The preferred streaming service for popular anime programs like One Piece, Naruto, Jujutsu Kaisen, and many more is Crunchyroll. Despite being one of the most popular anime streaming services, Crunchyroll has recently dabbled in creating original anime series for the site. Thankfully, blockbusters like Tower of God and In/Spectre kept the momentum going and opened the door for new stories.

The popular supernatural romance series In/Spectre, which debuted on Crunchyroll in 2020, has now been renewed for a second season, which will premiere on January 8, 2023. The ideal time to review key plot points from Season 1 is now, as this anime is one of the most anticipated of the Winter 2023 season.

Season 1 Ended on a Huge Cliffhanger.

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Kotoko Iwanaga, the Goddess of Wisdom, claims she fell in love with Kuro Sakuragawa when she saved his life. Despite Kuro having a girlfriend, Kotoko keeps track of him for two years until eventually, the duo gets sucked into solving supernatural cases involving yokai and other monsters.

Though the continuous time jumps caused audiences difficulty in hanging on to the story, the series follows Steel Lady Nanase, a wandering ghost of a deceased teen idol. Kotoko, Kuro, and Kuro's ex-girlfriend Saki find themselves in numerous unsolved cases, but everything comes back to Nanase and the mystery surrounding her true nature.


It is later revealed that Nanase was created by Kuro's cousin Rikka, who, like Kuro, consumed yokai flesh to become immortal. But now she wants to become human again, and to do that, she has to create a being powerful enough to carry out her wish.

Even though Kotoko and Kuro defeat Nanase once and for all, they still can't get rid of Rikka, and it's revealed that she will return again to instigate revenge. However, it's unclear whether she's immortal or human again. It's also unknown what her next moves will be.

Will the second season of In/Spectre go more into Kuro's backstory?

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It is revealed during the events of Season 1 that Kuro's family has been experimenting with eating yokai meat for generations. They wished to achieve immortality, but failed until Kuro's grandmother fed him and his siblings the meat. Unfortunately, he's the only survivor aside from his cousin Rikka who was initially confirmed to be dead.

It's still unclear what makes Kuro so special, and why the deadly combination worked for him. There's still much to discover about his past as well as Kotoko's. Could Kuro's family be involved in something more sinister than simply creating someone who can predict the future and never die? These are the burning questions that fans expect Season 2 to answer.


What kind of relationship have Kuro and Kotoko?

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Kuro admits that Kotoko is his girlfriend, but his feelings seem platonic in the beginning. The more the duo worked together to solve supernatural mysteries, the more Kuro started to feel for the Goddess of Wisdom. Kuro finally broke things off with Saki, meaning that Kotoko is likely endgame.

An official art released for the show's second season announcement hints that a wedding is on the way, but Season 1 hasn't done enough to accelerate things towards something that assertive. Since In/Spectre is known for frequent time jumps, viewers could be served with a surprise matrimonial ceremony or something of the sort.

The official art shows Kuro in a state of shock as he carries Kotoko in a white dress, who obviously seems over the moon. All in all, the fans will have to wait a few more weeks to find out if love truly blossomed or not. Though In/Spectre fell a little short of delivering what was promised, it's safe to assume that the show will bring back the core element of gory fights and intriguing mysteries alongside the romance element.