Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 anime renewal likely based on our predictions

Paripi Koumei Season 2
It’s predicted that the anime production committee will have Ya Boy Kongming! renewed for a second season. Pic credit: Studio P.A. Works

The Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 anime TV show will have the titular Kongming Zhuge and Eiko Tsukimi facing the biggest challenge in reaching Summer Sonia… Eiko’s mother!? But when will Paripi Koumei Season 2 come out?

Weekly Young Magazine has confirmed that the overall series will have a “big announcement” in Weekly Young Magazine issue 30, 2022, which comes out on June 27, 2022.

Unfortunately, anime news leaker Sugoi LITE claims this big announcement is not related to Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 or even a live-action TV show, which means the announcement is probably related to the ongoing manga series. While the leaker didn’t yet rule out the possibility of a stage play, an OVA episode, or a Ya Boy Kongming! movie that adapts the Kyoto arc… another news leaker, Manga Mogura, claims it’s simply that the manga has reached 1 million copies in circulation.

The studio and main staff making Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.

For the first season, the anime project was produced by Japanese animation studio P.A. Works, which is best known for anime classics like 2010’s Angel Beats! and 2015’s Charlotte. In recent years, they’ve also created The Aquatope on White Sand, A3!, The Day I Became a God, Sirius the Jaeger, Appare-Ranman!, Fairy Gone, and Uma Musume: Pretty Derby.

The Ya Boy Kongming! Season 1 anime project was helmed by director Osamu Honma. This project was Honma’s first time as the main director, although the anime creator’s credits include being an episode director for other P.A. Works projects like The Aquatope on White Sand and Fairy Gone.

Writer Yuto Yotsuba (The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm) wrote the series composition. The writer is also the original creator of the manga series so you just know the adaptation stayed true to the source material!

Artist Kanami Sekiguchi was the character designer. Composer Genki Hikota (Yuri!!! on Ice theme song arrangement) created the music.

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

For the first season, the Ya Boy Kongming! OP “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Chikichiki Banban)” was performed by QUEENDOM, while the ED “Feeling Good (Kibun Joujou)” was performed by 96Neko, Ryoutarou Okiayu, Shouya Chiba, and Lezel.

HIDIVE’s Ya Boy Kongming! OP trailer.

Licensed by Sentai Filmworks, the first season of the anime was internationally streaming exclusively on HIDIVE (not Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or VRV). Disney Plus Japan and Netflix Japan also streamed the episodes. A Ya Boy Kongming! English dub release date hasn’t been announced yet.

The first season’s finale, Ya Boy Kongming! Episode 12, was released on June 16, 2022.

This article provides everything that is known about Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 (Paripi Koumei 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.

Paripi Koumei Season 2 release date predictions: Renewal likely?

As of the last update, Kodansha, Studio P.A. Works, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a Ya Boy Kongming! sequel been announced.

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, or if, the Paripi Koumei Season 2 release date will occur in the future.

The Ya Boy Kongming! reviews have been overwhelmingly positive thanks to the wonderful music and the deft characterization. The plot may be rather simple but that plays well into the overarching schemes of Zhuge Liang of the Three Kingdoms applying his famous war stratagems in modern times to help out Eiko Tsukimi and company. It’s these parallels with history that make the anime interesting since he uses deception against his enemies and shrouds the TV audience itself in the fog of war.

The question is if we can see through the ruses of the anime production committee and predict whether they’ll have Ya Boy Kongming! renewed. This is difficult to determine since Sentai Filmworks limited the anime to HIDIVE, which works as an advertisement for the platform but probably limited the streaming revenue in comparison to Crunchyroll.

Limiting the exposure also probably curtailed any potential international boost to sales of the Ya Boy Kongming! manga series. But since Disney+ Japan and Netflix Japan were both streaming episodes in Japan the limited global availability shouldn’t affect the Oricon rankings. Unfortunately, the Paripi Koumei manga didn’t make the Oricon Top 20 for either April or May 2022.

As a comparison, the manga boost for other Spring 2022 anime in the comedy genre was notably better. In the Top 20, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie manga ranked #20 (and #12 in May 2022) and the Komi Can’t Communicate manga ranked #12.

But a manga boost into the Oricon Top 20 isn’t 100 percent necessary for the anime production committee to keep greenlighting sequels. For example, Kaguya-Sama Season 3 didn’t boost its respective manga to the Oricon Top 20 in April or May 2022, either.

But what we can do is gauge whether the source material allows for a quick turnaround time. Fortunately, there are more than enough chapters currently available for making Ya Boy Kongming! S2.

Typically, anime production committees will not greenlight multiple anime seasons in advance unless they’re certain of financial success. This quasi-isekai adventure is certainly outside the box so it may have been difficult to evaluate its potential. Thus, it’s likely that the producer will not internally start early pre-production until the second half of 2022 at the earliest assuming that the numbers line up.

Therefore, we predict that the anime producer will have Ya Boy Kongming! renewed, but we also predict that it will be a multi-year wait for the Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 release date.

Additionally, Studio P.A. Works isn’t exactly known for creating anime sequels. Since projects are typically scheduled out years in advance, it’s possible that there could be a studio change in order to shorten the turnaround time. Hopefully, if that occurs the main staff will follow.

Ya Boy Kongming x Pop Team Epic
Kongming and Eiko as Popuko and Pipimi in this Ya Boy Kongming! x Pop Team Epic art. Pic credit: Alphacoders

Ya Boy Kongming! manga compared to the anime

The story for the anime TV show is based on the Ya Boy Kongming! manga series by writer Yuto Yotsuba and illustrator Ryou Ogawa. As of June 2022, the manga series had over 1 million copies in circulation.

Begun in December 2019, the manga was first serialized in Comic Days magazine until it switched to Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine in November 2021. The Seinen manga was up to Ya Boy Kongming! Volume 9 as of April 6, 2022.

Kodansha USA is releasing the official Ya Boy Kongming! manga’s English translation in North America. As of May 2022, the digital-only English version was up to Volume 7: Chapter 55.

As previously mentioned, the manga writer was directly involved in the anime production. In an interview with Animedia, the mangaka was asked what advice he gave to the production team and he said to “make sure there are no romantic undertones between Eiko and Kongming.” If anything, Kongming/Eiko have a father-daughter relationship.

That answers any questions about whether or not the manga eventually becomes a rom-com with romance developing between the main characters. As of Volume 7, there also wasn’t any indication of a yuri relationship developing between Eiko and Nanamin.

With the original creator writing the series composition, it’s no surprise that the anime followed the manga closely in addition to introducing anime original jokes and scenes. For example, there’s the Chun-li lookalike from Episode 3. The anime recaps also enhanced the viewing experience by explaining the previous episode’s strategy in relation to Chinese history.

However, the anime skipped all of the bonus/omake chapters in the first three volumes, including a wacky bit where Kongming searched for a house. The adaptation pacing also began to pick up speed over time.

Episode 1 adapted the first two chapters, and Episode 2 adapted only Chapter 3, but from there on most of the episodes began adapting multiple chapters each. Episodes 8 and 10 only adapted a single chapter, but that was due to the anime’s original scenes being longer than usual. These additions were probably added so that the first season ended at the possible stopping point.

(Trivia: Scan the QR code in Episode 11 and it takes you to a secret song by Eiko on the official website. Scan Azalea’s QR code and you’ll find the official Ya Boy Kongming! Twitter.)

Paripi Koumei Volume 5 Manga English
Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2 will begin adapting manga Volume 5. Pic credit: Ryo Ogawa

All in all, as predicted the first season’s finale, Paripi Koumei Episode 12, found a stopping point corresponding to Volume 4: Chapter 28.

It’s the best stopping point since Eiko managed to get 100,000 likes in order to win the challenge. Thus, it’s a complete Azalea story arc where the short-term goals of the characters were resolved.

The biggest change was giving Kabe more screen time via Roppongi bar-hopping and his hometown visit, which was kind of odd since the character doesn’t become important again until a much later story arc.

The good news is that there is plenty of source material available now for making Ya Boy Kongming! Season 2. Better yet, English-only manga readers who wish to read ahead of the anime can jump straight to Volume 4: Chapter 29.

This anime was one of the few adaptations where you won’t miss out on anything by not reading the earlier manga chapters. Although, you should also read the skipped bonus/omake chapters for the extra Kongming comedy.

Ya Boy Kongming! S2 anime TV spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

Getting 100k likes is just the first step in the stratagem for Summer Sonia. Although they successfully won their place to perform at Summer Sonia, Kondo requires Eiko to have 5 new original songs ready for Summer Sonia. Thus, their next task is to write several new songs after DREAMER.

Rising to the new challenge, Kongming seeks out the young talent of the jazz world, the Wakatsuki siblings to help them create the new music EIKO is going to need. However, the siblings have problems of their own! Their relationship is quickly crumbling and in order to get their help, Kongming is going to have to mend their relationship through…DJing?!

But the bigger challenge is mending the relationship with Eiko’s mother, Shoko. Mom does not believe that Eiko belongs in the big city and does not want her daughter to pursue her music career!

Shoko relents only a little by providing a new challenge. If Eiko’s new song, Flower Crown, can move the people’s hearts, then Shoko will let her daughter continue her dream to become a singer.

In order to complete the Flower Crown song, which is about sibling love, Eiko must look to her past. She travels back to her family town in Kyoto with Kongming during a Kyoto festival! But since Kyoto is heavy with the personal history between Eiko and her mother, Eiko struggles to find that “something missing” to complete her song.

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

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