How often have you rushed back home after a tiring day at school, left your shoes at the doorstep, tucked your shirt out and started eating without washing yourself up? You might answer, very frequently, until the pandemic hit us. But what if one day you come back home, not to your parents asking ‘how was your day’ but instead to an empty house which is just a resonance with your empty soul? Sounds horrifying, right?
As we grow up and move out to study in colleges, our heart aches and we feel homesick. We want to be back to the familiar feeling where you have certainty about everything in life. But what if we told you there is an anime, that is an apartment drama that will fill your heart with laughter but seal your eyes with tears, all at once.
Japanese Manga converted anime has never failed to surprise us with all the different yet possible and relatable plots it puts across, and here is one show full of an adult in a child, yes we are talking about Kotaro Lives Alone.
And if you have watched it, you must be wondering whether we will get to see Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2. So, here’s everything we know so far about Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2.
Will there be Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2?
The finale of season 1 aired recently and fans have reacted to it with a heavy heart, just the feeling when a show gets over. However, there is no official confirmation whether we will get to see Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 or not. To be honest, the chances do exist as the story still has many open ends and a lot of other stories to complete. The story also needs to build on all the other characters or speak about a new angle altogether. That said, as of now, Netflix has given no official announcement about the renewal status, or even its cancelation, as it is, obviously, difficult to immediately renew a show just after its premiere.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Release Date
Even if Netflix renews the series, it won’t be available until early 2023 at best. Of course, the final decision is of the makers’ which depends on how things go after its renewal, if at all.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Expected Plot
The season ends at a very wholesome note, where we see that Kotaro is coming to terms with him actually not being abandoned and ‘lonely’ anymore. A probable Season 2 can follow a little more grown up Kotaro living with Shin Karino and maybe even being a parent to him.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 can be about how they have been bonding and they can spice it up with making Karino rich or fall in love, then we need to see how our Kotaro fights for attention. We can also newer challenges about growing up, the hassles in adopting him officially, the father coming back one fine day or they shifting to a new place altogether. Whatever it will be for sure a roller coaster of all our peak emotions.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2 Cast
We might see the below-mentioned cast members.
- Cherami Leigh will be our very own matured Kotaro.
- Michael Sinterniklaas is the broke Manga artist Shin Karino.
- Kayleigh McKee as Isamu Tamaru.
These are the central characters, we can expect more to join the cast based on the plot but for that, we will need to wait until an official announcement.
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 1 Recap
Kotaro is a 4-year-old boy who shifts into a new neighborhood, after being removed from his previous home, but alone. He is a topic of curiosity for all his neighbors, who are curious to know the story of this small boy with no innocence but a lot of insights about life. What is even sadder apart from Kotaro’s loneliness is that he used to eat tissue papers and plants as a way to cope with the neglect he faced. Truly, how sinister this world can be to such a small boy.
However, Kotaro soon becomes friends with his neighbor, a broke Manga artist named Karino. He develops a deep bond with Karino, along with feelings of love, and jealousy.
Whether it is about Kotaro demanding Karino’s attention when he was just being nice to Kotaro’s friends or making a pout and crying while letting it all out, their companionship is deeply moving.
Children are inspired by the shows they watch, for Kotaro, TV was a way to feel less lonely, that is when he developed his love for a show whose main character used ways to get through problems, a classic relatable childhood hero. He adopted his mechanisms as well. The ending was conclusive showing how he accepted Karino, and included him as family along with the other neighbors. And this journey of revelation in a young boy for all these people is a sight to behold.
How many episodes are there in Kotaro Lives Alone?
Kotaro Lives Alone Season 1 has 10 episodes that run for 26 to 28 minutes each.
How Japanese culture makes children independent:
Japan, just like its supersonic train, is always on the move and creating something new. And if you are a fan of anime, you might have noticed how one thing is common in all of these, no, we are not talking about the cute characters and the humble storylines with a deep meaning, but the fact that children are more responsible than any of the adults.
They are asked to run errands, handle cash, stay out on their own, cook for themselves, and clean the house. Take, for example, My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service. Remember, how Satsuki from My Neighbor Totoro knew how to handle her younger sister Mei. She tied her hair and took care of her just like a mother.
On the other hand, Kiki was responsible enough to help people and mature enough to decide on a career for herself, all this at a very young age. These are just a few instances of how the culture itself has it, to make kids independent, to help them manage things, learn and grow.
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If you liked Kotaro Lives Alone, you can watch School Babysitters, Barakamon, Stars Align, and Usagi Drop until you wait for Kotaro Lives Alone Season 2. These shows can be good starting points if you want to delve deep into the world of strong child protagonists with heavy stories.