Although the official Twitter account "@Dendro_hj' is dedicated to the franchise of Infinite Dendrogramis actually run by one of the publishers of Hobbies Japan, publisher that publishes the original light novels, so it usually releases updates unrelated to the franchise. That was the most recent case with Isekai wa smartphone to Tomo ni (In another world with my smartphone), a franchise that has been unnoticed on the rise with new book releases and that suddenly, five years later, has announced a sequel to its anime adaptation.
The announcement left most skeptics speechless, but the publisher in question also had something to say about it. Given the Isekai wa smartphone to Tomo ni also published by Hobbies Japanthe editor assured that it performed better abroad than in Japan:
«"Isekai wa smartphone to Tomo ni". Congratulations on the second season of the anime. In fact, "Isesuma (the abbreviation of the title)" experienced explosive growth overseas (especially in English-speaking countries) after the anime aired, and the English edition is likely to outsell the Japanese edition of the anime novel» wrote the editors.
He later added that this had nothing to do with the show getting a second season: "I should add that this has been misunderstood, so I'm just saying that the light novel is selling very well abroad, and that has nothing to do with a second anime season being decided». Of course, the most important thing for production decisions would be the numbers achieved in streaming. But isn't it a bit illogical to think that book sales have nothing to do with visual performance, after all we're talking about the same franchise.
Fuyuhara started publishing the novels on the website Shousetsuka ni Narou in 2013. The publisher Hobbies Japan began its paper publication with illustrations by Eiji Usatsuka in 2015. Soto's manga adaptation is published in the magazine Comp. Ass from the publisher Kadokawa since November 2016. The play inspired a twelve episode anime adaptation produced by Studios production reedsLed by Takeyuki Yanase and scripts written by Natsuko Takahashipremiered in July 2017. A second season is in production.
Summary for Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni
15-year-old student Touya Mochizuki is accidentally killed by God Himself. As an excuse, God allows himself to be resurrected in a new fantasy world with whatever benefit he wills. Touya then asks to bring his smartphone to the new world, which God accepts and also modifies so that although Touya cannot communicate with his old world, he can charge it with magic and give it functions such as information from the new world and some other are applications. God also enhances Touya's physical, magical, and cognitive abilities as part of his apology for killing him. Touya takes full advantage of his new life, makes new friends, and begins to travel from country to country, solving political conflicts, solving side quests, and mostly just enjoying life.
© 冬原パトラ (著), 兎塚エイジ (イラスト) / HOBBYJAPAN ホビージャパン