The Japanese series, akatsuki no yona (Yona of the dawn), with its adventurous plot and captivating fantasy setting has made place in the hearts of anime viewers. However, by ending the series with only one season, the watchers have been left restless and desperate to know about Yona’s attempt to take the throne back and its outcome. The only other possible way to weave these lost threads would be for the dedicated fans to read the manga this series is based on which is an idea not appealed by many.
Fun fact: The name Yona is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “dove”.
Thus, many are still clinging to the hope of Yona of the dawn being renewed for a season 2. If you are also one of those fans then this is the right place for you as in this article we will be taking in official statistics and figures to help conclude the success of the anime series in certain factors. Based on these responses we will be calculating and making an estimate about the possibility of a Yona of the Dawn season 2 and its release date. Follow through us to know whether a sequel of the popular anime series can be expected soon enough or not.
The possibility of any anime series being taken in for another series is based upon a set criteria being met. These include various factors but the most vital ones include the source material available for the series, the generated revenue for the franchise and the popularity of it amongst the audience. By taking these core factors in consideration, we will help in accurately concluding the chances of a season two of Yona of the dawn happening.
Fun fact: Aside from dancing, Yona can play Koto; a Japanese stringed instrument of Chinese origin as well.
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Factor A: Source Material
More than half of all the anime series are adaptations of manga and light novels. When in this case scenario, it is vital to know whether enough original material is available were another season to be produced or it lacks in this department hence hindering the premiere of any upcoming season.
Same should be checked for Yona of the dawn with it being based on Manga written by Mizuho Kusanagi. This Manga series is still on-going with its volume 32 being released in April 2020. The author has been publishing these novels at an incredibly fast speed with three being released every year since the past ten years.
An important distinction to make in this regards is to know how much of the books have already been covered by the series in previous seasons. The season one of Yona of the dawn covered the first eight manga novels while the two OVA were based on volume 18. This means that from volume 9 and onwards plenty of material is available were new seasons of the series to be produced. Thus lack of source material would not be a factor that might hold back the release of its season two by any extend.
Fun fact: The story is based off Korean culture and the Three Kingdoms Dynasty. The clothing is also Goryeo clothing.
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Factor B: Popularity
The popularity of any series pushes the production house to work towards another sequel. With no fans or demands of another season, the franchise seems reluctant to produce a series that might not receive a well response by the audience.
In the case of Yona of the dawn, its popularity statistics can be concluded based on its social media handles, merchandise success and google trends. Since its premiere in 2015, its searches on google have dropped considerably with now being only 25% worth of those in 2015. Even though these google trends are witnessing a drop every other day, the manga still manages to be popular internationally with over 70 million copies of it being published in various countries worldwide.
Fun fact: In the planning phase of Akatsuki no Yona, Hak’s original name was “Soron”. It seemed too similar to “Soo-won”, so it was changed to “Hak-jin”. In the end, it was shortened to “Hak”.
Social media handles of any series also help in keeping the enthusiasm of the fans alive by interacting with them actively on these platforms. The Yona of the dawn franchise has unfortunately failed in this aspect with its website last updated four years ago about the sale of DVD and BD disks. Even though its twitter account last tweeted in 2019 with news about its rebroadcasting information, the followers of this handle have stooped to 42K since its initial release.
The release of new products by a series merchandise is another indication about its growing popularity. With only few acrylic figures released in 2020, the merchandise does not seem to be doing exceptionally well yet its still not doing considerably bad at the market either and Yona of the Dawn associated products are still bought by a significant amount by its fans.
To conclude, although the series witnessed a drop in its popularity since its premiere, it has still managed to stay within the charts internationally and seems to be doing quite moderately in this element even after an interval of four years.
Factor C: Costs and Production
The cost of producing an anime series takes up to 4 million dollars at least. This is not a minimal amount and often a season two tends to drop the sales of the series thus proving to be a loss for the franchise. This is why many production houses seem reluctant and hesitant to invest in another upcoming season.
Hence it is important to know whether the season one of Yona of the Dawn made considerable profit for it to encourage its franchise to produce in its sequel. This can be determined based on its manga and merchandise sales along with Blu-ray copies sold.
Yona of the dawn managed to sell over 2K copies per volume of Blu-ray disks which is considerably good given the rate of decreasing popularity of Blu-ray. The manga the series based on has published over 135K copies in only 2020 and successfully sold over 200K copies per volume which is quite a moderate rate.
Merchandise serves to be another income generating factor for the watchers. Even though Yona of the Dawn has no figures available, it still produces over 270 merch products while making money from certain other factors like its theme song and streaming on Crunchyroll.
To sum it up, the series have not witnessed a huge loss on the producers part but it is also true that they did not make an immense profit from it either. The sales and costs involved in season one of Yona of the dawn were moderate at most.
Fun fact: Hak’s parents were casualties of the original Xing war 17 years prior to the start of the plot. He was orphaned at age 2, around the time Yona was born.
To expect a Yona of the Dawn 2 or not?
Based on these factors, it can be seen that the Yona of the Dawn 1 failed to be a huge success both for the producers and the viewers. Its been five years since its premiere yet no news about the official sequel is made neither are the websites kept in check to update about any news of the series. Thus, a Yona of the Dawn 2 can not be seen airing again anytime soon and fans of the series will have to resort to the manga to fill up their curiosity.
Given its international popularity, it might be possible that another complete adaptation could be made but this does not seem to be seen happening anytime soon.