Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 Release Date: Will the romance anime return?

Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 is one of the most anticipated anime sequels. Fans are getting desperate to see its second season, especially after hearing the rumour about its renewal.

It has only been months since the completion of the anime’s first season, but there is already a great demand for the following instalment. So, when will the series return with another set of adventures? Here is everything to know.

The Japanese anime Tomo-chan Is a Girl also known as Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko in Japanese is an adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Fumita Yanagidaa.

The story follows Tomo Aizawa who is head over heels for her childhood friend and schoolmate Junichiro Kubota but he has no romantic feelings towards her and treats her like one of his boyfriends.

Studio Lay-Duce animated the anime’s first season, officially running for 12 episodes from January 5, 2023, to March 30. 2023, on various local networks in Japan.

Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan with both sub and dub, and it received a positive reception from viewers and critics alike. Many praised it for its cheerful characters and the way it established a perfect blend of romance and comedy with emotional upbeats.

Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 Release date and Countdown

Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 Release date and Countdown
Blushing Tomo

As Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 hasn’t been confirmed to be in the works, so there’s no release date for the anime yet. Because the main plotline of the manga was completely adapted in the first season, it’s unlikely that the anime will ever return, but there’s no harm in hoping.

For the anime to continue, the studio will have to create an original story since there isn’t any manga continuation as of this moment. A few other possibilities include getting a spinoff, original story or a feature film, although, that happening soon still lies on the less likely end of the spectrum.

As of now, no official announcements have been made yet, hence the readers need to keep in mind that these are just speculations.

But, keep an eye out for this space as we will update it as soon as something official is announced. We can expect the announcement in the next few months

Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 Renewal Status: Confirmed or Cancelled

As of writing, Studio Lay-Duce, the publisher Kodansha, producer Crunchyroll or any other member of the production company has not officially renewed the anime for a second season.

A lot of anime manage to get a new season right after the season finale but unfortunately, Tomo-chan Is a Girl wasn’t one of them.

Production Studios consider various financial and commercial metrics before announcing a renewal and it is possible to speculate whether an anime will get a new season or not by carefully evaluating these three factors:

  • Availability of source material
  • Sales
  • Popularity

I have used the same method for Eminence in Shadow, Takagi-san and World Trigger and so far it has proven to work.

So now we will examine these factors to see if Tomo-chan Is a Girl anime will get a sequel or not.

Is there enough source material available for Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2?

Tomo-chan Is a Girl anime is based on the manga written by Fumita Yanagida which originally began its life as a Twitter short manga and after gaining immense popularity was transferred to Kodansha’s Saizensen online manga site.

The first volume of the manga was released on October 9, 2015, and the latest issue came out on September 12, 2019.

A total of 8 volumes have been released so far, and the manga is finished.

The first season of the Tomo-chan Is a Girl anime adapted all the content from the manga, and as a result, there is no source material left to cover in the second season.

Conclusion: Currently, there is no source material left to cover in Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2, which is bad news since Studio Signal Lay-duce can’t start working on a new series without material.

However, there is still hope for a continuation of the anime. In the past, some anime with definite endings have received sequels due to their immense success, profitability, and popularity, such as Code Geass and Naruto.

If Platinum End is indeed greenlit for a new project, there are a few potential directions it could take. One option is a spin-off written by the author, which could explore other side characters such as A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Scientific Accelerator.

Alternatively, the animation team could create a new original story that builds on the existing universe like what Code Geass and Boruto are doing.

Manga Sales and Profitability

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Before we proceed, it’s important to understand that most of the anime we watch today are created primarily to promote and boost the sales of its source material (in this case manga).

Sales from the manga and related merchandise are the main source of income for the producers, while revenue from advertising fees, online streaming licensing, and Blu-ray sales are considered secondary

Typically, a 12-episode anime television series costs around $3,000,000 to produce.

Regarding Tomo-chan, we don’t have any information about how much it has sold, as it was never disclosed. However, it’s worth noting that the series received an anime adaptation four years after the manga’s conclusion, which suggests it must have had a decent following.

So it’s safe to say that the manga’s sales are satisfactory, and there is no need to worry about them

Blu-ray/ DVDs and other Merchandise sales

While Blu-rays and DVDs are no longer key players in determining anime success as they used to be back in the 2010s, they are still a great tool to understand a show’s popularity among the general Japanese audience. In general, if an anime’s disc sales are over 3,000, a second season would be promising.

As for Tomo-chan Is a Girl, the situation doesn’t look very promising.

The sales numbers for the first Blu-ray/DVD volume of Ya Boy Kongming were so low that it failed to even make it to Oricon’s weekly sales ranking which means it couldn’t even manage to sell more than 200 copies.

However, it’s important to note that Blu-ray sales are no longer the only measure of a show’s success, as streaming fees have become a more significant factor in the industry.

Tomo-chan Is a Girl Anime Blu-ray Volume 1 box cover art
Tomo-chan Is a Girl Anime Blu-ray Volume 1 box cover art

Conclusion: Based on the sales numbers, it appears that Tomo-chan Is a Girl anime failed to make a profit for its producers through its home video release, which is not a promising sign for the show’s future.

However, it is possible that the show managed to recoup its production costs through licensing fees and merchandise sales, so there may still be hope for its continuation.

Popularity in Japan and the West

Tomo-chan Is a Girl manga is unarguably the most popular manga in the 4-koma and Twitter manga categories. It is still one the most read manga in one of the biggest manga reading piracy website despite having over 900 chapters.

In 2016, the series won the Next Manga Award in the web manga category.

The anime’s debut in Japan was highly anticipated, and it quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the Spring 2022 season. It ranked top on several streaming websites, including the D-Anime Store and AbemaTV and was one of the most-talked shows on the internet.

On NicoVideo, Japan’s largest hosting site which is their version of YouTube, the premiere episode received over 162k views and 15k comments.

Overseas popularity

The debut run of the Tomo-chan Is a Girl anime received a positive reception from fans in the west, with many viewers and critics praising it for being even better than the source material in some aspects.

The series has garnered positive reviews from viewers around the world, earning a solid score of 7,68 on MyAnimeList and ranking at #953 in popularity, with more than 277k members in its MAL group.

It has also received a strong score of 7.6/10 on IMDb and a 75% approval rating on AniList. This shows that the show’s popularity is very high even though it is a young series.

In conclusion, the series has gained a significant following in both Japan and the West and generated a ton of revenue from merchandise sales, indicating that it has a strong and loyal fanbase.

With the potential to make even more sales, it is possible that the Platinum End Season 2 might be announced in the future.

Tomo-chan Season 2 Trailer

There is no trailer for Tomo-chan Season 2 available yet to watch, but we will update this page if one gets released on their official youtube channel.

On the other hand, here’s a trailer for the first season, which you should watch to recall how memorable the previous one was.

Staff Details of the anime

DIRECTED BY Hitoshi Nanba
WRITTEN BY Megumi Shimizu
MUSIC BY Masaru Yokoyama
STUDIO Lay-duce
LICENSED BY Crunchyroll
ORIGINAL NETWORK Tokyo MX, BS11, GTV, GYT, MBS
ENGLISH NETWORK Crunchyroll (OTT)
ORIGINAL RUN January 5, 2023 – March 30, 2023
EPISODES 13
Genre Drama, Comedy, romance

Final Words !!

In summary, there is a good chance that Tomo-chan Is a Girl Season 2 will happen. If that is the case, we should hear some news about it this year. But don’t expect the release date for the second season to be before 2023 since it takes time for a new season to be animated.

I will update the article next month if something has changed. In the meantime so you can check the same analysis I have done for other series: