The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date in Summer 2023, anime delayed by COVID

Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha Characters
The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 anime will feature a different Japanese voice actor playing Anos Voldigoad now that Tatsuhisa Suzuki dropped out of Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha Season 2. Pic credit: Yoshinori Shizuma

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date is officially confirmed for July 2023, the Summer 2023 anime season.

The 2nd season originally began airing on January 7, 2023, during the Winter 2023 anime season. But due to the COVID pandemic affecting the production schedule the decision was made to restart the broadcast of the 2nd season starting with Episode 1 in July 2023.

It’s also been announced that the second season will be a split-cour anime.

What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month TV broadcasting block based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.

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

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 Part 1 will have a total of 12 episodes. The number of episodes for the 2nd cour hasn’t been announced yet.

There have already been some big changes since the lead role of Anos Voldigoad now has a new Japanese voice actor.

The second season will have Anos Voldigoad, Sasha Necron, Misha Necron, and friends investigating a plot by the gods and the true nature of the false Demon King Avos Dilhevia. You can check out the new PV trailer below:

The exact Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha Season 2 release date was revealed by this 2nd trailer PV on December 8, 2022.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 OP (opening) theme song music “SEIEN” will be performed by Lenny code fiction, while the ED “Esoa” will be performed by Momosumomosu. The 2nd trailer previewed the theme song music.

The second season was teased very early on. On February 24, 2021, the official Twitter account for the anime TV series teased a second season.

“Did you think this would be the last of ‘The Misfit of Demon King Academy’?” the account tweeted. “You’ll have to wait a little longer.”

During Aniplex Online Fest 2022 on September 24, 2022, it was confirmed that the Maou Gakuin Season 2 release date was in Winter 2023. The announcement included a new trailer PV and key visual.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 trailer PV.

The anime’s initial announcement took place at Kadokawa Light Novel Expo 2020, which was delayed from October to March 6 and 7, 2021.

Maou Gakuin Season 2

A key visual for The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 was released in March 2021. The same key visual was used to announce the time frame in August 2022. Pic credit: Studio SILVER LINK

The second big season announcement is that the main role of Anos Voldigoad will be played by a different Japanese voice actor in The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 anime.

On December 10, 2021, the official website announced that Tatsuhisa Suzuki would no longer be voicing Anos. Suzuki and his wife LiSA had suspended all entertainment industry activities earlier in 2021 after allegations surfaced of an affair and an attempted suicide.

Suzuki also previously stepped down from the role of voicing Ultraman Taro/Kotaro Higashi in Netflix’s Ultraman Season 2 anime.

As for who will voice Anos in The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2, the anime production committee announced two days later that Yuuichiro Umehara will voice Anos. Umehara has been a supporting role in popular anime such as My Hero Academia, but he’s also had main roles such as Weather Report in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Courier in Akudama Drive, Goblin Slayer in Goblin Slayer Season 2, and Seiya in the Cautious Hero anime.

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This key visual for The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 was released during Aniplex Online Fest 2022 on September 24, 2022. Pic credit: Studio Silver Link

It’s been confirmed that anime’s second season is being produced by animation studio Silver Link, which is known for other fantasy/isekai anime series such as Strike The Blood Season 5, BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, The Dungeon of Black Company, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat, and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (My Next Life as a Villainess Season 3 hasn’t been announced yet.

Some of Silver Link’s projects have been renewed for sequels. The BOFURI Season 2 release date is in 2023. The My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! movie release date is also in 2023.

The Maou Gakuin anime production lists three directors. Shin Oonuma (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya) is the chief director. Masafumi Tamura (Wise Man’s Grandchild) is listed as just the director, while Mirai Minato (Masamune-kun’s Revenge) is the assistant director.

Artist Kazuyuki Yamayoshi (Grimoire of Zero) is the character designer. Writer Jin Tanaka (BNA, Date A Live) is handling the series composition and scripts. Composer Keiji Inai (DanMachi Season 3: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) is creating the music.

For the first season, The Misfit of Demon King Academy OP (opening) theme song music was “Correct Incorrect” by Civilian, while the ED (ending) was “Hamidashimono” by Tomori Kusunoki.

The anime’s first season was originally scheduled to premiere in April 2020, but it was delayed until Summer 2020 due to the effects of COVID-19 on the anime industry. The first season’s finale, The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 13, was streaming on Crunchyroll on September 26, 2020.

Crunchyroll is also streaming The Misfit of Demon King Academy English dub. The release date for the English dubbing was on September 5, 2020. Aleks Le plays Anos Voldigoad, Brianna Knickerbocker plays Misha Necron, and Kayli Mills is Sasha Necron.

  • Updated December 19, 2022: Part 1 has 12 episodes total.
  • Updated December 8, 2022: Exact The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date confirmed.
  • Updated September 24, 2022: The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date in January 2023.
  • Updated August 10, 2022: The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date in 2023. Added new light novel Volume 12 and web novel details.
  • Updated December 12, 2021: New Anos voice actor in The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2.
  • Updated July 16, 2021: The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga canceled. Kaya Haruka’s death was
    publicly announced.
  • Updated July 6, 2021: Added Maou Gakuin Volume 10 info.
  • Updated March 6, 2021: The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 anime officially announced!
  • Updated December 31, 2020: Added Blu-Ray/DVD sales numbers.
  • Updated September 26, 2020: Added Ranobe Sugoi rumor.
  • Updated September 9, 2020: Added The Misfit of Demon King Academy Volume 8 release date and cover art.

This article provides everything that is known about The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 (Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha ~Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Kayou~ 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.

Why the Maou Gakuin Season 2 release date is in January 2023

As of December 8, 2022, publisher Square Enix, producer Aniplex, and studio Silver Link officially confirmed that the exact The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date was on January 7, 2023.

The production of a Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha Season 2 sequel was announced in early March 2021. On August 10, 2022, it was confirmed that the second season is coming out in 2023. On September 24, 2022, the time frame was narrowed down to Winter 2023.

In recent years, Studio Silver Link has been greenlit for producing second seasons for multiple fantasy/isekai anime based on the popularity of the first seasons. Death March and Wise Man’s Grandchild were notable exceptions, but they had completely different companies backing the production.

It’s really up to Aniplex since they’re the primary producer. If an anime series is popular enough they have a tendency to finance a second season or a movie sequel.

Examples include The Promised Neverland Season 2, Cells At Work!! Season 2, Cells At Work! CODE BLACK, Sword Art Online Season 4, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 3, Magia Record Season 2, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (and Demon Slayer Season 2 and 3), Bunny Girl Senpai, and the many, many Fate sequels.

Death March and Wise Man’s Grandchild also failed to gain traction largely due to the generic nature of the plot and characters. Despite the similarities to those two anime, reviewers have been far kinder to Maou Gakuin. Episode scores have been rising as the anime was given a chance to reveal its distinct characteristics.

It’s possible many of the bad reviews were kneejerk reactions to the initial premise of Episode 1 being similar to other previous anime. Or, perhaps the reviewers simply dislike power fantasy stories, to begin with.

Thankfully, the relative strength of the source material allowed the Maou Gakuin anime to rise from mediocrity and secure enough popularity and thus financial success for a second season.

So far, the Blu-Ray/DVD sales numbers in Japan have been decent. The Misfit of Demon King Academy Blu-Ray/DVD Volume 1 sold 2,473 copies in its first week, whereas Volume 4 sold 2,302 copies in its first week.

While those numbers give us an idea of the anime’s popularity in Japan, it’s streaming revenue that is the biggest factor.

Fast-forward to 2021 when The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 was announced. Since the year for the second season was announced in August 2022 it was predicted that The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date will be in Winter 2023.

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The light novel cover art for Maou Gakuin Volume 8. Pic credit: Yoshinori Shizuma

The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga/light novel series compared to the Maou Gakuin anime

The story for the anime series is based on The Misfit of Demon King Academy light novel by series creator Shu and illustrator Yoshinori Shizuma. Usually shortened to just Maou Gakuin, the full title is Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha ~Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Kayou~, which is officially translated to The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants.

The turnaround time on the anime was relatively quick considering that the Maou Gakuin web novel initially launched on the self-publishing site Shosetsuka ni Naro back in April 2017. Japanese publisher ASCII Media Works began publishing the light novel adaptation in March 2018.

As of August 10, 2022, the book series was up to Volume 12 – Part 2. It’s actually the 14th book in the series, but story arcs for Volumes 4, 10, and 12 are divided into multiple books each. The first part of Misfit of Demon King Academy Volume 12 was released on August 10, 2022.

The light novel volumes are based on the “Chapters” of the web novel series, which was already up to the epilogue of Chapter 14 as of March 26, 2022. Light novel Volume 12 has begun adapting Chapter 12: Calamity World, which means the light novels have almost caught up with the web novel.

The web novel has not ended yet despite having over 670 actual chapters. The author is expected to start releasing web novel Arc 15 soon.

Maou Gakuin Volume 10 Part 1
Similar to how the fourth book was divided into two parts, The Misfit of Demon King Academy Volume 10 is listed as Part 1. Pic credit: Yoshinori Shizuma

The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga series started in the same month. Square Enix published the adaptation by manga artist Kaya Haruka. As of March 2021, it was only up to Volume 4, with Volume 5 remaining unannounced due to the death of the manga artist.

An announcement on Square Enix’s Manga UP! app explained that Haruka suffered from poor health in 2019. As such, new manga chapters were released on an irregular basis.

Unfortunately, Haruka’s health problems were serious enough that The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga was canceled July 7, 2021. It was revealed that since September 2019 Haruka was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, which has a very low survival rate depending on the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed.

Several days after the manga was canceled it was revealed that Kaya Haruka died on July 6, 2021, the day before the cancellation was publicly announced. The manga artist’s family held a private funeral.

North American publisher J-Novel Club is releasing the official English translation for the Maou Gakuin light novel series. As of September 23, 2022, the official English version was only up to Volume 2. However, a fan-made English translation of the web novel chapters is about halfway done with adapting web novel Chapter 4 (or light novel Volume 4) as of June 2022.

Square Enix is already releasing an official English Maou Gakuin manga. The English Volume 4 release date was scheduled for March 22, 2022.

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The story of The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 anime will pick up with the story events of Maou Gakuin Volume 4. Pic credit: Yoshinori Shizuma

Some critics argue that The Misfit of Demon King Academy’s story relies too heavily on trashy power fantasy tropes from the magical harem high school genre. Largely derided by critics, the genre saw its peak with Demon King Daimao and The Irregular At Magic High School. (The Mahouka Season 2 anime is confirmed to be coming out in 2020.)

Arguably, such negative reviews do have a point since the Maou Gakuin protagonist Anos Voldigoad is a cool overpowered (OP) demon lord™ who establishes a harem of two sisters within the first two episodes. By the end of the first story arc, he has a school fan club that’s obsessing over him to the point of creating Anos dolls and a steamy picture book.

On the other hand, Anos is not appreciated by society despite having all the power. He’s dismissed as a hybrid mongrel by the “pureblooded” Royals’ caste system and labeled a misfit by the teachers at Delzogade academy despite his ability to prove with knowledge and magical power that he’s the OG Demon King. But that’s just a trope for this specific power fantasy sub-genre.

Even if you think the basic premise is trashy, at least it’s trash done right. Rather than being yet another Potato-kun, the smart and brash Anos is an all-powerful anti-hero who can also be charming and kind if he so desires. Despite having a literal fan club for the protagonist, the anime also doesn’t rely on insufferable harem tropes or e*chi fan service to keep its audience watching.

The story doesn’t reinvent the wheel or subvert the genre but it offers enough innovation to keep audiences watching Anos’ journey just to see what he does next. What makes Anos interesting is how he uses his overwhelming power in unexpected ways and the story revels in throwing these types of curveballs.

Sure, there are almost too many OP protagonists in anime nowadays, but who actually fights with just a heartbeat/wooden stick or tosses a castle one-handed? This GOAT vanquishes his enemy’s flames with a mere sigh and bounces back fiery punches with a blink.

Conquering an enemy by repeatedly killing and resurrecting him was another twist, never mind when Anos intellectualized the horrifying predicament by questioning whether his foe Zepes was the resurrected original or just a perfect copy. He even uses a zombie brother feud to start a family counseling session!

The antics of Anos’ doting parents and his awkward attempts at Mythical Age jokes (the “three-second rule” for resurrection) offer comedic beats and a major tonal switch from the usual demon edgelord mythos. Plus, the initial impression of the sisters as overly-quick girlfriends is overturned as part of the first story arc where Anos earn their admiration by his actions, not just raw power.

Sasha and Misha Necron
The key visual for the first season of The Misfit of Demon King Academy anime focused on Anos, Sasha, and Misha. Pic credit: Studio Silver Link

Due to the limitations of the episodic format, the anime’s creators were forced to condense many elements. Unfortunately, that meant some action scenes and great one-liners hit the cutting room floor. Even the manga provided more insight into what the characters were thinking and how their internal motivations tied into their outward actions.

The first four episodes adequately adapted Sasha and Misha Necron’s story arc from light novel Volume 1 without overly relying on stereotypical tsundere tendencies. Sasha’s abrupt changes in behavior were confusing and seemed like bad character development at first until the mystery behind her emotional whiplash was laid bare.

The anime reordered the presentation of events since manga Chapter 1 explained how Anos’ fight against the Hero Kanon led to him being resurrected 2,000 years later when magic has regressed and demons and humans have inter-bred for generations. Instead, much of that exposition was pushed off until Episode 2.

Otherwise, the biggest notable scene that was skipped was the school classroom’s Fusion Magic demonstration by Elder Demon Emperor Ivis Necron. The spell mechanics of the time-bending fight with Ivis was also better explained in both manga Volume 3 and light novel Volume 1.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 5 jumped into the story events of light novel Volume 2. This meant that The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 6 through 8 adapted just the Demon Sword Tournament arc.

Unfortunately, the pacing increased by skimming over a fight scene where Anos and Ray (Lay) Gransdori teamed up to fight the two Elder Demon Emperors (the anime also didn’t mention that Anos noticed the memories of his two creations were altered just like Ivis).

Episode 6 skipped a humorous scene where Anos introduced Ray to his parents only to have them misunderstand and temporarily think he’s coming out of the closet. The episode also skipped a minor appraiser character in the magic model shop.

The most important omission was the full story behind Anos’ birth. While his mother divulged some details in the anime, including the difficulty of her pregnancy, the books made it more clear how miraculous his birth was. The baby was stillborn until the Demon King’s soul entered and revived the child.

Episode 7 similarly skimmed details including the fact that Ray was disowned by his family for failing to inherit the family magic. Until Ray met his adopted mom, he wandered the village with no one willing to help him out of fear of the Royalist family.

Episode 8 followed the source material closely with one exception. In the books, the Royalists knew the lore that sustained the source of Lay’s mother and used memory-suppressing magic to control who remembered the idea that love could empower swords. The memories of people who did remember were linked to magical stones that Melheis was holding hostage, so when they fought in the dimensional prison the memory stones also needed to be protected.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 9 through 13 ended by finishing up the Hero Academy arc (or Brave Academy arc) from light novel Volume 3.

Note: This story was originally published before The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 13 released in Japan and was updated with additional analysis over time.

Maou Gakuin Manga Volume 3
The character designs in The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga series are noticeably different in comparison to both the anime and lights novels, especially in regards to Sasha Necron. Pic credit: Kaya Haruka

It’s predicted that the first season will find an ending by resolving part of the overarching mystery of how history was rewritten and why people remember the Demon King as being named Avos Dilhevia, not Anos Voldigoad. Thankfully, that central conflict is partially resolved by the end of light novel Volume 3, thus making it the best stopping point for the anime series.

In fact, it’s an easy prediction to make. On the day the anime series first premiered, the official Twitter account flat-out stated that The Misfit of Demon King Academy Episode 13 will adapt up through web novel Chapter 3. That means The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 will pick up the story again with Volume 4-part 1 and part-2.

The good news is that there is plenty of source material for Studio Silver Link to make The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2.

The bad news is that the first three volumes of The Misfit of Demon King Academy manga series were adapted by the first four anime episodes. The latest manga chapters stopped about when Ray was introduced. Considering that Kaya Haruka died from his health problems, the Maou Gakuin manga will probably never catch up with the anime.

Worse, English-only readers who wish to read ahead of the anime are currently out of luck in regards to the light novel series. As previously noted there are fan-made English translations of the freely available web novel Chapter 4, but the official English translation probably won’t catch up to the anime until 2023 when the second comes out.

The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

The last time we watched the anime, Anos stopped the war between the humans and the demons from starting. Unfortunately, a new royal teacher named Eldemade Dityjon is making Anos’ life difficult.

Surprisingly, Anos is announced as the Demon King of Tyranny by Eldemade. The new teacher even provides evidence by showing the students the Zekt contract that was signed by various demons, including the Seven Elder Demon Emperors.

The story of the Great Spirit arc will explain how 2,000 years ago the gods took advantage of the Hero Kanon’s plan to create the fictional Demon King Avos Dilhevia. The elder god Nousgalia is trying to awaken the God of Destruction, Aberneyu.

What’s more, the true identity of the fake Demon King Avos Dilhevia is uncovered and this revelation causes Anos to investigate further. In order to discover the secret of the birth of the Great Spirit, Anos must travel back in time 2,000 years ago to unravel the plot created by the god Nousgalia.

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!

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