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Kemono Friends Season 2 Reveals Cast, Staff, January Premiere

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Yui Ishikawa, Riko Koike join cast for new season by director Ryuichi Kimura, studio Tomason

The staff for the second season of the Kemono Friends anime revealed a new visual, as well as the cast, staff, and January 7 premiere for the anime on Monday. The new visual below adds a Lucky Beast to the previous visual.

The anime will premiere on January 7 at 26:05 a.m. (effectively January 8 at 2:05 a.m.) on TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, and AT-X.

The new season's story begins with Serval and Caracal finding a "human" child in the forest. As they travel with the child, they meet new Friends, uncover the secrets of Japari Park, and become involved in an event that will "shake the earth." A previous visual (seen right) reads, "Found new friends."

Yuka Ozaki, Kana Motomiya, Saki Ono, Aya Uchida, Mikoi Sasaki, Ruka Nemoto, Kyōka Tamura, Aina Aiba, and Ikuko Chikuta return to voice Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, Lucky Beast, Royal Penguin, Emperor Penguin, Gentoo Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, and Humboldt Penguin, respectively. Yui Ishikawa and Riko Koike join the cast as the Child and Caracal, respectively.

Ryuichi Kimura (Aikatsu!) is directing the anime at Tomason. Takuya Masumoto is writing and supervising the series' scripts. Hideo Taniguchi (Folktales from Japan) is the CG director. Nobuyuki Abe returns as the sound director. Yasuyuki Konno is credited for sound effects. Akiyuki Tateyama returns as the music composer. Shinnosuke Numata is credited as animation producer.

The first season's director TATSUKI previously said he would not be working on the second season, and the show's producer said that anime studio Yaoyorozu will not return.

The staff is holding auditions for a new unit in Kemono Friends.

Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime then premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and is also currently streaming the Welcome to the JAPARI PARK (Yōkoso Japari Park) spinoff anime.

Sources: Kemono Friends official website, Comic Natalie

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