Mashiro No Oto Season 2, will it ever happen?
Musical animes are unique in their regard, especially if you are a melomaniac who cannot conceive a world without it.
Even if you are not an avid music fan, musical animes can find a way to your heartstrings and inspire you to pick an instrument or two.
While music is often the theme of these animes, the plotlines can be progressed by combining with other genres like slice of life, romance, and even comedy.
Spring 2021 was privy to one such series as the anime adaption of Marimo Ragawa s’ manga series, Mashiro No Oto or Those Snow White Notes, hit the small screens.
The plot follows teenager Setsu Sawamura and his elder brother Wakana who had been raised by his grandfather, Matsugorou.
In his time, Matsugorouwas considered one of the greatest players of the shamisen, and since childhood, the siblings have grown up listening and learning the instrument.
When Matsugorou passed away, Setsu, not knowing what to do, decided to drop out of school to pursue his passion for playing the shamisen.
His grandfather told Setsu not to imitate others and should find a playing style suited to his way.
Grieving from the loss, Setsu heads to Tokyo but gets drowned by the sounds of city life and thinks of quitting playing the instrument.
Setsu s’ well-off mother waltzes back into his life and enrolls him in the Umezono Academy, where he meets a girl, Shuri Maeda, who is fascinated by the shamisen.
She wishes for Setsu to perform her grandmother and even starts an appreciation club which would allow him to teach other students about the shamisen.
Can Setsu recover his lost love for shamisen and discover his own unique sound is the central plot of the show.
Mashiro No Oto season one was a popular musical anime of the Spring 2021 slate; however, two years after its premiere, fans are wondering if there will be a sequel or not.
To find the answer, keep scrolling as we bring you all the latest news and updates on Mashiro No Oto Season 2.
Mashiro No Oto is rated 7.5/10 and ranked #1583 with 143k members on MyAnimeList
WHAT IS THE MASHIRO NO OTO SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE?
Mashiro No Oto Season One aired from 3rd April 2021 to 19th June 2021 for 12 episodes.
As of writing, there is no update from studio Shin-Ei Animation on the renewal of Mashiro No Oto Season 2.
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|3rd April 2021
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|Yet to be Announced
Production studios consider various financial and commercial metrics before announcing a renewal.
Financially, the anime boosted sales of a few of its volumes which managed to cross 100k copies and were ranked in the Top 10 of Amazon and Oricon Sales Chart.
However, the manga came to an end in August 2022, with Volume 31 being the final issue which could also be the point of consideration for creators to produce the second season.
As mentioned earlier, Mashiro No Oto Season One was well received by the fandom, further evidenced by its IMDB user episode ratings.
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|Mashiro No Oto Episode 12
While the reviews, ratings, and profits are favorable, a crucial factor for renewal will be the availability of studio and source material.
Studio Shin-Ei Animation is one of the oldest production houses and has been in the industry for the past 46 years.
Currently, only two projects, i.e., The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic (2024) and Mr. Villians s’ Day Off (TBA), are listed as part of the production schedule.
However, since the turn of the decade, studio Shin-Ei Animation is yet to produce a sequel which could spell bad news for fans hoping for Mashiro No Oto Season 2.
The good news is there are more than 20 volumes available for creators to produce Mashiro No Oto Season 2.
All in All, if the studio is financially motivated by the sales numbers and has staff available, Mashiro No Oto Season 2 could happen.
The latest we can expect some announcements on Mashiro No Oto Season 2 trailer and Mashiro No Oto Season 2 release date would be by 2024.
MASHIRO NO OTO MANGA CATCHUP
Mashiro No Oto manga is written and illustrated by Marimo Ragawa. It began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Magazine from 5th December 2009 to 5th August 2022.
The manga has been collected in 31 volumes, with the latest issue released on 17th October 2022.
Those Snow-White Notes manga was nominated for the 4th Manga Taishō, and it was ranked third in the 2012 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey.
It also won the 36th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category and an Excellence Award at the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.
Mashiro No Oto manga is rated 7.2/10 and ranked #4865 with 2k members on MyAnimeList
MASHIRO NO OTO SEASON 2 PLOT
In the final episode of Mashiro No Oto season one, “Those Snow White Notes,” Setsu shows his playing style after a change mid-performance, bringing about massive applause from the group.
After a couple of follow-up performances, Souichi goes in front of an audience and plays out his tune impeccably, earning another round of applause.
Following the judge s’ assessment of the performances, Setsu comes in third position while Souichi wins the competition.
Umeko presents Setsu with his trophy, but before he gets it, she drops and breaks the prize. She tells him how disappointing it was for her not to see him play Matsugorou’s style.
As criticism heaps on Ryuugen and Seiryuu, Setsu leaves the event feeling completely drained.
Setsu goes on to skip the next several days of school afterward as he reflects and debates on the playing style he wants to pursue.
Mashiro No Oto Season One covered the first eight volumes of the manga, which means Mashiro No Oto Season 2 will begin by adapting Volume 9.
After losing to Soichi Tanuma at the Matsugoro Cup, Setsu realizes his ambitions as a shamisen player, deepening his resolve to quit high school.
For Those Snow White Notes Season 2 characters, a new stage opens with new friends as they move on to the folk song bar. Take no Hana!
MASHIRO NO OTO CAST, CHARACTERS, AND CREW
Mashiro No Oto is directed by Hiroaki Akagi with a series composition by Kanichi Katou.
Characters are designed by Jiro Mashima, and the music is composed by
Akinori Handa and Yūki Sekine.
Animation is produced by studio Shin-Ei Animation with CGI direction from Masafumi Uchiyama.
You can find the list of Mashiro No Oto characters and voice cast below:
Prospects of Mashiro No Oto Season 2 are at even odds as fans hope for Setsu to return for one last chime of his shamisen.