Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 release date confirmed for Winter 2024

Tsukimichi Season 2
The Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Season 2 anime TV series will continue the story from the light novel series. Pic credit: Studio C2C

TL;DR The TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 release date will be in January 2024. Read more below for a much deeper dive!

The Tsukimichi Season 2 release date will be in January 2024, the Winter 2024 anime season. The 2nd season will have two cours that air back-to-back from January through June 2024.

Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 will be animated by Studio J.C. Staff. The first season was produced by Studio C2C.

TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 additional cast:

  • Yumiri Hanamori
  • Nene Hieda
  • Kento Ito
  • Shiori Izawa
  • Yuuki Hirose

Tsukimichi 2 will have Makoto Misumi, Tomoe/Shin, and Mio starting a new adventure at the school in Rotsguard (Lotzgard).

This TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 PV trailer was released on October 27, 2023.

The announcement of Tsukimichi: Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 was made shortly after the first season’s finale aired on September 22, 2021.

“Congratulations on the decision of the second season!” said Natsuki Hanae, the Japanese voice actor that plays Makoto Fukasumi. “The first season ended on a good note. The first season ended on a good note, and I’m glad to see that the original story will be even more exciting from here!”

“Congratulations on the decision to start the second season! And thank you very much!” said Ayane Sakura, the voice of Tomoe. “I can’t wait to see what happens next. So, I can’t wait to see what happens in the animation.”

“Congratulations on the second season of the Tsukimichi anime!” said Akari Kito, the voice of Mio. “I’m really happy to be able to more spend time with Waka-sama and Tomoe in the anime as Mio! There are many scenes and stories that I wanted to see in the anime from the second season onwards, so I can’t help but look forward to the recording from now on. I’ll do my best to help Waka-sama’s activities in the second season, so please give me your support.”

The Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 announcement trailer.

The first season’s finale, Tsukimichi Episode 12, released on September 22, 2021. The first season was released as four Tsukimichi Blu-Ray volumes, with the first BD volume having released on October 27, 2021.

This article provides everything that is known about Tsukimichi Season 2 (Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 / Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 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.

Crunchyroll’s Tsukimichi English dub release date confirmed

In Summer 2021, Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy anime was initially only streaming with English subtitles on Crunchyroll and VRV (not Netflix, Hulu, or FUNimation). The Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy dub wasn’t announced until April 27, 2022.

Crunchyroll’s Tsukimichi English dub release date was at 3:15 PM PST/6:15 PM EST on April 28, 2022. New Tsukimichi dub episodes were released on a weekly basis through Summer 2022.

Here is the Tsukimichi dub cast:

Additional Voices: Kristen McGuire, Kyle Phillips, Dallas Reid, Jeff Johnson, Brienne Olvera, Matthew David Rudd, Adam Rowe, Kyle Phillips, Michael Stimac

Presumably, the Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 English dub release date will be announced by Crunchyroll in the future.

This key visual for the TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 anime was released in October 2023. Pic credit: Studio J.C. Staff

Why the Tsukimichi Season 2 release date is in 2024

As of the last update, Nichion, Studio C2C, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the exact Tsukimichi Season 2 release date.

However, the production of Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 was announced after the airing of the first season’s finale episode. On July 12, 2023, it was confirmed that the Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Season 2 release date is in January 2024.

Once the news is officially confirmed this article will be updated with the relevant information.

The sequel is not surprising since Producer Nichion does have a recent history of greenlighting anime sequels for production. Examples include The Quintessential Quintuplets and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, both of which have movie versions planned for the future (the My Next Life as a Villainess movie release date was in 2023).

The Tsukimichi reviews have been positive but not great since the story follows isekai formula tropes (minus truck-kun) while still offering enough unique twists to set itself apart from the pack. The basic premise is similar to That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime since the OP protagonist is essentially put on a pedestal by a (pocket dimension/demiplane) city of monsters.

The biggest strength is that the characters are Konosuba-like funny and relatable, with the main character hardly being a self-insert potato-kun. It also helps that the anime doesn’t overly rely on fan service or harem antics for moving the plot forward in regards to Moe and Tomoe (for those who want to know, the harem romance question is settled in web novel Chapter 305).

Although the reviews were average the book sales are probably why the Tsukimichi sequel was greenlit for production. The Tsukimichi light novels had over 1.4 million copies in circulation before the anime premiered in June 2021. The boost to sales was immediately noticeable since that month the books reached the top 4 on the Oricon charts, right behind 86: Eighty-Six, Re:Zero, and Classroom of the Elite.

The only question at time was whether the production of the second season was pre-planned or not since anime studio’s schedules are booked up years in advance.

Apparently, the 2nd season was not pre-planned since the production was shifted to a new studio and anime fans needed to wait multiple years. All of these factors resulted in the Tsukimichi Season 2 release date being scheduled for 2024.

Tsukimichi BD Volume 1
The box art for Tsukimichi Blu-Ray Volume 1. Pic credit: Mitsuaki Matsumoto

Tsukimichi manga/light novel series compared to the anime

The story for the anime TV series is based on the Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu light novel series by author Kei Azumi and illustrator Mitsuaki Matsumoto.

The story originally came to life in 2012 when the creator began self-publishing the Tsukimichi web novel on the Shosetsuka ni Naro website. The web novel has not yet ended. It has several hundred chapters and it’s divided up into 7 major story arcs so far.

Within a year, Japanese publisher AlphaPolis picked up the story for a light novel adaptation and Volume 1 came out in May 2013. As of August 5, 2022, the Japanese light novels were up to Tsukimichi Volume 18.

In 2016, the author switched web novel hosting platforms to AlphaPolis since the company has a policy of not allowing the web novels for their licensed series to be hosted by other websites.

There is also a side story web novel called Moonlit Journey Across Another World Extra (Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchu Extra).

In 2015, the original creator teamed up with artist Kotaro Kino to create the Tsukimichi manga adaptation. Over 60 chapters long when the anime premiered, the manga was up to Volume 12 as of July 31, 2023.

Unfortunately, no North American publisher has announced an official Tsukimichi English translation of the light novels. However, there are fan translation projects for the web novel that have kept up with the latest chapters.

Alpha Manga began releasing the English manga translation in waves. Beginning on July 28, 2023, three volumes were released at once and the English version is up to Volume 6 as of September 29, 2023.

Tsukimichi Volume 9 Manga
The Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy manga series was up to Volume 9 when the anime’s first season premiered. As you can see, the manga volume cover features Sophia Bulga, a character introduced at the ending of Episode 11. Pic credit: Kotora Kino

When the anime industry adapts a light novel book series into an anime series the industry averages about 3 to 5 books per season or cour. Sometimes fans of the original become outraged at the story changes caused by the adaptation.

There are extreme examples like Tokyo Ghoul, The Promised Neverland, and Horimiya, with the latter condensing 121 manga chapters into a single cour season. But at least the Horimiya anime managed to stay true to the heart of the story while sacrificing the story arcs of side characters.

Anime like Goblin Slayer (Goblin Slayer Season 2 is confirmed), Cautious HeroKonosuba, and Combatants Will Be Dispatched! are considered outliers since they only covered two light novel books in a single cour. Adapting a single book with one cour like the 86 Eighty-Six anime did is fairly rare.

When a light novel series is condensed into the TV episodic format it’s unavoidable that details are skipped or rearranged. In this case, the Tsukimichi anime brought the comedic elements to the forefront at the cost of skipping a lot of the worldbuilding, so the overall tone of the story is probably a lot funnier than book readers remember.

Tsukimichi Episode 5 was almost an exception since the plot for the episode practically revolved around worldbuilding elements. Still, the main purpose of the episode was to move the plot forward by having Makoto contact the Rembrandt Trading Company.

Speaking of which, the anime stripped out the dark explanation for why Patrick Rembrandt and his butler/former adventurer Morris are actually evil. The adventurers hated him since his trading company took over the work normally handled by low-ranking adventurers, but his shady politics was just the tip of the iceberg.

Rembrandt initially took over the merchant trading company by framing the original owner for murder and then marrying the owner’s wife for the inheritance. The witch doctor was banished since he was the lover of this first wife, which is why he was seeking revenge. To complete the hostile takeover, Rembrandt killed his first wife with the full support of his eventual second wife, which meant this woman was hardly innocent. But both the second wife and her presumably innocent daughters were cursed by the witch doctor.

Now, Makoto remains blissfully unaware of Rembrandt’s evil misdeeds and is perfectly willing to use him for his political and mercantile skills. Tomoe knows the truth but she’s decided to not tell Makoto unless Rembrandt becomes a threat.

Otherwise, the first season’s second half had a tendency to skip many manga chapters worth of point-of-view changes in the narrative. The anime mostly followed Makoto around so anime-only audiences are basically viewing the world from his perspective.

Besides limiting the worldbuilding, sticking to Makoto’s POV meant the anime also skipped the introduction of demon generals like Rona, the backstory of the jerk heroes chosen by the goddess, and how the hyuman nations were prepping for war with the demons. Makoto is literally dropped into a battle that the manga and light novel dedicated a lot of pages building up to yet anime audiences are given zero context.

On the plus side, that meant audiences were just as unprepared and disoriented as Makoto when he suddenly found himself teleported by the goddess only to be attacked by Sophia and Mitsurugi and lose his fingers. Some light novel readers found the heroes sub-plot to be boring so it’s a forgivable omission by the anime.

What’s unforgivable is that the anime made everyone wait until Episode 12 until introducing Komoe, the adorable second fragment created by Tomoe after the death of the first. This new Chibi Tomoe originally debuted in manga Chapter 44 or web novel Chapter 78.

Still, the second half of Episode 12 did dive back into previously skipped chapters to provide some of this missing context, including showing the training of the forest ogres. Thankfully, the forest ogre’s obsession with bananas wasn’t omitted entirely considering how comedy was often the focus.

Tsukimichi Volume 5 Light Novel Book Cover
It’s predicted that the Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 TV series will pick up the story again in light novel Volume 5. Pic credit: Mitsuaki Matsumoto

All in all, it’s predicted that the first season’s finale, Tsukimichi -Moonlit Fantasy- Episode 12, will find a stopping point corresponding to the end of light novel Volume 4 (web novel Chapter 78 or manga Chapter 59).

It’s a good stopping point since the next book in the series starts a long story arc that switches gears by having the characters in a school environment. (Mushoku Tensei Season 2 will follow a similar path.)

The good news is that there is plenty of source material in the light novels for making Tsukimichi Season 2. If the first season is popular enough it’s possible the second season could be renewed for multiple cours instead of a single cour.

The bad news is that English-only light novel readers will be forced to resort to reading the unofficial English web novel if they want to read ahead of the anime. There’s also the unofficial English Tsukimichi manga series, but the latest manga chapters are barely ahead of the anime.

TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season 2 studio and staff

The first season of the Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu anime series was produced by Japanese animation Studio C2C, which is best known for working with Studio Satelight on the M3 anime, Aquarion Logos, and WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?

By themselves, Studio C2C adapted the Harukana Receive manga into an anime in 2018, the Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu manga in 2019, the Shachibato game in early 2020, and the Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina light novels in 2021 (the Wandering Witch Season 2 anime is reportedly in early production).

The studio was known for only releasing two anime projects a year, which was probably a deciding factor why the producer shifted the animation production to Studio J.C. Staff. However, despite the studio change, the main staff are all returning since they’re all contractors.

The first season of the Tsukimichi anime project was helmed by director Shinji Ishihira, the main director for the entire Fairy Tail anime series. His directing experience also includes Air Gear, Final Fantasy 7: On The Way to a Smile – Episode: Denzel, Heybot!, and all three Log Horizon anime seasons (here’s hoping for Log Horizon Season 4).

Writer Kenta Ihara (The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2, FLCL Alternative, The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can EnterLeviusCautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly CautiousVinland Saga Season 2Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life!) wrote the scripts and series composition.

Artist Yukie Suzuki (Fight League: Gear Gadget Generators, Shugo Chara!, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) was both the character designer and chief animation director. Composer Yasuharu Takanashi (Sailor Moon Crystal, Fairy Tail, Log Horizon, Zombieland Saga) created the music.

TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- Season OP and ED music

The Tsukimichi Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.

For the first season, the Tsukimichi OP “Gamble” was performed by syudou. The first episode’s ED was “Aa Jinsei ni Namida Ari” as performed by Natsuki Hanae, the Japanese voice actor for Makoto Misumi. The anime then switched to the ED “Beautiful Dreamer” by Ezoshika Gourmet Club.

Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu Season 2 anime spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

Note: It’s possible that Tsukimichi Season 2 will open up with a flashback that adapts chapters that were skipped. These spoilers assume the second season will just jump straight into Volume 5 without looking back.

Makoto, Mio, and Tomoe have finally arrived at the school city of Rotsguard Academy. Makoto’s goal is to enroll as a student and spread his knowledge from Earth.

However, instead of taking the student entrance exam he accidentally ends up taking the teacher employment exam! Despite intending on being a student, Makoto decides to work as a teacher in addition to his main business as a merchant.

At first, the students are ignorant of the “demon teacher” in their midst, but when his class lectures emphasized actual battles and combat experience he quickly becomes popular. Such real-world education had been seen in the school before so it’s not long before enthusiastic students are asking to do special training even during summer vacation.

Some of these students have been already introduced by the anime. Rembrandt’s daughters Sif and Yuno were both saved by Makoto and when he becomes their teacher it becomes readily apparent they have the hots for Sensei.

In addition to the school’s city life, there are other activities like the school festival. A fighting competition will be the main event. But then disasters begin to fall on Makoto and his students one after another.

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Tsukimichi Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!

  • Updated October 27, 2023: Added PV and key visual.
  • Updated April 27, 2022: Added Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy English dub details.
  • Updated September 22, 2021: Tsukimichi Moonlit Fantasy Season 2 anime production confirmed!

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