Will the Fena: Pirate Princess Season 2 anime TV series continue the story now that reaching Eden has raised more questions than answers? It’s a real question of whether a Fena sequel will be renewed, but if it is when will Kaizoku Oujo Season 2 come out?
The anime’s first season was produced as part of a collaboration between Crunchyroll and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The anime is being animated by Japanese animation studio Production I.G., which is best known for creating the Haikyuu!!! anime and the Psycho-Pass anime series.
In 2021, the studio also released the Moriarty the Patriot anime. They’re also working with Sola Digital Arts on releasing Netflix’s Ultraman Season 2 anime in 2022.
The anime’s first season was created and directed by Kazuto Nakazawa (B: The Beginning, Parasite Dolls). He was joined by director Junichi Fujisaku (credited as Saki Fujii) and Tetsuya Takahashi.
Writer Asako Kuboyama wrote the series composition. Character designer Yasuko Takahashi was also the chief animation director. Composer Yuki Kajiura (Demon Slayer, Sword Art Online) worked with FlyingDog for creating the music.
The Fena: Pirate Princess Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the Fena: Pirate Princess OP “The Sea and Pearls (Umi to Shinju)” was performed by JUNNA, while the ED “The Farthest Shore (Saihate)” was performed by Minori Suzuki.
The first season’s finale, Fena: Pirate Princess Episode 12, was released for streaming on October 24, 2021.
This article provides everything that is known about Fena: Pirate Princess Season 2 (Fena Season 2/Kaizoku Oujo 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.
Adult Swim’s Fena: Pirate Princess English dub release date
The anime’s first season was streaming with English subtitles on Crunchyroll. The Fena: Pirate Princess English dub release date was on Adult Swim starting on August 28, 2021.
Here is the Fena English dub cast:
- Brittany Cox as Fena Houtman
- Robb Moreira as Yukimaru
- Nicholas Corda as Shitan
- Anjali Kunapaneni as Karin
- Brandon Winckler as Enju
- Darrel Delfin as Kaede
- Alan Lee as Tsubaki
- Thomas E. Wynn as Makaba
- Frank Todaro as Salman
- Doug Stone as Otto
Japanese TV stations didn’t begin broadcasting the TV show until October 2021.
Director Kazuto Nakazawa interview: How the Fena: Pirate Princess anime production was different
Director Nakazawa says the team traveled to Dubrovnik in Croatia, Glasgow, and Edinburgh in Scotland for getting a feel for the look and feel of the anime. During the Annecy Film Festival, the director said his love of shoujo manga inspired the character design for Fena Houtman.
“In Japan, we have shounen and shojo manga for boys and girls,” Nakazawa explained according to Otaquest. “What got me into manga and stuff was shoujo manga, as when I read it made me realize how good manga could be. The ones I would read are from the late 70s to the early 80s, and I used one of the heroines from shoujo manga of the time as an inspiration for Fena.”
Getting greenlit for production was the hardest part since there was a development fee for creating an original story. In order to secure the money, the director admitted that he had to think like a pirate.
“When it comes to shoujo manga and original ideas, it can be really difficult to get the funding which was what I was worried about, so I lied to them and told them that the idea was essentially Mad Max at sea,” he said. “Then they released the funding.”
Normally, the animation process will use ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) in the audio recording where the voice actors match their lines to the animated scenes. Instead, the director allowed the voice actors to perform freely and then they matched the animation to the audio performance.
“The process was actually pretty tough, but it also made me realize how amazingly the actors can perform when they have no restrictions,” the director said.
Kaizoku Oujo Season 2 release date predictions: Renewal likely since the story allows it
As of the last update, Crunchyroll, Adult Swim, flying dog, DMM Pictures, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Fena Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a Fena: Pirate Princess sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information.
In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Fena: Pirate Princess Season 2 release date will occur in the future.
The Fena: Pirate Princess reviews have been solid with scores being above average. The first season offered enough mysteries to keep audiences hooked. The plot progression didn’t feel overly elongated since finding Eden by globetrotting wasn’t like sailing the grand line looking for the One Piece for over 1,000 episodes.
Fena anime producer Rui Kuroki is known for overseeing anime projects that are renewed for sequels. Examples would include the Psycho-Pass, Kuroko no Basket, and Netflix’s B: The Beginning anime series.
The streaming revenue is likely solid since Fena managed to make it up onto Crunchyroll’s popular anime list on a regular basis.
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for the ending of Fena: Pirate Princess Episode 12.
The elephant in the room is that this original story is not based on a Fena: Pirate Princess manga or light novel series. The first season was a self-contained story that resolved the main conflict. At the same time, the first season still left enough plot threads hanging in order to create an opening for a Fena sequel.
After all, the ending of Episode 11 only just revealed the machinations of the Observer Cody in relation to Fena’s “Father” Franz Houtman. The Rumble Rose crew is back and they’re just begging to be developed more by a spin-off or a second season.
Fena and the Goblin Knights are retracing their journey in order to restore her memories. Deadly brother Kei was coming personally to recover Fena although that plot thread was conveniently explained away (for now). There’s bound to be trouble along the way since the Goblin Knights’ actions could be construed as treason by Goblin Island (or maybe not). All of these plot threads are open-ended enough to serve as a springboard for developing a new main conflict in the second season.
The Fena character deaths, or the lack thereof, could provide a hint to the future of the anime series. While the crew of the Rumble Rose was (supposedly) blown to pieces only to be resurrected at the ending the series hasn’t killed off any major characters except for the death of twisted-yet-sympathetic villain Abel Bluefield and his soldiers.
It’s possible that Abel’s death being a happy ending will cause some in the audience to turn on the TV show. After all, Abel may have been on a grief-stricken quest to find Helena after she was sexually assaulted by the king and then burned at the stake, but even he admitted that his bloodsoaked hands were not worthy of embracing his love. Abel murdered everyone in his path, including allies, and mistreated his half-sister Fena yet he’s given a beautifully animated repose where his blood turns to rose petals and he finds solace in his lover’s arms before (presumably) being taken to heaven.
Thankfully, in Fena Episode 12 Yukimaru’s death was avoided, but it’s questionable whether the TV show wrapped up things in a coherent fashion. Fena Episode 12 answered the main mystery of Fena’s identity in relation to Eden by having the Observer Cody reveal that she was the Maiden of Choosing who could cause the Earth to be wiped clean again similar to Noah’s ark.
Thus, the finale pulled an Evangelion ending out of the hat with a less than graceful narrative development without providing proper foreshadowing. While it definitely seemed like there was more to Cody’s story than initially revealed, and audiences knew that Fena’s birth as Pucelle in the King’s bloodline was part of a prophecy, there were zero hints or development toward the idea that Fena literally held the fate of the entire world in her hands.
Fans will just have to wait to see if the anime production committee has Fena: Pirate Princess renewed. Stay tuned!