Dark Gathering Season 2 Release Date, Plot, Cast, Latest News and More

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Season of Dark Gathering.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dark Gathering is a recent Supernatural Horror anime that has garnered a loyal fanbase due to its gritty dark tone.
  • The anime follows Gentouga Keitarou, a university student who can see ghosts, and Yayoi, who can control spirits, as they encounter supernatural phenomena.
  • While there are no official announcements for Dark Gathering Season 2/Dark Gathering Season 1 part 2, the ongoing manga provides ample content for future seasons.
  • OLM, the animation studio responsible for popular series like Pokémon will most likely handle the production, ensuring a quality anime adaptation.
  • Expectations for Part 2 of Season 1 are based on manga chapters, with the next season likely following the start of a new arc. Although not confirmed, a similar release pattern suggests Part 2 could arrive in early 2024.

Dark Gathering is a recent Supernatural Horror anime that came out in 2023. The series follows Keitarou, a university student who has the ability to see ghosts.

Although not very popular, the gritty dark tone of the show has gathered a rather loyal fanbase in a very short time.

In this article, we’ll talk about everything we know about Dark Gathering anime, new episodes of the ongoing series, and potential news for the next season of Dark Gathering.

Dark Gathering Season 2 Release Date

Dark Gathering Eiko Houzuki beautiful smile at night

As of now, there are no announcements for Season 2 but based on the ongoing manga, there should be enough content available to produce a second season in the future.

The show started airing on July 10, 2023, and has released 11 episodes so far. A total of 25 episodes have been scheduled but it was announced that it’ll be divided into two parts. Season 1 Part 1 will end at episode 12 and the remaining 13 episodes will be considered as Part 2.

Which animation studio is producing Dark Gathering?

Dark Gathering is being animated by OLM. A studio that has been active since 1994 and has produced popular shows like Pokémon and Komi Can’t Communicate.

The show is backed by reputed producers and licensors like Pony Canyon (producers for Attack on Titan, Violet Evergarden) and Sentai Filmworks (licensors for No Game No Life, Haikyuu!!).

If there are no changes, the fans can expect a steady and quality production of Season 1 and also a timely announcement and production of Season 2.

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The Plot of Dark Gathering

Dark Gathering Keitarou Gentouga riding a bike with Yayoi Houzuki, looking up

Gentouga Keitarou is a university student who has the ability to see and attract ghosts. But due to a mishap in his childhood, Keitarou and his childhood friend, Eiko get cursed. 

Keitarou happens to meet Yayoi (Eiko’s younger cousin) who is a child prodigy and a master of occult. She can not only sense ghosts but also enslaves them and uses them to fight other ghosts.

Yayoi, who is looking for her deceased mother’s lost soul, promises to help lift off their curses if they help her visit haunted spots.

What happens in Dark Gathering Season 1

Keitarou Gentouga walking to school with his classmate

Season 1 starts with a look into Keitarou’s past. The traumatic supernatural events of his childhood had drifted him away from society. But now that he is joining the university again, he wants to socialize again. He gets a new tutoring job through which he meets Yayoi.

Together they manage to hunt down a few ghosts but this brings back Keitarou’s fear and he is hesitant to visit haunted places anymore. He doesn’t want his abilities to cause any more harm to others.

But, when Yayoi and Eiko are in danger, Keitarou swifts to their rescue. This leads to Yayoi and Keitarou making a promise to help each other out. Initially, Eiko seems as a mere middleman between Yayoi and Keitarou but it is revealed that she was the one who secretly planned their meeting.

This also reveals her obsession and love for Keitarou and they end up confessing it to each other. But Keitarou is unaware of Eiko’s obsession. 

Dark Gathering Ai Kamiyo waving

The group later meets Kamiyo Ai, who is Keitarou’s new student. She is also surrounded by a supernatural presence but Yayoi and others manage to help her. But it is revealed that she is not targeted by a mere ghost but by a God.

The god claims Ai’s death will come in four years which confirms that Ai has a much bigger role to play in the story. It can be expected that we’ll see her regularly in the upcoming episodes.

After meeting the God, Yayoi realizes that the spiritual balance has altered which causes her dolls to kill each other. Yayoi then explains her plan to conquer evil spirits all over Japan. She wants to build a fighting force against the god.

In Episode 11, Keitarou and Yayoi visit H Castle Ruins which is considered one of the most haunted spots in Japan. They try to capture powerful ghosts called graduates so they use them against the divine being. But during their exploration of the ruins, they get separated.

Later, Keitarou finds Yayoi again but he finds her body hanging off a rope. Episode 12 will show us what exactly happened to Yayoi and if Keitarou will manage to leave the ruins alive

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About the Dark Gathering Manga

Dark Gathering Manga cover and fan art

The Dark Gathering manga is written by Kondou Kenichi. He started it back in March 2019. The manga is still ongoing and has 13 volumes covering 48 chapters. So far, the anime has covered 11 chapters from the manga.

There are no dates for the end of the manga, so it is expected that the manga will be ongoing for a while. Consequently, we can expect the anime adaptations of new seasons after the end of Season 1.

Expectations for Dark Gathering Part 2/Season 2

Dark Gathering Yayoi Houzuki with Eiko Houzuki

The Dark Gathering series has been announced to have two parts for its first season. Season 1 Part 1 is expected to end around Chapter 16 called “ Collection” While Part 2 is expected to cover chapters 17-33.

Chapter 33 marks the ending of an arc so it seems like a suitable spot for the season to end. Chapter 34 is called “ Visiting Kyoto ” and will start a new arc hence is probably where Season 2 will start.

There are no official announcements for either Part 2 or Season 2. Whatever it may end up being called, the next season can be expected to be announced in a couple of months as the manga covering the episodes is already there.

Dark Gathering’s Season 1 was released exactly seven months after its announcement so if we see a similar pattern for the coming seasons, we can expect Part 2 to be released around early 2024.

Dark Gatering Seson 1 Part 2 Trailer

As of now, there are no official trailers for the next season of Dark Gathering. We will update the article with the latest as soon as we have anything official.

Dark Gathering’s Cast

Dark Gathering anime cast

Dark Gathering’s casting is a mix of veteran and fresh voice actors. Each provides their skills to make the show enjoyable by giving life to the unique line of characters.

Following are some of the main characters and their voice actors : 

  • Houzuki Yayoi –
    • Voiced by – Sasahara Yuu
    • Notable Roles – Emilico from Shadows House, Namiki Rin from Kandagawa Jet Girls
  • Gentouga Keitarou –
    • Voiced by – Shimazaki Nobunaga
    • Notable Roles – Kaidou Shun from Saiki K., Souma Yuki from Fruits Basket
  • Houzuki Eiko –
    • Voiced by – Hanazawa Kana
    • Notable Roles – Tachibana Kanade from Angel Beats!, Shiina Mayuri from Steins;Gate
  • Kamiyo Ai –
    • Voiced by – Kawaguchi Rina
    • Notable Roles – Quan from Kizuna no Allele
  • God – Saiga Mitsuki
    • Voiced by – Saiga Mitsuki
    • Notable Roles – Koibuchi Kuranosuke from Kuragehime, Yelena from Attack on Titan

Dark Gathering is directed by reputed anime director, Hiroshi Ikehata who has also helped direct highly-rated shows like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Kill la Kill.

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The score is composed by Yamamoto Kohta, who has also worked for shows like Attack on Titan, Seven Deadly Sins, and Blue Exorcist.

Dark Gathering’s Anime Ratings

Following are the ratings for Dark Gathering across various anime databases: 

MyAnimeList: 7.3/10

AniList: 71/100

IMDb: 7.1/10

What can fans expect from Dark Gathering?

Dark Gathering Season 1 ending

Though Dark Gathering’s viewership is low, fan reviews on Muse Asia’s channel are overwhelmingly positive. Most fans are impressed by the unique approach the show has taken on horror and the progressing plot has them highly invested.

The show doesn’t drift too far away from the usual shonen tropes of action and comedy while also maintaining the horror atmosphere.

If you have not watched Dark Gathering yet, will your nerves let you join a creepy world of the supernatural? But if you have, do you really think Yayoi can win against a God?

Dark Gathering Poster Yayoi Houzuki, Eiko Houzuki, Keitarou Gentouga and Ai Kamiyo standing

How scary is Dark Gathering? 

Dark Gathering as a horror anime is unique as it does not focus on jumpscaring or frightening the viewers. Instead, it tries to creep out the viewers by going into great detail about the supernatural. The encounters with ghosts are not sudden but the narrative tries to slowly build the creepiness surrounding them. Most characters have a second side to them which adds to the vibe. But there are also comedic reliefs in the show which breaks the circle of creepiness and depression.

Is Dark Gathering worth watching?

Despite its unpopularity, Dark Gathering is a good anime. It has a good cast of characters who are both funny but also have their own dark pasts. The story itself is paced quite nicely which doesn’t make the anime feel sluggish. The supernatural aspect is full of mysteries which makes the viewer continue watching. It is surely an underrated series.

Will I enjoy Dark Gathering if I am not used to horror anime?

Dark Gathering can be enjoyable even for non-horror fans. It has ample scenes of action and the characters often interact in common anime tropes which are funny. There is also a slight presence of romance between two of the main characters. The anime also releases two versions of the same episode, if it has a highly disturbing scene. Episode 5 which has a hanging scene has two versions, the censored version omits the scene for the select group of viewers who rather not see it.

Where can I watch Dark Gathering?

Currently, Dark Gathering is available to watch for free on Muse Asia’s YouTube channel. New episodes are added regularly every week.

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