Age of Youth 2 manages to capture the entertainment and fun that encompassed the first series while managing to continue the storylines.
The strongest aspect of the show is the writing, which remains truthful to the world created with season 1 and is both thoughtful, heart-tugging but also fun when needed. The characters are complex, the relationships messy and true to life. Credit also goes to the actors who embrace their roles fully. The weakest is Ji U who feels a bit like she tries too hard and isn't quite as natural.
The show maintains the odd mystery element that, on paper, sounds mismatched and random but somehow ends up feeling organic. How it works, I don't know but it works well.
A definite recommend for any fan of season 1 or anyone who likes youth, female centric shows.