Kotaro Lives Alone season 2, will it happen or not?
If you were scrolling around in the Netflix Original Animated series section in the Summer of 2021, chances are Kotaro Lives Alone might not have caught your eye.
Based on the manga series written by Mami Tsumura and anime adaption by Liden Films, Kotaro Lives Alone wasn’t on many fans must watch list.
At first glance, it looks like a rather childish anime meant for kids, which you can’t blame people for thinking because the art style would lead you to believe that that’s the case.
However, as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover, Kotaro Lives Alone may appear childish at first, but it’s a cute and fun series with a heartfelt, sad underlying theme.
The story follows four-year-old Kotaro Sato, who just moved into his very own apartment and, as the title suggests, he lives alone.
He apparently has no parents or any other relations and is renting out his room on his own. Despite only being four years old, he’s relatively mature for his age and speaks like a Japanese feudal lord who is inspired by his favourite tv show Tono Sama.
Kotaro s’ neighbour is the mangaka Shin Karino who can’t seem to write a decent story and lives off of a prize money. When Shin knows about Kotaro s’ predicament, he takes it upon himself to help the four-year-old and act as an elder brother.
The other tenants include Mizuki, a nightclub hostess with her fair share of money and guy problems. Isamu Tamaru, the yakuza-looking thug that seems to have an odd attachment with Kotaro. He is also divorced and not on speaking terms with his son, which makes him behave like a father figure to Kotaro.
Kotaro Lives Alone focuses on the journey of this four-year-old and his adult friends, who are not just tenants but also a small unrelated family to him.
The first season of Kotaro Lives alone was a massive success, and fans were desperate for a second season. Are you in the same boat, wondering if a renewal is possible or not? If so, keep reading as we bring you all the latest updates and news on Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2.
Kotaro Lives alone is rated 8.2/10 and ranked #254 with 99k members on MyAnimeList.
WHAT IS THE KOTARO LIVES ALONE SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE?
Kotaro Lives Alone season one aired from 10th March 2022 on Netflix for 13 episodes.
As of writing, Neither Netflix nor Liden Films studios have announced a renewal for Kotaro Lives Alone season 2. Consequently, there is no official confirmation on Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 trailer and Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 release date.
While Kotaro Lives Alone gained its fair share of popularity through the streaming platform, a series renewal looks unlikely at the moment. This is due to the fact that season one covered all the major plot points and ended on a convincing wholesome note.
However, Netflix, in recent times, has invested interest in light-hearted animes like ‘Komi Can’t Communicate’ and ‘The Way of the Househusband, which gives a glimmer of hope for Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2.
Furthermore, season one only adapted the first four of the available nine volumes of the manga; hence creators should have enough source material for developing a second season.
If we look at the IMDB user episode rating, Kotaro Lives Alone season one is rated 8.4/10.
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 1||7.9|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 2||8.4|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 3||8.9|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 4||8.5|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 5||8.6|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 6||8.6|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 7||8.6|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 8||8.5|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 9||8.7|
|Kotaro Lives Alone Episode 10||9.0|
As evident by the above table, Kotaro Lives Alone season one successfully maintained the engagement level throughout its run, with its highest-rated episode being the finale. According to Ratingraph, the series kept the viewers hooked till the end, which eventually resulted in increased ratings.
In any case, if and when Netflix does renew Kotaro Lives Alone for a second season, we can expect it to premiere in spring 2023.
KOTARO LIVES ALONE MANGA CATCHUP
Kotaro Live Alone manga was written and illustrated by Mami Tsumura, and it began serialization in seinen manga magazine on 13th March 2015. The manga has been collected into nine volumes, with the latest issue released on 30th June 2022.
As of September 2021, the manga sold more than 1.4 million copies; by June 2022, over 1.7 million copies were in circulation. The manga won the Electronic Manga Award in the Boys category in 2018.
Kotaro Live Alone manga is rated 7.4/10 and ranked #2824 with 1.3k members on MyAnimeList.
KOTARO LIVES ALONE SEASON 2 PLOT
In the final episode of Kotaro Lives Alone season one, we find Kotaro s’ behavior improves as he accepts Karino as his guardian and family.
Kotaro and Karino visit the former s’ grandparent’s graves, wherein Kotaro reveals her mother s’ name as Sayori Wamiya, who bought to the cemetery once.
Karino notices a nearby grave with the name of Kotaro s’ mother’s name on it and realizes that he doesn’t know of his mother s’ death. Karino recollects himself and tells Kotaro that they can revisit the cemetery together.
Karino is overwhelmed by the discovery but wants to make sure Kotaro remains oblivious to his mother s’ death. He wants Kotaro to pass on his memory to his mother every time they visit the grave.
The episode ends with both returning home and Kotaro speaking in his feudal lord voice and declaring Karino as his subject.
While the ending of season one was a tear-jerker and fulfilling, there is no doubt most fans would like to see Kotaro back.
If the show gets renewed, we can expect the Kotaro- Karino relationship to transform into a father-son bond. We hope to get more of Kotaro s’ past and, at the same time, his current development.
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KOTARO LIVES ALONE CAST, CHARACTER, AND CREW
Kotaro Lives Alone is directed by Tomoe Makino and written by Yu Sato. Characters are designed by Tomomi Kimura, and the music is composed by Yuya Mori. Animation is developed by Liden Films studios and licensed by Netflix.
You can find the list of Kotaro Lives Alone characters and voice cast below:
|Kotaro Satо̄||Rie Kugimiya|
|Isamu Tamaru||Junichi Suwabe|
|Mizuki Akitomo||Saori Hayami|
|Shin Karino||Toshiki Masuda|
|Ayano Kobayashi||Yumiri Hanamori|
|Ippei Fukuno||Chiharu Sawashiro|
|Sumire Takei||Mutsumi Tamura|
Kotaro Lives Alone is a series that simultaneously makes viewers angry, happy, and sad. Only time will tell if Netflix gauges the viewers ‘demand for Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2.