How Not to Summon a Demon Lord (also known as Isekai Maō to Shōkan Shōjo no Dorei Majutsu in Japanese) is a fantasy anime television series which is based on a light novel series of the same name. Written by Yukiya Murasaki and illustrated by Takahiro Tsurusaki, the light novel series was first published for December 2, 2014, and new volumes are being published to this day. In 2015, a manga adaptation with art by Naoto Fukuda was released, and this series, too, is still being published.
Over the years, both the novel series and the manga series gained quite some popularity, and consequently, a Japanese anime studio called Ajia-do Animation Works announced plans to adapt the source material into an anime television series. Subsequently, Season 1 of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord premiered on July 5, 2018, and it was a hit among fans of the source material and new viewers alike. Since then, fans have been waiting to hear news on a second season, and here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord season 1, consisting of 12 episodes, released on July 5, 2018 and ran till September 20 of the same year. Season 1 only adapted a few volumes of the source material, so there’s more than enough material for a second season.
It was recently confirmed on the official website of the anime that ‘How Not to Summon a Demon Lord’ Season 2 is scheduled to release sometime in 2021. Here’s a tweet that officially announces its production decision:
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord English Dub:
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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Plot:
Like many anime shows, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord has a plot which blurs the line between reality and virtual reality.
The events in the show mostly take place in the virtual world of a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) called Cross Reverie, where no one can match the power of the Demon King Diablo. With the game’s rarest and most powerful items in his possession, and an unmatched player level, Diablo slaughters all players who dare to cross paths with him. However, behind the fearsome game avatar of Diablo is a socially awkward boy named Takuma Sakamoto, who is a shut-in gamer who only cares about his virtual avatar. Devoid of social skills and friends, Takuma spends much of his time in the virtual world.
However, Takuma’s world comes crashing down when one day a summoning spell physically transports him into the world of Cross Reverie, where he wakes up with the Demon King Diablo’s appearance and powers. As soon as Takuma is transported to the world, he is greeted by his summoners – a petite Pantherian adventurer named Rem Galeu, and a voluptuous Elf summoner named Shera L. Greenwood. This first meeting, however, is not a pleasant one, and Rem and Shera try to subjugate Diablo using an Enslavement Ritual. Unfortunately for them, the ritual fails, and makes Rem and Shera the slaves of Diablo. This leaves Diablo in a fix, and he finds the situation to be extremely awkward.
Thus, the trio embark on a quest to find magic powerful enough to break the spell. Throughout this quest, Diablo has to adjust to his new life and new powers in a world where the fantastical and the real are exactly the same.
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Characters:
While the show has dozens of characters, there are only three main characters in it. Below, we’ve provided you with a brief description of each of the main characters in the show.
[WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD]
Takuma Sakamoto: The main protagonist of the show, Takuma spends most of his time in the virtual world of Cross Reverie as the Demon King Diablo. However, when he is transported to the world for real, he has to experience life through the eyes of his in-game avatar, the all-powerful Demon King Diablo, who is a demon with black eyes, silver hair, and a thick pair of horns stretching out from above his ears. Prior to being transported into the game world, Takuma had achieved everything achievable in the game – his character, Diablo, was capped at the highest player, had mastered all forms of elemental magic, and had all the rarest and most powerful artifacts in the game, making him pretty much unbeatable.
When Takuma gets transported into the game world, he finds himself in the shoes of Diablo, but with his real-life, otaku personality intact. Thus, he has to find a way to overcome his social awkwardness, and over the course of the show, he evolves from just another awkward otaku to a Casanova of sorts. As far as the other aspects of his personality are concerned, Takuma is shown to be a kind and generous person who is more than happy to help those who are in genuine need of help.
Rem Galleu: One of the two girls who summons Takuma into the game, Rem is a petite Parthenian adventurer. Interestingly, it is revealed that Rem’s body is the vessel of the Demon Lord Krebskulm, and in the event of her death, Krebskulm would be set free into the world of Cross Reverie. This, of course, is a massive risk, but Rem rolls with it anyway. After Takuma / Diablo is summoned into the game world, Rem develops feelings for him early on.
Shera L. Greenwood: The second summoner involved in bringing Takuma into the game world, Shera is an Elf summoner who is distinguishable for being extremely voluptuous, which is uncommon among elves. Although she appears to be an airhead, Shera is pretty smart where it matters and can learn new schools of magic really fast.
Edelgard: She is a Fallen (Demonic Being) who rides a dragon-like creature. She commands the army that attacked the city of Faltra and is the superior of Gregore, but is defeated with the rest of the demonic beings by the supreme magic of Diablo.
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