Voice Actors Reflect on Season 1 Triumphs, Tease Season 2, and Unveil Exciting Developments
Oshi no Ko Season 2: On Sunday, December 17, 2023, Oshi no Ko enthusiasts gathered virtually for the Jump Festa 2024 Jump Studio Stage, a celebration of the acclaimed anime. While the event didn’t unveil details about the much-anticipated second season, it was a nostalgic look back at the global success of Oshi no Ko’s first season.
Recap of Season 1: A Unique Journey
Oshi no Ko, the brainchild of Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari, took the manga world by storm when it debuted in Weekly Young Jump in April 2020. Its journey to the anime realm culminated in a visually stunning first season that aired from April to June 2023.
Jump Studio Stage Highlights: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Presented by the talented voice actors of the anime – Rie Takahashi (Ai Hoshino), Takeo Ootsuka (Aquamarine Hoshino), Megumi Han (Kana Arima), and Manaka Iwami (Akane Kurokawa) – the Jump Studio Stage revisited the highs of Oshi no Ko’s inaugural season.
The stage kicked off with the actors delving into the uniqueness of the first episode, a 90-minute spectacle released in theaters, a rarity for TV anime. The shocking ending of the episode sent ripples through social media, catapulting the series into a global phenomenon.
Global Impact: From YouTube Success to Spotify Domination
The anime’s official YouTube channel soared to over 770,000 subscribers, a testament to the series’ online popularity. Even the opening theme song, “IDOL,” achieved remarkable success, becoming Japan’s most-played song on Spotify in 2023. Fans were thrilled to learn that Rie Takahashi would be gracing them with a cover of the hit song.
Beyond the Screen: Pieyon’s Presence and Fan Festivals
Adding a unique touch, Pieyon’s real-life counterpart announced monthly video uploads to the official YouTube channel, creating a bridge between the virtual and real worlds. The voice actors also reminisced about the “Ichigo Production Fan Festival 2023” and teased an upcoming exhibition scheduled for February 17, 2024.
Anticipation Builds: Season 2 and Beyond
Amidst the buzz, the elephant in the room was addressed – Oshi no Ko Season 2. Although no new announcements were made, a teaser visual unveiled earlier kept the flame of excitement alive. The cast hinted at a Fall 2024 release, leaving fans eagerly anticipating more details.
Expanding Horizons: 2.5D Stage Play Arc
In addition to Season 2, the voice cast members discussed the upcoming 2.5D Stage Play Arc. Tokyo Blade and pivotal characters like Melt Narushima are set to take center stage, with promises of an extended cast, shrouded in mystery.
The Future Unveiled: What Lies Ahead for Oshi no Ko?
While Jump Festa 2024 may not have quenched the thirst for Season 2 details, it has certainly stoked the fires of anticipation. As we look back at the triumphs of Season 1 and catch glimpses of the evolving world of Oshi no Ko, fans can rest assured that the journey is far from over. Stay tuned for more updates as the anime continues to captivate hearts worldwide.