Citrus, a renowned yuri anime series, meaning “girls’ love,” made its debut in 2018. Based on Saburouta’s manga, both written and illustrated by him, it was brought to life by the esteemed Passione studio. Citrus was skillfully directed by Naoyuki Tatsuwa and Takeo Takahashi, known for their work on the acclaimed anime, Dakaichi.
The first season, which aired from January 6, 2018, to March 24, 2018, on Tokyo MX, AT-X, SUN, and BS Fuji channels, garnered considerable attention. Thanks to the licensing by Crunchyroll and Funimation, the anime gained global popularity. Fans eagerly await news of a second season. Is there hope for another installment of Citrus?
As of now, neither Studio Passione, manga publisher Ichijinsha, nor any affiliated entity has officially announced the renewal of the anime for a second season. Nevertheless, there has been no cancellation either.
While it is common for anime to receive subsequent seasons, the timing can vary, sometimes taking up to 5-6 years. The possibilities for a new season and its potential air date can only be speculated upon, with factors such as the original source, popularity, and sales being crucial considerations.
Despite various unofficial release dates circulating, the actual release date for Citrus Season 2 remains unverified. Producers often decide the number of seasons during the initial production phase, and a second season may only be considered if the first exceeds expectations.
Fans may be disappointed to learn that Studio Passione has not yet greenlit a second season for Citrus. However, it’s worth noting that fan demand can sway studio decisions.
Regarding source material, Season 1 concluded with the fourth volume of the manga series, leaving ample content for a potential second season. The original manga, consisting of ten volumes, also has a spin-off called Citrus Plus, created by Saburouta in November 2019. With this wealth of source material, fans remain optimistic about the possibility of a second season.
Nevertheless, producing anime adaptations can be financially demanding, and studios take calculated risks based on potential returns. Exceptional fan demand can be a compelling motivator for taking that chance.
The plot of Citrus revolves around the intriguing yet somewhat controversial romance between Mei and Yuzu, two girls who fall in love while attending an all-girls school. Initially strangers, they later discover they are step-sisters. The potential Season 2 could delve into their complex relationship and romantic entanglements as they navigate their emotions and sexuality.
As for the manga, it concluded in August 2018 after ten volumes. Although the anime closely followed the manga in its first season, no further manga volumes have been published since its completion, which may impact promotional efforts.
Sales figures, particularly disc sales, play a crucial role in anime revenue. Citrus saw a decline in disc sales during the winter season of 2018, falling short of expectations. While its ranking on Myanimelist is considered above average for anime released in 2018, the shift in viewer behavior towards streaming platforms has impacted Blu-Ray sales.
At present, there is no confirmed schedule for Citrus Season 2. Studio Passione’s focus may be on advertising to support the manga industry. Nonetheless, with a dedicated viewership and abundant source material, hope remains for a future season of Citrus.