Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 release date: Yuukoku no Moriarty Part 2 in spring 2021 [Trailer]

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The Moriarty the Patriot anime retells the tale of Sherlock Holmes from the perspective of the great detective’s nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. Pic credit: Hikaru Miyoshi

The Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 anime will continue the story of William James Moriarty, nemesis to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. But when will Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2 come out?

Thankfully, anime fans won’t have long to wait for Yuukoku no Moriarty Episode 12 to come out. It’s already been confirmed that the anime TV series will have 24 episodes in total, but it’s a split-cour anime series.

What’s a split-cour, you may ask? A cour is a TV broadcasting unit of time that is based on the four physical seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall.

A split-cour is when a single season of an anime takes a broadcasting break for several months before resuming.

In this case, the first cour will end with Moriarty the Patriot Episode 11 on December 20, 2020. The episode ended with a climax involving Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes.

The Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 release date (or Episode 12) is scheduled for April 4, 2021, the spring 2021 anime season. However, FUNimation has announced that their streaming platform will feature a special early premiere for Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 that’s released on March 28, 2021.

The anime is being animated by Japanese animation studio Production I.G., which is best known for creating the Haikyuu!!! anime and the Psycho-Pass anime series. In fall 2020, the studio also released the Noblesse anime as a Crunchyroll Originals series.

Director Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes) is helming the project. Writers Go Zappa (We Never Learn: BOKUBEN) and Taku Kishimoto (Haikyu!! Season 4 Part 2, Fruits Basket Season 3) are creating the scripts. Artist Tooru Ookubo (Ghost In The Shell 2020)  is both the character designer and the chief animation director.

For the first season, Moriarty the Patriot’s opening (OP) theme song music was “Dying Wish” by Tasuku Hatanaka, while the ending (ED) was “Alpha” by Stereo Dive Foundation.

For the second cour, the Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 OP changed to “Twisted Hearts” as performed by Tasuku Hatanaka, while the new ED was “Omega” by Stereo Dive Foundation.

The Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 opening and ending have not yet been announced.

The Moriarty the Patriot English dub and sub are streaming on FUNimation Now according to their fall 2020 schedule. The Moriarty the Patriot Episode 11 release date is on December 20, 2020. The finale, Moriarty the Patriot Episode 24, will release in June 2021.

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A key visual for Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 released in February 2021. Pic credit: Production I.G.
  • Updated February 3, 2021: Added Moriarty the Patriot Episode 12 key visual.
  • Updated January 28, 2021: Added Moriarty the Patriot Part 2 trailer.
  • Updated December 4, 2020: Added new info about split-cour.
  • Updated November 5, 2020: Added Moriarty the Patriot Volume 14 release time frame and info about The Final Problem climax.

This article provides everything that is known about Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 (Yuukoku no Moriarty 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.

Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2 release date predictions

As of the last update, Production I.G. or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a sequel been announced (other than Moriarty the Patriot Part 2).

Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.

Hopefully, the Japanese will love James Moriarty, the anti-hero, just as much as they love Sherlock. While the anime industry has shifted to streaming revenue being the most important factor for an anime’s financial success, the first week of Blu-Ray/DVD volume sales are still an indicator of popularity in Japan.

The Moriarty the Patriot Blu-Ray/DVD disc sets will consist of eight total volumes, with each volume having three episodes. The first disc volume released on January 27, 2021.

Unfortunately, if the Blu-Ray sales give us an idea of the anime TV series’ popularity, then Japan isn’t buying. The first Blu-Ray volume only sold 1,373 copies in its first week. But other anime have posted similar numbers yet are still renewed for second seasons (Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Season 2 is a recent example).

Also, keep in mind the second cour may be officially labeled as Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2. For example, Overlord Season 2 and 3 were considered separate seasons despite being released similarly to a split-cour anime.

But the elephant in the room is that the Moriarty the Patriot manga’s ending is coming up soon, which may impact how the second cour adapts the story.

Moriarty the Patriot manga ending in 2021?

The story for the anime is based on the Moriarty the Patriot manga series by author Ryosuke Takeuchi and illustrator Hikaru Miyoshi. Serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine since August 2016, the manga series is up to Volume 13 as of November 4, 2020.

The Moriarty the Patriot Volume 14 release date is scheduled for April 2021 in Japan.

VIZ Media is publishing the official English translation of the Moriarty the Patriot manga series. The first volume was released on October 6, 2020, while Volume 2 is scheduled for January 5, 2021.

One lingering question is the number of volumes before the Moriarty the Patriot manga’s ending. What is known for certain is that the Moriarty the Patriot: Final Problem story arc will reach its climax in Volume 14. In Japanese storytelling, the climax almost always comes shortly before the ending.

Chapter 50 reached The Final Problem (Saigo no Jiken) story arc, and Sherlock Holmes fans know how that ends at the waterfall. Without getting into spoilers, the manga appears to be stretching out the story between Sherlock and “Liam”.

The Moriarty the Patriot Chapter 54 release date is set for January 4, 2021.

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Sharp-eyed fans may notice that William Moriarty’s character design has similar facial features to Shogo Makishima from Psycho-Pass. It’s no coincidence. While Akira Amano created the original character designs for the Psycho-Pass anime, the manga adaptation was drawn by Hikaru Miyoshi, artist for the Moriarty manga series. Pic credit: Production I.G.

Yuukoku no Moriarty manga compared to the anime

The Japanese really love Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ Sherlock Holmes character. And so it’s with no surprise that Production I.G. made certain Moriarty the Patriot Episode 1 created the proper thrilling atmosphere required for the chase between the consulting detective and crime consultant… at least until the mood was broken by the studio’s choice for the ED music!

While that jarring change in tone was inexplicable, what was even more surprising was that the entire first episode was an anime original story. Arguably, this was a smart move since it allowed the anime to set the dramatic mood and create some criminal intrigue to draw audiences in before diving down into the backstory of the anti-detective.

Moriarty the Patriot Episode 2 shares the same title as Chapter 1: The Scarlet Eyes. While the opening manga panel starts with a literal cliffhanger by flashing forward to Sherlock and Professor James Moriarty dangling above a certain fateful waterful from The Final Problem, the remainder of the manga’s first chapter started slowly by introducing young William, Albert, and Louis Moriarty as children.

It’s quite the tonal shift since the opening manga chapter is relatively light-hearted until it introduces Albert’s reasons for hating the nobility and England’s unfair class system. The tension builds slowly to a climax, spiking to match the first episode’s raw brutality when Albert’s family members are summarily dispatched as part of the young trio’s first “perfect crime”.

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“He is the Napoleon of Crime, Watson.” The first episode includes an Easter egg for Sherlock Holmes fans. The anime uses the original 1893 illustration of Professor Moriarty that was drawn by Sidney Paget for The Final Problem. Pic credit: The Final Problem

The first episode was a great opening, and Episodes 2 through 9 maintained the same pacing, with Episode 9 corresponding to Chapter 9. Unfortunately, starting with Episode 10 the anime began to skip entire manga story arcs, jumping ahead to Chapters 15 and 16, The Two Detectives arc.

The anime skipped Chapters 10 and 11, The Hunting of the Baskervilles arc, which featured Fred saving kids from children-hunters. It also skipped Sebastian Moran’s backstory in Chapters 12, 13, and 14, The Man with the Golden Army arc.

While the anime seems to be condensing the story to focus on the William/Sherlock conflict, a faithful adaptation can only go so far since most scenes are necessary to maintain the plot continuity. The manga chapters are lengthy and filled with dialogue that builds the narrative like one domino at a time.

It has been confirmed by the trailer that Moriarty the Patriot Episode 12 will pick up the story again with Irene Adler in the A Scandal in British Empire arc, which is the longest story arc thus far in the manga series (Chapters 17 through 23). After all, the final scene in Episode 11 introduced Mycroft Holmes in an audience with the British Queen, which is pulled straight out of the manga panels from the ending of Chapter 16.

The problem is that the anime hasn’t established how Albert is the boss of MI6 and that he knows Mycroft. As a solution, the anime’s writers could simply have characters mention the pertinent facts and forge ahead, but such a decision would be a detriment to the overall characterization of the story.

It’s extremely unlikely that the anime writers intend on adapting all the way to the Final Problem arc. Attempting to adapt the manga’s ending would be foolhardy since adapting over 40 chapters with only 13 episodes would result in a train wreck with a dumpster fire for a caboose.

Therefore, there is the distinct possibility that the anime’s writers simply reordered the presentation of the timeline so that the first cour could end on a high note between William and Sherlock.

Since the anime has been otherwise faithful to the manga’s story, it’s possible that Moriarty the Patriot Episodes 19 through 24 will adapt the two skipped story arcs. Otherwise, there’s the distinct possibility that the anime will jump straight into the Phantom of Whitechapel arc.

Assuming that the anime continues to adapt around a chapter per episode, that means the finale, Moriarty the Patriot Episode 24, will find a stopping point in Volume 8: Chapter 28.

It’s the best stopping point since it would conclude with the exciting Jack the Ripper story arc.

The good news is that such a stopping point would leave plenty of room for a Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 anime. The bad news is that the official English translation probably won’t catch up to the anime until 2022 when Volume 8 is presumably released.

Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 anime spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

Note: This article was initially published before Moriarty the Patriot Episode 24 aired in Japan. Spoilers for Yuukoku no Moriarty Season 2 will be updated after it’s confirmed where the second season ended. As such, these spoilers currently pertain to the Phantom of Whitechapel story arc.

The sword that cuts through the dark night and the screams of women who never stop ── the bizarre murderer who suddenly appeared in the shantytown of eastern London ── the name is Jack the Ripper.

At the request of the “old master,” Professor William James Moriarty begins an investigation with a new companion into the Phantom of Whitechapel. It turns out the killer of Whitechapel has taken over the Moriarty instructor’s old moniker as his own and is intentionally using the newspapers to spread the name.

Instructor Jack trained the Moriarty boys in the art of killing, and now he wishes for their help in disposing of this imposter besmirching his name. However, Jack the Ripper’s horror gradually dominates the citizenry, eventually developing into a conflict between the city police and the city’s vigilantes. What is the true threat that wriggles behind the turmoil?

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Moriarty the Patriot Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!

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