The hit anime ‘Edens Zero’ concluded its Japanese broadcast last month, but why has Netflix’s recent release caused some confusion around season 2?
Historically, Netflix has either been releasing their anime content at once following the domestic broadcast in Japan, or in clusters of episodes mid-broadcast.
Whilst ongoing series such as Komi Can’t Communicate and Blue Period are experiencing a new launch format (weekly simulcast), fans of countless other titles are still patiently waiting for their next batch of content.
This includes the hit science fiction anime ‘Edens Zero’, which launched the first 12 episodes through the platform on August 26th.
However, the streaming giant has just released the next batch of 13-episodes, causing confusion amongst viewers about whether this was season 2 of Edens Zero, or season 1 part 2.
Edens Zero season 1 part 2 releases on Netflix…
Today, November 24th, Netflix released another 13-episodes of Edens Zero at 12 AM Pacific Time and at the following international times:
- Pacific Time: 12 AM
- Eastern Time: 3 AM
- British Time: 8 AM
- European Time: 9 AM
- India Time: 1:30 PM
- Philippine Time: 4 PM
- Australia Central Time: 6:30 PM
Before the episodes were released, many fans were expecting the platform to label these as ‘season 2’ – in a similar manner to how the service altered the season listings for series such as Pokemon Journeys and The Seven Deadly Sins.
However, the 13-recently streamed episodes were instead added onto the prior releases; making this season 1 part 2 and not a separate season.
Netflix released the following episodes as season 1 part 2 of the original broadcast i.e., the recently released batch of 13 episodes:
- The Super Virtual Planet
- The Girl on the Hill
- Great Kaiju Shiki
- The Temple of Knowledge
- Words Will Give You Strength
- From the Planet of Eternity
- My Mother, the Machine
- Until the Day it Turns to Strength
- Taking up the Torch
- Someone to Love
Has Edens Zero been renewed for season 2 in Japan?
At the time of writing, the Japanese broadcast of Edens Zero has not been officially renewed for season 2 by the J.C. Staff animation studio.
However, a potential renewal was hinted at by the official Japanese Twitter page. After the season 1 finale had aired on Japanese television, the page tweeted that “Shiki’s adventure will continue” – indicating more content is being planned.
Thankfully, many fans are already hopeful that the anime series will make its return for season 2 because the manga that the television series is adapting is still ongoing.
According to Monsters and Critics, episode 25 will adapt roughly up to chapter 68 in the manga. The good news is that a total of 169 chapters have currently been published in Japan, meaning that there is enough source material to spearhead Edens Zero into a third or even fourth season!
Unfortunately, this is also all in the wake of director Yuji Suzuki sadly passing away in September, before the original broadcast had concluded. The director for any upcoming Edens Zero projects has not yet been publicly shared.
If Edens Zero is renewed for season 2 as expected, Japanese fans could see the series return in October 2022 on the Summer anime slate.
Fans of the anime on Netflix may have to wait until December 2022 for the first batch of episodes, assuming the platform continues its current release format for the series.
Series similar to Edens Zero…
Already finished Edens Zero on Netflix and need another anime title to watch? Don’t worry, because there is plenty of similar series out there!
The most obvious choices are ‘Fairy Tail’, another series from Eden’s Zero’s creator, Hiro Mashima.
There are countless nuances between the two series, from the characters to the storyline, meaning that if you enjoyed Edens Zero, it should definitely be the next title on your to-watch list.
Interestingly, a sequel anime to Fairy Tail titled ‘100 Years Quest’ has recently been confirmed to be in production – so there has never been a better time to start the series!
Other anime that would be an entertaining continuation from Edens Zero includes Rave Master (also by Mashima), Shaman King, Kanara no Astra and Space Dandy. Whilst broader series could be Steins Gate, Neon Genesis and the classic Cowboy Bepop.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]