Anime likely needs to wait for more manga content

Vermeil in Gold season 2 looks likely ahead of today’s finale, but the anime will need plenty more manga source material before its renewal.

The 2022 Summer anime slate has, for the most part, felt like a rather boring season in comparison to both the Spring line-up and the highly-anticipated Fall schedule.

This week, a whole host of anime series will reach their respective finales, the first of which being Vermeil in Gold: A Desperate Magician Barges Into the Magical World Alongside the Strongest Calamity – shortened here to simply Vermeil in Gold.

Ahead of the season 1 finale, Vermeil in Gold season 2 has yet to be officially confirmed with the anime likely needing to wait for more manga source material before continuing production.

Vermeil in Gold episode 12: Release date and time

Vermeil in Gold episode 12, the season 1 finale, is scheduled to premiere via the HiDive streaming platform on Tuesday, September 20th.

As confirmed by the anime series’ official streaming page, episode 12 “All Together” will release from the following international times:

  • Pacific Time – 7 AM
  • Eastern Time – 10 AM
  • British Time – 3 PM
  • European Time – 4 PM
  • India Time – 7:30 PM
  • Philippine Time – 10 PM
  • Australia Central Time – 11:30 PM

“I will never leave you alone again. With his oath to Vermeil in mind, Alto confronts Lolite together with the resurrected Vermeil. Lolite despises the devil’s power as an abomination and tries to use it. However, it is neither the devil nor the evil that Alto gazes upon. His thoughts become a force, creating a torrent of intense magical power ……!” – Vermeil in Gold, episode 12 preview, via website.

Vermeil in Gold season 2: Renewal status

As previously noted, Vermeil in Gold has not yet been publicly renewed for season 2 by either Sentai Filmworks or the associated distribution partners.

However, fans should not be too distressed by the lack of official news so far, as the anime will likely need plenty of time for the original manga to release new volumes before production can start.

As revealed by AnimeGeek, Vermeil in Gold episode 12 is set to adapt up until volume 5 chapter 17 of Kota Amana’s original manga series. Unfortunately, as of September 2022, only six total volumes of the manga have been released in Japan – the series is still awaiting an English launch.

This means that, under the assumption that Sentai Filmworks will not create an original plot for season 2, the anime needs to wait until around 4 more manga volumes have been published.

Based on the current release schedule for Vermeil in Gold manga volumes, there might not be enough source material to start producing season 2 of the anime until at least the end of 2023, if not early-2024.

As noted by AnimeGeek, “Since new manga chapters are released on a monthly basis there probably won’t be enough source material completed until early 2024 (and that assumes the newer story arcs reach a good stopping point by then).”

Whilst Vermeil in Gold has indeed been one of the more talked-about anime of the 2022 Summer broadcasting slate, its international ratings have certainly left more to be desired. At the time of writing, the series is scoring a 6.9/10 on IMDB, 68% on Anilist, 3.6/5 on Anime Planet and a 7.01/10 on MyAnimeList.

“Personally, I would watch it as a good anime for the season, but not one that stands out. Check it out if you run out of animes for these magic school genres and don’t mind those types of MC. For the most part, it’s a fair show that I can see some people giving 7s or 5s or 4s if they don’t like these over-saturated types of animes!” – User review, via MAL.

Whilst these scores are indeed disappointing, they are by no means a death sentence for the chances of season – especially since Vermeil in Gold takes a notable turn for the better by episode 10.

Couple this with Vermeil in Gold being a HiDive exclusive, which has shown impressive gains in the anime streaming market over recent months, there is a good chance that the anime does indeed return for season 2.

As previously noted, the anime likely needs to wait for plenty more manga content before production on Vermeil in Gold season 2 can begin. In all likelihood, if the anime is indeed renewed for a second fan-serviced adventure as expected, fans will be waiting until 2024 before its planned release date is revealed.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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