What happened to Tokyo Ravens season 2? From the way the anime ended, I would say it could certainly use a sequel. It’s been more than five years since the first season ended, so what are the odds that it can still happen in 2020?
Well, that’s what you can learn in this article. I did a lot of research on this franchise to determine what happened and if there can be another season. You can find all the information regarding sales, popularity, source material, and more for Tokyo Ravens in this article.
This article is for people who want to learn why Tokyo Ravens season 2 is not yet here and if they should expect a sequel to happen in the future.
Was Tokyo Ravens Season 2 Officially Announced?
Tokyo Ravens Season 2 was never officially announced, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2020. The first season aired in October 2013, but Tokyo Ravens season 2 was so far not yet confirmed. You can read in this article why is that and if season 2 will happen in the future.
Indeed, it was never officially announced, but why is that, and does that mean it will never happen? Well, to determine that we will need a check out a few things about this franchise, which we will be doing in this article.
Will Tokyo Ravens Have A Season 2?
Tokyo Ravens season 2 chances depend on a few essential factors, and those are source the light novels status, sales, and popularity. It’s like this for most anime series that need a continuation.
Well, there can be other factors as well, but we need first to check out these three since they are the reason why 90% of anime end just after the first season. Here is a short explanation about each of them and why they make or break a sequel.
This one is important because most anime are just using existing source material like manga or light novels. In the case of Tokyo Ravens, it’s the light novels. For example, if there is nothing left to adapt in the Tokyo Ravens light novels, then it makes sense not to make a season 2.
Two cour anime isn’t cheap to make since series like Tokyo Ravens can cost up to 5 million to produce and years to plan. And it’s not enough to make 5 million back because the production committee would like to see some profit before thinking about doing more.
There is usually no point in making another season of anime that won’t get more popular or have already enough large fan-base to be profitable. Some anime can get sequel green-lit even with small, but dedicated fan-base that will buy a lot, but is Tokyo Ravens one of them?
Tokyo Ravens season 2 source material information
Ongoing series always have a better chance of receiving a sequel, so we need to check if the story is completed or the light novels are still being released. Another critical factor is how many volumes got used by the first season of the anime.
How many volumes of Tokyo Ravens are there?
There are currently 16 light novel volumes of Tokyo Ravens released in Japan. Tokyo Ravens also has six manga series based on the light novels. The first manga series has eight books published, but it’s just retelling the original story in manga format, and the rest are a spin-off series.
Is Tokyo Ravens still ongoing?
The Tokyo Ravens light novels are still ongoing. The latest volume by the author Kōhei Azano (Black Blood Brothers) was published in Japan on October 20, 2018. The author wrote only one book in 2017 and 1 in 2018. And for 2019, there was no new volume released.
Which light novels does the anime of Tokyo Ravens cover?
The anime of Tokyo Ravens that aired in 2014 adapted volumes 1-9. That means light novel volume 10 continues after anime. So that gives us seven books that can get used for Tokyo Ravens season 2. That should be enough for another two cour anime series.
How to read the Tokyo Ravens light novels in English
Currently, in 2020, the only way to read the Tokyo Ravens light novels in English is to find fan-translations on the internet. Nobody so far did officially license the series for the English market, so you can’t buy them anywhere.
Tokyo Ravens sales information
From all the three factors, profit is the most critical one in the decision if a sequel will get announced. Nobody will pour more money into a project that failed to make decent money back. So let’s look at how well did Tokyo Ravens do in terms of revenue.
Tokyo Ravens Blu-Ray Sales
The sales are not that bad for Tokyo Ravens, but they are not in the sequel territory. Most anime series that sell around 2,000 have a low chance of getting a continuation. Not to mention that it was in 2014 when the Blu-Ray sales were still critical.
Tokyo Ravens Light Novel Sales
Volume 15 of Tokyo Ravens was released on September 20, 2017, and sold approximately 23,000 copies. The latest light novel volume 16 that was released in 2018 sold around 20,000 copies. This series didn’t rank in any recent yearly sales report.
Well, the light novel sales are disappointing for a series with an anime adaptation. Not to mention the release speed is just one book per year. A good boost from anime would be something close to 50,000 sales per volume, and a proper release speed is 2-3 books per year.
Tokyo Ravens Merchandise Numbers
0 figmas available for Tokyo Ravens, so that means no Natsume or Harutora figure for people to purchase. There are also 40 goods for Tokyo Ravens like, for example, wall scrolls and posters, many mousepads, towels. Even Noragami season 3 wouldn’t get 0 figmas if that sequel ever happens.
It’s pretty rare to find a series that has 0 figures. And the merchandise numbers are sad as well since they are terrible. I would expect at least 400 goods and 10-15 figures from a two cour anime adaptation.
The above are just the main methods an anime adaptation can generate profit, but there are more ways anime makes money. I won’t post all of them here because the rest are usually only a small piece of the profits.
But here are a few examples for Tokyo Ravens – Soundtrack (OST), ending/openings songs sales, web radio, international license for Funimation, streaming on Hulu, various collaborations, and more.
Tokyo Ravens popularity information
What we are interested in is if the series is still popular. That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, new merchandise. That will help us learn the current popularity and activity of the Tokyo Ravens franchise as a whole.
The official website for Tokyo Ravens is no longer available. This is unusual since when I was doing research even for No Game No Life Season 2, the website was online And the official twitter account for this franchise with 28,000 followers did tweet last time this year about Fantasia Heroine Calendar Book 2020.
Tokyo Raven’s popularity peaked in Mar 2014, and after that, it just keeps dropping. The current searches are super low. Even at the peak popularity, it was pretty low, and that’s sad because stuff like One Punch Man Season 3 will happen just because of how popular it is.
I can’t find anywhere the number of copies in print for Tokyo Ravens, which is weird. It’s usually not hard to find them. I would say it’s at least 500,000 copies in print. There was also no new volume released in 2019, and that is a pretty bad signal for the franchise.
The series never got a single Figma announced, and there is not even one planned that I could find. For merchandise, the last new piece Tokyo Ravens got was in 2016, and after that, it’s utterly non-existent in terms of goods.
Why there is no Tokyo Ravens season 2
Well, we can rule out the source material since there is more than enough material for Tokyo Ravens season 2. The first season used nine books, and there are seven left, but it should be enough for another two cour anime.
It’s unusual to adapt nine-light novels for two cour anime. The Tokyo Ravens light novels are thick with around 400 pages each. So I wonder how much did the anime skip because the average pace would be one book for five to four episodes.
That means the reason why there is no Tokyo Ravens season 2 is because of the lack of profit. As I did show you in this article, the series never made much money. I wouldn’t be surprised if it never even made back the money it did cost to produce.
Will there be Tokyo Ravens season 2
I need to conclude that Tokyo Ravens season 2 will never get another season. The first season wasn’t that popular, and it failed to make a profit for the production committee. I can’t imagine a reason why they would order another season of Tokyo Ravens from studio Eight Bit.
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