The She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2 anime TV could continue the story of Mira and her friends. But when, or if, will Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja Season 2 come out?
The studio and main staff producing the Kendeshi Season 2 anime haven’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the Kendeshi anime TV was produced by Japanese animation Studio A-Cat, which isn’t known for producing well-reviewed popular anime. Their best-known work is the 2017 Frame Arms Girl, although they also were involved in the production of the Battle Game in 5 Seconds Season 1 anime albeit not as the main animation studio.
The first season was helmed by director Keitarou Motonaga. He also directed LBX Girls (Soukou Musume Senki) for Studio A-Cat, but he’s better known for directing School Days, the Digimon Adventure tri movies, and the Date a Live anime series (the Date a Live Season 4 release date was in Spring 2022).
Writer Takamitsu Kouno (Clockwork Planet, Garbriel DropOut, Absolute Dueo) handled the series composition. Artist Kumi Horii (LBX Girls, Infinite Stratos) was the character designer. Composer Gou Sakabe (Date a Live series, Date a Bullet, Digimon Adventure tri) created the music.
The She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man OP “ready Set Go!!” was performed by Asaka, while the ED “Ambitious” was performed by Erabareshi.
The She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 1 release date was originally scheduled for Fall 2021, but the first season was delayed to Winter 2022.
The first season’s finale, She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Episode 12, was released by FUNimation on March 29, 2022. The 12 episodes were released in Japan as three Blu-Ray/DVD volumes, with Volume 1 having come out on April 27, 2022.
This article provides everything that is known about She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2 (Kendeshi Season 2 / Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja 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.
FUNimation’s She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man English dub release date
The first season of the Kendeshi anime was streaming with English subtitles on FUNimation and Netflix Japan (not Netflix USA, Crunchyroll, Hulu, VRV, or Amazon Prime Video). Oddly enough, the FUNimation Simuldub schedule only listed the first season as only being a Simulcast despite the dubbed episodes being release simultaneously.
Here is the dub cast:
- Mira: Felecia Angelle
- Danblf: Mick Wingert
- Amalette: Kristen McGuire
- Cleos: Jacob Browning
- Lythalia: Brianna Roberts
- Marianna: Xanthe Huynh
- Narrator: Stephanie Young
- Solomon: Brandon McInnis
The She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man dub release date was January 11, 2022.
Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja Season 2 release date predictions: Renewal very unlikely
As of the last update, Studio A-Cat, Kadokawa, DAX Production, MAGES, or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a TV 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, or if, the Kendeshi Season 2 release date will occur in the future.
The chances of the anime production committee having Kendeshi renewed seem very low. The She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man reviews are much lower than average compared to other forgotten isekai anime series that were never greenlit for a second season.
This bad reaction to the Kendeshi anime was largely due to the opening episodes angering fans of the source material. For anime-only fans, the premise essentially boils down to “old man gamer becomes a loli”. Episode 1 didn’t do much to dissuade them that there wasn’t more to the story than this initial impression.
It also didn’t help that this exact same gender-bender premise just happened to be the theme of another competing Winter 2022 anime, FaBiniku: Life with an Ordinary Guy who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout. There were also (relatively) better isekai anime released in the same time frame like Arifureta, In The Land of Leadale, and The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest.
On the other hand, once the essential isekai tropes were covered by the first two episodes the anime displayed surprising emotional depth in its character development of even side characters in Episode 3 and on. Unfortunately, many fans probably dropped the TV show before reaching that point in the opening story arc since the review score averages only slightly shifted upward by mid-February 2022.
Perhaps the streaming numbers on FUNimation will be unexpectedly high, or the TV show will retain a loyal following in Japan but not the West, but it seems likely that Kadokawa and the other companies on the anime production committee will pull the plug on this anime TV series.
She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man manga, light novel series compared to the anime
The story for the anime TV show is based on the She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man light novel series by creator Hirotsugu Ryusen and art illustrator Fuzichoco that launched in June 2014. As of December 28, 2021, the book series published by Micro Magazine was up to Volume 16.
Like many isekai books, the story began life in April 2012 as a She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man web novel that was self-published on Shousetsuka ni Narou (Let’s Become a Novelist). The frequently updated web novel remains unfinished and as of Winter 2022 it had over 450 chapters.
In July 2016, the original creator teamed up with artist Dicca Suemitsu to create the She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man manga series. Serialized in Micro Magazine’s Comic Ride magazine, the Kendeshi manga is up to Volume 9 as of January 31, 2022. There are also multiple manga spin-offs that launched in 2020 and 2021.
USA publisher Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the official She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man English translation in North America. By February 2022, the English light novels were up to Volume 3, with Volume 4 scheduled for June 21, 2022, and Volume 5 for August 9, 2022. Similarly, the English manga was up to Volume 4 in February 2022, with Volume 5 scheduled for July 26, 2022, and Volume 6 for September 20, 2022.
Episode 1 may have been offputting to many anime-only fans by breaking the “show, not tell” rule of good storytelling. The anime original exposition dump at the beginning pushed the actual novel adaptation off until much later in the episode just so it could end with Mira aka Danblf Gandagore exclaiming, “I am cute!” like the episode’s title said.
The opening scenes also spent a lot of time introducing the game world with a relatively boring fight that used awful CGI demons and summoned knights. CGI can be used to great effect in series like Attack On Titan, Demon Slayer, or BEASTARS, but these Kendechi characters were more akin to Golden Kamuy‘s infamous CGI bear since they’re memorable for looking bad and disrupting the story immersion.
On the other hand, the mini montage scene where Danblf is first transformed into a girl was an interesting directorial touch. Having no dialogue or major sounds until she saw herself in the mirror reflected the character’s own confusion and gave the scene an eery feel.
Manga purists also didn’t like how Episode 1 took minor story details from the first 8 pages of the light novel’s prologue and dedicated an entire episode to it with anime original scenes. By contrast, the Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja manga started off in the middle of the demon battle and jumped straight to the unexpected transformation and the revelation by a knight captain that 30 years had already passed.
On the positive side, some book readers may have appreciated the expanded beginning since it gave a better idea of what the game world was like before players were sucked in. The before and after of the NPCs provided a better contrast for the characterization.
While the manga was actually quicker-paced than the anime at first, Episodes 2 and 3 skimmed over worldbuilding information and heavily condensed the plot by skipping the maids’ introduction, the bath scene, refining, and the little fact that the sexy, red-haired Luminaria was also a man in real life. That meant the adaptation pacing hit the gas and Episode 3 already began adapting light novel Volume 2 and manga Volume 2.
Source material purists were, of course, outraged since a lot of the story details from the first books were skipped. While still not as bad as Arifureta Episode 1 or The Strongest Sage Episode 1, which both outright skipped the introductory chapters in a rush to reach the moment when the main character gained his true potential, the Kendeshi anime still managed to condense the majority of an entire 306-page light novel volume (or 7 chapters of a 152-page manga book) into only one episode.
Arguably, that may have been the wisest choice by the screenplay writer since more interesting plot developments didn’t begin until manga/light novel Volume 2 and the series hits its stride in light novel Volume 6. Many in the anime fandom still follow the “three episode rule” where they need to be hooked by Episode 3 or they’ll drop a show.
By Episode 5, the anime adapted up through manga Volume 4: Chapter 23. Episode 6 began adapting light novel Volume 3 (although the part about the replica robes being for kids came from V3) by having Mira run into the wind spirit.
Thankfully, the studio recognized that pacing was an issue since Episode 5 skipped the OP video to give the events of the zombie invasion some extra runtime. But they spent most of that time on the banter between the 7 Valkyrie sisters… which weren’t a surprise since they were revealed in Episode 1 despite being a highlight of light novel Volume 2.
All in all, it’s predicted that the first season’s finale, Kenja no Deshi wo Nanoru Kenja Episode 12, will find a stopping point corresponding to either light novel Volume 4 or 5.
This stopping point is decent since the Chimera Clausen have been introduced, but the pursuit of this mysterious organization will need to wait until Kendeshi Season 2.
The good news is that there is plenty of source material available already for making She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2.
The bad news is that English-only book readers who wish to read ahead of the anime will need to wait until the end of 2022 for the latest English volumes to come out. It’s also possible that the anime will be slightly ahead of the manga adaptation since manga Volume 8’s story corresponds to light novel Volume 5.
Kendeshi Season 2 anime TV spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
Note: This article was initially published before the Kendeshi Episode 12 release date and will be updated with additional spoilers. In the meantime, here is the official plot summary for light novel Volume 5.
Mira is on her way to the Abandoned City of Heaven in search of a clue which could possibly give her a lead to Soul Howl. This time, the journey to her destination is a long one, so she travels by train on the continental railroad. Mira is astonished by the huge three-story train, and can’t stop being excited about the train journey.
While Mira is enjoying her trip, she is being interviewed by the publicist of a clothing store and admonishes her lovers for their quarrels, meanwhile a suspicious man in black is creeping up on her.
Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!