Komi Can’t Communicate dropped in Fall 2021 to much acclaim, being the adaptation of the highly regarded manga of the same name by Tomohito Oda. Seeing the silent Komi-san brought to life in the anime adaptation prompted a second season by studio OLM to continue the story. The first season saw us follow Hitohito Tadano as he met the silent, titular Shouko Komi in high school. Komi-san struggles with Comyushou (Communication Disorder), a form of severe social anxiety that prevents her from uttering even a single word sometimes, prompting Tadano to help her on her journey to make 100 friends.
A Little Help From Your Friends
The first season of Komi Can’t Communicate saw Tadano and Komi make many friends across their high school despite Komi’s communication problems. These friends from the first season laid the groundwork for Komi’s circle to expand in season two, with even wackier and weirder characters being introduced. Through the help of Tadano and Najimi, Komi continues her journey to make more friends in her class.
Season two expands on the existing cast of characters with a few new introductions, like the menacing-looking Majoto Katai, who has been too anxious to attend school, suffering from the same sort of condition as Komi but coming off as a scary delinquent due to his size and dyed blonde hair. Katai strives to make friends on his first day, eventually mustering up the courage to talk to Tadano, and a sweet yet silent bromance blooms between the two. Another fascinating introduction this season is the blue-haired Shisuto Naruse with his massive narcissistic ego giving himself main-character syndrome as he tries to confess his feelings to Komi-san.
A Touch More Romance
At heart, Komi Can’t Communicate is a romance anime, despite the first season focusing on the comedic side of Komi’s high school life. The relationship between Komi and Tadano flourishes in this season, with the first instance being their bonding during a Christmas party with classmates at the Komi household, which doubles up as her birthday. Our main characters get to sit beside each other and share a tender moment that makes the heart flutter.
However, the pièce de résistance comes with Valentine’s Day and the Japanese reciprocal holiday of White Day. Komi-san makes chocolates for her classmates, and the anticipation of the day gets to Tadano as he watches everyone around him get chocolate, but Komi can’t work up the courage to give him any yet. So instead, she finally musters up the courage and gives Tadano chocolate at his house, making his day, and all fan’s hearts melt.
Komi-san has returned to our screens and leaped straight back into our hearts, with an even wider eccentric cast and enough romance to satisfy any fan. This anime feels genuine while covering heavier topics like social anxiety and loneliness, but bounces back at us with hilarious dialogue and heartwarming romance as our main characters finally start to acknowledge their own feelings.
So what did you think of Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2? Did it live up to expectations, or were you hoping for something more? Let us know in the comments!