Yona of the Dawn or popularly known as Akatsuki no Yona triumphs over the dragon story from ancient Asian cultures. The anime is an adaptation of a Japanese manga series. Mizuho Kusanagi is the writer and illustrator of the series.
The anime follows a long gap of almost six years, with no news from Studio Pierrot about a possible sequel. Therefore, viewers of the show have already started speculating if there will ever be Yona of the Dawn Season 2.
Although, the show still receives widespread recognition and admiration among anime fans and followers of the manga. Even to this day, fans find it worthy enough to think about the possible scenarios that could be featured in the upcoming episodes. And anime lovers want to delve into the fantasy world, forecasting the conquest of the young protagonist Yona with the help of the Dragon Gods.
Moreover, the beautifully crafted scenes featuring the ardent zeal of Yona to save her kingdom from intruders have engrossed every anime-lovers. Hence, a second season should most likely be on the list of the makers of the show.
Therefore, read the article till the end to clarify all the doubts regarding a continuation of Yona of The Dawn.
What is the story that follows in the anime Yona of The Dawn?
Yona is the sole princess of the Kouka Kingdom. She is raised in a feather bed as a pampered kid to her loving father, also the ruler of the Sky Tribe. Although, she is unaware of the horrors outside the walls of the Crimson Dragon Castle.
Since the king followed non-violent principles, therefore kept her only child Yona away from any teachings of archery or sword. Also, she did not know the political diplomacies or how the kingdom rules and formulates strategies. Therefore, Yona grew up like a naïve and dependent kid with very little knowledge about her kingdom.
Previously, Yona was flattered by Su Won and wished to marry her. However, her father denied Yona’s proposal to marry him. As he knew that Su-Won, the son of his brother Yu-Hon has an interest in the throne. Yona was away from all the disputes of the kingdom until one day when her sight accidentally witnessed her crush Su Won killing her father.
The transition of Yona begins in this scene, where she fled away from the Kouka Kingdom with his bodyguard Hak, the general of the wind tribe. Yona, who is full of revenge, is also shattered at heart because her childhood love cheated on her.
Later, following Ik Su’s prophecy, on the word of Hak’s grandfather, Yona, and Hak went on to find the four dragon warrior descendants. The exiled priest Ik-Su told them the tales of the unification of the Dragon warriors to save the Kouka kingdom. The priest also guided them about the existence of the dragon.
Yona, at one point, also developed romanticism for Hak during their epic quest to find the four dragon warriors. During their search for the Dragon Warriors, the duo gets involved in many turnover events that required immediate escape.
What are the factors impacting the delayed release of Yona of the Dawn Season 2?
Season 1 of the anime has 24 episodes and 3 OVA episodes. The first season premiered between 2014-2015, and all the OVAs finished airing in 2016. An extended period is still following for the premiering of the next season of Yona of the Dawn. The making of a sequel to the anime depends a lot on the manga volumes.
Moreover, a tweet was posted on the creator of the manga, Mizuho Kusanagi’s Twitter account. It stated that he is affected by the Kusanagi Earthquakes that hit the Kyushu region of Japan in 2016. Although Kusanagi didn’t face any vital physical abnormality, it caused a significant drawback to his work. The flow of the manga volumes’ publishing got altered, and new volumes got published following a delayed release.
After this, Covid 19 hit all the countries, which also impacted the work for a possible Season 2 of the show.
Thus, after almost six years, there is only a slight chance that season 2 will be in the making and air on our screen. After getting no renewal status or endorsement of the previous seasons on the official site of Yona of the Dawn, Fans have almost given up hope.
Even if there is any word about a sequel, it will take at least a whole year for the next season to appear. Hence, it seems like Fans will certainly have to wait till 2022 for the season’s renewal.
Do anime fans feel the need for Yona of the Dawn Season 2?
The show’s rating on streaming platforms and sale of manga and Blu-Ray CDs usually emphasize the popularity and demand for a sequel of an anime. The number of followers on official social networking sites also provides insight into the popularity of any anime.
Thus, let’s take a quick look at all these aspects.
Source material information
The source material of Yona of the Dawn season 1 and 3 OVAs are mainly manga volumes. Mizuho Kusanagi published a total of 34 manga volumes so far. Moreover, the last volume was released on April 20, 2021, with the write-ups still on the run.
The anime’s first season is an adaptation until the 8th volume of the manga series. The three OVAs have taken stories till the 18th volume.
Therefore, there is enough in the shell of Kushanagi for Pierrot Studio to adapt in the next season. The abundant manga volumes are a sign of hope for the fans who are eagerly waiting for season 2.
The popularity of the anime
In terms of popularity, the anime series has an 8.1 rating on IMDb but only 3K reviews and also it is ranked 148 among other popular TV series. Similarly, the anime has a popularity ranking of 183 and is ranked 485 on the Myanimelist site.
The official Twitter account of Akatsuki no Yona has over 45K followers. The number of followers is relatively low in comparison to other popular animes. Also, there is no significant official Instagram account for the series, so fans’ engagement with the series is downgrading.
Moreover, the anime’s search volumes on Google have also witnessed a decrease over the years. Thus in terms of popularity, the show is of little interest to its fans and the makers.
What will be the Plot of Yona of the Dawn Season 2?
The second season will most likely adapt stories from the leftover manga volumes.
Therefore, according to the manga volumes, the anime series’s continuation will showcase each dragon’s characterization. Zena, the white dragon, will have more focus, considering his exclusive abilities and powers. We will see the revisit of Yona to the Kouka Kingdom with the mighty beasts. Also, the preparation for war with Su Won will be featured to revive the golden era of the kingdom. It is going to be tough for Yona and her allies to conquer Shu Won.
Meanwhile, Yona’s friends will take over the regional disputes of the kingdom and help her take over the throne. They will take care of the Fire Festival and payment of the taxes.
Relating to the manga, there might also be a childhood flashback story of Shu Won, Yona, and Hak. The flashback will show the contrast between the past and present situation of the trio due to the circumstances.
However, we can’t predict anything about the show with no solid evidence of a sequel in the making. And following a long interval of time, we are uncertain about the next release of the possible story.
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Main Characters And Cast:
Till now, there is no reliable reveal about the casting idea of Pierrot Studio. Although we will hear a familiar voice-over artist giving vocals to the main characters of Yona of the Dawn.
Some of the well-known characters and cast of the first season are Monica Rial as Yona, Christopher R Sabat as Son Hak, Clifford Chapin as Yun, Micah Solusod as Su-won, and Ian Sinclair as Gija.
However, if the second season introduces any new cast or character, we will update it in this article.
|Funimation and Crunchyroll
|Writer of the anime
|October 7, 2014 – March 24, 2015
|Total season episodes
Yona of the Dawn – Trailer
When will Yona of the Dawn season 2 be released?
Since there is no official announcement from the Pierrot studio or any relevant updates on social sites. We cannot say anything about the possible release date of Yona of the Dawn season 2. Moreover, it seems like every social site has lost interest in the show after almost six years of no updates.
However, if the show makers are thinking of upgrading the series, we will have to wait for another year. One hope that the fans can carry alongside is that the story has a lot to adapt from the manga. Hence, anime fans can expect a continuation considering the source material available that is still ongoing.
But for the time being, fans will have to wait for any rumor or reliable news regarding the second season of Yona of the Dawn.