The release date for DanMachi Season 2 has finally been confirmed to be coming up in 2019! What’s more, Sentai Filmworks has confirmed that they will be streaming Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 2 in North America.
The announcement concerning the second season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no ha Machigatteru Darou ka) was made during a special cast/staff screening event of the DanMachi movie Arrow Of The Orion, which premiered in Japanese theaters on February 15. Additional details, including cast members and a video trailer, were released in March 2019 during AnimeJapan 2019.
The DanMachi Season 2 English dub is being released on HIDIVE. To put things in perspective, the first season of the DanMachi English dub came out about two years after the Japanese release in 2015.
Note: Please see our new article where creator Fujino Omori discusses Bell Cranel’s level in DanMachi Season 2 in relation to the Arrow Of The Orion movie.
In the first season, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka voiced Bell Cranel, Inori Minase portrayed Hestia, and Saori Oonishi was Ais Wallenstein.
The new DanMachi Season 2 cast members include:
- Akeno Watanabe as Aisha Belka
- Wakana Kowaka as Daphne Lauros
- Ayumi Mano as Cassandra Illion
- KENN as Hyakinthos Clio
- Ryota Ohsaka as Apollo
- Haruka Chisuga as Sanjono Haruhime
Most of the main animation staff at studio J.C. Staff are returning for DanMachi Season 2. Hideki Shirane is writing the scripts, Shigeki Kimoto is the character designer, Jin Aketagawa is the sound director, and Keiji Inai is composing the music.
The DanMachi Season 2 OP music is called Hello To Dream. The theme song will be performed by Yuka Iguchi.
The major change to the staff is the director. Yoshiki Yamakawa is being replaced by Hideki Tachibana, who was the director for Armed Girl’s Machiavellism and Circlet Princess. The new director has also been an episode director, storyboard writer, and key animator for popular anime such as Bleach, A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun, Naruto, Ninja Scroll, and many other anime.
Updated August 14, 2019: Revised analysis and spoilers. Added English dub info.
Updated June 07, 2019: Added exact DanMachi Season 2 release date, key visual, Arrow Of The Orion release date in North America, and miscellaneous details.
Updated March 23, 2019: Added DanMachi Season 2 release date time frame confirmation, key visual, and video trailer.
This article provides everything that is known about DanMachi Season 2 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
DanMachi: Arrow Of The Orion release date in U.S. theaters coming up in 2019
Sentai Filmworks is releasing the DanMachi movie in U.S. theaters in addition to screenings in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand.
The Arrow Of The Orion release date in North America is scheduled for July 4, 2019. The special premiere screening is being held at Anime Expo 2019.
The Arrow Of The Orion story was written by series creator Fujino Omori. Voice actors Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Inori Minase returned as Bell and Hestia.
“Hestia is the first heroine I’ve played in a TV anime,” said Inori Minase, who plays Hestia. “I’m so happy to break into the big screen with her.”
The newest DanMachi character is the blue-haired goddess Artemis, who is the head of the Artemis Familia known for being a perfect shot with the bow. This goddess is also known for her chastity and forbids romance within her familia. Anyone desiring to be in a relationship is required to quit the familia.
“I’m playing a new character who appears for the first time, so I’m both nervous and excited to see how everyone will react to her,” said Maaya Sakamoto, who voices Artemis in the Japanese release.
DanMachi Season 2 was initially announced alongside the Arrow Of The Orion movie, but it seems like the voice actors are already teasing DanMachi Season 3.
“The fact that the film was timed at this stage makes me think that this series will continue for a long while yet. I think it’s a message to all the fans,” said Welf voice actor Yoshimasa Hosoya.
DanMachi manga/light novels compared to the anime
The DanMachi light novels were written by Fujino Omori and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. As of December 15, 2018, the books were up to Volume 14 and it’s possible DanMachi Volume 15 and 16 could come out in 2019 (the release dates haven’t been officially announced yet).
Yen Press is publishing the English translation of the Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Daro ka? light novel series North America.
As of March 19, 2019, the official English translations reached Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Volume 13. DanMachi Volume 14 is scheduled to release on August 20, 2019.
There are two major spinoffs of the main story, with Familia Chronicle being comprised of only Episode Ryuu so far. The more substantial spinoff, Sword Oratoria, focuses on the adventures of Ais Wallenstein and is already up to Volume 11.
The story has already received a single season anime adaptation that covered the first four books. Yen Press publishes an English translation of the spinoff Sword Oratoria light novels under the title Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria.
All three stories are being adapted into DanMachi manga series. The main story for the manga is being written by Omori himself and illustrated by Kunieda.
As of January 22, the English translation and the Japanese version of the manga were both up to Volume 10, which ends with Chapter 86.
The ending of DanMachi Season 1 finished off in a climactic moment, with Bell Cranel using his special ability to overwhelm a goliath-level boss creature.
Episode 13 corresponds to the ending of DanMachi Volume 5, which partially explains why the wait for DanMachi Season 2 has been so long.
Back in 2015 when the first season released, author Omori was only up to DanMachi Volume 8. A year and a half later the books were already up to Volume 11, but the producers first focused on adapting the Sword Oratoria light novels and then creating the original movie.
The good news is that there is plenty of source material for creating DanMachi Season 2 without resorting to filler episodes. English-only fans can already read ahead in the light novels right now and get an idea of what the second season will be like.
The bad news is the number of episodes. DanMachi Season 2 will not be maintaining the same pacing as the first season since it’s only adapting two books. That means Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 2 will be a single-cour season composed of 12 episodes.
What’s more, DanMachi manga readers can’t read ahead since manga Volume 10 finally caught up with the first season of the anime. However, the second half of Chapter 85 starts what will be the beginning of DanMachi Season 2.
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 2 release date
The production of a sequel was announced in 2018. In early June 2019, Warner Bros. and J.C. Staff officially confirmed that the exact DanMachi Season 2 release date is scheduled for July 12, 2019.
However, the episodes will be airing 30 minutes after midnight so the DanMachi Season 2 premiere is effectively July 13, 2019.
That means the second season will be coming out during the summer 2019 anime season. Since it’s a single-cour anime season, the finale, DanMachi Season 2 Episode 12, will air in September 2019.
DanMachi Season 2 spoilers (plot synopsis/summary)
Audiences expecting adventurers to be entering a new level of the dungeon will have to wait a bit since the danger and intrigue all take place on the surface of the Labyrinth City Oraria at the beginning of DanMachi Season 2. But, first, there is some partying!
Three days after returning from floor 18, the story begins with Bell and his party celebrating their victory at the Hibachitei bar, which was teased during the end credits scene of Episode 13. Celebration turns into brawling when the Hestia Familia is insulted by Luan Espel of the Apollo Familia.
Bell can’t contain himself and attacks Luan, causing everyone to take sides in the fight. But after the bar fight is over it’s pretty apparent that Luan had lured Bell into the fight and witnesses had been bribed.
The party spills into the next day, but now it’s Apollo hosting the God’s Banquet, a special celebration where the gods can bring one member of their familia with them. Bell is Hestia’s only Familia member and it turns out Loki brings Ais to the banquet.
When Hestia and Loki launch into an argument, Hermes decides to have some mischief by arranging for Bell and Ais to have their very first formal dance together. Neither knew how to dance, but with advice from Takemikazuchi and Mikoto they are able to enjoy themselves.
When Apollo arrives at the banquet he announced to everyone gathered that he plans on challenging Hestia to a War Game, a proxy battle in which gods settle disputes by pitting their children against each other in a form battle.
A War Game is settled through a variety of options like castle siege or a duel where the winner gets to demand anything of the other god.
It’s a decidedly stacked challenge since Apollo has over 100 Familia members, including a level 3 captain. Panicked, Hestia grabs Bell and runs from the banquet.
The next morning opens with a bang when the Apollo Familia launches an attack on Bell and Hestia’s home under the old church. Their home is destroyed by flames and friends are hurt during the assault. On the run, Hestia confesses her feelings for Bell and says they can run away together, but Bell merely responds by saying that he respected her.
Gathering courage, Hestia decides to confront Apollo in his own home. She takes Luan’s glove and throws it in Apollo’s face, thereby accepting his challenge to the War Game.
In deciding the terms, Apollo declared that he would take Bell if he won, but if Hestia won “she can have anything her little heart desires.” Apollo didn’t think there was any chance of losing and was already fantasizing over how he would sexually abuse Bell.
But events did not go as Apollo expected. Even as Bell begins training with Ais and the Amazonian sister Tiona in preparation for the War Game, others began working in the background and intrigue and betrayal rule the city.
Without getting into too many spoilers, let’s just say Bell and friends of the Hestia Familia manage to shock everyone during the War Game by using cunning and strategy.
With victory secured, Hestia dissolved the Apollo Familia, confiscated all of its assets including Apollo’s mansion, and banned Apollo from ever setting foot in Orario again. Bell even levels up once again to level 3, breaking another speed record.
While it sounds like they’re all ready to live the good life in the mansion, it turns out the Hestia Familia owes 200 million valis to Hephaestus. Then a series of events leads to Bell visiting the brothels of the Entertainment District and poor Bell finds himself at the mercy of Hermes’ shenanigans… and an aphrodisiac.
Bell’s luck turns even worse when he ends up needing to run from a crowd of Ishtar Familia Amazonesses. Trying to hide, Bell accidentally becomes friends with a prostitute named Haruhime after she mistakenly though Bell was a customer.
Needless to say, Bell had a difficult time explaining all this to Hestia the following day and ends up being punished.
Bell sets his mind on freeing Haruhime from her owners the Ishar Familia, but this quest is complicated by an illegal magical item called the Killing Stone… never mind quest requests and a dungeon ambush! Events quickly spiral out of control when Freya decides to invade the Entertainment District to go after the Ishtar Familia.
In the end, Bell is forced to fight for Haruhime’s freedom to save her from a ritual involving the Killing Stone. Goddesses clash on rooftops and the battle results in a familia being dissolved when a goddess is forced back to heaven in order to preserve her life.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the DanMachi Season 2 release date to watch how Bell resolves this crisis. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait too long; let’s just hope Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Season 3 follows soon after. Stay tuned!