Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki is an anime that incorporates gaming as its main theme, thriving in a world where online games are booming globally. It’s a slice of life rom-com that mixes gaming and high school life. The series was popular as a light novel, and its anime adaptation has been well-received, leading to a sequel. The storyline follows Fumiya Tomozaki, one of the top gamers in Japan, as he interacts with Aoi Hinami, a popular student who enjoys school life more than anyone else. The protagonist tries to answer whether it’s possible to enjoy real life as if it were a game. Above all, the charm of this anime lies in its adorable heroines.
Based on the light novel that has been published since 2016, the 12-episode first season of its anime adaptation was made by Project No.9 in 2021. The second season is scheduled to air with 13 episodes from January 2024. A manga adaptation also began in 2018.
The anime of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki is still ongoing, but the original light novel has progressed much further. For those who have finished watching the anime and are wondering how you can continue to enjoy the story in the light novel or manga, it’s important to check where the Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki anime ends in the light novel and manga.
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How many volumes does Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki have?
The original light novel series of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki has 10 volumes in addition to 2 short-story collections so far (the latest 10th volume released in January 2022.) It is written by Yuki Yaku and illustrated by Fly.
The light novel series was adapted into the first manga adaptation by the mangaka Eight Chida between 2018 and 2021. There are 6 volumes in the manga series. A spin-off manga series Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki: Minami Nanami Wants to Shine was published with 3 volumes from 2020 to 2022.
Which should you choose, light novels or manga?
To conclude, the only way to enjoy the continuation of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki is by reading the light novels. This is because the anime has completely caught up with the manga, which has stopped with no new developments afterwards.
Moreover, even if that was not the case, if you really want to enjoy Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki, you should read the original light novels. They also contain illustrations, allowing you to enjoy the story visually in addition to the text.
Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki: Which Volume to Read after the Anime Series
Light Novel: Which volume of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki to read after the anime?
The first season of the Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki anime ends with Episode 12 “Lv.12: Equipment For Girls Has Special Effects,” which matches the end of Volume 3 in the light novel. So, you can enjoy the following story after the anime by reading the light novel from Volume 4 onwards.
Season 1: From Volume 1 to Volume 3
Season 2: From Volume 4
In the series, Fumiya distances himself from the fulfilling life game he was playing with Aoi, but eventually decides to continue mastering the game of life. The first season concludes at the end of summer break, and the new school term will begin from the next season, featuring major events like the school cultural festival. Let’s enjoy the future storyline in the light novel before it’s shown in the anime!
Manga: Which volume of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki to read after the anime?
As mentioned earlier, unfortunately, you cannot read beyond the anime in the manga at this time, as the manga is not further ahead than the anime. The manga adaptation has been concluded with the first six volumes. Even if a sequel is published, it is unlikely to progress further than the upcoming next season of the anime. If you’re curious about what’s ahead in the anime, reading the light novel is the recommended way to go.
When will Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Season 2 air?
The second season titled Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki 2nd Stage has been already scheduled to air with 13 episodes in Winter 2024. If you can’t wait for the second season, start reading from the fourth volume of the light novel. Even after the next season of the anime ends, there will likely still be more story to continue with in the light novel.
If you want to fully enjoy Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki, don’t miss these short-story collections (Volume 6.5 and 8.5)!
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