Akatsuki no Yona is a great shoujo anime with a story focused on vengeance and betrayal, so why is there no sequel so far, and will we ever get an Akatsuki No Yona Season 2 announcement?
Without the second season, we will never learn if Su-won will get defeated and if Yona will be capable of retaking the Hiryuu Castle and the throne back.
The only way to learn that without a sequel would be to check out the source material, but most people aren’t going to do that. Instead, they will keep believing that there will be a continuation.
The problem is that Akatsuki no Yona Season 2 didn’t get officially announced yet, and we don’t know what the chances are that another season of Yona of the Dawn will get green-lit.
How Can We Figure Out If There Will Be Akatsuki no Yona Season 2?
In the past few years, I spent a lot of time examining anime series. I wanted to know if my favorite series will get more seasons or why they won’t continue.
I discovered that looking at the source material, sales and popularity did most of the time told me if a sequel will happen or if there is no hope left for a continuation.
So I did the same for Akatsuki no Yona. That means that if you want to know the chances for season 2 of this anime, you should read this detailed post.
Now I will show you the information that I found in 3 quick parts and tell you if you should expect that Akatsuki no Yona season 2 will get announced in 2020.
Let’s start with an in-depth look at the source material.
Part 1: Source Material Information For Akatsuki no Yona Season 2
The source material is essential because the vast majority of anime series are just adaptations from existing properties. Most of the time, it’s games, manga, light novels, or sometimes even visual novels.
For Akatsuki No Yona, the source material is the manga.
The important stuff to check is if the manga is still ongoing after so many years and how many volumes the author released to this day. If the story ended, that could lower a sequel’s chances like it did for Konosuba Season 3.
We also need to look at how many manga volumes got used for the first season and the OVA. There may not be enough source material yet for another season like what happened to No Game No Life Season 2. Sometimes, it can take years for enough material to make another season.
How many volumes of Akatsuki no Yona are there?
There are currently 33 manga volumes of Yona of the Dawn released in Japan. There is also a single novel released called Yona of the Dawn: Under the Same Moon in 2015 for this series.
Is Akatsuki No Yona still ongoing?
The Akatsuki No Yona manga is still ongoing. The latest volume 33 by the author Mizuho Kusanagi was released in Japan on August 20, 2020. The author is writing three new volumes per year for about ten years in a row, which is impressive.
Which manga volumes does the anime of Akatsuki no Yona cover?
The anime of Akatsuki No Yona that aired in 2014 adapted volumes 1-8 of the manga but skipped some stuff. The two OVA used the whole volume 18 of the manga. That means manga volume 9 continues where the anime ended.
Akatsuki no Yona anime reminds me of a lot of Air Gear. The anime of Air Gear used a lot of manga volumes and skipped a lot of stuff, and later got 3 OVA. And if you are curious, to this day, Air Gear Season 2 didn’t get announced.
CONCLUSION OF SOURCE MATERIAL There is plenty of material left for a few seasons of Akatsuki no Yona in 2020. That means the source material is not a problem for a sequel. Not many series do get such a great release rate of new volumes, and for ten years in a row, that’s a big plus for a potential season 2.
Part 2: Sales & Profit Information For Akatsuki no Yona Season 2
Most people don’t know this, but most anime series are losing money, or it takes them many years to generate a profit. That’s why sales and profit are usually the reason why there is no sequel.
A two cour anime television series like Akatsuki no Yona can cost around 4 to 5 million dollars to produce.
How much profit did the first season make is essential as well because it’s expected that a sequel will make less money. That’s what happened to Noragami, and there is no Noragami Season 3 to his day because of that.
That’s why looking at the sales and profit is vital for us to determine if there will be Yona of the Dawn Season 2.
Akatsuki no Yona Blu-Ray sales
The Akatsuki no Yona Blu-Ray sales are around 2,800 copies per volume. Selling below 3,000 is pretty bad for 2015, but it’s decent for a shoujo anime since they never sell too well.
Blu-Ray sales did collapse in recent years, and streaming did replace them, so disks’ sales aren’t that critical anymore in 2020. Popular series can make enough money just from streaming to get a sequel like in the case of Overlord Season 4 because it’s huge in China.
Akatsuki no Yona Manga sales
Volume 32 of Akatsuki no Yona was released on April 20, 2020, and sold approximately 130,000 copies. The latest manga volume 32 that got published in August, sold around 120,000 copies.
I did check even older volumes, but the sales never passed 200,000 copies per volume. Sales above 100k per volume are considered acceptable, but it’s nowhere near other popular manga series.
I mean, it’s selling better than Goblin Slayer, so I wonder what that means for the chances of Goblin Slayer Season 2.
Akatsuki no Yona Merchandise Numbers
Akatsuki no Yona is only the second series that I found that has 0 figures made for it. The first one would be the Tokyo Ravens franchise. Even Kenja no Mago got three figures, and I have low expectations that there will be Kenja no Mago Season 2 one day.
There are also around 270 pieces of merch available for this series. At least that is much better than the Tokyo Ravens adaptation. I wonder if the number of figures is low because this is a shoujo series.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can make a profit. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only small profits.
But here are a few examples for Akatsuki no Yona – OST, ending/openings songs, international license for Funimation, streaming on Crunchyroll and more.
CONCLUSION FOR SALES & PROFIT I don’t think the series lost any money, but I got the feeling it wasn’t too profitable. The Blu-Ray sales, manga sales, or even merchandise numbers are modest at best.
Part 3: Popularity Information For Akatsuki no Yona Season 2
Is there enough big fan-base for Akatsuki no Yona that could make another season profitable after so many years since the first season?
Did the production committee already move on from this series to something more profitable, or are they still promoting this series?
We can answer those questions by looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, and new merchandise. That will give us an idea of how well the series is doing in terms of popularity.
The official website for Akatsuki no Yona was last updated in 2016. It was about BD & DVD whole volume purchase application bonus for people who brought the disks.
The official Twitter account for this franchise with 42,000 followers tweeted last time in 2019. It was about rebroadcasting info for the anime.
Akatsuki no Yona popularity peaked in Mar 2015, according to Google, and after that, it just keeps dropping. The current searches are about 25% of what they used to be, but that’s normal for ongoing manga series. Even at peak popularity, it was around Accel World’s popularity, and there is no Accel world Season 2 yet.
If we are talking about worldwide popularity, Akatsuki no Yona is one of the most popular shoujo series. According to one interview I found, the series has more than 70 million copies printed in 14 countries. I wonder how accurate it’s since that was the only place I found it on.
There isn’t much merchandise being made for this series anymore. The only new thing available in 2020 is acrylic figures for all the popular characters like Yuno, Hak, Zero, Yun, Jae-Ha. Even if it’s not too much, it’s a good sign that the series is still receiving some merch.
CONCLUSION ON POPULARITY Akatsuki no Yona is a popular shoujo series even in 2020. It looks like it’s popular worldwide as well and especially in Spain. It’s always interesting to see a series that is doing well internationally and not only in Japan.
Why There Is No Akatsuki no Yona Season 2?
We can rule out the source material since there is more than enough for four more seasons. The popularity shouldn’t be a problem either since it was fairly popular for a shoujo anime.
It looks like in the case of Akatsuki no Yona, the reason for no season 2 is money. The first season failed to make a good return in terms of profit. The manga boost from the anime was pretty small. The manga used to sell close to 80k per volume even before the anime.
The Blu-Ray sales aren’t high, and the merchandise numbers aren’t something that would make a lot of money. And streaming wasn’t big enough back in 2015 to utilize the worldwide popularity.
I wonder if it aired today how well it would do thanks to streaming. One Punch Man Season 3 will happen just from streaming money.
Will There Be Akatsuki no Yona Season 2
I don’t think there will be Akatsuki no Yona Season 2 announced from Studio Pierrot. So if you want to continue the story, you should read the manga.
The first season of the anime wasn’t a huge hit, and it’s been more than five years since the first season aired. Even the official social media aren’t promoting this series anymore.
I could see there being a reboot for this series once it ends. Seventy million copies in print mean it’s really popular worldwide if that number is real. Maybe Netflix could get the rights and make a full adaptation?
This article will get updated again next year, and we will see if something perhaps changed. In the meantime, you can check the anime-continue category if you are curious about the chances of some other series receiving a continuation.
I hope this article helped you understand the chances of Akatsuki No Yona getting announced in 2020.