Mieruko-chan’s Season 1 finale left fans excited for a potential second season. Here’s what keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Mieruko-chan was a long-anticipated anime for Winter 2022 and received much praise for its adaptation.
Finishing with a solid score of 7.5 on MyAnimeList, this supernatural slice-of-life horror comedy has charmed audiences with scary apparitions and hilarious predicaments featuring the ghost-seeing protagonist Miko and the blissfully unaware ghost-attracting Hanna.
One day, Miko suddenly finds herself seeing terrifying apparitions 24/7 and spends her entire day-to-day life ignoring the fact. This changes when others, such as the younger student Yulia and the fortune teller shop owner Mitsue, also take notice. The final episodes of Season 1 wrap up the emotional story arc of Miko’s substitute teacher Zen, but many questions still await answering in a prospective Season 2.
When Miko first meets the mysterious Zen, she sees a horde of cat spirits trailing behind him. She assumes he is the one who killed them all and refuses to give him the lost cat she and Hanna had found. Toward the end of Season 1, Zen suddenly shows up as Miko and Hanna’s substitute teacher while their regular teacher is on maternity leave. Episode 11 revealed that Zen’s abusive deceased mother is responsible for the cat spirits and is haunting him as well.
Using her third and final chance of protection, Miko invokes the Shrine spirits to get rid of the spirit of Zen’s mother so he may live in peace. Episode 12 of Mieruko-chan shows Zen adopting the cat he saved, which he previously could not do because of the guilt of his past. He also seeks vengeance on the mysterious animal abuser running rampant in their town, whose missing poster is shown being put up on a wall.
As the Season 1 finale draws to a close, the fortune teller shop owner Mitsue is shown receiving a photograph of Miko and Hanna from an anonymous sender. Not a lot has been shown of Mitsue, or Grandmother, as she has retreated from her shop in favor of the countryside, but this short appearance will surely have fans looking forward to her return in Season 2.
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Mieruko-Chan Wins Girl of the Year at 8th Anime Trending Awards
Miko Yotsuya from the horror-comedy Mieruko-Chan has won Girl of the Year for the 8th Anime Trending Awards. Her ATA win caps off her incredible run from the Fall 2021 season, which saw her at the top of Anime Trending’s Female Character Charts for seven consecutive weeks – the second longest winning streak for any female characters, just behind Shirayuki (Snow White with the Red Hair) with nine weeks, and tied with Karen Kohiruimaki (Sword Art Online GGO Alternative).
Miko Yotsuya is voiced by Sora Amamiya, who also won this year’s Best Voice Acting Performance by a Female Seiyuu. Additionally, Mieruko-chan won the award for Best Supernatural Anime of the Year and was nominated for Anime of the Year. The show also scored a nomination for Opening Theme Song of the Year with “Mienai kara ne?” also performed by Amamiya.
Anime Creators Thank Their Fans After 8th Anime Trending Awards Wins
The 8th Annual Anime Trending Awards have come and gone, celebrating an enormous year in anime. Each season had a diverse selection of outstanding and entertaining anime that kept us engaged throughout 2022. At this year’s Anime Trending Awards, many fans let their voices and opinions be known by picking the best of the best.
Fruits Basket: The Final Season snagged Anime of the Year honors and Josee, the Tiger and the Fish was awarded Anime Movie of the Year. Shin Nozen from 86 EIGHTY SIX won Boy of the Year while Mieruko from Mieruko-chan braved her way into winning Girl of the Year.
Now that the dust has settled, we hope to continue supporting every anime creators’ works through 2022. We’re also very honored and excited to let you know that the fantastic creators have reached out and offered their thoughts on their respective award wins.
The Final Season Wins Anime of the Year At 8th Anime Trending Awards
The dramatic conclusion to the Fruits Basket reboot series previously won Anime of the Season in Spring 2021. During that spring season, Fruits Basket: The Final Season placed sixth and eighth in the first two weeks of the Anime of the Week charts. It would then take over the first-place slot three times throughout the season.
During the 8th Anime Trending Awards, the anime was also nominated in the following categories: Slice of Life, Supernatural, Romance, Drama, Best in Voice Cast, and Best in Adapted Screenplay. Additionally, its protagonist Tohru Honda was nominated for Girl of the Year, but lost out to Mieruko from horror comedy series Mieruko-chan.
Fruits Basket: The Final Season ran for 13 episodes from April 6, 2021 to June 29, 2021. The anime adapted the final story arcs of Natsuki Takaya’s original manga series, which was published from July 1998 to November 2006.