While I haven’t watched it on a strictly weekly basis, one series from the fall 2021 anime season that I enjoyed peeking in on every once in a while was Komi Can’t Communicate. I have every intention of finishing it and now I have even more motivation because, at the close of the twelfth and final episode on December 22nd, Netflix revealed via Twitter that the adorable comedy will get a second season in April 2022. We were even given a special promotional video to mark the occasion.
It was also confirmed that the series would return to Netflix in April, though there’s no confirmation yet on if the series will run weekly like it did in October.
Beginning its serialization in Weekly Shonen Sunday in May 2016, Komi Can’t Communicate has been earning fans left and right over the last few years with sales of the series reaching over five million copies of the first 20 manga volumes in circulation around the world. Created by Tomohito Oda, the series is up to 23 volumes in Japan as of October 2021, while the English version being released by Viz Media is up to sixteen volumes as of December 2021.
In the series, the main character is a high school student named Hitohito Tadano who discovers that the stoic school beauty, Shouko Komi, isn’t stoic because she’s cool but because she has a crippling case of social anxiety and can’t speak in front of others. Tadano decides to help her reach her goal of making 100 friends by the time they graduate.
As much as I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of Komi Can’t Communicate so far, I do have certain concerns. Much like another series about a girl who has social anxiety, Watamote, I feel concerned Komi Can’t Communicate won’t progress the primary story fast enough and I will grow bored with it. As previously mentioned, the series is up to 23 volumes in Japan and that’s a lot of volumes dedicated to getting over social anxiety. We shall see how this goes for sure.
Source: Crunchyroll News