RE-MAIN is an original anime series animated by MAPPA, directed by Kiyoshi Matsuda, and written by Masafumi Nishida, who is also the chief director. The original character designs are provided by Aori Fujika, while Shiho Tanaka adapts the designs for animation. The music was composed by Kana Utatane. The series premiered on July 4, 2021 on TV Asahi’s NUMAnimation block. The first season premiered only recently and in this article, we are going to tell you whether you can expect a second season of RE-MAIN anytime soon.
The second season of RE-MAIN still hasn’t been confirmed or canceled yet. The first season aired only last year and with RE-MAIN being an original anime series, the future is quite uncertain because we don’t know whether there’s more material to work on. Having said all of this, RE-MAIN was a popular and talked-about series, and based on all the known facts, a second season is not impossible. We just don’t know when it could happen.
The rest of this article will bring you all the known and unknown information related to a potential season 2 of RE-MAIN. You’re going to find out about its potential release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this exciting anime series whose future is still somewhat uncertain.
Will RE-MAIN Season 2 happen?
The series was announced in March 2021. It is animated by studio MAPPA and directed by Kiyoshi Matsuda with Masafumi Nishida serving as head writer and director. Aori Fujika handled the original character designs, while Shiho Tanaka adapted Aori’s designs for animation. Kana Utatane composed the music for the series.
The series aired from July 4, 2021 to October 3, 2021 on TV Asahi in the NUMAnimation time slot. The series is also simulcast in in the United States via Crunchyroll. Enhypen performed the opening credits titled “Forget Me No”t, while Shugo Nakamura performed the ending credits titled “Kowareta Sekai no Byōshin was”. What does this tell us? Not much, really. The series was fairly popular, but this information – and that is all we have – doesn’t tell us much about the future of the show, which is a bummer.
As you can see, the future of the RE-MAIN anime is quite uncertain, but not because there’s no interest. The series was fairly popular and we’ll just have to see whether there is enough interest for a continuation to make any proper predictions about the potential continuation of the series. The first season received solid reviews, but we simply don’t know enough to make any predictions on the show’s future.
In any case, the earliest we could see a potential second season is late 2023, but we’d have to get some confirmation on the future during 2022 or easily 2023; 2024 is also a strong possibility. The fans are demanding a new season, but we’ll just have to see how it goes; as far as things stand now, a cancelation has not been confirmed, but we cannot rule it out either.
What could be the plot of RE-MAIN Season 2?
At this moment, we have absolutely no idea about the content of a potential second season o RE-MAIN. Why? Well, as we’ve said, RE-MAIN is an original anime series and is, thus, not based on any pre-published material. This means that the only source of the story is the anime series, so we don’t have anything to work with. This is why we can only bring you a recap of the first season to, roughly, prepare you for what you could expect from a potential second season.
In middle school, Minato Kiyomizu made it to the state championships with his school’s water polo club. Together they were able to win the championship, became known nationwide, and were traded as the new hope of the sport. But after the game, Minato is badly injured in an accident caused by his mother and is in a coma for over 200 days.
When he finally wakes up, he’s lost all memories of his three years of middle school and water polo – he’s like a sixth grader again, and at first, he thinks he is one. After rehabilitation, he is supposed to go to high school, even if it is still difficult for him after everything he has forgotten. Then he meets Eitarō Oka, who knows him from the middle school water polo club and wants to motivate him to play water polo again.
Jō Jōjima, head of the water polo club at Minato’s new school, also wants to win over the supposed genius. Minato strictly refuses because he has forgotten everything and does not trust his previous achievements. At a neighboring middle school, he happens to meet Chinu Kawakubo. The girl is now a nationally known water polo player and kisses him unexpectedly.
This was the prize for a bet that Minato won by winning the national championship. She also tells him another bet they made: if Minato wins again in high school, they’ll go out or he’ll have to pay her big bucks. Since he can never find that much money, Minato joins the club. However, he makes it clear that they should not expect his previous skills from him.
Also joining the club are daredevil Takekazu Ejiri and sports newbies Yutaka Babayaro Inomata and Yoshiharu Ushimado. Since Jōjima was alone at the beginning, together with Eitarō they are still one short to participate in games. So they strive together for Shūgo Amihama, who was a successful swimmer. But he vehemently refuses.
It’s only when Minato is visited by his old middle school buddies that Amihama agrees – because among the buddies was his older brother Riku Momosaki, whom Amihama has always emulated and whom he really wants to beat at a sport. With Momosaki still looking up to Minato, whom he saw as his rival in middle school, Amihama now wants to use the club to catch up with his brother with Minato’s help.
In training, however, it turns out that Minato has actually lost all his talent and skills. The seven lost their first test match against a primary school team by a huge margin. Even if this plunges him into a personal crisis at first, Minato then realizes that he has only earned everything through hard training and that he can repeat it – with the help of his old records.
In these, however, he also discovers another side to himself: selfish and inconsiderate towards other players. When he digs deeper, Eitarō also confirms that the former Minato has hurt many of his classmates. And Chinu also reveals to him that she actually hated Minato. Because he drove her brother out of water polo with his behavior. The second bet that made Minato join the club was only made up to get revenge.
While Minato is happy and grateful to be playing water polo again, these revelations suddenly bring back his old memories. Confused and overwhelmed, he gets into an accident with his bicycle and is injured again in the head. After that he has all his memories from middle school back, but he can’t remember the last year at the new club.
His personality is also as selfish and ruthless as it was in middle school. Minato is now rejecting the new club – he sees himself again as the national champion he is in his last memories. But he can’t go back to the old team from back then because he lacks the training and the others are much more advanced in terms of sport.
However, his old coach still holds Minato in high esteem, which hurts Momosaki as the new star of the team, who has long wanted to replace his rival in the coach’s favor. It also becomes clear that it was the coach who made Minato selfish and ruthless in middle school so that he could become the ace of the team.
So Minato initially alienates his new friends and his family, who now, especially his mother, blame themselves. And Chinu, who was happy about the changed Minato and now experiences the egoist she hates again. But then he finds a video recording of himself from the forgotten year, in which his new club is presented to him and he is asked to continue with it and instead of relying on the joint effort of everyone.
Reluctantly at first, Minato agrees to his forgotten self’s request and heads back to the club. He has to admit that he is not as good an athlete as he used to be and has to work with others. He gives everyone at the club a tailored training program and himself a particularly tough one to get back to where he was before. He soon realizes that the others, while not as trained and experienced, show a lot of dedication.
When the local tournament then takes place, they first compete against the neighboring school, against whose elementary school team they lost in the test match. While the others, usually the last ones at the championships, finally expect a win, they are narrowly beaten in the end because Minato thinks about team play. Eventually, they face off against Minato’s old team, who are invincibly stronger.
But shortly before the end, they can at least score a single goal, because Minato Ushimado, as the weakest but also unmarked player, gives the ball to the shot on goal.