After the recent release of Tekken: Bloodlines, Netflix gamers are in for another treat as Season 2 of The Cuphead Show! launches today. The beloved Netflix Original series picks up from where it left off on Season 1 as the brothers embark on their adventures (and misadventures) while trying to dodge their weird nemesis, The Devil.
The second season can be streamed on Netflix and features a total of 13 semi-independent, self-contained episodes. Each episode runs from 11 to 26 minutes, with a total runtime of 195 minutes. This could be the perfect binge-watch this weekend if you bring popcorn and your favorite drink.
If you can’t remember what season one was about, or if you’ve never seen it, the story pays homage to its roots, starting with Cuphead betting his soul to The Devil. The game, however, shows Cuphead gambling at a casino, while on the show, Cuphead is just recklessly wagering his soul in a ski ball at a mysterious Carn-Evil. That’s a carnival, in case you haven’t seen it. The Devil also looks a bit differently in the animated series. He has this long black tail and, unlike in the game, has this buttoned red nose and a permanent pair of glaring red irises.
The Cuphead Show! Season 2 storyline and twists
Season 2 of The Cuphead Show! stays true to its retro-cartoonish style, The Devil plays the story’s villain as the naughty, but lovable Cuphead dodges every obstacle thrown at him to keep his soul. Yes, his overly cautious but unbelievable gullible brother Mugman tags along with him.
It does follow through to the end of the first season as the story now focuses on how the brothers try to win back the soul of Cuphead. They start helping the Devil after he loses his pitchfork in the forest. This is where the fun starts for the duo. They go around town searching for the pitchfork so they can exchange it for the soul of Cuphead. Without spoiling the ending, the audience can expect the wacky duo to continue being a menace to the townsfolk and even The Devil himself.
However, there is not much to say in the plotlines of each episode as they are never explicitly interconnected. Really, you can start watching the middle part of the series, and somehow, it would still make sense. Remember those Popeye the Sailorman episodes you watched as a kid? It pretty much has the same narrative. Each episode has its basic storyline. The conflicts are never too deep and are rarely mind-boggling. Instead, they just appear to be a fun excuse for a change of the settings so the characters can have their crazy moments and fun-filled adventures.
Season 2 brings back their all-star cast, including:
- Tru Valentino (Cuphead) – the voice behind Raz in Psychonauts 2 and officer Aaron Thorsenin of The Rookie
- Frank Todaro (Mugman and Jerry) – the voice of Toyo in Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles and Kiyomori in the The Heike Story
- Wayne Brady (King Dice) – a five-time Emmy Award winner and the host of daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show
There has been no announcement of Season 3 for the show. However, the second season’s release fell in the same year as the first season (originally released on February 18, 2022). With about 7 months apart (the second season was originally released on August 19, 2022), there is a good chance that if the second season makes it big just like the first one, we may be looking at a third installment in the second quarter of 2023.
The Cuphead Show! is available to stream on Netflix, and Cuphead is available now on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.