Record of Ragnarok season 2 throws down in 2023 with new teaser trailer

Record of Ragnarok season 2 has just been confirmed to release via Netflix in 2023 with a brutal new teaser trailer going viral online.

Every few weeks, Netflix continues to pump out new and exciting anime series for millions of fans around the world to enjoy.

However, not many shows have had the action sequences and higher stakes than Record of Ragnarok, Graphinica’s hit adaptation of Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui’s iconic manga series.

Season 1 ended with a tease of the fourth match in the Gods vs Humanity tournament between Jack The Ripper and Hercules, almost immediately fans began clambering for the second season.

Thankfully, Netflix has just confirmed that Record of Ragnarok season 2 will return in 2023 with a brutal new trailer going viral on YouTube – here’s everything you need to know.

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A second brutal round is on the way

A few months after the series premiere, it was announced on August 18th, 2021, that the hit Record of Ragnarok anime would be returning for a second season.

As part of the renewal announcement, a special illustration from character designer Masaki Sato was shared online, featuring some of the fantastic characters to throw down in season 1.

In response to the renewal, director Masao Okubo described season 2 as “A fierce battle in the heavenly realm between Hanzoku (Chinese characters), born out of pre-existing relationships and conflicts!”

“Confrontation in the night streets of London. The battle of wills between men in the ring, etc. Friendship and trust born in battle. The feelings of the friends who watch over them. There’s plenty to see in this edition. The entire staff is working hard to create a film that everyone will enjoy.” – Masao Okubo, via ragnarok-official.

Whilst news of the renewal was welcomed, the vast majority of fans were expecting such a confirmation following the conclusion of the first broadcast in 2021. Despite some rather underwhelming ratings of 6.2/10 on IMDB, 65% on Anilist and 3.5/5 on Anime Planet, the series certainly made an impression on fans.

On MyAnimeList for example, Record of Ragnarok only managed a 6.63/10 rating, but with over 113,000 reviews and almost 200,000 members, the series was obviously popular enough to merit a second season.

“It’s an anime made to show incredible fights. Its story is different, although it doesn’t present any kind of complexity, it’s direct and it does what it promises. The art and animation are decent, although they slack from time to time, it also has moments where they get amazing… The characters are interesting and endearing, since they start from existing characters and make small changes to them can achieve a great construction, although, of course, they lack originality.” – User Juank000, via MAL.

Then we have source material, i.e., the availability of more source material from the original light novel series that the production team can utilise. Per AnimeGeek, episode 12 corresponded to the end of manga volume 5; however, there are a total of 15 complete Tankobon volumes currently available in Japan.

If the anime maintains the same pace of episode-chapter adaptations, there is potentially enough source material from the manga for three Netflix seasons.

However, we are now getting ahead of ourselves – when will Record of Ragnarok season 2 release for online streaming?

Record of Ragnarok season 2 release confirmed for 2023

Last week, Warner Bros Japan revealed, via Anime News Network, that Record of Ragnarok season 2 would premiere in 2023.

Today, July 2nd, Netflix officially confirmed in a new trailer as part of the 2022 Anime Expo event that the streaming platform will be showcasing season 2 of the anime series on platforms around the world in 2023.

Sadly, a more specific release window was not revealed, but fans can expect the series to return in Summer next year, with season 1 having originally made its domestic debut on June 17th.

However, there are some major changes coming to Record of Ragnarok in season 2, most notably the production team. The studio which animated season 1, Graphinica, will be joined by Yumeta Company to help co-produce the series; they are best known for producing Muv-Luv Alternative (2021-22), My Sweet Tyrant (2018) and Cue (2022).

“During the first season, it was my first time working with Director Okubo. I think we were exploring each other’s ideas as we created the work. But now that we are in the second season, we have a better understanding of how the director wants the pictures to be created. We are making adjustments to realise the director’s particular points. I hope you will pay attention to the overall atmosphere and action on the screen in the second season. – Producer Urushiyama, via ragnarok-official.

The voice cast for season 2 has not yet been publicly confirmed, but fans can expect many of the artists to reprise their roles from the first broadcast.

There are also plenty more heroes left to represent humanity on his cosmic-level battlefield, including:

  • Jack the Ripper – An infamous British serial killer from the 19th century.
  • Raiden Tameemon – The highest-rated Japanese sumo wrestler from the 19th century.
  • Buddha – The founder of Buddhism, known as “The Enlightened One”.
  • Qin Shi Huang – The founder of the Qin Dynasty and the first emperor to unify China.
  • Souji Okita – A famous captain of the Shinsengumi a special police force from 19th century Japan.
  • Michel de Nostredame – A French astrologer, physician and reputed oracle from the 16th century.
  • Simo Häyhä – A Finnish sniper and war veteran from the 20th century, widely considered to be one of the deadliest marksman in history.
  • Leonidas I – The infamous Spartan King who fought at the Battle of Thermopylae.
  • Nikola Tesla – A Serbian-American inventor from the 20th century.
  • Grigori Rasputin – A Russian mystic, political advisor and self-proclaimed holy man from the early 20th century.
  • Sakata Kintoki – A Japanese folk hero from the Heian period.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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