OSHI NO KO Season 2’s Impressive OP and ED Animations Released On YouTube

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The OSHI NO KO anime’s YouTube channel has made available the opening and ending animations of the second season, which made its premiere on July 3 JST.

The opening animation, storyboarded and directed by Ryohei Takeshita (director of Jellyfish Can’t Swim in the Night, Pokémon: Paldean Winds, Eromanga Sensei), has quite a bit going on in it. Whether it’s Aqua and Ruby removing their faces — as if they were masks — to reveal their past lives’ appearances, moments of psychological horror-like imagery, the spectre of Ai dancing on stage in front of her children and acquaintances, or simply a very characterfully animated cut of Ruby doing a bouncy dance move in her idol outfit, the visual panoply and animation quality never let up throughout the opening’s 90-second duration.

In contrast, the Ruby-centric ending animation is much less busy and frantic, but no less impressive. Presented in a widescreen format, it contains mesmerizing animation and imagery, including shots of Ruby dancing alone as ink-like color spills into the background. The storyboard artist and director is Naoya Nakayama (“Idol” music video and Season 1 ending director et al.), who is also credited as the sole key animator and 3DCG artist. 

OSHI NO KO Season 2’s opening song is “Fatal” by GEMN while the ending song is “Burning” by Hitsujibungaku.

OSHI NO KO is based on the manga written by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and drawn by Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish). The source material began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump in 2020 and has 14 tankoubon volumes as of April 2024. Season 1 of the anime aired in the Spring 2023 anime season and ran for 11 episodes.

Yen Press describes the manga as:

Gorou is a gynecologist and idol fan who’s in shock after his favorite star, Ai, announces an impromptu hiatus. Little does Gorou realize that he’s about to forge a bond with her that defies all common sense! Lies are an idol’s greatest weapon in this outrageous manga from Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and Mengo Yokoyari (Scum’s Wish). 

HIDIVE and Bilibili are streaming OSHI NO KO Season 2.

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Staff (reprising role from Season 1 unless stated otherwise)

• Director: Daisuke Hiramaki 
• Series composer: Jin Tanaka 
• Character designer and chief animation director: Kanna Hirayama
• Sub-character designer: Shun Sawai (Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie co-main animator) as sub-character designer
• Sub-character designer: Satomi Watanabe (Season 1 co-costume designer)
• Sub-character designer: Honoka Yokoyama (Season 1 co-main animator)
• Action animator: Amoji (Season 1 key animator)
• Main animator: Asami Hayakawa 
• Main animator: Kimiaki Mizuno
• Main animator: Ayaka Muroga
• Chief animation director: Satomi Watanabe (Season 1 co-costume designer)

• Chief animation director: Honoka Yokoyama (Season 1 co-main animator)
• Chief animation director: Haruka Inade (Season 1 animation director)
• Chief animation director: Yuta Kevin Kenmotsu (Protocol: Rain sub-character designer)
• Color designer: Kei Ishiguro
• Compositing director: Takafumi Kuwano (Shikimori’s Not Just A Cutie)
• Art director: Studio Easter’s Tetsuya Usami 
• Music composer: Takuro Iga
• Animation production: Doga Kobo

Cast

• Takeo Otsuka as Aqua
• Yurie Igoma as Ruby
• Megumi Han as Arima Kana
• Manaka Iwami as Akane Kurokawa
• Rumi Okubo as MEMcho


Source: OSHI NO KO anime YouTube channel

Melvyn is one of Anime Trending's main news writers. Aside from anime, he can sometimes be found writing about Japanese/anime-related video games, VTubers, manga, and light novels. Occasionally, he'll put out a review or listicle too. Every anime season, he looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese.
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