The debut season of IWGP ended only a few months back, and fans are already demanding to see Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2. The first season of this mystery drama was very intriguing, and it hooked the viewers right from the beginning and until the very end. As a result, now they want to see more of this show. So, when will the anime return for another installment? Here are all the latest details.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park is a Japanese mystery drama anime series. It is the remake of Ira Ishida’s urban mystery novel series of the same name. Studio Doga Kobo animated the first installment of this anime. The show made its debut on October 6, 2020. It ran for a total of twelve episodes before concluding on December 22 of the same year. After the anime, the franchise released its manga adaptation as well.
Novel Compared To The Anime
IWGP novel series began to serialize way back in September 1998. In the early 2000s, a live-action drama of this novel was also made. After that, a manga series written by the original author ran from 2001 to 2004. It concluded after publishing the fourth volume, whereas its sequel came out in 2006, but it had only one volume in it. However, the story of the manga and the TV series is quite different. They even have some different characters in the same arc. On the other hand, the anime skipped the initial chapters of the manga and the novel.
The lead character Makoto is already quite reputed in the anime, and each episode of the series focused on a different case. Unlike the books, the anime features some hot topics like poverty, prostitution, and many more. Initial episodes of this show were a little slow, but the tenth episode was the peak point of the anime where Makoto went through drastic character development. Fortunately, the novel has a total of 15 books, and that means Dogo Kobo still has a lot of short stories to make Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2. With the remaining content, they can even make two more installments of it.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2: Renewal Status
The first season of the anime received a great response from the viewers. Its intriguing content managed to impress the audience. However, it failed to get a response from the critics. From the point of expert reviews, it was quite average. Its score of 6.84 on MyAnimeList is also average. But the show has a lot of fans and is quite popular. IWGP has more than 80K members in its MAL group. Studio Doga Kobo has renewed its shows in the past that had even lower ratings than this one. So, it might not become a huge problem, as its huge fandom is also there to back the series.
Also, the production studio has plenty of content to make Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2. So, it is a good sign that there isn’t any lack of source material. Plus, the last episode of the anime’s debut season teased the second season as someone approached Makoto for another case before the curtains fell. Therefore, the chances are great that the makers will soon announce the sequel of this show. They might update the fans this very year.
What Will Happen Next?
By the end of the anime’s debut season, viewers saw the Red Band getting disbanded. Now, Makoto will work for the G-Boys to solve the mysteries. Well, Season 1 finale featured an intense fight between the G-Boys and the Red Angels. The G-Boys even planned an all-out war to take place at the West gate park. In the last episode, fans also learned about the true motive of Isogai and that he ordered to kill Makoto. However, he later confessed that he didn’t want to kill him as he liked him.
Takashi and Kyouichi finally came face to face. Takashi didn’t waste any time in delivering his punch that gives the green signal to start the war. But before it started, the theatre began to show Isogai’s recorded confession that stunned both the gangs. Kyouichi even stopped Isogai and landed a kick on his face. However, the situation became worse between the gangs, and the cops also arrived at the scene. By the end of the finale, someone approached Makoto for his troubleshooting services, and the latter replied, “Life Goes On.”
Now, in Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2, fans can expect Makoto to solve more cases while working for the G-Boys. It is likely that his problems with girls won’t be over just yet. He might even track a Princess in the second season who is actually his boss’ daughter. The pattern of the anime will continue to be the same, and he will handle a different case in each episode.
Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2: Release Date
The premiere date of the anime’s second season entirely depends on the time of its renewal. There are chances that the production company might wave the green flag by the end of this year. If this happens, Ikebukuro West Gate Park Season 2 will likely release sometime in 2023. We will update this section as soon as the green flag arrives. So, stay connected to The Anime Daily for more anime and manga updates.