When One Punch Man Season 2 finally comes out, the anime may look and feel a little differently than it did in its first season.
Via Anime News Network, the official website for the anime adaptation of the ONE and Yuusuke Murata manga reported on Monday that One Punch Man had undergone major behind-the-scenes changes for Season 2: Animation studio Madhouse — responsible for anime like Death Note and Perfect Blue — would not be returning to animate the second season of One Punch Man. Instead, J.C. Staff (Food Wars!, Toradora!) are taking the animation reigns this time around.
On top of that, Season 1 director Shingo Natsume will be replaced by Chikara Sakurai.
Fans are eager for any news regarding the second season of the anime, which follows an insanely powerful hero who’s able to dispatch most foes with a single punch. But for many, the idea of much of the creative talent that made Season 1 so special not coming back for Season 2 is disappointing. Plus, according to a tweet from Yonkou Productions on Monday, having Natsume on board for Season 1 was at least part of why the first season looked so good, as the director was able to attract a lot of talent.
However, it’s not like J.C. Staff or Sakurai don’t know what they’re doing, and One Punch Man’s second season could still turn out just as exceptional as the first. But with Season 2’s release date still unknown, who knows when we’ll get to see the effects of these behind-the-scenes changes onscreen.
Frustratingly, we still don’t know when One Punch Man will return.