I was wondering about that as well, there were a couple of Inui tweets which he posted today with very odd Google Translate results.
Seems like an extraordinarily quick turnaround though, given Kunoichi 9 only aired what, a month ago at most?
What's interesting is I translated the replies and further comments on this and it's people congratulating him on the new season, giving course suggestions, etc which seems to further this point.
If the translation is true though we may see a confirmation during Sasuke about it
Also yes it was a month ago but it takes planning. Is a September Kunoichi really any stranger than a winter Sasuke? That's 7 months apart
It more struck me as odd that it would have been planned so far in advance, given the generally tenuous state of Sasuke in Japan.
It was going to be very unlikely that Kunoichi would attract an equal or larger viewership than the most recent Sasuke tournaments, which TBS have been threatening to axe for several years now. Kunoichi being confirmed for a second show before the first even aired is surprising, given how little it was promoted and supported by TBS in the first place.
If TBS are trying to set it up as a franchise again, they're flip-flopping very hard on whether they care about it or not.
I guess it's possible they commissioned a run of several shows to cover the cost of constructing all the new obstacles, but then the relative lack of promotion still doesn't make much sense, because they'll reduce the chances of getting a good return on their investment.
Where the hell did they get budget for this? I'm surprised tbh.
You need to keep in mind that in Japan, the 50s demographic is huge, potentially bigger than youth, since the population is in decline. To me "Overwhelming support from 50s" reads as "way better ratings than expected, therefore way more and revenue than expected"
Generally something making more money than expected is a fast track to repeat and cash in, sothis isn't too surprising to be honest