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The Battle of Awaji Island in Summer 2022

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Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island
The Orient Season 2 anime TV series will begin adapting the longest story arc in the Orient manga series thus far. Pic credit: Studio A.C.G.T.

The Orient Season 2 release date is confirmed for July 11, 2022, the Summer 2022 anime season.

The second season is officially titled Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island.

The announcement was made by the Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island trailer PV that was released on June 8, 2022.

On May 18, 2022, another Orient Season 2 trailer was released. It introduces the members of Tatsuomi Uesugi’s band of warriors and showcases fresh footage teasing the Awajishima Battle arc.

Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island trailer.

The number of episodes has not been announced yet. However, it’s possible that Orient Season 2 could be multiple cours since the Awaji Island story arc is the longest in the Orient manga series (please see the manga comparison section below for more details).

Orient The Battle of Awaji Island
This key visual for Orient Season 2 was released on April 21, 2022. Pic credit: Studio A.C.G.T.

There will be multiple additional Japanese voice actors added to the Orient Season 2 cast. Orient Episode 12 introduced new characters Tatsuomi Uesugi (Tomoaki Maeno), Kanetatsu Naoe (Natsuki Hanae), Masayuki Amakasu (Yoshiki Nakajima), Akihiro Shimazu (Koki Uchiyama), and Katsumi Amako (Gakuto Kajiwara).

Many of the voice cast will be performing at an Orient Celebration Day 2022 Summer Event at 2:30 PM JST (1:30 AM EST) on June 19, 2022. Considering the timing of the special event, it’s likely that the final details about the Orient Season 2 release date will be announced that day.

Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island
This key visual for Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island was released during Anime Japan 2022 on March 26, 2022. Pic credit: Studio A.C.G.T.

The announcement on the official website also specifically lists the new Orient episodes as being the second cour in the anime TV series. Thus, Orient Season 2 might be officially considered to be Orient Part 2 as part of the split-cour first season.

What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month TV broadcasting block based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.

A “split-cour” is where a single anime season takes a multi-month break before resuming TV broadcasting.

Orient Part 2 announcement
Orient manga Shinobu Ohtaka released this special art to celebrate the announcement of Orient Season 2. Pic credit: Shinobu Ohtaka

The Orient anime is being animated by Japanese animation Studio A.C.G.T. (Animation & Computer Graphic Technology). The company is best known for collaborating with Studio J.C. Staff on the 2019 anime A Certain Scientific Accelerator. As for anime projects where A.C.G.T. was the lead studio, they produced the 2004 Initial D Fourth Stage, the 2011 Freezing anime, and the 2017 Dies Irae anime.

Presumably, considering the short turnaround time, the main staff will return for producing Orient Season 2.

Key Visuals from Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island.
Musashi and Michiru from Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island. This key visual for Orient Season 2 was released on May 18, 2022. Pic credit: Studio A.C.G.T.

The anime project is being helmed by director Tetsuya Yanagisawa. Writer Mariko Kunisawa is handling the scripts.

Artist Takahiro Kishida is the character designer. Composer Hideyuki Fukasawa wrote the music.

The Orient Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.

For the first season/cour, the Orient OP “Break Out” was performed by Da-ice, while the Orient ED “Naniiro” was performed by Wataru Hatano.

The Orient OP trailer.

There was a slight delay to the Orient Episode 11 release date due to news media coverage of an earthquake on March 16, 2022.

Thus, Orient Episode 11 was released back-to-back with the first season’s finale, Orient Episode 12, on March 23, 2022.

  • Updated May 18, 2022: Added Orient Season 2 trailer and key visual.
  • Updated April 21, 2022: Added 2nd Orient Season 2 anime key visual and special event info.
  • Updated March 26, 2022: Added Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island key visual.

This article provides everything known about Orient Season 2 (Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island, Orient Part 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.

Crunchyroll Orient Season 2 English dub release date predictions

The first season of the Orient anime was streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll outside of Asia during the Winter 2022 anime season (not Netflix, FUNimation, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video).

On February 15, 2022, Crunchyroll confirmed that an Orient dub will be released in English. The anime will also be dubbed in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.

  • Musashi: A.J. Beckles
  • Kojiro Kanemaki: Stephen Fu
  • Tsugumi Hattori: Emi Lo

Crunchyroll’s Orient English dub release date was on February 23, 2022.

Presumably, an Orient Season 2 English dub will be announced in the future. Most likely the dub will premiere in August 2022.

Orient manga compared to the anime

The story for the anime is based on the Orient manga by creator Shinobu Ohtaka. She is best known for one of her previous works, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.

Serialized since May 2018, the Orient manga was up to Volume 15 as of March 9, 2022. The manga series was originally serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine but switched to Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on February 9, 2021.

North American publisher Kodansha USA is handling the official Orient manga’s English translation. The digital release first started in April 2020, whereas the print volumes began releasing in January 2021. As of June 7, 2022, the print edition will be up to Volume 9, whereas the digital edition is already up to Volume 11.

The pacing of the anime adaptation was not bad since it adapted an average of 3.5 manga chapters per episode.

Orient V6
The Orient Season 2 anime will pick up the story again in manga Volume 6. Pic credit: Shinobu Ohtaka

All in all, the ending of the first season, Orient Episode 12: Where This Road Leads, found a stopping point corresponding to Volume 5: Chapter 42.

It’s the best stopping point since the next story arc, the Awaji Island Recapture Operation Arc, is the longest in the manga series thus.

The good news is that there is plenty of source material for making Orient Season 2. It’s possible the second season could adapt all 73 chapters of the Awaji Island story arc with two cours, but it’s also possible this story arc won’t be finished until Orient Season 3. The latter option wouldn’t be surprising since the anime adaptation is quickly catching up with the manga.

English-only manga readers can read ahead of the anime by jumping straight to Orient Volume 6.

Orient: The Battle of Awaji Island anime TV spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)

The Green Demon God, among the five strongest in the Land of the Setting Sun, has made Awaji Island its nest. The captain of the Uesugi Band of Samurai has gathered his allies to launch a large-scale attack.

Lucky for them, Musashi and his friends arrive at his base in Harima. Now they must take part in the battle to reclaim Awaji Island while competing with other Bands of Samurai to obtain the Union under Heaven!

Unfortunately, anime fans will have to wait until the Orient Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!

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