The Summer 2022 anime season is only days away, and there will be some interesting new shows along with some really hype sequels! Here’s a quick look at 7 of the most anticipated sequel shows, some of which have waited for years to continue:
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The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2 is the first on the Summer 2022 sequels list, having waited over 9 years to continue. Season 1 of the harem comedy anime was animated by studio White Fox, and it ran for 13 episodes from April to June 2013. Meanwhile, studio 3Hz will be in charge of the production in the sequel, set to premiere on July 14. You can watch the latest trailer:
Yen Press licensed both The Devil is a Part-Timer light novel (written by Satoshi Wagahara, illustrated by 029 (Oniku)) and manga series (Akio Hiragi) in English. Season 2 is set to continue in volume 3, which they describe:
Do you want fries with your hellfire?
A portal opens in the courtyard of the Devil’s Castle (a tiny walk-up). From it emerges a little girl who calls the Devil King “papa” and the Hero “mama.” Ashiya and Chiho are shocked to discover that Maou and Emi had that kind of relationship, but nobody’s more surprised than the two new “parents.” Will Maou the breadwinner be able to make the grade when it comes to child rearing? And will this spell the end of the starry-eyed Emi’s romantic ambitions?
Official website: maousama.jp
© 2021 Satoshi Wagahara / KADOKAWA / MAOUSAMA Project
Another anime that’s getting a long-awaited sequel in the Summer 2022 season is Classroom of the Elite. The show’s first season ended in September 2017, and fans had almost lost all hope due to the changes in the anime compared to the light novel. However, both seasons 2 and 3 were announced, with the first sequel by studio Lerche set to begin on July 4. Watch the latest trailer:
Seven Seas Entertainment licensed both the original light novel (written by Shogo Kinugasa and illustrated by Tomose Shunsaku) and the manga (Yuyu Ichino) in English, and they describe the story:
Students of the prestigious Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School are given remarkable freedom—if they can win, barter, or save enough points to work their way up the ranks! Ayanokoji Kiyotaka has landed at the bottom in the scorned Class D, where he meets Horikita Suzune, who’s determined to rise up the ladder to Class A. Can they beat the system in a school where cutthroat competition is the name of the game?
Official website: you-zitsu.com
© Shogo Kinugasa, KADOKAWA / Welcome to the Classroom of Elite Supremacy Production Committee
Moving on with the second isekai sequel coming in Summer 2022, Overlord IV (Season 4) is set to begin on July 5. Coming 4 years since season 3 aired from July to October 2018, studio Madhouse will once again be in charge of the production. Ainz is returning next week, and you can watch the latest trailer:
Yen Press licensed the light novel by Kugane Maruyama (with art by so-bin) in English, and they describe it:
For twelve years, the virtual world of Yggdrasil has served as the playground and battlefield for the skeletal lord Momonga and his guild of fellow monsters, Ainz Ooal Gown. But the guild’s glory days are over, and the game is shutting down permanently. When Momonga logs in one last time just to be there when the servers go dark, something happens–and suddenly, fantasy is reality. A rogues’ gallery of fanatically devoted NPCs is ready to obey his every order, but the world Momonga now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The game may be over, but the epic tale of Ainz Ooal Gown is only beginning…
Official website: overlord-anime.com
©Kugane Maruyama, KADOKAWA / Overlord 4 Production Committee
Another fantasy anime coming to Summer 2022, the Danmachi IV (Season 4) anime is set to begin on July 22. Bell Cranel and Hestia didn’t have to wait as long as the previous entries on this list, with the show’s third season having ended in December 2020. Studio J.C. Staff is returning to animate, and you can watch the latest trailer:
Yen Press licensed the DanMachi light novel by Fujino Onori in English. Season 4 will continue from volume 12, which they describe:
And so the boy begins to run again. Bell has grown through combat with his greatest rival. A rank up, a denatus, a new nickname…as he draws attention from the people and deities of Orario, the young adventurer receives a letter.”A mission…an expedition?”Bell has reached a higher level, and he must therefore take on an even more challenging adventure. The order from the Guild leads him toward a new stage. And so, a faction alliance sets out for the Dungeon. Alongside his companions, Bell faces new floors, new monsters, and new unknowns.
Official website: danmachi.com
© Fujino Omori SB Creative / Danmachi 4 Production Committee
Made in Abyss season 2 is the next Summer 2022 anime sequel, with the story set to continue after the Made in Abyss Movie 3: Dawn of the Deep Soul movie. Titled Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, this is only the 2nd TV series for the franchise, with there being 3 movies as well (2 of them were compilations of the first season). It will premiere on July 6, and you can watch the latest trailer:
Seven Seas licensed the manga by Akihito Tsukushi in English, and they describe the story:
In an age when the corners of the world have been scoured for their secrets, only one place remains unexplored–a massive cave system known as the Abyss. Those who traverse its endless pits and labyrinth-like tunnels are known as Cave Raiders. A young orphan named Riko dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps as a Cave Raider, and when she meets a strange robot when exploring the Abyss, she’s one step closer to achieving her goal!
Official website: miabyss.com
©Akihito Tsukushi, Takeshobo/Made in Abyss “The Golden City of the Scorching Sun” Production Committee
Nearing the end of the Summer 2022 sequel anime list, Rent-a-Girlfriend season 2 is set to begin on July 1. The first season ended in September 2020, and studio TMS Entertainment is returning to handle the production. You can watch the latest trailer:
Kodansha licensed the manga by Reiji Miyajima in English, and they describe the story:
In today’s Japan, “rental” services can deliver an afternoon with a “friend,” a “parent,” even a fake girlfriend! After a staggering betrayal by his girlfriend, hapless freshman Kazuya gets just desperate enough to give it a try. But he quickly discovers how complicated it can be to “rent” an emotional connection, and his new “girlfriend,” who’s trying to keep her side hustle secret, will panic when she finds out her real life and Kazuya’s are intertwined in surprising ways! Family, school, and life all start to go wrong, too… It’s sweet but naïve boy meets cute but ruthless girl in this 21st-century manga rom-com!
Official website: kanokari-official.com
©Reiji Miyajima, Kodansha / “Kanojo, Okarishimasu” Production Committee 2022
The last sequel on the Summer 2022 list is Shadows House, which is returning almost exactly a year since the first season ended in July 2021. Lilico and Kate will be back on July 8, and studio CloverWorks will once again be in charge of the production. You can watch the latest trailer:
Yen Press licensed the manga by Somato in English, and they describe the story:
Shadows House-a strange mansion that receives no callers, inhabited by a race of faceless shadows who play at being aristocrats and are waited on hand and foot by “living dolls,” who also serve as their masters’ faces. What goes on inside this enigmatic manor is anyone’s guess, but soot and shrieks billow up from within…
Official website: shadowshouse-anime.com
©Soumato/Shueisha/Shadow House Production Committee