Yona of the dawn is an adventure and fantasy anime series that first aired in the fall of 2014. The Japanese-made work, which also includes romance elements, is based on the beloved manga series written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi. Responsible for the production of popular anime such as black clover and Akudama Drive† Pierrot studio is also the studio of Yona of the Dawn. Licensed by Funimation and watched worldwide, Yona of the Dawn was originally aired on many leading local channels such as AT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, TV Aichi, RKK, BS11 between October 7, 2014 – March 24, 2015. The last episode of the series featuring the audience saw was the 3rd OVA episode that aired in December 2016. Since then, although the manga still running, fans haven’t been able to get a new season. So why hasn’t the anime been refreshed so far? Does the decision-making committee get the green light for a second season†
What is the storyline of the anime?
Yona is the spoiled princess of the Kouka kingdom and her father loves her very much. However, the Kouka King has one bad trait; he doesn’t like war or weapons at all, so he swallows everything his border neighbors do. One day, however, the king of Kouka is murdered by Yona’s betrothed, Soo-won, and Soo-won takes over the throne. No one knows it was Soo-won, but Yona saw him that night. So Soo-won orders the soldiers to kill her, but Yona and Soo-won’s childhood friend Hak, who is also Yona’s bodyguard, flees with Yona. Later, they discover the existence of 4 dragon warriors serving King Hiryuu and set out to find them.
Will there be a second season of Yona of the Dawn?
The first season of the anime aired in 24 episodes from October 7, 2014 to March 24, 2015. After that, 3 OVA episodes enjoyed the fans. However, from November 22, 2021almost 5 years have passed since the last episode of the series aired but no anime related company yet renewed the anime for a second season. manga publisher Hakusensha or Studio Pierrot are silent about this. Animes usually get approvals for the new season under a number of key factors. Popularity is important for anime as a for-profit product. On the other hand, manga must also provide sufficient source material. Let’s look under some important factors.
Manga status and compared to anime
The manga series of the same name, the original of the series, is written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi. Originally published by Hakusensha in Japan, the series is also available in English thanks to Viz Media. The manga series has been on air since August 4, 2019 and has 36 volumes at the time of writing. The last part was released on August 19, 2021, and the next one will air in late 2021. Considering that the anime is a good manga advertising product and the manga series is still going on, maybe this is a good hope for a second season. On the other hand, the first season of the anime covered up to the middle of the 8th part of the manga. Given the source material that has been adapted in the first season, it is clear that there is plenty of stock material for a second season and more as well.
Disc sales of the first season of the anime
Disc sales is a good sales product for an anime to make a profit. Although the video viewing habits have changed in recent years and the disc sales figures are not as strong as before, it is still good to see the popularity in Japan and compare it with the other animes. From another point of view, we know that the anime’s disc sales were in the fall of 2015 and the discs were very popular at the time. (Haikyuu averaged 25,514 units sold during the same period.) Eight-volume discs were sold for Yona of the Dawn, with an average of 2,777 units sold. In general, an anime is expected to sell at least 4,000 copies to be renewed for another season. Given the number of sales realized, a second season seems risky for the producers.
Popularity and the other factors
Looking at the popularity rankings on Myanimelist, we see that the anime is in 192nd place, which is a really good ranking, but it may not exactly reflect the current situation. The anime still has an update Twitter page and we see it being followed by 46k people. That doesn’t count as a strong follower count. On the other hand, we don’t see a strong search volume in Google searches. Current search volume is almost 1 in 5 anime likes Noragami or Classroom of the Elite†
The result of our popularity rating falls below the threshold. On the other hand, the anime does not have a live-action movie or a game. These types of products usually enhance the new seasonal capabilities and brand. But Yona of the Dawn has none so far.
2nd season chance of Yona of the Dawn
Popularity on Mynanimelist
Popularity on social media
Popularity on Google searches
Great Reviews (8.03 on MA, 8.1 on IMDb)
Enough availability of manga source material
Good Light Novel Sales (13+ million copies in print)
Major distributor like Hulu
Only one season
Currently low popularity
No extension since 2015
When is the second season of Yona of the Dawn?
We speculated above about the second season from the anime. There has been no renewal so far, and the main reason may be that a second season of the anime wouldn’t be a wise decision given current earnings. While the manga is still ongoing, the anime series has not lived up to expectations in disc sales and is currently not very popular. With the passage of time, this popularity has also declined; anime search volume has decreased over the years on google. There is always the possibility of a new season of the anime as the manga continues and the source material is available, but this opportunity is there 30%, in our opinion. The anime world is full of surprises, and if there is a renewal, we can make a new season like 2023 – 2024, taking into account the production time. But instead, we recommend reading the manga starting at Volume 8 to learn the rest of the story. Or if you’re not a good manga reader, you can check out similar anime, our recommendations: black clover † Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon