Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 release date confirmed for July 2023 on Netflix, Episode 11 starts Buddha vs ZeroFuku story arc

Buddha vs ZeroFuku
Record of Ragnarok Round 6 features Buddha vs ZeroFuku. Pic credit: Ajichika

Netflix’s Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 release date is confirmed to be scheduled for July 12, 2023. The 2nd half will start with Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episode 11.

On December 31, 2022, the official Ragnarok Twitter simply stated that Part 2 will “start in 2023”. The first part of the 2nd season was streaming on Netflix on January 26, 2023.

The exact release date wasn’t confirmed until May 24, 2023.

Anime Geek successfully predicted that the Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episode 11 release date would be in Summer 2023. (Please see the predictions section below for more details.)

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie Season 2 Part 2 will include episodes 11 through 15. The first 10 episodes depicted Round 4: Hercules versus Jack the Ripper and Round 5: Shiva versus Raiden Tameemon.

The 2nd part will probably pick up with Round 6: Buddha versus Zerofuku. Thus, unless the anime adapts the most recent story arcs from the manga series, each battle round in the tournament will be 5 episodes.

The new Record of Ragnarok 2 cast members have been announced:

  • Hercules voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi
  • Jack the Ripper voiced by Tomokazu Sugita
  • Tameemon Raiden voiced by Subaru Kimura
  • Buddha voiced by Yuuichi Nakamura

The Record of Ragnarok Season 2 OP (opening) theme song music “Rude, Loose Dance” was performed by Japanese singer Minami, while the ED (ending) “Prayer (Inori)” was performed by Masatoshi Ono.

The music video for Minami’s “Rude Lose Dance”.

It’s currently unknown if the Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 OP and ED will be different.

This article provides everything that is known about Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 (Shuumatsu no Valkyrie Season 2 Part 2/Shuumatsu no Walküre Season 2 Part 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.

Why the Shuumatsu no Valkyrie Season 2 Part 2 release date is in Summer 2023

As of the last update, Studio Maho Film, publisher Kadokawa, NBCUniversal Entertainment, or any company related to the production of the anime have officially confirmed the exact Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episode 11 release date to be on July 12, 2023.

In order to maintain a good production schedule and keep the animation quality high the studio is essentially splitting up the cours.

A “split-cour production” is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.

Assuming that the production is a split-cour and was already scheduled out in advance, the Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episode 11 release date could have been in April 2023 at the earliest, which is the Spring 2023 anime season. Unfortunately, it appears that the production scheduling is tight, which might be the reason why it was scheduled for July 2023.

It’s also possible the episodes are purposefully spaced out in order to reduce the wait time between new seasons. After all, the manga is already into Record of Ragnarok Rounds 7 and 8, so positioning Round 6 in the middle of 2023 will make the wait for Record of Ragnarok Season 3 feel shorter.

Record of Ragnarok manga compared to the anime’s 2nd season

The story for the Netflix anime is based on the Record of Ragnarok manga series by a creator trio. Writer Shinya Umemura is working on the story while writer Takumi Fukui provides the overall story composition. Manga illustrator Ajichika produced the art and original character designs.

Serialized in Monthly Comic Zenon magazine since November 2017, the Shuumatsu no Valkyrie manga (or Shuumatsu no Walküre manga) is up to Volume 17 as of December 20, 2022.

Shortly after the first season was released, North American publisher VIZ Media announced an English translation for the Record of Ragnarok manga. This wasn’t much of a surprise since the Twitter account for the Manga Hot app seemed to be teasing an English version several days before the official announcement.

VIZ Media launched the English Record of Ragnarok manga digitally online at first. The physical printed volumes started releasing in Spring 2022 and the English version will be up to Volume 5 as of January 17, 2023, while Volume 6 is scheduled for April 18, 2023.

In the meantime, an unofficial fan translation project keeps up with all the latest chapters.

A spinoff series called The Legend of Lu Bu Fengxiang The Flying General manga launched in October 2019. The spin-off end with Volume 7 on December 20, 2022.

VIZ Media has not yet announced an English release for the Lu Bu spinoff series.

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie Buddha Volume 11
The manga cover art for Record of Ragnarok Volume 11 features Buddha. Pic credit: Ajichika

In an interview with Anitrendz, director Masao Ōkubo explained his approach to adapting the manga’s story.

“I always had those who never read the manga in my mind when I composed the anime,” he explained. “I made sure anime didn’t go off track from the original manga. As I mentioned before, I tried to include things that I was most excited about when reading the manga and leave them untouched. I was always conscious of making the anime as close to the manga as possible.”

The director revealed that the original authors did check the plot, storyboard, and character settings. But the director was given creative freedom to make changes, including condensing the dialogue to fit into the time constraints of the episodic format.

” I was able to do pretty much what I wanted because the authors understood manga and anime have different ways of expressing the same scenes,” he said. “As the original manga has too many lines (as in literal lines, not text & character dialogues), it would’ve been impossible to animate just like it. I tried to reduce as many lines as possible but I still received complaints from the staff later on… I learned my lesson.”

Like many tournament story manga stories, the Record of Ragnarok story arcs are divided into a series of rounds/matches between gods and men. Flashbacks provide insight into the characters, although most of them are fairly well-known worldwide.

The first season ended on a crazy cliffhanger since it gets audiences hyped for Hercules vs Jack the Ripper, arguably the best fight of the series. The ending of Record of Ragnarok Season 1 corresponded to Volume 5: Chapter 20.

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episodes 1 through 10 adapted manga Chapters 20 through 42, which meant the adaptation pacing was slower and thus more faithful to the source material.

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 will then adapt manga Chapters 43 through 54, which depicts Buddha vs ZeroFuku.

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Part 2 studio and staff

The Record of Ragnarok anime is animated by Studio Graphinica, which is best known for its 3D work on Hellsing Ultimate, the 2017 Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, and the 2019 Hello World movie. In 2020, Graphinica collaborated with Studio A-1 Pictures in making The Warlords of Sigrdrifa anime.

In 2021, Studio Graphinica and FLAGSHIP LINE are also releasing the Mu-Luv Alternative anime. In 2022, Graphinica was also working with Yumeta Company on the Tokyo Mew Mew New anime, the Cue! anime, and Mu-Luv Alternative Season 2. The Tokyo Mew Mew New Season 2 release date is in Spring 2023. They also worked with Yokohama Animation Lab on the 2022 Legend of Mana -The Teardrop Crystal-.

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 featured a returning main staff at Studio Graphinica.

The 2nd season was helmed by director Masao Ookubo. This is his second time being the main director after the 2017 Pripara movie. In the past, he’s been an episode director for popular anime such as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Rosario + Vampire Season 2, Saint Seiya Omega, and School Rumble.

Writer Kazuyuki Fudeyasu returned to handle the series composition writing. The writer is known for working on popular anime such as Black CloverBy The Grace Of The Gods Season 2Dropkick on My Devil!Encouragement of ClimbJoJo’s Bizarre AdventureSailor Moon Eternal movie, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a SlimeHow NOT to Summon a Demon LordRedo of HealerWandering Witch, and Welcome To Demon School! Iruma-kun. Literally, all of those anime have received multiple seasons, and some sequels are currently in production (click on the links for more details).

Masaki Satou (Initial D Final Stage), Hiashi Kawashima (PriPara Movie), and Shigeo Akahori (episode animation director on BNA) are the character designers. Composer Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Log HorizonKengan Ashura) creates the music.

Let’s just hope the wait for the Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Episode 11 release date isn’t too long in 2023. Stay tuned!

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