Did you know that it can take hours of rigorous research to learn everything about why Tokyo Ravens season 2 didn’t happen yet and if there will be one?
Well, now you know, and you don’t need to waste time because I did it for you. This article will provide you with the best detailed analysis of Tokyo Ravens in 2019. And more importantly, answer the questions of why there is no sequel and if you should expect one in the future.
So, here is some of the information you can learn from this article:
- Is there a Tokyo Ravens Season 2
- How to determine if anime can get another season
- Source Material Information
- Sales Information
- Popularity Information
- Why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2
- Will there be Tokyo Ravens Season 2
Is there a Tokyo Ravens season 2?
Tokyo Ravens season 2 has yet to be confirmed, so there is no official release date for this anime in 2019. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a continuation to Tokyo Ravens, because that depends on a few factors that this article will answer.
What are the factors that determine if anime can get another season?
Anime sequels usually depend on source material, money, and popularity. There are plenty of other causes why continuation may not happen, but these are the three primary reasons. And here is a summary of why the three factors are so crucial to a series that wants to have another season:
Source Material – This one is important because most anime are just adapting from existing source material like manga or light novels. If there is nothing left to use or the adaptation did catch up to the source material, then it becomes a problem.
Money – Two cour anime television series like Tokyo Ravens can cost up to 5 million dollars to make. And if a series want’s to have a continuation it needs to earn back a lot more than the budget it did cost to produce.
Popularity – There is usually no point in making another season of anime that is not popular enough. Another season for anime only makes sense if it can create new fans or there is enough big fan-base to support it going forward.
Tokyo Ravens season 2 source material information
What we need to look at in the source material is how many volumes are there and if the story is still ongoing. After that, we need to figure out how many books got used for the anime adaptation.
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 is for now no new volume announced.
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 2019, 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
Sales and profit are probably the most important of all three factors for an anime continuation probability. If there is one reason why 90% of anime never get a sequel, it would be because they didn’t make enough money back.
Tokyo Ravens Blu-Ray sales – The anime got released on eight disks in Japan, and each sold on average around 2,250 copies. The series got a BD-Box on June 23, 2016, and it sold around 400 copies.
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 printed in 2018 sold around 20,000 copies. This series didn’t rank in any recent yearly sales report.
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, and more.
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.
Blu-Ray – The sales are not that bad for Tokyo Ravens, but they are not in the sequel territory. Most anime series that sell around 2,500 have a low chance to get a continuation. Not to mention that was in 2014 when the Blu-Ray sales were still critical.
Light Novel – 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 like 50,000 sales per volume, and a proper release speed is 2-3 books per year.
Merchandise – 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.
Tokyo Ravens popularity information
What we are interested in is if the series is still popular and active. That means looking at the official website, social media, Google trends, copies in print, new merchandise, and stuff like that. That will help us understand the current popularity and activity of Tokyo Ravens franchise.
Social Media – The official website for Tokyo Ravens, was last updated in 2016 with news about the BD-box. And the official twitter account for this franchise with 28,000 followers did tweet last time in 2018 about Fantasia Bunko event.
Google Trends – Tokyo Ravens 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 only 60% of Accel World that is still waiting for the second season as well.
Light Novels – 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. There were only two new volumes released in the last three years and this year again nothing so make it 4.
Merchandise – 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 completely silent.
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 four episodes.
That means the reason why there is so far 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.
Anime series like Tokyo Ravens can cost up to 5,000,000 dollars to make, so it’s not exactly cheap. The production committee behind the project won’t agree to make a sequel when they lost money with the first season. Now you know why there is no second season of Tokyo Ravens.
Will there be Tokyo Ravens season 2
No. Tokyo Ravens season 1 was the only thing this anime series will get. It’s highly unlikely there will be a 2nd season. This article explains the reasons why it makes no sense for studio Eight Bit to work on another Tokyo Ravens season.