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Disney+ Renews Japanese Psychothriller ‘Gannibal’ for Second Season

Starring Yuya Yagira, the first season of the hit mystery horror show became Disney’s most-watched local original ever in Japan.


‘Gannibal’ Courtesy of Disney+

More is in store for fans of Disney+’s first Japanese horror-thriller series, Gannibal. The House of Mouse revealed Thursday that the hit Japanese original has been renewed for a second season, dropping a teaser trailer that offers a peak at what’s to come (see it below).

The first season of Gannibal was a pillar title for Disney+’s push into Japanese live-action series production. Following its release in December 2022, it became the streaming service’s most-watched locally produced original series in Japan ever. Gannibal‘s star, Yuya Yagira, also earned a best actor nomination at the Busan International Film Festival’s upcoming Asia Contents Awards & Global OTT Awards.

Starring some of the biggest names in the Japanese screen industry, Gannibal‘s second season will see the return of Yagira as police officer Daigo Agawa; Show Kasamatsu as Keisuke Goto, the head of the Goto family; and Riho Yoshioka as Yuki Agawa, Daigo’s strong and supportive wife.

Set in a fictional Japanese village, season one of Gannibal followed recently relocated police officer Daigo as he arrived at his new job and home as a broken man. Wrestling with his guilt over an event that traumatized his daughter, things started off promisingly for the new village police officer before a series of alarming events quickly led Daigo to the horrifying realization that something was deeply wrong with the local villagers and the mysterious Goto family who seem to run the town. Thrown into a hostile environment with suspense around every corner, season one took audiences on an emotional rollercoaster before leaving them on a heart-stopping cliffhanger.

Season two will again be directed by Shinzo Katayama, with each episode written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Takamasa Oe (Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car) and produced by Teruhisa Yamamoto (Drive My Car‘s Oscar-nomiated producer). The show is based on a popular Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masaaki Ninomiya.

According to Disney, in season two, “audiences will get to uncover more of the village’s horrifying secrets and discover if Daigo has what it takes to escape the impossible and bring the nefarious Goto family to justice.”

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