‘Blue Eye Samurai’ Renewed at Netflix for Season 2

The news comes just over a month after the series premiered to critical acclaim.

Kasey Moore What's on Netflix Avatar

blue eye samurai season 2 netflix

Blue Eye Samurai. Maya Erskine as Mizu in Blue Eye Samurai. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023

Blue Eye Samurai has been one of the year’s best surprises and will likely be ranked amongst the best series added to Netflix in 2023. Fans are already clamoring for a season 2, but will it get one? The answer is yes, according to a leaked post on Netflix’s TUDUM website and an early Tweet from Netflix Geeked. 

Created by Michael Green and Amber Noizumi, the beautifully crafted and animated series sees an outcast samurai living in Edo-era Japan out for revenge. The show features an all-star voice cast, including George Takei, Maya Erskine, and Masi Oka.

If you don’t have a Netflix subscription and want to check out the show – you can do so on YouTube, where the first episode is available for free.

Has Netflix renewed Blue Eye Samurai for a season 2?

Official Renewal Status: Renewed

When the show was initially ordered, it was only picked up for a single 10-episode season. As a result, the show had to jump through hoops that all Netflix shows have to get through to justify moving forward.

Typically, with animation titles, we see shows get renewed upfront for multiple seasons. That doesn’t appear to be the case here, with numerous people attached to the show encouraging fans to watch for a renewal.

Michael Green, in August 2022, wrote about how to get a show renewed at Netflix and retweeted it on November 11th for “no reason just cuz!!”:

“This will sound stupid (and it is) but if you are savoring a new show dropped on Netflix, if it’s all the same to you, please let the episodes play through right away so the completion is counted in a timeframe that is meaningful to the show’s success.

I love Netflix. Working there is a creative joy. I do believe this will change in time. But for the moment this is relevant.

You can’t save a show after it has been cancelled. You can get it renewed by watching it all the way, right away.”

Jason Scheier (a production designer on the show) echoed those sentiments on X on November 12th:

“… Netflix will not green-light season 2 until we watch the show all the way through. Help me repost and get the word out to watch Blue Eye Samurai!! You won’t be disappointed!! Also be sure to thumbs up on the app!”

blue eye samurai november 2023 release date

Picture: Netflix

These episode orders are frontloaded because of the length of time it takes to develop a show like this and how they’re put together behind the scenes. As a result, we do not always see renewals for animated shows that go beyond their initial orders.

There are plenty of exceptions, of course. Blood of Zeus is a great example that was given a two-season order after season 1. But in that case, we’ve had to wait three years for a new season to land. That’s a considerable wait, and viewership will undoubtedly suffer.

We’ll have more on the viewership in a second, but Michael Green noted that the ratings released on November 14th were “encouraging.”

On December 11th, Netflix Geeked and Netflix TUDUM posted early that the show had been renewed for a second season but quickly deleted the posts. You can find an archived version of the TUDUM post here. The post was titled: “Blue Eye Samurai Has a “Lot More Blood to Spill” in Season 2.”

In a statement to TUDUM, Michael Green said:

“We are thankful to our entire team and to our viewers from all over the world who have shown such passion for Mizu and her path of revenge. Mizu has a lot more blood to spill! We are deeply grateful to our incredible partners at Netflix for letting the journey continue.”

Blue Spirit will remain the animation studio going into the second season.

How well is Blue Eye Samurai Performing on Netflix?

Before we get into viewership, we should begin with the critical acclaim the series has picked up.

Those reviews are summarized by RottenTomatoes, where the show has a 100% score, with the critical consensus being as follows:

“Visually dazzling while paying deft attention to character, Blue Eye Samurai is a masterfully rendered animated adventure.”

At the time of updating in mid-December 2023, the show also ranks as the 73rd highest-rated title on IMDb of all time, with an 8.9 rating from 30k users.

Netflix has high hopes for the series when it comes to awards, too. As of November 2023, the series has been placed on Netflix’s For Your Consideration satellite site, a promotion site that pitches voters for events like the Emmys. The series is front and center at the top, next to the long-running series Big Mouth and The Dragon Prince.

Performance will no doubt be critical to renewal, however.

Let’s begin with Netflix’s own Top 10 data, where the show missed out on the first week of release but did feature in weeks 2 and 3 before dropping out on what would be the fourth week on the platform.

The show picked up 30.40 million hours watched between November 5th and November 19th:

Week Period Hours Viewed(M) Rank Week in Top 10
November 5th, 2023 to November 12th, 2023 18,100,000 6 1
November 12th, 2023 to November 19th, 2023 12,300,000 (-32%) 10 2

In our top 10 report for week 2, our resident numbers expert, Frederic, wasn’t particularly praising of its performance thus far but did conclude:

“Animated series have had a tough time charting in the Top 10 since 2021, bar a few significant exceptions, so the fact that it did for its second week is already a success. It was a very small success but a win nonetheless.”

blue eye samurai first full week cve viewership

We are moving onto FlixPatrol next, allowing us to dive deeper into the daily Netflix top 10s. There, the show peaked on day five and has been sliding ever since. The show has performed best in some Asian territories, such as India but has also done well in France and the United States.

flixpatrol data for blue eye samurai december 2023

Picture: FlixPatrol

Another metric we can use for external popularity is Google Trends. Let’s compare it to some of the other animated releases so far in 2023. We can see that it’s keeping pace with Castlevania: Nocturne and trouncing two canceled series, Agent Elvis and Captain Fall,  both of which were canceled.

google trends for agent elvis vs other netflix animated shows 1

Picture: Google Trends

What to Expect From Season 2 of Blue Eye Samurai

If you’re wondering whether the show has enough story to justify getting a second season and not looking for spoilers, we’ll say this. While the door is left open for more, season 1 as a package does tell a nice contained story.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the finale of season 1. 

The final episode, titled Great Fire of Meireki, named after the actual event of the Furisode Fire that destroyed up to 70% of the Japanese capital of Edo, ultimately sees Mizu hunting down Abijah Fowler but, surprisingly, decides to spare him because he’s the key on finding others.

Season 2 would see Mizu and Fowler’s journey to Europe, specifically London, to hunt down Skeffington and Routey. Will Fowler still be spared if Mizu finds them? That’ll be the crux of the next season.

Green teased the second season upon the renewal saying:

“What would she think of Western culture when she’s suddenly immersed in it? Are they all the monsters she thinks they are?”

Now it’s over to you – do you want to see a second season of Blue Eye Samurai? Let us know in the comments.

Written by

Founder of What's on Netflix, Kasey has been tracking the comings and goings of the Netflix library for over a decade. Covering everything from new movies, series and games from around the world, Kasey is in charge of covering breaking news, covering all the new additions now available on Netflix and what's coming next.

 Poster Rating: TV-MA
Language: English
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Cast: Maya Erskine, Brenda Song, Kenneth Branagh, George Takei, Masi Oka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Season Additions:
  • - Season 1 was added to Netflix on November 3rd, 2023

View Viewing Statistics