Updated: The How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 anime has been confirmed to be in production. The latest info can be found by clicking the link to the news article. This older article remains as published since the last update in 2019.
Anime fans are eager to watch How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 since the story had just started getting interesting for Diablo, Rem, and Shera. But even if animation studio Ajia-Do is willing to create a sequel, is there enough source material to create Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Season 2?
The story for the anime is based on the Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu light novel series by author Yukiya Murasaki and artist Takahiro Tsurusaki. Published by Kodansha since late 2014, the light novel series is up to Volume 12 as of May 2, 2019. Kodansha hasn’t announced Volume 13 yet, but the author averages two to three books per year, so the next light novel could come out near the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.
Starting in 2015, mangaka Naoto Fukuda began serializing the Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu manga series. As of October 9, 2019, the manga was up to Volume 10, which includes up through Chapter 49.
The English translation of the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord novel series is being published by J-Novel Club while Seven Seas Entertainment is handling the English manga translation. The English books reached up to Volume 10 as of September 8, 2019, and Volume 11 is scheduled for December 2, 2019. The English manga only started being sold in June 2018, so Volume 5 came out on September 24, 2019, while Volume 6 will release on December 31, 2019, and Volume 7 on March 17, 2020.
One notable fact about the English translation is that the English title changed the meaning entirely rather than being a translation. Directly translated from Japanese, the title references the demon lord from another world, but it also talks about the summoning magic of a slave girl.
Perhaps wisely, the editors chose to strip out any reference to slavery in the title, but the story can’t help but avoid controversy since the magical slave collars are an integral part of the plot.
Updated October 24, 2019: Added new light novel and manga info.
This article provides everything that is known about How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 (Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu 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.
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord manga/light novel compared to the anime
On its surface, the story of the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord novel series is simply another wish-fulfillment fantasy where a socially inept hikikomori gamer named Takuma Sakamoto is transported into a game-like world and finds himself completely OP (Overpowered).
Death March To The Parallel World Rhapsody is one of many recent examples where the main character is a bland Potato-kun stumbling around an alternate world gathering up girls into a harem. The anime adaptation of In Another World With My Smartphone faced similar issues but was worse since the first season failed to introduce the villains or any sense of purpose until the very end.
While, yes, the Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu novel series definitely has harem and fan service elements, the story is best compared to Overlord (everybody wants Overlord Season 4) or Demon Lord, Retry! (see our article on Demon Lord, Retry! Season 2, which has been confirmed to be in production).
What makes Demon Lord so interesting is Diablo himself since he’s not a blank personality. While Momonga/Ainz Ooal Gown fakes being an undead ruler in order to keep his cruel floor guardians in check, Diablo is simply a human faking a demon lord and this comedic routine is the core of the story.
The story also presents some balance since even the stats-stacked Diablo finds himself in danger when facing opponents that have abilities not present in the game world. The light novels also contain characters that are innately stronger than Diablo so he must cleverly use items and equipment to compensate. So, unlike Overlord, the idea that Diablo is totally OP is not a central running joke.
Besides interesting characters, it also helps that the central plot is moving along rather than just being an excuse for fanservice and introducing new harem girls. Yes, the anime does have those elements but there are genuinely humorous moments that are not entirely cringe-inducing like many “man of culture” anime.
Like many anime adaptations of light novels, the books provide way more detail and there are some changes. For example, the riverside bathing scene in Episode 9 completely skipped a bandit attack that happened right after Edelgard appeared. This attack prompted a dialogue on the value of human life. Surprisingly, the anime even skipped jokes related to bottom squeezing and Pantherian chests.
Both the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord manga and light novel featured the confrontation with the Paladin Saddler inside a cafe, whereas the anime moved the “fight” to an alleyway (perhaps to make the animations easier?). The anime definitely did a better job of building up Saddler as a potential threat even though the actual confrontation was anticlimactic.
Alicia’s report to the king was also skimmed over quickly by the anime and that skipped story section described in detail the relationship between the church and the national government (see the spoilers below for more details on why this skipped scene provided foreshadowing). Lord Galford failed to report Diablo’s existence, which is kind of important since Galford may be planning political machinations in the future.
Thus far, the plot of the anime revolved around the lurking threat posed by the revival of the demon lord Krebskulm. In the lead up to the ritual scene, the anime adaptation skipped the explanation of the politics between Baal, Ourou, and the three demon factions and jumped straight into the hole. (Rem shot?)
While the full-powered demon seemed scary, when she settled down into base child form she decided her new mission was to… devour all the biscuits in the entire world? This plot twist was not too much of a surprise for any anime-only fans paying attention since the ending music video blatantly showed the childish Klem-chan being surrounded by biscuits.
The anime found a great ending by focusing on the resurrection of Krebskulm and the mental restoration of Alicia, but there were some changes from the books/comics. The anime showed Alicia’s severe psychological problems suddenly being fixed through the power of friendship, whereas in the light novels Alicia’s problems were discussed at length and they’re not so easily mended. In the manga, Diablo simply kissed Klem on the forehead to seal the enslavement spell, whereas in the anime he made the other girls jealous by kissing Klem on the lips.
All in all, the anime hit the most important plot points necessary to tell the story, but it’s definitely worth going back to read the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord manga or light novel series if you enjoy the extra details. However, many readers simply want to continue where the anime left off.
To put things into perspective, the resurrection of the biscuit-loving demon in How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Episode 10 took place in Volume 3 of the light novel series and Chapter 26/27 of the manga series. The ending of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Episode 12 corresponded to the end of light novel Volume 3.
When the anime’s finale aired the manga was not quite caught up with the events of Episode 12. Eventually, the manga caught up with Chapter 40 of Volume 9, although the conversation was more detailed and dipped its toes into events that will happen in the anime’s second season.
The good news is that light novel series provides plenty of source material for making How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2. Similar to how Overlord’s anime was handled, if three books are adapted per season, then How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 3 could follow quickly after.
The bad news is that the anime is only slightly behind the manga adaptation, so those who want to read far ahead must either wait for new manga chapters or turn to the light novels.
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord: Uncensored scenes in Blu-Ray/DVD and manga
Fans of the “man of culture” scenes will probably want to watch How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord uncensored. The differences in most episodes are relatively minor since the anime never dives down into becoming full-on explicit. The biggest difference is probably the post-OP and the ending art.
Crunchyroll uses the censored anime while other streaming sites such as KissAnime provide the uncensored episodes. The uncensored version is likely to be contained in the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Blu-Ray/DVD, which will be released as three volumes.
- Volume 1 (Japanese): September 28, 2018
- Volume 2 (Japanese): November 30, 2018
- Volume 3 (Japanese): January 25, 2019
It’s also possible to read the How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord manga uncensored, but only in Japanese. The English scanlation projects available online have thus far relied on censored scans.
Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Season 2 release date
As of the last update, studio Ajia-Do or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a 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 How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
Unfortunately, studio Ajia-Do is not exactly known for doing anime sequels (although they have done straight-up explicit series before). Their last major anime project was the 2016 Izetta: The Last Witch, which was a standalone original story.
Over 10 years ago, they co-produced with studio Sunrise (maker of Code Geass) several lengthy anime series that ran for years. So, if Ajia-Do produces How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2, that will be a first for the company.
The second bit of bad news is the Blu-Ray and DVD sales in Japan. While not Demon Lord-level terrible or a complete flop, the Oricon rankings were not good, either. At the same time, the anime industry has been transitioning to streaming revenue being the biggest financial factor and the series was fairly popular on Crunchyroll when it aired.
Even if the anime did well with streaming revenue, anime fans will probably still need to wait several years for the sequel. Anime projects take years to develop, so unless the producers are already considering How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 then fans shouldn’t expect to watch Diablo in action again until perhaps 2020 or 2021 at the earliest.