Anime fans love asking for second seasons, and who could blame them? If the first season was good, surely the second season would have to be just as good! But not with these anime. These second seasons totally failed to live up to expectations.
1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Oh boy, KyoAni really trolled the Haruhi fanbase with the second season. They just had to take The Endless Eight literally, meaning that they remade the same episode eight different times for eight weeks.
The silly thing is that only the last loop of the arc is in the light novel, making KyoAni’s decision even the more frustrating. It will forever be a sore spot for the anime adaptation.
2. Eureka Seven AO
Fans waited six long years for Bones to deliver a new season of Eureka Seven, despite the first season having a near perfect ending. Not wanting to disappoint fans, Bones created AO…which totally disappointed fans.
The character driven story of the first season was thrown away for a standard shounen mecha, which is not something Eureka Seven fans wanted. However, try watching AO as an alternate telling, and it turns into an okay show.
3. Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor
Bones strikes again! Instead of answering the questions that remained after the first season, or even giving us an origin story for Hei, we got this mess.
Suou fails to be half as interesting as Hei, which is a bad sign for a new main character. There is also forced comedy, a talking squirrel, a drunken Hei as a side character, and even more unanswered questions. It’s almost like Bones wanted to create a new show and decided to use Darker than Black‘s name only for marketing purposes.
4. Black Butler II
Let’s ignore everything that happened during the first season and try to retcon that ending. And then there is Trancy. Let’s not talk about Trancy.
At least Book of Circus ignores Black Butler II, and you should too.
5. Love, Chunibyo, & Other Delusions: Heart Throb
Nothing Happens: The Anime.
6. Log Horizon 2nd Series
The biggest problem with the second season is that the story feels like it’s running in place, with no clear goal to progress towards.
Studio Deen tried to do too much by making the second season 25 episodes, and had to pad out the story to fit since not there was not enough light novel content to work with. Log Horizon 2nd Series would have worked so much better as a 12 episode season.
What anime did you think had second seasons that failed to live up to expectations?