The Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi To Akashic Records Season 2 release date can't come any sooner since anime fans were left hanging with many major questions unanswered. For heaven's sake, the Akashic records themselves took 12 episodes to explain and it's in the title! The Melgarius Sky Castle is also the proverbial floating elephant in the room, but the real question is whether studio Liden Films will produce a Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi Season 2 based upon the available source material.
Akashic Records Light Novel Not Too Far Ahead Of The Anime?Like any good anime, Akashic Records Of Bastard Magic Instructor finds its source material from a light novel series. Written by Taro Hitsuji, the light novels are already up to Akashic Records Volume 8, which was published on March 18, 2017. Those looking for an Akashic Records English translation will need to turn to fan projects since there hasn't yet been an official release date confirmed for the light novels.
There's also an ongoing Akashic Records manga adaptation, but since the manga is only up to Volume 5 as of March 25, 2015, the anime's plot is actually ahead of the manga story-wise. The good news is that the Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi manga's English release is already confirmed, with the first volume coming out on August 29 and the second volume on December 5, 2017.
Unfortunately, the 12 episodes of the Akashic Records anime already burned through five volumes out of the eight available. While it's true that light novels rarely receive a complete adaptation, with Re:Zero and Sword Art Online being the rare exceptions, in this case the Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi To Akashic Records anime did skip a lot of content and shifted the ordering of the story presentation.
For example, after Riel (or Re=L) killed all her clones she was traumatized in the novel, but in the anime she bounced right back emotionally. Episode 10 of the anime should have started off with a wedding scene before doing a flashback. Episode 11 of the anime also skipped extra backstory about Glenn Radars' girlfriend Sera Silvers, why she died, and how Angel Dust is related to Sera. There was also a lot more world-building that was skipped, so it's possible the anime's first season could have only covered three volumes and yet found a good stopping point.
Akashic Records Season 2 Release DateAs of this publishing, anime production company Liden Films has not announced anything official about the Akashic Records Season 2 release date, although this article will be updated as soon as the anime sequel is confirmed. However, there can be reasonable speculation about when, or if, the Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi Season 2 air date may occur.
The first major obstacle to watching a second season of Akashic Records any time soon is of course the source material. Yes, there are three volumes yet to be adapted, but one of the volumes is a side story. This means Akashic Records Season 2 is highly unlikely to be released in 2017. However, historically, author Hitsuji has published two to three volumes a year, so that means by year end there could be four volumes available to adapt into an anime. If the pacing is slowed down a bit, and some of the previously skipped world-building is incorporated, it seems likely that an Akashic Records Season 2 release date could be set for the fall of 2018 at the very earliest.
The second major obstacle is the money. Some fans may argue that the anime is simply serving as an advertisement for the light novels and manga, but it's possible the Akashic Records Blu-Ray and DVD sales in Japan could be in the top 10. Good sales will of course be an incentive to create a second season. The Japanese release date for the Blu-Ray is set for June 28, 2017 so this article will be updated once the sales numbers are available.
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi Season 2 SpoilersThe season finale followed the ending of Volume 5 of the Akashic Records light novel, although the ending of Episode 12 did tease viewers by showing what Celica plans on doing next. This article will also attempt to provide teasers of the second season without spoiling any major plot points, so anime-only fans can still enjoy the surprises in store for audiences.
The finale episode of the first season finally got around to giving the audience a hint about the Akashic records. In some real-world belief systems, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred, with this information encoded in a non-physical plane of existence. That being the case, the title of the anime makes sense since we're following the recorded story of the "bastard magic instructor." But so far all that's been revealed is that former Imperial Court Mage Corps Executioner No. 11 "Justice" Jatice Lowfan believes the Akashic records to be a power source capable of controlling the principles of the physical world. (And we definitely know Justice is a bad guy due to those half gloves.)
Akashic Records Season 2 will take a page from DanMachi and become a dungeon crawler. Poor Glenn is broke once again and he'll be fired if he doesn't turn in his thesis research, so he co-opts several students to go on a dungeon investigation. Just like DanMachi, or SAO for that matter, the dungeon is split up into many floors, with brave
adventurers magicians going solo or as groups deep into the mysteries beneath the Alzano Imperial Magic Academy (why are magic schools always built over deadly secrets?). There's even a black-wearing person dual-wielding two swords that's totally OP, so you get the idea.
The anime tropes don't end there. We've already had the school tournament and the beach episodes, so you know what that means... it's hot springs time! The scene will start with a serious talk between a quite nude Celica and Glenn, but when she leaves the rest of the girls invade. Unable to retreat in time, Glenn hides underwater, only to pop up and once again burn the image into his eyes.
Besides the comical moments, anime audiences will learn more about Celica's life story. She's older than you'd think, experienced much loss, and we'll hear more about how her relationship with Glenn began and how he turned her life away from despair. We'll also be introduced to Glenn's old boss, red-headed Eve Ignite, during a school dance battle that turns deadly once old foes invade. While that magical malady is interesting, what comes next takes the story up a notch.
For reasons that will be revealed in Akashic Records Season 2, Riel is forced to transfer to an all-female St. Lily Girl Academy. Eve conspires for Sistine, Rumia, and Glenn to go with Riel to the girls-only school, but of course Glenn can't go... that is, until Celica produces a bottle, takes a sip, and then forces the liquid down Glenn's throat with a kiss!
It turns out the bottle contains magical genderbending fluid that transforms Glenn into a woman named Ren. This disguise will allow Glenn to investigate St. Lily Girl Academy and the bastard magic instructor can't help but take advantage of the showers. Needless to say, Sistine will be blowing away many a thing during these episodes.
The plot of this story arc focuses on the history of Project: Revive Life, the girl whom Riel was cloned from, and the people who were affected by the research. Ren aka Glenn finds herself teaching in a school where chaotic students are running amok, so the instructor's trademark teaching style saves the day. But it'll turn out that there's a plot running afoot, with one of the students desiring revenge for the fiery deaths of family members.
Would this fight be good enough for an ending to Akashic Records Season 2? It's possible that Volumes 9 and 10 may provide a continuation of the main story focused on Rumia's powers or the sky castle, which would be a better stopping point. Unfortunately, this means both anime fans and light novel readers will simply have to wait and see where Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi Season 2 may take us.
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