Netflix has picked up the uplifting and moving Japanese reality documentary series Old Enough for a second season.
The 20-episode inaugural season of the Japanese-language program from Nippon TV will continue after it concludes in March 2022.
Following its Netflix release, Old Enough! made a significant cultural impact in English-speaking nations. Selena Gomez even parodied it on Saturday Night Live in May, earning 46M Tiktok views. The format follows kids between the ages of two and four doing their first errand by themselves. The child’s adventure is documented as it unfolds by a camera team, who accompanies them while their families watch from behind the scenes.
The new episodes, according to Netflix, will premiere globally on January 1, 2023. Some episodes will also include a special “After Years” feature in which kids who do errands reflect on their trips and share where they are now. The Nippon show debuted in 1991 and has frequently incorporated these bits into its broadcasts.
The show was previously adapted in Italy, the UK, Vietnam, China, and Singapore. Japanese broadcaster Nippon retains the finished tape and format rights.
According to Keisuke Miyata, Head of Finished Sales, International Business Development, Nippon, “Old Enough! has been broadcast on Nippon TV for more than 30 years, and we have always had incredibly wonderful comments and fantastic ratings.” “Viewers are drawn to and intrigued to see how a child’s first errand works out because each episode is distinctive. Old Enough! Chronicles a darling child who runs an errand for the family by themselves for the first time while always guaranteeing the child’s safety and collaborating closely with the family.
“We were optimistic that Old Enough! would premiere on Netflix in March of this year and would be well received by viewers worldwide, and we are thrilled that it was. Additionally, it has resulted in sales of the cherished show’s overseas formats.
Old Enough! on Netflix was founded earlier this year by viewers in the English-speaking world and several new Asian areas, according to Naomi Satoh, Manager of Content Acquisition at Netflix. This endearing Japanese show, on Netflix for thirty years, is a remarkable standout among the numerous fantastic stories available there.