TL;DR The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 release date hasn’t been announced yet, not even the year, but the production was confirmed in September 2023 so it’s predicted that it will come out in 2024 at the earliest. Read more below for a much deeper dive!
The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 is officially confirmed to be in production.
The initial announcement was made on September 24, 2023.
The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 anime TV series will have Lugh Tuatha De and the girls Dia, Tarte, and Maha trying to figure out how to kill supposedly immortal beings. But when will The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 come out?
The first season of the anime TV series was produced by Japanese animation studio SILVER LINK, which is known for other anime series such as Strike The Blood, BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense, and My Next Life as a Villainess Season 2 anime.
For the first season, SILVER LINK also collaborated with Studio Palette. The smaller company was founded in 2018, and most of its credits involve finishing and in-between animation work as sub-contractors.
For this anime, Studio Palette handled more than half the workload. SILVER LINK produced the odd-numbered episodes, while Studio Palette handled the even-numbered episodes, the OP, and the ED.
The studio and main staff making The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.
The first season was helmed by director Masafumi Tamura (The Misfit of Demon King Academy). Writer Katsuhiko Takayama (Aldnoah. Zero, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Future Diary) handled the scripts and series composition (this was his first time working in the isekai web novel genre). Artist Eri Osada (Blade & Soul) was the character designer. Composer Kenichi Kuroda (The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent) created the music.
The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, The World’s Finest Assassin OP “Dark Seeks Light” was performed by Yui Ninomiya, while the ED “A Promise” was performed by Aira Yuuki.
The anime’s first season was originally scheduled for Summer 2021, but due to “various circumstances,” it was delayed until Fall 2021.
The first season’s finale, The World’s Finest Assassin Episode 12, released on December 22, 2021.
This article provides everything that is known about The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 (The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2/ Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru Season 2/Ansatsu Kizoku 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.
Is a 2024 The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 release date likely?
As of the last update, Kadokawa, Studio SILVER LINK, Studio Palette, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 release date. However, the production of The World’s Finest Assassin sequel was announced on September 24, 2023.
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 the Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
The studio is pretty much the jobber of the isekai anime industry and over time the quality of their work has noticeably improved. Perhaps due to this reason, the studio has a recent history of producing second seasons.
The BOFURI Season 2 anime, Strike The Blood Season 5, The Misfit of Demon King Academy Season 2, and Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Season 2 have all been confirmed to be in production. There’s also a My Next Life as a Villainess movie coming out.
The World’s Finest Assassin anime joins the ranks of projects that were greenlit for production shortly after the first book was published by Kadokawa. Anime productions are typically scheduled years in advance, and since the light novel series premiered in Winter 2019, the anime production committee must have greenlit the first season extremely early based on the strength of the source material.
Kadokawa has been pushing anime adaptations out very quickly compared to past standards, and the anime industry is only getting busier. In early May 2021, Kadokawa announced that they intended on creating at least 40 anime projects per year by 2023, an increase of 20 percent from 33 titles.
On December 22, 2021, it was announced by publisher Sneaker Bunko’s deputy editor-in-chief that the book series had reached 1 million copies in circulation by the time the first season’s finale was released. Unfortunately, the first season’s premiere did not give a huge boost to the manga and light novel sales in Japan since the volumes did not reach Oricon’s top 30 manga or top 10 light novel lists for the first several weeks of October 2021.
As a comparison, critically-acclaimed series like 86 Eight-Six made the top 10 novel charts, Tokyo Revengers dominated the manga charts during Summer 2021, and even all five volumes of The Detective Is Already Dead light novel series made it onto the top 20 charts.
The World’s Finest Assassin reviews were slightly above average for a power fantasy isekai anime. Similar to Mushoku Tensei, the main character Lugh’s past life plays a major role in the character development. Hence, the overall narrative is not simply wish-fulfillment where the protagonist is a self-insert blank slate persona.
It also helps that the story establishes a main conflict from the start by stating that Lugh must prevent world destruction by age 18 by either assassinating the Hero after the Demon Lord is defeated or by saving the Hero from tyrannical corruption.
Normally, an initially fast-moving plot begins to stutter when an isekai anime becomes bogged down in the usual harem antics. Sure, they’re assassin girls, but many anime fans are getting tired of anime that focuses on mild fan service tropes rather than developing characters with emotional depth. And on that note the anime more than amply delivered.
Streaming revenue is an important factor for an anime sequel to be renewed. The first season consistently was listed on Crunchyroll’s popular anime list, although it was usually only in the top 15.
More importantly, the original creator Rui Tsukiyo pointed out that The World’s Finest Assassin reached the #2 spot on Netflix Japan’s most popular list. The anime was even beating Komi Can’t Communicate and Demon Slayer!
That’s a very good sign, but as Anime Geek successfully predicted back in 2021, fans would need to wait for a production decision for the second season.
Now that the anime is confirmed, anime fans should expect a reasonable wait for The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 release date since producers typically secretly place anime projects in the work pipeline way before the public production announcement is made. Then actual animation production work at a studio will be scheduled for a later date. To be in production means the beginning of the actual pre-production phase.
Assuming that all of the animation contractors, the studio, and the voice actors have been lined up already, it’s reasonable to assume that The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Season 2 will come out in 2024 at the earliest.
How to watch The World’s Finest Assassin uncensored
Considering that the original creator of The World’s Finest Assassin also wrote Redo of Healer it shouldn’t be too surprising that the anime was released as two versions: The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat uncensored and censored.
The version that was streaming on Crunchyroll was fully censored, although it relied on minimalistic artistic changes rather than garish black bars or glaring lights.
The World’s Finest Assassin uncensored version doesn’t change too many scenes. The most notable is when Tarte practices her kata positions during the physical examination in Episode 4 and the romantic hot springs bath between Lugh and Dia in Episode 10. Otherwise, the censored version doesn’t skip any scenes like in Redo of Healer.
In order to watch The World’s Finest Assassin uncensored, you have to be streaming the AT-X broadcast version with English subtitles. Unfortunately, that means relying on third-party streaming sites like kissanime since none of the major paid streaming platforms show Ansatsu Kizoku uncensored.
Crunchyroll’s The World’s Finest Assassin English dub release date confirmed
The first season of The World’s Finest Assassin was initially streaming with only English subtitles on Crunchyroll and VRV (not FUNimation, Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video).
In late October 2021, Crunchyroll announced The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat English dub cast:
- Christian Banas as Lugh
- Caitlin Glass as Dia
- Hayden Bishop as Maha
- Courtney Lin as Tarte
- Mick Lauer as Assassin
The World’s Finest Assassin English dub release date was on November 24, 2021.
The World’s Finest Assassin manga/light novel series compared to the anime
The story for the anime TV series is based on The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat light novel series by creator Rui Tsukiyo and illustrator Reia.
The author has created many isekai light novel and manga series about elves, orcs, slimes, and even dungeon builders. Still, he’s best known for his work on the infamous Redo of Healer (Kaifuku Jutsushi no Yarinaoshi), which also received an anime adaptation.
The author is known for writing dark and violent stories. In an interview with Anime News Network, Tsukiyo explained that he believes that assassins represent a “necessary evil” since they don’t provide the true justice provided by a court system. He also explained the appeal of such dark themes.
“The biggest advantage of writing dark and harsh worlds is that it makes the protagonist’s exploits stand out. Overturning a sad and unfair situation has a lot of catharsis. That there is the appeal of a dark story. Also, I feel that readers these days are looking for protagonists who are decisive and ruthless above all else. A dark fantasy is compatible with that kind of character as well. For as long as the current trend continues, I think that the deep-seated popularity of dark fantasy will continue.”– Rui Tsukiyo
In regards to the main theme of The World’s Finest Assassin, Tsukiyo says the story is about “an assassin who has lived his life as a tool comes to desire life as a human. By coming into contact with the warmth of the people around him, he grows.”
The writer first began self-publishing the story for The World’s Finest Assassin in July 2018 as a web novel on the “Shōsetsuka ni Narō” (Let’s Become Novelists) website. The author only provides online the first 53 chapters (or episodes, which are divided into two “Chapters”) of the web novel, so only part of the story can be read for free now. But he has 11 other fantasy stories that are still active online.
The web novel became popular so quickly that Japanese publisher Kadokawa began adapting it into a light novel series by February 2019. As of July 2022, the light novel series was up to Volume 7 in Japan (it was delayed since it was originally scheduled for Spring 2022).
The World’s Finest Assassin manga adaptation by artist Hamao Sumeragi is being serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up magazine. Serialized since January 2019, the manga was up to Volume 5 as of September 9, 2022.
North American publisher Yen Press began releasing the official English translation in the USA and other countries in December 2020. As of July 18, 2023 the English light novels were caught up with Volume 7. The English manga caught up with Volume 5 on May 23, 2023.
The World’s Finest Assassin just set the standard for how an isekai story should be adapted. It even joined the esteemed ranks of the 86 anime by expanding on the premise with original content that fleshed out the world rather than coming off as filler content.
Arguably, the writing quality of the anime trumps the light novels. There are times when the anime doesn’t provide the fuller context since characters’ feelings are often explained by inner monologues but the anime more than makes up for it by expanding the lore and worldbuilding.
In fact, the changes were so dramatic that manga readers were surprised by The World’s Finest Assassin Episode 1. The anime set the stage by sending Lugh and the three girls Dia, Tarte, and Maha, on an anime original mission to save women from human trafficking.
The anime then flashbacked to the unnamed old assassin on a mission with a young female partner, who is also an anime original character. The source material only vaguely referred to this mission since the manga version opened with the assassin already going down in flames on the airplane as he narrated his life’s regrets.
The anime’s introduction to the story still established how the assassin desired to live life for his own sake rather than as someone’s tool. But the anime followed the good storytelling rule of “show, not tell” since the manga’s introduction of the character was largely an internal monologue.
At the same time, it was odd that the anime would begin to flesh out the partner. Anime-only audiences might expect her to be reincarnated into the same fantasy world. Still, she’s essentially a throwaway character that serves as a temporary plot device for explaining in action how the assassin reached this point in his life.
In Episode 2, the anime did not reveal the D-Rank skill card that Lugh acquired, thanks to the Goddess’ blessing. The light novel and the manga similarly did not name this special ability, and it’s likely a Chekhov’s Gun that’ll be very useful in the future. Also, after Lugh picked total affinity for the main four magical elements, he couldn’t use light or dark magic.
The speech patterns of the Goddess were odd, but the light novel paid extra attention to her character quirks by noting that once Lugh disappeared, she took on a lifeless facial expression. As a trained assassin, Lugh knew how to see through fake personalities, and he realized that the Goddess was acting too perfect.
The introduction of Dia Viekone was completely different in the manga. The anime had Dia brought on via stagecoach, whereas in the manga, Lugh stumbled upon Dia and her bodyguard while hunting rabbits.
The ending of Episode 3 greatly rearranged the plot points. Originally, Lugh’s father, Cian Tuatha De, took him to kill a prisoner before his magical training, not after. The anime did a great job of imparting the father’s lesson that assassins are not just mindless tools.
Plus, the depiction of this event varied greatly between each version. The manga had Lugh killing prisoners who were bounded and gagged, whereas the prisoners in the light novel were drugged, so they couldn’t even fight back. The anime had Lugh killing a depraved woman who shed crocodile tears to emotionally sway his hand, which increased the emotional impact of the scene.
The World’s Finest Assassin Episode 4 showed the Goddess’ manipulations in the form of the introduction of Lugh’s servant Tarte. But what really stood out about Episode 4 is how it seamlessly introduced anime original scenes in order to make the story flow much better.
And those types of anime-original scenes continued to enhance the story from thereon. The Goddess scene with the soldier-turned-NEET, samurai, etc. were also all anime original with the exception of Teacher (voiced by Risa Hayamizu), which was a nice piece of foreshadowing for The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2. These comedic skits explained the reincarnation system and kept the Goddess’ machinations on the audience’s minds rather than suddenly having her make the odd appearance.
Similarly, the anime showed Lugh visiting Dia in her home country on a regular basis. Otherwise, it would have been difficult to understand why Lugh was in love with Dia until she was given more screen time in Episode 10.
The books made it more clear that his feelings were genuine up until that point. This is why most of the date in Episode 10 was anime original in order to replace the previous interactions between Lugh and Dia that were skipped.
Speaking of feelings, the scene in Episode 11 where Tarte began bawling after her self-sacrifice to help Lugh save another woman really tugged on the heartstrings. This scene was in the manga but having it animated with the music really increased the impact.
The anime also reordered the presentation of certain details to increase the impact. For example, Episode 6 adapted the interlude about Maha’s past earlier than the books since the story arc was originally presented after Chapter 16 (Episode 7). The details about Maha’s merchant parents were also shifted to a later episode.
Many light novel readers were surprised that anime Episode 7 kept the nocturnal ejaculation scene with Maha and Tarte intact. The anime even went so far as to show that he began visiting brothels! (Although in the books this info was relayed by Lugh himself, not the girls.)
Thankfully, this pubescent event was not simply played off for comedic effect since it was used to develop Lugh’s character by showing how he no longer viewed the girls simply as pawns (although Lugh’s mother took the comedic part into cringe territory).
The story pacing was also a much welcome change for an isekai anime since SILVER LINK is breaking the mold this time around. They have a tendency to adapt between 3 to 5 light novels per anime season. By contrast, The World’s Finest Assassin Season 1 took its time in developing the plot and the characters similar to the first season of the 86 anime.
Series composition writer Katsuhiko Takayama explained in an interview that they “started with the fact that it would be 12 episodes in total and worked backward from there.” First, they picked the stopping point for the finale episode, and then they picked out the plot points they wanted to develop into a satisfying story.
The writer explained why they chose not to rush through the source material.
“If we were to just follow the overarching plot and focus on the story developments, then we would be able to get through a lot of volumes, but it would have a lot less dramatic weight. The drama develops according to the emotions of the characters. Focusing on the plot over the character drama would be fine for an anime that’s concerned with the main subject of the story, but it could cause the individual episodes to have a disjointed theme, depending on how the source material is arranged. Having said that, if you were to create all 12 episodes with a sparse number of events, then the story developments would be too slow and it could become boring. … Honestly speaking, even with this approach, we didn’t have enough time. If we were to keep the 12-episode structure but give each episode five more minutes, then I think the end result would have been even more compelling.”– Katsuhiko Takayama
As for the anime-original content, the writer claims that “it’s necessary to adapt the original story to a script while changing it to suit the anime medium.” They desired to create “a story where the characters live and struggle with drama” so they “approached this adaptation with an emphasis on giving the individual episodes a sense of weight.”
The first episode was the most memorable anime original content since they were able to “express a precise and holistic view of the series.” The bulk of the original scenes were “written through interpolation”, which means “fleshing out the descriptions within closed scenes in the source novel, so there’s nothing that deviates wildly from the original.”
Thanks to the anime original content, the first manga chapter and the first anime episode both ended on the plot beat of the Goddess, declaring that his assassination target would be the Hero. Sometimes a single episode would adapt multiple light novel chapters, but many of the episodes expanded a single chapter with original content.
All in all, it’s predicted that the first season’s finale, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Episode 12, will find a stopping point corresponding to light novel Volume 1 (or manga chapter 9).
It’s the best stopping point since Lugh saves the girl and has an epic battle against a powerful berserker he thinks might be the Hero. It’s also great that by using the tungsten spear as a gravity-driven rail gun, Lugh is shown using his wits rather than sheer OP strength to defeat the stronger enemy.
(And you thought that bikini island episode was just fan service! It turns out Lugh had been planning an orbital bombardment for a long time.)
The only problem with this ending at this point is the real Hero character isn’t introduced until Volume 2, which essentially makes the first season an introductory prologue. Reducing the assassin’s main target to a mere cameo at the end comes off as very odd since their interactions are the basis for the main conflict of the entire series. As such, the first season should have been planned out with two cours.
The good news is that there is plenty of source material available for making The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2. Hopefully, the second season has multiple cours in order to fully cover the next story arc.
Better yet, English-only novel readers who wish to read ahead of the anime can jump straight to light novel Volume 2. The World’s Finest Assassin manga readers can go to manga Volume 3.
Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru Season 2 anime spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
The next time audiences watch the anime, Lugh, Dia, and Tarte will enroll in the elite Royal Knights Academy in the Kingdom of Alvan. The goal is ostensibly to train as knights, but it’s there that Lugh finally gets to analyze his future target the Hero.
The shy and uncommunicative Hero Lord Epona Rhiannon (Lionnenon) turns out to be quite different from what Lugh was expecting. He would never have predicted that the Hero foretold to defeat the Demon King was a pacifist who suffers from an inferiority complex, never mind how Lugh ended up bodyguarding his future target!
Lugh even secretly saved the Hero’s life by assassinating an assassin. Catching this assassin gave Lugh the chance to practice the secret mystical eyes surgery technique that his father had bequeathed him. The always-eager-to-please Tarte desired to have the surgery to level up her abilities to serve her master better.
To summarize Epona’s issues, the Hero is too OP. Insanely strong, Epona is invulnerable to Lugh’s special daggers, faster than him, and can even “one punch man” any enemy. At the same time, the Hero feels inferior having come from a dirt poor family and insecure due to fearing accidentally hurting someone.
The Assassin and the Hero essentially became friends, with Lugh gaining Epona’s confidence. Lugh’s long-term goal is to find a way to remove Epona’s powers after destroying all the demons so that Epona can live the normal life a Hero deserves.
After all, it’s doubtful that this kind, humble person would one day destroy the world. Assuming the Goddess is telling the truth, Lugh suspects that Epona causes the apocalypse on accident.
But it’s not like there’s no friction between assassin and Hero. During the first demon fight, Epona accidentally injured Lugh and started avoiding him. The Hero also made Lugh promise that he would stop Epona if things ever went too far in using powers.
Worse, during the demon raid, Epona was injured since the Hero couldn’t use full power due to being afraid of hurting Lugh. Epona also came to believe Lugh can’t be trusted to uphold his promise.
Eventually, Lugh comes to the rescue, and by showing his real power, he manages to gain the Hero’s trust again after fighting a demon in battle. Having witnessed Lugh’s true power, Epona made him promise that he would kill the Hero if the powers ever went berserk.
Outwardly, Lugh agreed to these terms. Inwardly, he secretly vows to save Epona if he ever faces this predicament in the future.
Warning: The following contains spoilers from light novel Volume 3. Considering the pacing of the first season, it’s possible these spoilers could pertain to The World’s Finest Assassin Season 3.
For his success in combatting the demons, Lugh is made a Holy Knight by the Alvanian Kingdom. The problem is that Lugh is tasked with killing more demons, and yet only the Hero can actually destroy the creatures.
The demons are supposedly immortal beings, so now Lugh needs to create a new spell… and the only way to test this new magic is in a real battle! When Lugh completes this seemingly impossible task, he is deluged with requests from influential people from all over the kingdom, including prestigious dukes and the high priestess Neusch.
But what catches the assassin’s attention is the request from a talented young woman named Nevan, who wishes for Lugh to assassinate the most powerful man in the country! As the mysteries of this world begin to be revealed, the world falls further into chaos since the Assassin and Hero will now face a deadly battle with a new group of demons.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until The World’s Finest Assassin Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!