In/Spectre Season 2 trailer PV confirms January premiere date and teases Kuro and Kotoko’s deepening relationship

In/Spectre Season 2 trailer screenshot.
In/Spectre Season 2 trailer screenshot. Pic credit: Brain’s Base

The In/Spectre Season 2 release date is confirmed for January 9, 2023, on the Animax channel in Japan. And it will premiere on January 14, 2023, in the d anime store, GYAO!

On November 15, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Kyo Shirodaira (story) and Hiro Kyohara’s (illustrations) novel series released its third trailer for In/Spectre Season 2.

You can watch the trailer here:

The trailer teases the event that will occur in In/Spectre Season 2 and from the looks of it Kuro and Kotoko will be encountering many more dangerous and sometimes friendly yokai. Also, Kuro and Kotoko shippers have something to look forward to since it appears that Kuro might finally be warming up to Kotoko and their relationship just might make some progress after all!

In/Spectre Season 2 key visual, featuring Kuro and Kotoko and many yokai.
In/Spectre Season 2 key visual, featuring Kuro and Kotoko and many yokai. Pic credit: @SugoiLITE/Twitter

What is the plot of In/Spectre?

The story centers on Kuro Sakuragawa, who is actually a monster that has eaten two different yokai meats granting him the powers of immortality and near-absolute precognition. After Kuro ends up breaking up with his girlfriend he’s down in the dumps when he suddenly encounters a girl named Kotoko Iwanaga, who declares she’s been in love with Kuro for two years since she met him.

Kotoko then reveals that she is the Goddess of Wisdom, given that title by yokai, and serves as an intermediary between the real world and the supernatural world where the yokai live and thrive. At first, Kuro is skeptical that she is telling the truth but realizes she’s the real deal after fighting some yokai in the library. He then reveals his own hidden identity to Kotoko who surprisingly doesn’t bat an eye.

Kuro agrees to help Kotoko on her various missions as the peace-keeping Goddess of Wisdom, who usually serves as a mediator between humans and yokai. Kotoko wants Kuro to be her boyfriend, but unfortunately, she’s “not his type”. However, as these two get to know each other and a strong bond forms between them maybe Kotoko will be able to change his mind.

Where can I read the novel and the manga?

In 2011, Kyo Shirodaira and Hiro Kyohara launched their novel In/Spectre on Kodansha’s Kodansha Novels imprint. In 2019, the series changed imprint to Kodansha Taiga and the illustrator to Chasiba Katase, who has continued to work on the story since then.

In April 2015, a manga adaptation by Chasiba Katase launched on Kodansha’s Shounen Magazine R. In October 2019, Kodansha revealed that Shounen Magazine R would stop its print publication and transform into a digital-only publication, and revealed that the manga would be published in Monthly Shounen Magazine starting on December 6, 2019, along with the digital release on Shounen Magazine R.

Where can I watch the anime?

Between January 11 and March 28, 2020, an anime TV series adaptation produced by Brain’s Base and directed by Keiji Gotoh aired in Japan. Noboru Takagi was the scriptwriter while Takatoshi Honda acted as the character designer. The series’ opening theme song “Mononoke in the Fiction” was performed by Lie and a Chameleon. The ending theme song “Last Dance” was performed by Mamoru Miyano.

Crunchyroll co-produced and is streaming the series. You can binge-watch the entire 12-episode series presently in order to refresh your memory for Season 2. The series’ home video will be released by Viz Media.

In the upcoming In/Spectre Season 2, most of the staff will be reprising their roles with Kentarou Matsumoto replacing Takatoshi Honda as character designer and chief animation director. The opening theme song is “Yotogibanashi” performed by KanoeRana. The ending theme song is “Invincible Love” performed by Mamoru Miyano.

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