In the anime television series Love of Kill Season 2, Chateau, Ryang-Ha and Jim try to unravel the mystery of her past with the help of a new unexpected ally. But when will Koroshi Ai season 2 come out?
The first season of the Love of Kill anime television series was produced by Studio Platinum Vision. A relatively new company, the studio is best known for anime such as Dr. Ramune -Mysterious Disease Specialist-, Kono Oto Tomare!, Devils Line and Servamp.
The first anime project was led by director Hideaki Ooba (Dr. Ramune). Writer Ayumu Hisao (Kono Oto Tomare!, Dr. Ramune, Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose) provided the script and composition for the series.
Character designer Youko Satou (7 SEEDS, Dr. Ramune) was also the main director of animation. Composer Kei Yoshikawa (Mobile Suit Gundam AGE) created the music.
The Love of Kill Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music has not yet been announced.
For the first season, the Love of Kill OP “Midnight Dancer” was performed by Toshiki Masuda, while the ED “Makoto Period” was performed by Aika Kobayashi.
Crunchyroll’s Love of Kill English dub release was on February 23, 2022. Erin Yvette played Chateau Dankworth, while Ryan-ha Song was voiced by Ryan Colt Levy.
The Season One finale, Love of Kill Episode 12, was released on March 30, 2022.
This article contains everything known about Love of Kill Season 2 (Koroshi Ai Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors and analysis. In the meantime, let’s get into what is known for sure.
Koroshi Ai Season 2 Release Date Predictions: Has the First Season Ruined Its Chances?
As of the latest update, Kadokawa, Toy’s Factory, Studio Platinum Vision or any other company involved in the production of the anime have not officially confirmed the release date of Love of Kill Season 2. Nor has production of a Love of Kill sequel been 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 and whether the Koroshi Ai Season 2 release date will take place in the future.
Love of Kill’s ratings are good, but not great. Some anime fans may have been put off by the slow progress of the first few episodes, let alone the initial creepiness of Song Ryang-ha’s actions towards Chateau Dankworth, as audiences still didn’t understand his motivations.
Many in the anime fandom still follow the “three episode rule” where they have to be hooked on episode 3 or they drop a show. Unfortunately, the anime’s first season only really picked up the pace after the first few episodes, when the story began to delve into the mystery and intrigue that underlies Ryan-ha and Chateau’s relationship. It also didn’t help that most episodes started with long reruns that dragged the story even more forward.
Worse, the way Love of Kill Episode 12 ended left the anime’s first season feeling incomplete. The progress of the story felt cut off rather than ending in a natural resting place in the overall plot…which the actual source material later yielded several manga volumes.
This problem could have been easily avoided if the script had simply saved screen time by not playing the OP/ED video every episode and removing the overly long flashbacks and replays. Such content wasted almost 6 minutes per episode. If Love of Kill Episode 13 had also been the ending, that would have allowed for a much better conclusion as the effective runtime could have been increased by over 60 minutes.
With all these issues negatively impacting anime fans’ reactions to the TV show, it doesn’t seem likely that the anime production committee will renew Love of Kill for a second season. But it would be nice to be wrong, as the second half of Chateau Nobel’s story really needs to be animated to fulfill the anime experience (see the manga comparison section below for more details).
A Love of Kill manga sequel is already out in the webcomic
The story for the anime is based on creator Fe’s Love of Kill manga series. The shojo manga has been serialized in Media Factory’s Monthly Comics Gene magazine since October 2015. Part 12 as of March 26, 2022.
The story was originally first self-published as a Love or Kill webcomic on Pixiv from October 2012. The original title was literally I Wanted to Read a Manga About an Assassin Couple in Love, so I started drawing one (Koroshiai Kappuru Manga ga Yomitē nā to Omotteta kara Nanka Kaki Hajimeteta).
The North American publisher Yen Press is releasing the English translation of the Love of Kill manga. As of April 26, 2022, the English manga is already out until Volume 7, and Volume 8 is scheduled for June 21, 2022 and Volume 9 for August 23, 2022.
There is already a direct sequel to Love of Kill called A Short Story About the Assassin Couple in Love Manga that I Just Wanted to Read About (Koroshiai Kappuru Manga ga Yomitai Dake no Shōsetsu).
In an interview in December 2020 with Comical Natalie, creator Fe discussed how she wrote the manga as a sideline until the first volume was published. “The busier I was at work, the more motivated I was to draw something!” said Fe. And when Fe was initially contacted online by an editor, the webcomic’s creator was wary of being tricked by a fake, but Fe’s sister confirmed the contact was a real editor.
Fe was actually conflicted over the use of the title Koroshi Ai, which is literally a play on words compared to the concept of a “death love”.
“This term is not my idea at all,” she explained. “It’s a situation that describes a character’s relationship, and it’s popularized by a certain segment of the population.”
Koroshi Ai manga compared to the anime
The anime adaptation was fairly faithful to the Love of Kill manga. However, comic special bonus/omake chapters were skipped and Indian-kun’s name was changed to the very generic Jim for some reason.
The biggest problem was the pace. Unlike almost every other anime out there, this adaptation dragged it all out by taking each scene very slowly. While this may make manga purists happy, replays and flashbacks abounded to the point of annoyance (especially if you binge-watched the episodes like I did).
It’s not that the plot necessarily had to be that elaborate. There was more than enough source material. When the anime was released, there were more than 70 chapters released in Japanese, and the English part 6 included chapters 31 through 35.
It would have been better if the anime’s plot had speeded up in earlier installments by including more comedic beats of the manga from the special bonus chapters. But with Love of Kill episode 10, the anime had only just started adapting chapter 31, which meant that the remaining three episodes were needed to cover two whole parts at normal pace.
Of course, the main reason for the initially slow pace was that the anime was essentially standing still, so the big reveal was timed for episode 12. To make the first season feel somewhat complete, audiences had to learn the (partial) truth about Chateau and Ryang-Ha’s connection as children, but that event happened quite early in the series.
All in all, the ending of the season one finale, Koroshi Ai Episode 12, is predicted to match manga Volume 7: Chapter 41.
The ending at this point was a decent stopping point as the public finally understand Ryanga-Ha’s motivations for Chateau based on their shared past. While the mystery is solved, the problem is that the first season essentially leaves the audience hanging as there is no conflict resolution regarding their current circumstances.
And for an anime ostensibly about a romance between hitmen, the romantic development is only just so far along that you learn to trust, let alone fall in love.
The best stopover was actually chapter 56 as the intervening chapters fully explained the mystery of Chateau Nobel by completing the Donny Bachmann storyline. Manga volumes 8 through 10 were also action packed, so they would have made for a better climax. Chapter 57 would also have been the perfect starting point for Love of Kill season 2, as there is a two-month time gap between the storylines.
Unfortunately, adapting all 56 chapters would require the anime production committee to give the green light to a two-box first season. Apparently the producers thought that prospect was too risky, but the lack of a Love of Kill Part 2 probably hurt the series’ chances of popularity in the long run, as the story only got to the end of its first run. season.
The good news is that enough new chapters have already been released for the making of Love of Kill Season 2. Better yet, only English-language manga readers will be able to read the anime ahead when the English Love of Kill Volume 8 releases in June 2022.
Love of Kill Season 2 Anime TV Spoilers (Plot Summary/Synopsis)
The fog over Chateau and Ryang-Ha’s childhood finally lifts. During that fateful meeting, they were brought together by a boy named “Ryang-Ha Song” – the real one – but what awaits them now…?
Ryang-Ha and Chateau are forced into a life of hiding and she officially wants to “hire” him to resume their relationship on a more solid footing. The two are contacted by Chateau .’s partner
Indian man Jim and another man they have a past with… the redhead Nikka!?
Nikka is going through a self-described “rebellious phase”. When some of Donny’s men try to get Jim, they insult Donny’s “crazy dog” and Nikka shoots the henchmen dead in response.
Nikka claims he’s in the same boat as everyone else now, but Ryang-Ha is suspicious of the younger man’s story. However, he is willing to listen to any information Nikka may have about “Chateau Nobel.”
It turns out that Donny has a connection to Chateau’s father, Liszt Nobel, and the elderly Mr. Nobel, Chateau’s grandfather.
When Chateau is captured, Ryang-Ha and his friends will infiltrate an isolated island in the middle of the ocean to rescue her, but the difficulties they face and Chateau’s roots weigh heavily on them…
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Love of Kill Season 2 release date to see what happens next. Stay tuned!