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Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia has announced on Monday that there will be a schedule change on the premiere of Kemono Friends 2.

The upcoming anime is now scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, January 15, airing every Tuesdays at 02:35am (01:35am JKT/BKK), within two hours after the initial Japanese telecast.

The new premiere date is a week later from the previously scheduled date.

Crunchyroll, who will stream the upcoming series outside Asia, had listed the premiere date on January 14 (U.S. Pacific Standard Time), which caused some confusion to its followers.

A post on the online discussion board Reddit explains that a special program, titled “Episode #0”, will be aired in Japan on Tuesday instead.


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The Animal Girls of Kemono Friends are back for an all-new season. Embark on a fun-filled adventure in Japari Park!! (Synopsis from ANIPLUS Asia)

Kemono Friends is a Japanese media franchise created by Mine Yoshizaki, who also created the popular comedy manga Sgt. Keroro.

The project began as a now-defunct mobile game developed by Nexon, which ran from March 2015 to December 2016. The game, ironically, closed down before the first anime series premiered in January 2017.

Since the airing of the first series, the franchise has since expanded to stage plays, new mobile games and several music albums released, as well as different collaborations with brands and zoos in Japan.

ANIPLUS Asia previously aired the first anime series in July 2017.


The upcoming series will be directed by Ryuichi Kimura, who previously worked on the idol series Aikatsu!, while Penguin no Mondai scriptwriter Takuya Matsumoto will handle the series composition.

Tomason, the anime studio that produced the anime series Folktales from Japan, will produce the new series.

The Japanese voice cast will be lead by Yuka Ozaki as “Serval”, Riko Koike as “Caracal”, and Yui Ishikawa as “Kyururu”.


ANIPLUS Asia is available in the Philippines on SKYcable Channel 139 (Metro Manila, CAMANAVA, Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna), GSat Channel 66 in High-definition (Nationwide), and in selected provincial cable providers around the country.

For more details on the channel, please visit aniplus-asia.com.