The trailer for Cobra Kai season 2 is all about the fight

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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Trailer: Daniel Opens His Own Dojo – and Johnny Is Less Than Thrilled (Video)

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Yes, sensei! The official teaser trailer for Season 2 of YouTube’s “Cobra Kai” has arrived and don’t you worry, because the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) is still very much alive when the “Karate Kid” sequel series returns this April.

Here’s the official description for the next batch of episodes:

Season 2 brings fans back into the action with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) after the shocking Season 1 cliffhanger featuring the return of John Kreese (Martin Kove). When a new rivalry between opposing dojos is born in the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Daniel realizes his next countermove is to open his own karate training school called Miyagi-Do, in honor of his mentor Mr. Miyagi. What was once a personal feud between Daniel and Johnny escalates beyond their differences to engulf their students, who as teenagers, are already challenged to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Which path will they follow – Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do?

“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (the “Harold & Kumar” film series, “American Reunion”), who conceived the new “Karate Kid” storyline that picks-up decades after the original film ends.

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Hurwitz and Schlossberg directed much of the series. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett are executive producing for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios. Susan Ekins also executive produces.

Watch the trailer above.

“Cobra Kai” Season 2 launches April 24 on YouTube.

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“Cobra Kai” fans, you’re in luck.

It sounds like the second season of the “Karate Kid” YouTube Premium series will arrive sooner rather than later — and we can expect some new characters when it returns.

“We are starting preproduction now, the writers are writing the episodes, we’re casting, and we’re getting going as fast as we can,” Global Head of Original Content at YouTube Susanne Daniels said at the Television Critics Association summer 2018 press tour on Friday. And while we didn’t get too many details, when asked if YouTube is casting new characters for the second season, Daniels said “some.”

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“I’d like to bring it back as soon as possible,” she said, later teasing to TheWrap that the writers “have a whole plan that’s really fun for Season 2,” which will pick up right where Season 1 left off. 

Daniels added that before “Cobra Kai,” the “average wait time between premiere and pickup had been six weeks,” but the popular show changed that.

“‘Cobra Kai’ was literally a week to the day, because it just came out of the box fast, and resonated [with fans],” Daniels said. “We were tracking kind of intense enthusiasm from the launch of the first trailer.”

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Daniels added that ‘Cobra Kai’s’ success taught her to “trust the data” that YouTube has access to, thanks to parent company Google.

“We knew that karate kid was a really popular IP on YouTube,” she said, adding that there was a “huge appetite” from users to see what Ralph [Macchio] and Billy [William Zabka] were up to, and to “see where the ‘Karate Kid’ franchise was going to go.”

But data can only get you so far, Daniels said — the “show did the heavy lifting.”

The series, which hails from Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment, has been met with large acclaim. The first episode has more than 41 million views, and the series scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program.

Daniels admitted that it might be self-serving to say so, but added that she wished the series had earned more nominations. “We were robbed,” she said. “Emmy voters should have recognized it … in  more ways than just stunts.”

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Google is launching an updated version of YouTube Music next Tuesday, with the world’s biggest video site looking to grab a bigger share of the streaming music pie. At the same time, the company is rebranding YouTube Red — its paid service that provides ad-free viewing, access to original content, and includes a YouTube Music subscription — as YouTube Premium.

Yes, that means it’ll cost customers more money to watch shows like “Cobra Kai,” YouTube’s “Karate Kid” reboot, and also stream music.

The new YouTube Music Premium, costing users $9.99 a month, will remove ads from music videos — but not regular clips on YouTube. Users can download music for offline listening, scroll playlists and enjoy YouTube’s curated homepage based on their history and location. (If you’re at the airport, Google will recommend relaxing songs, for example.) The update will launch with a new app and desktop layout next week.

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“The days of jumping back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube are over,” said YouTube in a statement. “YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music: official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio plus YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else — all simply organized and personalized.”

Google’s plan is for YouTube Music Premium to replace its current go-to music service, Google Play Music. The tech behemoth is up against its rival, Apple Music, which has 50 million paid subscribers, and Spotify, which has 75 million paid subs.

YouTube Premium, the revamped spot for ad-free viewing and original content, will cost $11.99 a month.

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