‘Komi Can’t Communicate‘ is a slice-of-life anime based on the comedy manga of the same name created by Tomohito Oda and published by Shogakukan Inc. The show is directed by Ayumu Watanabe and Kazuki Kawagoe for the Japanese animation studio OLM. The second season consists of twelve episodes and is streamed on Netflix for North America.
The shy and socially awkward high schooler Shoko Komi (Aoi Koga) has gained many friends since getting to know classmate Hitohito Tadano (Gakuto Kajiwara). These include the troll Najimi Osana (Rie Murakawa), the obsessive Ren (Rina Hidaka), gamer Nakanaka (Rumi Okubo), and nervous-wreck Agari (Yukiyo Fujii). This new year presents new challenges, including an overnight school trip, Valentine’s Day, White Day, and Todano coming over to her house for the first time. Though the greatest challenge is that as the freshman year comes to an end when she and Todano start to develop feelings for each other.
As stated in my review of season one, I will diverge from my normal routine of discussing the dubbed version as Netflix has chosen to use it to promote woke ideology.
This season felt like a transition from a slice-of-life show about a girl with social anxiety into a coming-of-age show. Don’t get me wrong, it was no less humorous. Whereas the first season focused on Komi dealing with her strange popularity and making individual friends, this one focused on putting Komi into unusual situations outside of her school and neighborhood. I liked how they gave Ren and Nakanaka a competition for Komi’s “affection,” which provided some hilarious moments.
The only criticism I have was the introduction of new characters. I think it was too soon for the number of friends they introduced, though it did make for some funny moments.
As for the show overall, it was calm, chill, and fun to watch as the characters grow. I was glad because other than Ren being annoying, the show definitely built on Komi’s progress from the previous season. We also get to see Todano grow as he visits Komi’s home for the first time and meets her intimidating father. These moments, plus the overnight trip out of town, were funny, enduring, and a blast.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Action violence, Some foul language
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