapters||Not Confirmed|
This is one of the few Netflix anime adaptations that has surprisingly become a hit among fans when no one was expecting it to be. The high rating of the series suggests that fans loved the story and pacing of the anime. The manga is also completed, so everything is in place for Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 to hit the screens. However, it has not yet been confirmed that the show will be renewed.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Release Date & Renewal Status
Kotaro Lives Alone’s first season ended a year ago, leaving fans eagerly anticipating news of its next season. However, it’s been confirmed that there won’t be a new season this year (2023).
Regrettably, a second season of Kotaro Lives Alone seems unlikely in the near future. Season 1 ended like a series finale, not just a season’s end. Kotaro’s journey feels complete, making Season 2 potentially repetitive. However, there’s still newer chapters in the story that the anime has not covered.
Is There Enough Source Material For A Sequel?
It must be noted that the anime was a Netflix adaptation that was released directly on their platform. That said, it was still faithful to the manga and the Television Drama that were released in 2021.
As of 2023, there are a total of nine Volumes and 158 chapters in the manga. The final volume of the series was published on June 30, 2022. With the manga completed, there are enough volumes left to be adapted into anime.
Also, the manga is only available in Japanese. It does not have an English translated version. So, fans who do not know Japanese cannot enjoy the manga after watching the season 1 of the anime.
Which Studio Will Animate The Second Season?
Season one of Kotaro Lives Alone was LIDENFILMS. We can expect the same studio to continue animating the second season of the series.
This studio has produced over a hundred anime series over the years. Not to mention, Liden Films is handling the anime adaptation of the Tokyo Revengers series, which is already a global hit. We’ve had two seasons of Tokyo Revengers so far, and the next season is in the making.
Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi Season 2 Plot
The story centers on Kotaro Satō, a child who lives independently in Shimizu Apartment’s flat 203. His neighbor, Shin Karino, adopts him. Kotaro’s challenging childhood and trauma stemmed from his mother leaving him with his abusive father.
Despite being just 5 years old, Kotaro’s maturity stands out due to escaping his father’s abuse and seeking refuge at a foster clinic. When his father finds him, he relocates to the old complex. While the story doesn’t explicitly confirm, it implies Kotaro might not have been born out of love. Unaware of his mother’s death, he receives life insurance money from a family lawyer.
Kotaro’s somber life takes a turn when he meets manga artist Karino, and their bond deepens. Supportive neighbors like Isamu Tamaru and Mizuki Akitomo enter his life. Kotaro’s concern for Mizuki’s well-being is evident when he encourages her to leave her abusive partner.
In Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2, expect to see Kotaro embracing his newfound strength, strengthening his connection with Karino, and delving into his past. Mizuki’s story arc might also unfold, as well as the evolving dynamics among the characters.
Kotaro could learn more life lessons, make new friends, explore Shin Karino’s career, and more. Mizuki’s role might unfold too. The possibilities are vast, waiting on Netflix’s decision. We’ll update you when there’s news.
Where To Watch Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2?
As this is an official Netflix adaptation, the only place you can watch Kotaro Lives Alone season 2 is on Netflix. While the second season has not yet been confirmed, we can say with certainty that it will be available on Netflix to stream when it airs.
Currently, no other streaming platforms have the right to host the episodes of Kotarou wa Hitorigurashi.