For several years, fans of the anime “Yona of the Dawn” (“Akatsuki no Yona”), based on the manga by Mizuho Kusanagi, have been wondering whether the series, which has only had one season so far, will be renewed.
The show lasted for 24 episodes from 2014-to 2015 and had three original video animation specials (OVAs) until it was cancelled in 2016. It hasn't been shown on television since.
The plot is told in a shoujo anime format, with the majority of the audience being female, and revolves around the red-haired sole princess of Kouka and daughter of the pacifist King II.
As she waits to be allowed to marry Su-Won, the son of her father's brother (who does not feel the same way as she does), she is unaware that her kingdom is about to be subjected to a violent political coup — this time at the hands of Su-Won.
This leads to her fleeing with her companion Son Hak, where she learns the nasty reality about the country she had assumed was prospering at the time. This sends her on a hunt for the famous Four Dragon Warriors in an attempt to reclaim her father's realm, and she finds herself in a series of adventures including pirates, human trafficking, and other dangers.
Here's all you need to know about the possibility of a second season.
Does the Second Season of Yona of the Dawn Have an Official Release Date?
There has been no indication on whether or not “Yona of the Dawn” would return for a second season. It is not uncommon for anime programs to be on hiatus for numerous years at a time, but Studio Pierrot, which produces the series, has taken an unusually long period before announcing any changes to the show's status.
After the earthquakes in Kumamoto in 2016, according to a post she posted on Twitter, Kusanagi's work was halted for a time, which did not help but that was five years ago. Even though there is plenty of source material in the 34 volumes of the manga that are currently available, as well as strong ratings.
The website Anime Next Season believes the series is over, citing low merch sales and the fact that the show's social media sites are no longer promoting the show as reasons for its cancellation.
The longer an anime series goes without a renewal, the less likely it is that it will be revived. TV Season & Spoilers predicted more than a year ago that if a renewal for the show wasn't announced by 2021 or 2022, fans should abandon hope.
Moreover, even in the improbable event that renewal is announced this week, it would take the better part of a year before the show could return to its original broadcast schedule. Unfortunately, it appears as though time is running out.
What Is the Storyline of Yona of the Dawn Season 2 Centred on?
The narrative of “Yona of the Dawn” Season 2 is likely to be based on the manga series, as is the case with many other anime episodes. The first season covered the first eight volumes of the manga, whilst the OVA contained the entirety of Volume 18.
After preparing for combat against Su-Won and his friends in the first season, the second season, which would be based on new chapters of the books beginning with Volume 9, would see Yona and the dragons prepare to fight against Su-Won and his allies and defend the kingdom.
This will not be simple, and in the meanwhile, Yona and her companions must cope with taxes, robbers, a Fire Festival, and other occurrences, all while Su-Won is busy making preparations for war.
If the series follows the manga accurately, viewers will see a strong focus on the White Dragon, Kija, as well as a flashback-style look at the mischief that Yona, Su-Won, and Hak got up to as children, which helped create who they are as people now.
Who Will Appear in the Second Season of Yona of the Dawn?
Hulu offers both dubbed and subbed versions of the first season of “Yona of the Dawn,” with the dubbed version featuring voice dubbing performed by American actors and the subbed version featuring subtitles.
The series also has a very fine English dub, which features seasoned voice actor Monica Rial as the titular character, Yona herself, in the role of the title heroine. Son Hak is played by Christopher R. Sabat, Yun is played by Clifford Chapin, Su-Won is played by Micah Solusod, and Gija is played by Ian Sinclair.
With such a lengthy period between seasons, it's tough to predict what could happen, but there shouldn't be any substantial changes to the voice cast, according to expectations. If this is the case, the actor would most likely be replaced by another voiceover artist who was available at the time.
However, it is still too early to tell what type of casting challenges could arise with this specific series if it decides to return in the future. Hopefully, fans will hear something soon, either positive or negative.