The animation quality of the 10th and 11th episodes of Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2 has been criticized by fans, with many blaming the studio’s outsourcing practices as the main reason for the decline in quality.
Fans noted that the animation quality of the first nine episodes of Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2 was pretty good. However, there has been a noticeable difference in quality come the tenth episode, with inconsistencies in character design and sometimes poorly drawn characters and settings being broadcast.
“It’s hard to watch because the drawings are so bad to the point that all the effort from last week’s broadcast until now has been wasted, and every time I re-watch it, I wonder why they gave the OK for these drawings,” a fan tweeted.
“It’s a pity that the drawing of the Valentine’s story (an important episode) leading up to this episode was so bad, but I’m enjoying the last episode with the two main characters,” another fan said.
The scene where Komi holds up her notebook to say good morning and other instances from the anime too has come under criticism.
“I’m not the only one who noticed a huge drop in [animation] quality in moments since the 10th episode of the second season of Komi-san, am I? One example is when Komi actually looked like Kaiba Seto in a wig. In addition, [Komi] shows a message in her notebook and in the next shot the notebook is closed,” a fan pointed out.
The 10th and the 11th episode of the anime had multiple such instances of poor anime quality.
“The animation was a bit shaky towards the end, but the overall quality of the animation was very high, and it was a lot of fun,” one fan wrote.
Another fan was almost in tears after watching the poor animation quality of the second season of Komi-san anime.
The main reason for the decline in animation quality was cited to be the poor outsourcing practices adopted by OLM studio. Fans noted that main animators including Asami Hayakawa , Akane Hirota and Akane Ogawa were not listed from the 10th episode of Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2.
Instead, Yeon-Ju Baek , Hyeon-Ju Song , Weifeng Du , Liang Chen , Xulong Wei and Won-Ha Jo, were listed as animators for 10th and 11th episode, indicating that OLM studio has outsourced the work.
Komi Can’t Communicate is a manga written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine since May 2016. The manga’s chapters have been collected in twenty-five tankobon volumes as of April 2022.
An anime adaptation by OLM aired from October to December 2021, with 12 episodes. A second season premiered in April 2022. The anime series is licensed by Netflix for worldwide streaming. The manga has also received a live action adaptation which aired the same year as Season 1 of the anime.
As of December 2021, the Komi Can’t Communicate manga had over 6 million copies in circulation. In 2022, the manga won the 67th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shonen category.