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The Promised Neverland Manga Creator Kaiu Shirai Collaborates on Anime Season 2's Scripts

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Season also reveals mostly returning staff, new visual

The official website for the television anime of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu's The Promised Neverland manga revealed the staff and new visual for the anime's second season on Monday.

Mamoru Kanbe returns as director from the previous season for CloverWorks. Toshiya Ono is also back to supervise the series scripts, and is joined by original manga writer Shirai for the second season. Kazuaki Shimada returns as character designer and chief animation director. Hiroki Itai returns as prop designer. Shigemi Ikeda and Yukiko Maruyama both return as art directors, with Ikeda also credited for art setting alongside returning staff members Kayoko Tomono, Miho Norisue, and Shūichi Ōkubo. Asuka Yokota replaced Kazuko Nakashima as the color key artist. T2 Studio's Tomoyuki Shiokawa returns as director of photography. Mizuhio Kanda is the new CG director. Rie Matsubara returns as editor. Takahiro Obata returns as composer, with Katsunori Shimizu as sound director.

The second season will premiere on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on January 7, 2021.

Shin'ichirō Kamio joins the cast as the new character Sonju, while Atsumi Tanezaki joins as Mujika. The rest of the cast return from the previous season.

The second season was scheduled to premiere in October, but was delayed to January 2021 due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production.

The first season of the anime premiered in January 2019. Aniplex of America streamed the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami began airing the anime in April 2019.

Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016, and ended it on June 15. Viz Media publishes the manga digitally and in print in North America. MANGA Plus also published the manga digitally in English.

A "Chapter 181.1" bonus chapter titled "Special Side Story: The First Shot" debuted in the 44th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on October 5, and Viz Media published the chapter in English. A separate new one-shot chapter of the manga will debut at an exhibition in Tokyo this winter.

A live-action film adaptation of the manga will open on December 18. Amazon is developing a separate, English-language live-action series adaptation of the manga.

Source: The Promised Neverland anime's website, Comic Natalie

Update: Asuka Yokota replaced Kazuko Nakashima as the color key artist. Thanks, DatRandomDude.

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