The God of Highschool Season 2 anime will have Jin Mori, Han Daewi, and Yu Mira uncovering the mysteries of Mori’s past memories as revealed by the tournament.
But when will The God of High School 2 come out?
After all, The God of Highschool Episode 13 leaves audiences with only a taste of what’s to come from the GOHS Webtoon by creator YongJe Park. It’d be a shame for the second season to leave audiences hanging for too long.
The new 2020 Crunchyroll Original is essentially a test case for the first wave of exclusives. It’s also the second Naver Webtoon/South Korean manhwa series to be adapted by Crunchyroll into anime.
The first was the Tower of God (Kami no Tou) anime, which made it to the top of Crunchyroll’s popular anime list.
Now, to be fair, Tower of God stood out largely due to the lack of competition. Big-name competitors like One Piece, Boruto, Re:ZERO, Black Clover, and the final season of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime were delayed by months due to the effects of COVID-19 on the anime industry.
With fewer options available, it’s not surprising more eyes were on ToG.
Still, Crunchyroll has shown no sign of immediately renewing any of its Crunchyroll Originals for a second season, although representatives certainly teased the Tower of God Season 2 anime.
The question is whether they’ll do the same with The God of Highschool Season 2.
Arguably, The God of Highschool anime has one major factor working in its favor: it’s being produced by animation studio MAPPA, the studio that has given us anime such as Garo, Punch Line, Yuri On Ice, Kakegurui, Inuyashiki, Banana Fish, Zombie Land Saga, Dororo, and Dorohedoro.
In 2020, MAPPA is also working on Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Attack On Titan Season 4.
Although the studio is Japanese, director Seong Ho Park and series composition scriptwriter Kiyoko Yoshimura are both South Korean.
Director Park told Crunchyroll that as a child, he was hooked on Macross but was also interested in going to America due to Pixar Animation Studio.
Director Park chose Japan for his animation studies. The GOHS anime is Park’s second time directing a major anime after Garo: Vanishing Line. For his third time as director, he’ll be directing Jujutsu Kaisen.
“[Manabu] Otsuka-san, the president of MAPPA, gave me a proposal. I was familiar with the name The God of High School, but I hadn’t read the series, so I read the entire thing right after that,” director Park said. “The action was incredible, and I knew right away that I wanted to animate that with my own hands. Also, as a Korean myself, I was deeply intrigued by the concept of animating a Korean WEBTOON series, so I considered it a great opportunity.”
Writer Kiyoko told Crunchyroll that she started her career when she “happened to meet a certain famous scriptwriter on a certain anime fan site.” Since then, she’s worked on popular anime such as Sonix X and the 2011 Lost Exile.
More recently, she’s worked with Director Park on Garo: Vanishing Line. and she’s also doing Mr. Love: Queen’s Choice with MAPPA.
Artist Manabu Akita (Fullmetal Alchemist, Kakegurui) was the character designer. Kuniko Iwatani and Sachiko Nishiguchi (The Rising of the Shield Hero) were the art directors.
The first season’s opening (OP) theme song music was “Contradiction” by KSUKE, while the ending (ED) was “WIN” by CIX. The God of High School Season 2 OP and ED have not yet been announced.
The God of Highschool anime is streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll. The first season premiered on July 6, 2020. The finale, The God of Highschool Episode 13, will be streaming online on September 28, 2020.
This article provides everything that is known about The God of Highschool Season 2 (The God of High School 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.
The God of High School Webtoon/manhwa took years to develop
Unlike many anime on Crunchyroll, the anime is not based on The God of Highschool manga or a Japanese light novel series. Instead, it’s based on The God of High School manhwa by creator YongJe Park.
What’s a manhwa, you might ask? Similar to how manga is the name for Japanese comics, manhwa is the South Korean word for comic books. Keep in mind that manhwa, unlike manga, is read in the same direction as English books, from left to right.
In an interview with Naver Webtoon, creator Park said he wanted to express the dynamic action of Dragon Ball, his favorite manga series while growing up.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising that Jin Mori’s mannerisms and attitude toward fighting bear more than a passing resemblance to Son Goku, never mind the insane power scaling that happens over the course of the story.
(While some GOHS readers may criticize the Dragon Ball-like power scaling, to be fair, the crazy power levels were plainly foreshadowed from the beginning when Mujin Park’s giant hand squashed an island.
Besides, in the words of Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z Abridged, “Power levels are bullsh*t!”)
It took time for him to make his debut. The competition was fierce and Park wanted to make his debut at Naver Webtoon stand out.
Meanwhile, he practiced painting and studied how to show the proportions of the human body from various angles for 7 or 8 years.
While realizing the artistic fundamentals were important, as a student, he also realized that rigidly sticking to “right” human proportions could take away from how “attractive and cool” their drawings could be.
As an example, he cites the One Piece manga, which is “far from the human body proportions and muscle expression we learned” during formal art education. And during this time, he apparently developed his signature look with the pink-tinged noses.
Park’s initial debut was a manhwa called Tough Guy that Naver Webtoon published from 2008 to 2009. It was based on high-school fighters in Park’s hometown, and this initial success inspired him to create a similar work that was 100% unrealistic.
Park came up with the scenario for the GOHS story in a period of a few days of thinking. As for characterization, Jin Mori was designed to be the typical boy cartoon character at the recommendation of the head of the publishing company.
But the idea had the creator worried since it was close “to the Japanese Shonen Jump formula, in which characters are appropriately beaten and fight in tournaments.”
“Still, the idea was strangely attractive. I wanted to show a catharsis that goes beyond that as the protagonist continues to face a crisis rather than a solid scenario,” Park said.
The God of Highschool Webtoon compared to to the anime
At 28 years old, creator Park debuted the GOHS Webtoon in Naver Webtoon in April 2011. New chapters (which are called “episodes”) are released online weekly on the Naver Webtoon platform.
The official English translation is released Thursdays on Line Webtoons. The English The God of High School Webtoon is essentially free since no subscription service is required to read it.
Similar to Tower of God Webtoon, The God of Highschool manhwa’s story arcs are divided into six major “seasons” or chapter volumes, with The God of High School Season 2 comprising 76 chapters while the first season was almost half the length.
To put the length of the series into perspective, by 2021, the GOHS Webtoon should be past Chapter 500. Here’s a guide on how we predict the anime might adapt the series based on the pacing of the first season.
Some anime seasons may need multiple cours to avoid overly condensing the story.
Arc 1: The Match With Gods
- Chapters 1 – 41
- Anime: The God of High School Episode 1 – 6
Arc 2: The National Competition
- Chapters 42 – 112
- Anime: The God of High School Episode 7 – 13
- Chapters 112 – 118
- Anime: The God of High School Season 2
Arc 3: Adventure
- Chapters 119 – 175
- Anime: The God of High School Season 2
Arc 4: World Competition
- Chapters 176 – 216
- Anime: The God of High School Season 4
Arc 5: Ragnarok
- Chapters 217 – 268
- Anime: The God of High School Season 4
- Chapters 269 – 307
- Anime: The God of High School Season 5
(Final?) Arc 6: Re: A Battle With The Gods
- Chapters 308 – 472+
- Anime: The God of High School Season 5, 6, etc.
Supposedly, the story is in the final arc now, but Season 6 is getting close to 200 chapters already. Even fans have started to question when the series will end, and creator Park openly chastised himself about how Season 5 turned out.
“Season 5 felt like a season where I ‘pushed’ too hard on my own,” Park admitted. “I put too much in it, some things were too rushed, and some things were too unpolished.”
Some fans of the Webtoon have expressed similar opinions about the opening episodes of the GOHS anime series.
While MAPPA’s fluid animation in the bike chase scene and the action-scene martial arts cinematography in the battle royale was amazing, the first episode seemed rushed since it merely introduced the rapport of the three main characters Mori, Daewi, and Mira while seemingly ignoring their motivations for competing in the tournament.
The anime team has already talked about how they’re adapting between 2 to 6+ chapters per episode. Although writer Yoshimura and director Park probably would have liked to have included everything, the team was forced to make more concessions and skip certain details that will outrage certain fans who hate it when adaptations stray from the source material.
In the case of Episode 1, it skimmed several introductory chapters to reach the opening battle of Chapters 5 and 6.
Ironically, the anime’s opening focused on the motorcycle robber chase from Chapter 4 even though the Webtoon literally stated, “The robber is a bad cliche but necessary for the story.”
Fortunately, Episodes 2 and 3 did explain via flashbacks the main characters’ varying reasons for fighting in the GOHS tournament, but it did so in a manner that skipped many details crucial to worldbuilding and the overall plot.
The biggest disservice was to Mori and his relevance to key players in the story.
Chapter 1 opened with the island-slapping scene but then cut to 17-year-old Mori fighting in high school. Out of hundreds of bouts, Mori’s fight record was perfect until he ran into GOHS Commissioner R and promptly lost.
Considering this scene was the entire first chapter (and the beginning of Chapter 4) it’s notable that the anime reduced it to mere split-second references. The most important detail skipped was that Mori managed to break an executive’s arm with a kick, but later anime episodes filled in that gap.
It should also be pointed out that Mori used kicks on weak opponents in the battle royale despite his belief that kicks should be reserved for only the strong.
In fact, in the comic, Mori went out of his way to use only his fist despite South Korean WTF Taekwondo being focused on the feet, whereas North Korean ITF Taekwondo developed killing techniques using both kicks and fists.
Chapters 10 and 13 gave an overview of the development of these martial art differences. These chapters also revealed that Mori’s grandfather, Taejin Jin, was the founder of the so-called Renewal Taekwondo and the only survivor out of a South Korean military unit sent into the north.
What’s odd is that despite the anime’s emphasis on action, Chapter 14’s fight between Commissioners R and Q was skipped. While their fight was not overly important to the overall plot, the chapter also revealed that Mujin Park’s real name is Mubong Park and that he’s the youngest member of The Six, South Korea’s designated human cultural assets.
Discovering the squabbling R and Q, Mubong/Mujin showcased the overwhelming power gap between The Six and the Commissioners by squashing them both instantly.
To further contrast the power gap, Mori’s grandpa Taejin is so powerful that he not only evaded capture by the South Korean government, the older man gave Mubong/Mujin his facial scar and was able to beat The Six by himself!
Chapter 20 provided more details about the confrontation, showing how Taejin ripped off the arm of one member of The Six. The resulting battle was overpowered that 10 percent of South Korea was reduced to craters.
When Mujin was trying to decide whether to disqualify Mori, Episode 3 did have Mujin realize that Mori was Jin Taejin’s grandson but completely skipped the events of Chapter 19.
In the Webtoon, the straight-forward idiot Mori was quick to give up his grandpa’s location, and Mujin sent in a military team. When the military horribly failed, Mujin tried verbally threatening Mori’s life.
In response, Taejin just laughed, warned Mujin that he’d get beat up if Mori was pushed too hard, and said, “Feel free to do what you wish with my grandson!” Taejin then asked Mori about the family motto of “Do whatever the hell I want”, and then hung up the phone.
The major plot changes made by the anime continued to mount after Chapter 20. In the Webtoon, Mori was kept inside the stadium overnight.
Rather than being given the strange fruit by Mujin, Mori gets hungry and sneaks into a dungeon where a hidden door ominously checks his “GP level”.
Totally ignoring a trapped old man that’s hanging suspended from the ceiling with needles rammed through his body, Mori proceeds to rummage through shelves and eats the strange fruit despite the old man’s warning.
His hunger sated, Mori turns to leave, but the old man convinces him to free him by entering a password into a computer. The password was “Taejin Jin” and the old man is shocked Mori could guess that.
When the old man realizes Mori is Taejin Jin’s grandson, his demeanor changes, and he attacks Mori, almost piercing his heart with a needle. The old man reveals his identity as BongChim Nah, Divine Doctor of The Six, and the man whose arm was ripped off by Taejin 17 years ago.
Rather than kill his nemesis’s grandson, the old man recognizes that Mori’s skills blocked his death blow and that Mori’s “power level is really something else” since the young man passed through the forbidden door.
Thinking that Mori will die shortly anyways from eating the “divine pellets”, the old man leaves Mori’s fate to the will of heaven.
Just like in the anime, Mori was late for his exhibition match against Commissioner Q. But he was late due to waking up in a random bathroom, not from eating the strange fruit at home, so he thought the old man was just a strange dream… at first.
While Mori was busy pushing down Commissioner Q, Mujin was battling the old man BongChim down in the basement. This development in Chapter 22 was very important to Mori’s story since it was revealed that BongChim had eaten one of the divine pellets and then told Mujin to lock him up until he was strong enough to control the divine pellet with his own strength.
“If someone who isn’t ready takes it, they’ll be consumed by their subconsciousness, resulting in the loss of all rationality in some cases, death,” BongChim explained to Mujin 17 years ago. “So, I’ll be training myself until I have control of my subconsciousness.”
And yet Mori ate these divine pellets without any explanation at all in the anime. Instead of adapting Chapters 23 and 24, which analyzed the ramifications of Mori eating the divine pellets and the entire purpose of the GOHS tournament being related to The Six, the anime provided an extended fight scene against Q’s Joker charyeok (borrowed power).
The anime also skipped a scene where the robed cult members attempted to invite Taejin using a hologram-like “alter ego” ability.
These skipped story events from the first 24 chapters provided most of the foreshadowing regarding Mori and his true identity.
Needless to say, it’s truly puzzling that The God of High School Episode 4 then jumped into Mira’s story arc in Chapter 25 without explaining the divine pellets’ significance at all.
Presumably, some details from these skipped chapters regarding the mystery of Taejin Jin will be adapted in later episodes.
But it’s still odd that the sub-plot involving Mori’s grandfather was dropped completely by the anime scriptwriter since it changes how audiences would view multiple characters, not just Mori.
In regards to “Mad Cow” Daewi Han, the anime has so far done a good job of keeping the pertinent details to his story mostly intact.
Chapter 2 initially introduced Daewi by showing his desire to help his sick friend, but the anime skipped (until Episode 4) how Daewi endured school jeering and the resulting fights. The anime didn’t show how his GOHS invitation was delivered by a hovering fight jet!
What’s surprising is that Episode 4 reordered the portrayal of events leading up to Daewi’s brutal attack on Mira during their match in Chapter 29.
Considering how friendly they seemed just a day ago, it was shocking when Daewi acted so cold and targeted her unhealed side wound from the sword slice.
Then a flashback in the Webtoon revealed how Daewi’s friend is close to death. With time quickly running out, Daewi asked Mujin Park about his wish, but the devilish man would only grant it if Daewi won the world championships.
Desperate, Daewi even tries offering up his youth, but Mujin is only willing to consider the deal if Daewi shows an “overwhelming victory” at the capital.
The way the anime portrayed events linearly it seemed as if Daewi was taking out his rage on Mira rather than emotionally distancing himself for the sake of winning the tournament. Thus the Webtoon better explained why Daewi’s motivations shifted so quickly.
For Mira’s introduction, the anime did a better job overall of showcasing her emotional journey. However, while the initial episodes did make it clear that she was seeking a “successor” for her beloved Yoo Family Moon Light Sword Style, the episodes did not explain exactly what that desire entailed.
At her father’s behest, Mira is literally seeking “good seed” in a suitable mate so she can bear a strong child to inherit the almost-extinct martial art!
In Chapter 3, it was shown that Mira dated guys merely based on their strength as a fighter even if that meant they were meatheads.
Despite acting meek and subservient toward her boyfriend at first, she immediately rejected her current boyfriend when he couldn’t beat “wimps” in a 20-on-1 brawl only to transform into a “monster” and defeat them herself in a savage manner.
The anime changed how Mira’s sword was lost in the river for the better. Originally, Webtoon Chapter 8 had the sword being lost in the aftermath of a bridge brawl with a biker gang, but having Mori lose the sword and then help find it made for a more touching scene.
The God of High School Episode 4 improved on the Webtoon by showing Mira’s obsession over the Moon Light Sword Style and the lengths she was willing to sacrifice herself by accepting a marriage proposal not based on love.
While the unexpected wedding story arc also did happen in Chapters 25 through 28, the Webtoon version emphasized how Mira’s family was facing money problems.
Rather than getting married to create a successor for the Moon Light Sword style, the focus was on marrying a top-tier company’s CEO to solve their financial woes.
Mira was secretly suffering from the pressure that comes from the obligation of protecting her family’s swordsmanship, but Mira’s true motive for accepting the marriage didn’t come spilling out until she was already at the altar.
Arguably, by focusing on only this issue with original scenes the anime’s portrayal of Mira’s family relationships was far more poignant and emotional.
All in all, the anime is making certain to develop the three main characters adequately based on the source material. For better or worse, they are designed to be “idiot” characters based on the Shonen formula although some of their traits are compelling.
What’s unfortunate is that the anime’s limited time meant that the side characters’ backstories were cut almost completely. For example, early villain ManSeok Gang came off as far more relateable in the Webtoon when it was revealed that he grew up in a dysfunctional family
Gang’s unhealthy attitude stemmed from not wanting to be like his abusive father who beat his wife yet also groveled in front of those stronger than him.
At the same time, when confronted with an opponent truly strong he found himself weeping and begging. This scene was shown in the anime, but not how he almost committed suicide afterward.
Similarly, the anime showed that Tai Chi user Gamdo Go briefly hinted that his motivation for fighting was his master, but not the reason why. Go’s master ran an orphanage that was destroyed in a fire caused by a gang and the elderly man worked himself sick paying for the damages.
For his wish, Go wanted the gang to face the wrath of law, so that’s why he was so upset at the prospect of losing to a criminal like Gang.
As a child, the track-suit wearing, bat-wielding Baek SeungChul idolized his crime detective father who arrested bad guys using a baseball bat.
The father died and the super-intelligent boy realized at a young age that knowledge is power, but years later he also acknowledged that physical power can be more effective in reality.
So the young man’s motivation was to test his predictive martial powers and theory of enlightenment in the ring.
When Daewi declined to take advantage of SeungChul’s slip, he realized Daewi was just like his father which only annoyed him since he believed that “acting like some hero will only lead you to misery.”
So, without knowing SeungChul’s backstory, the emotional impact of that moment was greatly lessened.
On the other hand, female pro wrestler Miseon Mah’s motivation really was superficial in the Webtoon.
She really did want to make a harem out of executive committee members and when she realized fighting Mira could result in her dream ending she immediately quit rather than being beaten soundly.
At this point, some may be tempted to criticize the anime as a bad adaptation. Webtoon/manga purists will bemoan the many changes, but to be fair to the anime, newcomers to the series who haven’t read the Webtoon probably won’t realize anything is missing.
Plus, anime is its own art form so the adaptation could be viewed as a retelling.
There are two schools of thought regarding how to best adapt a comic book series into an anime. Fans generally prefer that chapters are adapted panel-by-panel although it’s recognized that dialogue will often need to be condensed in order to fit the time constraints of the episodic format.
Then there’s the path where the anime director and writers are given the freedom to express new ideas. In Crunchyroll’s Behind The Scenes interview, it was emphasized how they chose the latter path and creator Park even said he encouraged them to push the boundaries.
“In general, all the scripts, storyboards, and designs were sent to the author so he could check them over. I explained to him in detail how we were using the original work as a base while changing the designs and scripts in ways unique to the anime format, and he was very happy with it,” director Park explained. “He had a deep respect for the way anime is produced, which made the project much easier to work on.”
The decision to focus on the action in Episode 1 at the expense of the initial characterization was purposeful since director Park felt “that the most important point of this title’s design was that sense of speed” and “the action is the main appeal of the series”.
Director Park admits that, at first, he considered reducing the number of action scenes since “GOHS has far more action cuts than the average TV series” which makes it quite the challenge to animate, but he apparently changed his mind.
The focus on action went beyond the animation department. Even the voice dubbing actors took the extra effort to understand the martial arts.
The Japanese voice actor for Mori, Tatsumaru Tachibana, studied Taekwondo techniques on YouTube so he could reproduce their motions in hand-drawn keyframes.
But focusing on an action-packed first episode doesn’t mean they plan on going full-on Tokyo Ghoul with the project by rewriting major elements of the story. Scriptwriter Kiyoko Yoshimura says the “anime staff devoted everything [they] had to faithfully recreating the intense developments of the original work in animated format” and they’re making certain the character development won’t suffer by overly focusing on action.
“If we focused only on the visual depiction, the characters’ emotional expressions would have been left out, and they’ll all just be slamming into each other with flashy imagery,” she said.
“Portraying the emotions of a scene through monologues, flashbacks, other characters’ facial expressions, the announcer’s voice, etc., is the mort important part of scriptwriting.”
Note: This story was initially published before The God of High School Episode 13 release date and will be updated over time with additional analysis.
Based on the pacing of the Webtoon in the first four episodes, it’s inevitable that the anime will feel rushed to manhwa fans since the first decent stopping point is the ending of the second story arc and the battle between Jin Mori and Jaekal Taek.
Therefore, we’re predicting that the finale, The God of High School Episode 13, will find a stopping point around Chapter 112.
To put this ending into perspective, the Tower of God anime “only” adapted 78 chapters. Really, the animation production committee should have greenlit two cours for the first season, but MAPPA did a good job with the hand they were dealt so the climax could feature an epic battle.
MAPPA could have planned a more straight adaptation with only a single cour, but such pacing would have likely ended with only the first story arc. Unfortunately, ending with Chapter 41 or anywhere else in the Nationals arc would have offered limited plot resolution.
The good news is that studio MAPPA has plenty of source material to work with for The God of High School Season 2. Even assuming the anime production committee were to greenlight the series for an annual release schedule, there’s zero chance they would catch up with the Webtoon before it ends.
The best part is that English-only readers who wish to read ahead of the anime for free can jump straight to Chapter 113 on the Webtoon site.
The God of High School Season 2 release date
As of the last update, MAPPA, Crunchyroll, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed The God of High School Season 2 release date. Nor has a GOHS Season 2 sequel been officially announced.
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 God of Highschool Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
The question is whether Crunchyroll intends to follow the whole story of the GOHS Webtoon with a multiple season adaptation. The fact that the Tower of God anime wasn’t immediately renewed probably means fans will also be waiting on a GOHS Season 2 announcement.
In addition, anime studios and their respective staff (who are usually contractors) have to be scheduled years in advance. Keep in mind that larger studios like MAPPA often juggle multiple projects at the same time and often-times there’s no overlap between the main staff.
For the ending of 2020, MAPPA is busy working on Attack On Titan Season 4. Director Park will be helming Jujutsu Kaisen with a different team at MAPPA.
For 2021, MAPPA will likely be busy working on the Yuri on Ice movie and the Yasuke anime TV series by director LeSean Thomas, creator of Netflix’s Cannon Busters.
Director Park was one of the storyboard writers and episode directors for Zombieland Saga’s first season, so it’s possible he’ll return in some capacity for Zombieland Saga Revenge (Zombieland Saga Season 2).
Therefore, assuming the anime production committee renews the GOHS sequel in advance, the earliest The God of High School Season 2 release date could be scheduled is late 2021. However, if the continuation isn’t greenlit quickly then the wait could be years.
The God of Highschool Season 2 spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
Note: This story was initially published before The God of Highschool Episode 13 was streaming on Crunchyroll. Spoilers for The God of Highschool Season 2 anime will be added after it’s confirmed where the first season ended.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until The God of High School Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!