Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 2 is in production, as confirmed via the anime series’ official website and Twitter on October 30, 2022.
Additional details — including the animation studio, full staff and cast, and release date — will be announced at a later, undisclosed date.
However, the voice actors for Rit (Kanon Takao), Red (Ryouta Suzuki), and Tanta (Yuu Serizawa) confirmed that they are returning. Additionally, director Makoto Hoshino, series script supervisor Megumi Shimizu (My Next Life as a Villainess), character designer Ruriko Watanabe, and composer Yukari Hashimoto (March Comes in Like a Lion) are all confirmed to be returning as the main staff.
Yasumo — the original illustrator of the eponymous light novel on which the anime series is based, Banished from the Hero’s Party mangaka Masahiro Ikeno, and anime series character designer Ruriko Watanabe posted commemorative illustrations to celebrate the news (see above).
Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 2: What we know so far
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta no de, Henkyou de Surou Life Suru Koto ni Shimashita) is a light novel series written by Zappon and illustrated by Yasumo.
Author Zappon isn’t hiding his delight at the announcement of the anime series’ Season 2. He has been quoted as saying that albeit he wanted to see a Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 2 upon watching Season 1, he’s aware that it’s not “something that can be done just because the original author wants to do it.”
He extends his thanks to “people who enjoyed the anime” who have made the second season available.
Makoto Hoshino, who directed Shin no Nakama ja Nai Season 1, has also provided commentary. Hoshino jokingly refers to his endeavor as a “battle” with author Zappon, adding that a 22-minute episode format is just about the right measure for the anime series.
“I’m so happy and shudder at the same time,” Hoshino comments.
Finally, scriptwriter Megumi Shimizu has commented that the main characters of the series live their lives as they should, “even if it means going against God.”
“When I heard that the second season was decided, I was honestly very happy,” Shimizu concludes.
She has added that “they” are working hard on Season 2, meaning that we may well expect that Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 1 staff will be reprising their roles for Season 2.
The first 13-episode anime season was scheduled to air in July 2021 but was eventually postponed to October 2021. The anime series ran from October 6, 2021, to December 29, 2021, and was animated by studios Flad and Wolfsbane.
Makoto Hoshino directed the series, which was streamed by Funimation as it aired in Japan.
Additional staff members included Megumi Shimizu (scriptwriter) and Ruriko Watanabe (character designer).
The Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 1 main cast members included:
- Ryouta Suzuki — Red
- Kanon Takao — Rit
- Naomi Oozora — Ruti
- Sora Amamiya — Yarandrala
- Kenta Miyake — Danan
- Aya Uchida — Theodora
- Taku Yashiro — Ares
- Rie Kugimiya — Tise
Additional cast members included:
- Kouhei Amasaki — Albert
- Yuu Serizawa — Tanta
- Sora Tokui — Nao
- Masahiro Yamanaka — Gonz
- Takeru Mishina — Mido
The Banished from the Hero’s Party light novels are being serialized by Kadokawa Shoten. As of October 2022, there are 10 volumes.
Yen Press has licensed the light novel for an English-language release and has published just the first volume. The publisher’s synopsis of the series reads:
“A heroic and mighty adventurer dreams of…opening a pharmacy? Red was once a member of the Hero’s party, a powerful group destined to save the world from the evil forces of Taraxon, the Raging Demon Lord. That is, until one of his comrades kicked him out. Hoping to live an easy life on the frontier, Red’s new goal is to open an apothecary. However, keeping the secret of his former life may not be as simple as he thinks. Especially when the beautiful Rit, an adventurer from his past, shows up and asks to move in with him!”
Stay tuned for further announcements regarding Banished from the Hero’s Party Season 2!