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Saga Of Tanya The Evil Season 2 Cast, Director, Possible Plotlines And More Details

At this point, isekai heroes have been reincarnated as pretty much everything. Long gone are the days where heroes in anime like "Re:Zero" and "Kono Suba" simply enter into the new world with the bodies they already had. If your isekai protagonist doesn't reincarnate as a slime, a spider, or something vastly different from the person they once were, then you might be behind the curve. In this regard, "Saga of Tanya the Evil" doesn't disappoint.

Though not as drastic as becoming a slime in a fantasy world, the protagonist of "Saga of Tanya the Evil" finds himself reincarnated in the body of a little girl in an alternate version of WWI Imperial Germany. Once a cutthroat atheist businessman, the one who would become Tanya earns a second shot at life (after being murdered by one of the people he fired) simply for talking back to a being who claims to be God. He comes back as a little blonde girl living on an alternate Earth where magic is real, and Tanya's innate magical affinity and natural remorselessness quickly earns her a command position in the Imperial Army, even as a child.

The culture shock and disparity between Tanya's appearance, environment, and ruthless mannerisms make this 2017 anime (based on the original Japanese web novel by author Carlo Zen) a compelling concept from its beginning. However, Tanya's saga had seemingly come to a halt — until fairly recently. With no new content since the anime's 2019 movie sequel, fans of "Saga of Tanya the Evil" weren't just hungry for more, they were starving. Thankfully, nourishment is on the horizon as the show is finally receiving its long awaited second season. Here is what we know so far about Season 2.

When will Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2 be released?

Right up until its announcement in June 2021, fans of "Saga of Tanya the Evil" weren't sure if they would ever see another episode of this dark isekai again. The anime's first season wrapped up way back in 2017, and, by the time the Season 2 teaser dropped, it had been two long years since the follow-up movie, which takes place after the events of Season 1. In June 2021, Kadokawa (publisher of the "Saga of Tanya the Evil" manga adaptation and a producer on the 2019 movie) released the first teaser for Season 2 on its YouTube channel, announcing the forthcoming production and confirming that the story of Tanya is set to continue.

Unfortunately, the trailer — which contains no footage and consists only of Lieutenant General Hans von Zettour having a one-sided conversation about the current state of the Empire — doesn't offer any release date, only confirming that "Season 2 is now aggressively in production." Fans were hopeful that it would release at some point in 2022, but that was probably wishful thinking considering the scale of the series and the average production cycle for anime. So when can we expect to see the second season?

While there's nothing concrete yet in terms of a release date, it's likely that "Saga of Tanya the Evil" Season 2 will drop at some point in 2024, at least in Japan. Fans who prefer to watch dubbed versions will have to wait even longer. However, given the popularity of the series and the fact that Crunchyroll has licenced it, there shouldn't be a huge wait for the dub. Expect to see Tanya back in action by the Winter 2025 season at the latest.

What is the plot of Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2?

The end of the 2019 movie sees Tanya secure a transfer away from the front line so she can conduct research into combined arms tactics. She's pleased about this to begin with, but, in a move she doesn't see coming, Hans von Zettour informs her that she is to be given control of the 8th Kampfgruppe (a unit known as Salamander that combines tanks, artillery, and infantry) so she can put her research to the test. Of course, this is actually orchestrated by Being X, who is still determined to make the staunchly atheist Tanya into a true believer. This all ties in to the mounting conflict alluded to in the Season 2 trailer.

As the trailer's voiceover explains, the Empire's warlike ways have earned them enemies on all sides. The world fears them, and so conflict is brewing once more. However, according to Zettour, there's a plan to "rectify the mistake," and that is to dispose of a single officer. This officer, we can assume, is none other than Tanya, but it's impossible to know that for sure until we learn more about Season 2.

What we do know for sure is that the first season of the anime is based on the first three volumes of the light novel, and the 2019 movie takes its cues from Volume 4. It stands to reason that Season 2 will pick up the story from there. In Volume 5, winter is just around the corner and the higher-ups in the Empire can't decide whether they should launch an attack or hunker down until the worst of the weather passes. Tanya's Salamander unit is given an unenviable mission that will determine the Empire's path and, perhaps, the fate of the entire war.

Who is starring in Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2?

It's been confirmed that the cast who brought Tanya Degurechaff and everyone in her world to life in Season 1 will be back for Season 2 of the anime. The titular character is portrayed by Aoi Yuuki in the Japanese-language original and by Monica Rial in the English dub, respectively.

Renowned for her great range, Yuuki is best known for her stellar work in the critically acclaimed films "A Silent Voice" and "Your Name," though she has also been involved in a number of big series, most notably "Pokémon" (she played Iris, one of Ash's traveling companions during his time in the Unova region, in over a hundred episodes of the long-running show) and "My Hero Academia." Veteran dub actor Monica Rial is also known for "My Hero Academia." In fact, she voices the same character as Yuuki, the frog-like hero Tsuyu Asui. The Houston native is most famous for voicing Bulma in the "Dragon Ball" franchise.

Visha, the deuteragonist of the story, is voiced by Saori Hayami in the original. She has over 250 acting credits to her name, plying her trade on everything from "Your Lie in April" to "Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train." She's best known for voicing Himawari Uzumaki (the daughter of Naruto Uzumaki) in "Boruto: Naruto Next Generations." The English version of Visha is voiced by Jeannie Tirado, who is no stranger to anime but has also done plenty of video games and even Disney movies — she voiced Principal Arroyo in 2020's "Soul."

Tanya's nemesis Mary Sioux is voiced by Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna from "Sword Art Online") in the original and Tia Ballard (Happy from "Fairy Tail") in the dub. The knowledgeable and rational Zettour is played by Houchuu Ootsuka (Jiraiya in "Naruto: Shippuden") and Mark Stoddard (Inspector Joseph Meguire in "Detective Conan").

Who is directing Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2?

Along with the voice cast, the creative team is also returning for the second season of "Saga of Tanya the Evil." This will no doubt be music to the ears of fans, as director Yutaka Uemura did such a good job helming the first season of the anime and the 2019 film.

Uemura made his directorial debut in 2011 with the supernatural detective anime "The Mystic Archives of Dantalian," which follows a noble named Lord Hugh Anthony Disward who begins unraveling mysteries after inheriting his grandfather's manor. As part of the inheritance deal, Hugh becomes the guardian of a girl named Dalian, who believes that Hugh's grandfather was murdered by a rival. Working on this series gave him Uemura a headstart when he took charge of "Saga of Tanya the Evil."

"'The Mystic Archives of Dantalian' is also set during the early 20th Century, so I had a solid foundation to build on and already knew quite a few things about Europe during that time period," Uemura told Crunchyroll at Germany's AnimagiC convention in 2019. "Something that is rather noteworthy about 'Tanya' is that the reality of war is portrayed with a lot of detail. Therefore, I wanted to convey these details to the viewer as realistic as possible — even if it is a fantasy world in the end."

After "The Mystic Archives of Dantalian," Uemura took charge of an anime series called "Punch Line," directing all 12 episodes of the superhero-themed show. His only other directorial credit came in 2018 when he helmed an episode of "FLCL Alternative," the third season of the "FLCL" series. He directed the second episode, entitled "Grown-Up Wannabe." The season is perhaps best known for its catchy outro song "Star Overhead" by The Pillows, which was nominated for best ending at the 2019 Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

Where to watch Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 1 and the follow-up film

"Saga of Tanya the Evil" (known as "The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl," or "Youjo Senki," in Japan) aired on Japanese TV in weekly episodic fashion from January to March 2017. Crunchyroll, the anime streaming subscription service aimed at English-speakers in North America, acquired the rights to the series and serves as the exclusive domestic distributor of "Saga of Tanya the Evil" Season 1. As of 2023, all 12 episodes from Season 1 are still available to view on the service. Interested viewers can watch episodes of the anime in its original Japanese with English subtitles or select dubbed versions in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, or English. Crunchyroll also hosts the 2019 follow-up film, "Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie," accessible in an English version and with Spanish or Portuguese dubs.

The anime series and the film are just a small part of the "Saga of Tanya the Evil" universe: Fans can also delve into the 12 light novel volumes, upon which the anime is based. At the time of this writing, the first 11 volumes have been released in English by Yen Press, with Volume 12 set to drop in May 2023. If manga is more your thing, then you're in luck – an adaptation with art by the talented Chika Toujou (best known for their work on "The Revenge of the Soul Eater" and "Code Geass: Oz the Reflection") began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's "Comp Ace" magazine in 2016. There are currently 26 volumes, 18 of which have been released in English. A translated version of Volume 19 is due for release in April 2023.