Prima Doll's season 2 renewal status: Mixed reviews put a damper on the return

Prima Doll's season 2 renewal status: Mixed reviews put a damper on the return ...

What are the chances that the Prima Doll anime will be renewed for season 2 at Bibury Animation Studios before the series finale?

Another day in the last year of the summer broadcasting slate, another set of anime reach their respective season finales. One of the series to broadcast its final episode today is Prima Doll, the adorable science fiction series from Bibury Animation Studios.

Many are concerned about what Prima Doll will be renewed for a second broadcast as fans around the globe await the final episode of the series. Here's why.

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Prima Doll Episode 12: When Will It Be Released?

On Friday, September 23, the 12th episode of Prima Doll will be released across the world.

The season finale of HiDive has been titled "Let These Feelings Resound" and will air from the following international times:

  • Pacific Time – 9:30 AM
  • Eastern Time – 12: 30 PM
  • British Time – 5:30 PM
  • European Time – 6:30 PM
  • India Time – 10 PM
  • Philippine Time – 12:30 AM
  • Australia Central Time – 2 AM

“Ashikagura will not be driving because of the runaway mechanical dolls. Haisakura takes her own life and tries to stop all of the dolls in the imperial capital. The dolls of Kurokonekotei rush to her.” – Prima Doll Episode 12 Story, via official website.

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Season 2 of Prima Doll has been renewed.

Prima Doll, the anime's creator, has yet to be renewed publicly for a second season. Unfortunately, mixed reviews of the series' first season may derail the possibility of a second broadcast.

On the other hand, the anime's Prima Doll Encore web series, which the anime has loosely adapting, is still releasing new content periodically on the project's official website, meaning that there might be enough source material for a second anime season if Bibury decided to continue producing.

A spin-off web series called Prima Doll Interlude is already in development, as well as two manga series titled Prime Doll New Order and Prima Doll Welcome to Kuronekotei.

Prima Doll's international ratings have been bleak, but the series is currently scoring a poor 5.9/10 on IMDB, 3.3/5 on Anime Planet, and 62% on Anilist.

Prima Doll may suffer from a lack of recognition rather than a lack of popularity, but this remains a worrying aspect of the season 2 renewal status.

Prima Doll is gaining ground internationally with HiDive, which has acquired DanMachi, Call of the Night, and Made in Abyss.

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Fans can be assured that HiDive's interest in the anime will continue as the service expands — which might play a role in whether season 2 is produced or not.

We have Bibury Animation Studios themselves, who have previously produced the likes of The Quintessential Quintuplets season 2 and The Quintessential Quintuplets film.

Despite Prima Doll being nowhere near as popular as these titles, the series has surpassed Azur Lane and Black Rock Shooter in terms of MAL scores, indicating that the studio may see season 2 in a more positive light.

Bibury has two projects scheduled for 2023, Maho Shoko Magical Destroyers and Grisaia: Phantom Trigger the Animation, as of September 2022.

Fingers crossed that domestic reviews will be sufficient to balance against the mixed international response, and that Prima Doll Season 2 will be released in late 2023.

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