Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date in Winter 2023 confirmed by Crunchyroll’s Ijiranaide [Trailer PV]

Hayase Nagatoro
Will Don’t Toy with Me Miss Nagatoro Season 2 be able to overcome anime fans’ conflicted feelings about the bullying that’s central to the story? Pic credit: 774

The Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date is confirmed for January 7, 2023, the Winter 2023 anime season.

However, in Japan, the ABEMA TV station will be streaming episodes early, which means anime fans will need to watch out for spoilers from Japanese fans. As part of ABEMA’s one-week streaming lead, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2 will be streaming back-to-back on ABEMA on January 7, 2022.

The 2nd season has a total of 12 episodes that will be released as four Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 Blu-ray volumes.

The second season will have the titular character continuing to tease Senpai Naoto Hachiouji, but when will they be honest with each other about their growing feelings?

Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 trailer PV 2.

The Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 OP (opening) theme song music “LOVE CRAZY” will be performed by Sumire Uesaka, while the ED (ending) song “MY SADISTIC ADOLESCENCE♡” will be sung by Sumire Uesaka, Mikako Komatsu, Aina Suzuki, and Shiori Izawa.

The official title for the second season is Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro: 2nd Attack. Pic credit: Studio OLM

Here are the new Japanese cast members for the 2nd Attack:

  • Yoshino Nanjo (Eli Ayase in Love Live! School Idol Project) as Nagatoro’s Older Sister (Big Sis-toro)
  • Sayumi Suzushiro (Uruka Takemoto in We Never Learn: BOKUBEN) as Hana
  • SunomiyaKaori Maeda (Shizuku Osaka in Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club) as Orihara

The initial announcement of the production was made on October 23, 2021. The official website stated that “details will be announced at a later date”.

During Crunchyroll Expo 2022 on August 6, 2022, Crunchyroll confirmed that it will be streaming the new Nagatoro Season 2 episodes.

On that day, Crunchyroll also released a Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 trailer PV.

Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro: 2nd Attack trailer 2.

It’s also been officially confirmed that there will be a studio change for Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san Season 2.

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The announcement art for the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 anime. Pic credit: Misaki Suzuki

On November 13, 2021, animator Yoshihiro Takeda wrote about wishing that he could participate in making the Nagatoro sequel. The reason that Takeda won’t be involved is due to the anime production committee changing the animation studio.

“I asked about it and it seems that the production company has changed and it’s not [Studio] Telecom [Animation Film]. I wonder which company will make it?” Takeda tweeted. “I’m a little worried about the change in the production company and staff for the second season and sequel.”

When a Twitter follower asked, “Telecom will not animate the sequel?”, Takeda confirmed that Nagatoro Season 2 “will not be made by Telecom” since the studio will allegedly be busy working on the… Tower Of God Season 2 anime!

Indirectly confirming Tower of God Season 2 was actually more of a surprise than the Nagatoro studio change.

What we know for certain is that the first season of the anime series was produced by Studio Telecom Animation Film, which is best known for making recent seasons of the Lupin the Third anime series. In 2020, they released the Tower of God anime (at least now we know what’s keeping them busy while fans wait for Tower of God Season 2).

The studio is a subsidiary of TMS Entertainment, which is known for Dr. STONE Season 3Fruits Basket Season 3, and Megalo Box Season 2: Nomad.

The main staff and studio for Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 was announced on June 30, 2022. Studio OLM will be animating the second season.

Teaser visual for Don’t Toy With Me Miss Nagatoro season 2
Nagatoro-san and senpai in a teaser visual for Don’t Toy With Me Miss Nagatoro 2nd attack that was released on June 30, 2022. Pic credit: OLM studio

For the first season, the project was helmed by director Hirokazu Hanai. This was Hanai’s second time as lead director after the 2018 Dances with Dragons anime. Hanai was also an assistant director for the 2020 Tower of God anime and an episode director for The Future Diary anime.

Nagatoro Season 2 will be helmed by Shinji Ushiro instead. But not all of the main staff has been replaced.

Writer Taku Kishimoto (Moriarty the Patriot, Haikyu!! Season 4 Part 2Fruits Basket Season 3) is returning for Nagatoro Season 2.

Artist Misaki Suzuki (Angel Beats! episode animation director) is also returning as the character designer. Composer Gin (Aho Girl, Pop Team Epic) is returning to create the music.

For the first season, the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro OP “EASY LOVE” was performed by Sumire Uesaka (Japanese voice actress for Hayase Nagatoro), while the ED “Colorful Canvas” was performed by Japanese voice actresses Sumire Uesaka, Mikako Komatsu (Maki Gamou), Aina Suzuki (Yoshi), and Shiori Izawa (Sakura).

The first season’s finale, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 12, was released on June 27, 2021.

  • Updated November 25, 2022: Exact Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date confirmed.
  • Updated November 18, 2022: Added Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 OP/ED info.
  • Updated October 21, 2022: Added new key visual.
  • Updated June 06, 2022: Added Crunchyroll Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro: 2nd Attack trailer.
  • Updated June 30, 2022: Nagatoro Season 2 2023 premiere and studio change confirmed.
  • Updated November 29, 2021: Added Nagatoro Season 2 studio change rumor.
  • Updated November 19, 2021: Added Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro dub details.
  • Updated October 23, 2021: Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 is confirmed to be in production!

This article provides everything that is known about Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 (Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

Crunchyroll’s Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 English dub release date

The first season of Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro was initially streaming only with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, VRV, and Netflix Japan (not Netflix U.S.).

In late October 2021, Crunchyroll announced that the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro English dub release date is scheduled for January 11, 2021.

Crunchyroll’s Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro English dub release date hasn’t been announced yet. Typically, Crunchyroll has released the dubbed version 2 or 3 weeks after the premiere, so it’s likely to be in late January 2023.

Why the Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san Season 2 release date is in January 2023

As of November 25, 2022, Studio Telecom Animation Film and King Records has officially confirmed the exact Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date to be on January 7, 2023.

The production of a Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro sequel was announced in October 2021. The Winter 2023 premiere was announced in June 2022.

The Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro reviews from fans have just been average. While some fans find the comedic antics to be hilarious due to the voice-acting and dynamic facial expressions, others believe Nagatoro’s behavior as a sadistic kohai crosses the line from teasing into abusive bullying and thus don’t find any humor at all in the TV show.

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The central theme of bullying has caused the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro anime to be either hit or miss with anime fans. Pic credit: A-10

There is a reason why the manga series’s unofficial English title is Please Don’t Bully Me, Nagatoro-san. Arguably, those who rage quit early on did so before they could see the evolving dynamic.

Over the course of the season, Senpai and Nagatoro both develop as characters, with Senpai slowly growing a spine along with conversational skills. Nagatoro is more than a bully and shows unexpected depth as a person.

Still, all reviewers agree that the anime’s story is definitely a unique approach to a high school romance dynamic.

It’s too early to say whether the early episodes scared off too many for the anime to find financial success with Blu-Ray/DVD sales and streaming numbers.

When BD Volume 1 came out it didn’t even register on the Oricon sales charts! When the Volume 2 BD released in late June 2021, it sold only 647 in its first week. However, the anime’s first season was often in the top 5 on Crunchyroll’s popular anime list.

The good streaming numbers are probably why the anime production committee had Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 renewed. The only problem at the time was the amount of source material available for a sequel, but that was no longer an issue by 2022.

The studio change rumor makes perfect sense in light of how the anime industry functions. Studios and the contractor animators are booked out years in advance, so since the anime production committee apparently wants a quick turnaround on the second season it would make sense that they would switch to a studio and main staff that’s available sooner rather than later.

As such, Anime Geek successfully predicted that the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date will be in 2023.

Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro manga compared to the anime

The story for the anime TV series is based on the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro manga by creator Nanashi, who goes by the pen name 774.

Launched in November, the series is a web manga serialized online in Kodansha’s Magazine Pocket app/website. New chapters are released bi-weekly.

As of August 9, 2022, the series was up to Volume 14, which includes up through Chapter 109. Volume 15 will include up through Chapter 118.

North American publisher Vertical is releasing the official Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro manga’s English translation in the USA. As of November 1, 2022, the English manga was up to Volume 13, with Volume 14 scheduled for April 4, 2023, and Volume 15 for July 4, 2023.

As of October 2022, the Nagatoro manga had 3.3 million copies in circulation worldwide, including digital releases. By January 2023, the manga was up to 3.5 million copies in circulation.

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The Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro manga series was up to Volume 10 when the anime’s first season premiered in Spring 2021. Pic credit: 774

Like many rom-com manga series, the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro manga tends to have self-contained stories in each chapter. In later volumes, there are story arcs where multiple chapters are connected together in consecutive order, but the manga’s format gave plenty of freedom to the anime writers.

Similar to the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime (Kaguya-sama Season 3 is confirmed), the Nagatoro anime adapts chapters out of order and makes some changes, including expanding on jokes and moving up Nekotoro’s introduction. The Nagatoro anime even goes a step further by making major thematic differences by shifting around character development milestones.

For example, in the Episode 1 flashback, Senpai Naoto Hachiouji was only shown in the manga being bullied as a young teen whereas the anime showed him as a child. Yoshi was given her own lines whereas in the manga she tended to always parrot Gamo. The anime’s scene where Nagatoro shoved Senpai was comedically exaggerated by having Senpai roll into the water rather than simply hitting the ground.

Episode 2 created the Big B**bs Vampires manga by combining School Rumble Shining with an unnamed vampire romance drama that was on TV in the manga.

Yoshi was replaced by Sakura in order to work the latter girl character into the story earlier. Originally, Sakura was introduced in the first chapter, but she didn’t begin being developed as a character until manga Chapter 27.

In Episode 4, Nagatoro actually should have kept her promise to Senpai by kissing him on the cheek, patting him on the head, and running out of the art club room before he could respond. The fake-out prank she pulled where a doll kissed him on the lips instead was an anime original joke.

Arguably, this story change cheapened Nagatoro’s character and the nuance of the moment since Senpai put his soul into drawing the art this time around.

Episode 4 also removed the manga’s conclusion to the segment where Nagatoro was demanding to be praised. In the manga, she pretty much lists off the real reasons she is attracted to him and is shown looking at him wistfully.

At the same time, removing the cheek kiss and the praising at this point in the timeline smoothed out the romantic progression since the cheek kiss highlighted Nagatoro’s true feelings too early. This isn’t Horimiya where the relationship develops quickly within a single season. Shifting the development to Episode 12 makes her actions more impactful as a relationship milestone at the expense of heightening the bullying earlier on in the story.

In this manner, the anime attempts to make Nagatoro’s motives unclear since it’s uncertain whether she’s actually into Senpai or just a sadist getting off on torturing her senior. Still, even anime-only audiences should realize by Episode 4 that Nagatoro is shamelessly flirting with Senpai.

Episode 5 had Gamo and Yoshi tricking Nagatoro to leave the art club room so the girl could torment “Paisen,” while in the manga, the two girls were just casually dropping in when Nagatoro happened to be absent.

Another major change was in Episode 11 when Nagatoro modeled for Senpai while wearing nothing but a towel. This was an anime original scene in addition to the chase scene that followed being extended. The anime also changed the setting from a random tree to the pool, which is more emotionally significant to Nagatoro.

Episode 12 capped off the first season by heightening the drama with extra dialogue. As predicted, the cheek kiss was moved to the after-credits scene to give a solid ending.

The titles of each anime episode often corresponded to some of the titles of the chapters that the episode adapted. The anime would only show two titles, but each episode adapted more than two manga chapters. Short bonus (omake) chapters were often used for the anime scenes shown before the OP played.

The following is a guide to skipped chapters and the order in which the anime episodes adapted the manga:

  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 2: Chapters 3, 4, 5, 12, 6, Volume 3: Bonus 5
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 3: Chapters Volume 2: Side Story 2, 17, 18, 11, 10,
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 4: Chapters 7, 19, Volume 5: Bonus 10, 8, Volume 2: Side Story 1
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 5: Chapters Volume 4: Bonus 9, Volume 2: Bonus 4, 16, 20, 21
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 6: Chapters 9, 14, 22, 23
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 7: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27, Bonus 7
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 8: Chapters 15, Volume 5 Side Story, 35, 28, 29, Volume 1: Bonus 2
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 9: Chapters Volume 4 Side Story 1 and 2, 32, 13, 34
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 10: Chapters 30, Volume 4: Bonus 2 36, 37, 38
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 11: Chapters 39, 40, 41, 42
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 12: Chapters 43, 44, 45, 46, 8 (cheek kiss)
  • Skipped chapters: 31, 33
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It’s predicted that Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 will pick up the story again in manga Volume 7. Pic credit: 774

All in all, as predicted the anime’s second half adapted the Culture Festival story arc, which runs from Chapter 38 to 46. That meant the first season’s finale, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Episode 12, found a stopping point corresponding to Volume 6: Chapter 46.

Warning: The following paragraph contains spoilers for anime-only audiences.

This stopping point is actually kind of odd since the story arc in Chapters 48 to 50 provides a follow-up to the festival that culminates in Nagatoro and Senpai’s first official date at a zoo. I say “odd” since ending on that note would provide a greater sense of plot resolution to the first season in addition to the cheek kiss. Perhaps Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro “Episode 13” could be an OVA episode that animates this first date?

As previously mentioned, there currently aren’t enough unadapted chapters for making Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2, but since the creator releases roughly 26 chapters per year, that won’t be a problem anymore by the first half of 2022.

For those wanting to read ahead of the anime, English-only manga readers can buy Volume 7 now. But you should also check out the skipped chapters.

Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 anime TV spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

The next time we watch Nagatoro and Senpai, Club President gives Senpai tickets to the zoo so he can Nagatoro out on their first date. They both have to complete drawings, but this seemingly easy task gets complicated when other classmates begin making fun of Senpai.

It’s events like this that have them imagining what their future will bring. Specifically, the teens imagine a drunk future where 25-year-old Senpai is harassed at work to the point that he turns to alcohol to drown his sorrows.

When Senpai suggests that drinking alcohol and staggering around drunk isn’t his idea of fun, Nagatoro responds by transforming the art club room into a bar. This causes Senpai to imagine Nagatoro as a 24-year-old, and it turns out she’s a lightweight who can’t handle her drink!

More Nagatoro’s secrets will be revealed, especially when Senpai accidentally overhears girl talk where Nagatoro’s favorite type of man is discussed. She admits that her favorite type of boy is “someone who’s fun to be with,” which shocks Senpai when he realizes how many recent fun times they’d shared.

But Senpai is also embarrassed during this incident when he realizes he doesn’t even know Nagatoro’s first name! And this fact continues to gnaw at him over time.

Nagatoro’s insecurities become a topic when winter comes and a chance in attire makes it clear the age difference is a factor.

There’s even a moment of self-introspection when Senpai is caught reading a shoujo manga called Love Slave. It features a female protagonist who is often reducing the male lead to tears with bullying and Nagatora recognizes the similarities to her own life choices. But when Senpai dares to suggest the manga protagonist isn’t as bad as Nagatoro she’s offended since she believes she’s not nearly as mean and scary.

Their relationship finally moves forward another step when Nagatoro catches a cold and Senpai visits the Nagatoro House out of concern. His visit causes a commotion when Senpai is mistaken for a thief when Nagator’s older, college-age sister appears.

Big Sis Toro
Nagatoro’s sister can be quite intimidating to the high school teens. Pic credit: 774

What’s more, this Big Sis-Toro offers to reveal secrets about Nagatoro! What will Senpai discover?

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!

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