So you’ve finished Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Season 1 and want more?
Well, search no further! We will look into all the up-to-date information, about when we can expect the continuation of the widely beloved TV anime, and all the latest news regarding the show’s creators, studio Lerche!
What happened so far in Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun?
Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun is a story of mystery, romance, and Japanese legend, following the titular Hanako-kun and his unfortunate “assistant” Yashire Nene. Hanako-kun is one of the “Seven Wonders” of Kamome Academy, a staple of Japanese high school folktales, rumored to be a girl haunting a toilet stall and granting wishes, for a price.
Nene summons Hanako-kun as a last resort with no expectations, as the hopeless teenage girl wishes for a boyfriend, only to discover not only that Hanako-kun is very much real, but that she’s a male and not helpful!
Nene summoning Hanako-kun bound her to the spirit, cementing in the plot to follow the various hijinks the mystery pair go on, discovering Yashire’s spirituality and the mystery of Hanako-kun’s past. The two ward off evil supernatural beings and pursue multiple attempts at fixing Yashire’s love life in the process by way of charms and spells…
Not, as Nene attempts to woe her interest with vegetables and sewing, in between adventures Yashire, now Hanako-kun’s bound assistant, helps the spirited boy clean out his toilet, with some great dialogue mixed into the mundane scenes to show Nene’s newfound appreciation for Hanako-kun.
The show’s twelve-episode run ends with a beautiful scene of Nene calling Hanako-san “Hanako-kun” to show her grown friendship with the spirit over the multiple adventures they’ve had.
What Is Going On With Lerche?
Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun premiered on January 10 and ended on March 17, 2020, after twelve episodes. Studio Lerche co-produced this series with Square Enix, Studio Hibari, and multiple more. Directed by Masaomi Andō of Fairy Tail and written by Yasuhiro Nakanishi, with Hiroshi Takaki in charge of the score.
Studio Lerche is widely known for their work in Radiant Season 1 and 2, Kino’s journey, and, most importantly, Assassination Classroom. They pride themselves in their highly stylized works, such as Danganronpa’s persona-like aesthetic or Hanako-kun’s crayon artwork. This love for stylization noticeably bleeds into Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, every frame popping off the screen with avid saturation and the deceptively childish crayon-like colors and paper cut-out designs.
Lercher once paid the same attention to unconventional color and hue choices (and presumably started the trend from) the previous success of the Danganronpa adaptation, praised for both the story and the unique design style that no other anime had at the time. Assassination Classroom was tamer in comparison, having a wide variety of character designs to replace the flashy animation style of previous works.
In the last year, Lerche rolled out such anime as Idoly Pride, a Fate or Grand Carnival OVA, and the Given Movie. Furthermore, the studio is set to release Gyakuten Sekai no Denchi Shoujo (a mecha anime) and Given: Uragawa no Sonzai this year.
What Do We Know About Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Season 2 So Far?
Studio Lerche has so far remained silent about the prospect of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Season 2, and no further news has been announced since the final episode on March 27, 2020. There is plenty of source material to draw from, and Lerche had great success with Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun, as well as the Square Enix manga.
There is certainly no need to fret about a lack of continuation, as the series is still fresh; a new season might not have been announced yet!
What Are Fans Saying About Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Season 2?
As the series only concluded a year ago, the widespread popularity still glows brightly as the community online continues to fan over Hanako-kun. People are saturating online forums with fanworks, such as videos animations and just clip compilations with Hanako-kun and Yashire. Fans are engaged in our lovable Number 7’s backstory, so hope for a new season is prevalent. Some people have even started trying to guess when and how will Hanako-kun be announced for a new season!
Will There Be a Toilet-Bound hanako-kun Season 2?
While you await Season 2 of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun there isn’t much to see, as the show’s moderate success didn’t warrant spin-offs and extra stories yet. The fans are still engaged, some opting to switch to the manga instead of waiting for Season 2 and speaking about that! The manga has plenty left to adapt, being the only source material for the anime.
Currently, Season 1 of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun has adapted volumes one through seven; eight manga volumes remain. The constant discussion and alleged popularity in japan all but guarantees we’ll have some continuation.
The manga has reached Shonen Jump’s top 10 most sold manga in the half-year, showcasing how popular this franchise is. The Blue-ray release was also highly anticipated, but the popularity was muffled due to pandemic delays.
According to google trends, the show’s popularity as a search term hasn’t fallen below 70 worldwide for even a single month since it was over, reaching as much as 100/100 for over three months in Japan, beating out high school of the elite with similar success to Danganronpa.
The show was also fairly uncontroversial! There were a few allegations against the creators about the age and appearance of the characters, but they never got anywhere so that wouldn’t be an issue for production.
When Will Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun Season 2 Be Released?
A Season 2 for Hanako-kun may or may not be in the works at the moment, and we’ll have to wait until Lerche finishes their current projects first. We can estimate an announcement in 2022, and a release of either late 2022 or mid-2023.
What Can We Expect In Season 2 Of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun?
Fans of the show and manga are eager to see the continuation of Hanako’kun’s backstory, and the answer to the final mysteries of Nene’s spiritual attunement. Season 2 will wrap up all ends, and hopefully, conclude the story in Number 7’s final mystery run with the pair of friends.