Why there is no Tokyo Ravens Season 2 yet? Read on to know about its possibility, probable release date, cast, plot, and other details.
Tokyo Ravens is a Japanese fantasy-style action anime based on the Japanese light novel series of the same name. The first season comprised of 24 episodes started airing in Japan on Oct 9, 2013. The last episode of the first season aired on Mar 26, 2014.
The first season received a positive response and since then the fans are wondering why there is no sequel so far, and will we ever get Tokyo Ravens Season 2? In the next season, we will witness how Harutora and Natsume’s relationship develops into the story.
For animes, the possibility of a sequel depends on several factors like the source material, popularity, demand of the sequel. We have analyzed these factors for Tokyo Ravens Season 2. Based on our research, here is what we feel about the possibility of Tokyo Ravens anime sequel. Let’s discuss all major factors in detail:
1) Do We Have Enough Source Material For Tokyo Ravens Season 2?
Almost every anime series use existing source material which usually is manga, light novel, or mobile game.
For Tokyo Ravens, the source material is the light novel of the same name. Written by Kōhei Azano and illustrated by Sumihei, the first volume was published in May 2010.
In order to affirm whether there will be more anime seasons, we need to check, how many light novels did the writer release so far. Is the story coming to an end? If the story is ending, there is a little possibility of continuation like what happened to Air Gear Season 2.
The next thing we need to check is how many light novels have been adapted in making the first season of Tokyo Ravens. Maybe there isn’t enough source material or novels left to make a sequel like what happened to No Game No Life Season 2.
How many volumes of Tokyo Ravens light novel have been released?
To date, 16 light novel volumes of Tokyo Ravens has been released. The first released on May 20, 2010 and the latest volume was released on Oct 20, 2018. There is also a Manga series with six volumes, the last one got published in Feb 2014.
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The first season of Tokyo Ravens anime series adapted volume 1-9 of its light novel series. This is way more than an average anime series covers in one cour adaptation.
So, 7 out of 16 released light novel volumes are yet to be covered in the anime. It means that the second season of Tokyo Ravens would start with volume 10 of the light novel series.
With seven novel series available, the anime makers have enough source material to start with Tokyo ravens season 2
2) Tokyo Ravens Season 2: Sales & Profit Information
The possibility of another season of an anime series depends on the profitability as well as the sales of its source material, Blu-ray copies, merchandise, and viewership on OTT platforms. Most of the anime series lose money or take years to recover investment and make a profit.
Unluckily, we only have one season released yet. So we just have to focus on how the first season performed and was it profitable. Anime creation is a serious and risky business and it requires a lot of investment. Anime series like Tokyo Ravens require an investment of around 4 to 5 Million dollars.
Generally, anime sequels witness a drop of around 20% in profit. However, anything above it is a reason to worry and may refrain makers from continuing the franchise. Now let’s have a look at the sales and profit information of Tokyo Ravens.
Tokyo Ravens Blu-ray sales
The first season was released on eight disks in Japan. The average sales per volume were around 2200 copies. It is an average number, not too good but not too bad as well.
However, Blu-ray is a thing of the past now and most of the viewers have switched to digital and OTT platforms. Famous anime series like One Punch Man, Overlord are continuing the franchise based OTT viewership.
Tokyo Ravens Light novel sales
Tokyo Ravens hasn’t performed too well when it comes to sales of light novels. Volume 15 released in 2017, sold around 16,000 copies. The latest volume of the series, volume 16, has sold over 20,000 copies only. The light novel sales are less but better than Wise Man’s Grandchild.
If a novel series gets sale fewer than 20000 copies then the chances of its sequel are low. There are famous series like Accel World with average volume sale of 50K+ copies still waiting for season 2.
Tokyo Ravens Light Manga, Merchandise sales
Even the Manga series of Tokyo Ravens haven’t performed well. The last two volumes sold less than 1 lakh copies. Moreover, the last Manga volume was released in 2014, a long time back.
Other than these sources, Tokyo Ravens also makes a profit from the international license for Crunchyroll, streaming on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and other platforms, collaboration with advertisers, and other collaborations. But that sales are also much far than satisfactory.
Tokyo Ravens novel series is definitely not performing well. it seems that the production unit is in loss.
3) Buzz and hype for Tokyo Ravens Season 2
In deciding the destiny of an anime series, the most important is to have a look at its buzz and hype. In most of the cases, sequels are less popular than the first season. There are occasions when there is no buzz or hype for another season. This generally happens when the first season turns out intolerable.
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We analyze various sources such as the official website, social media, and google trends to predict the fate of the franchise. Coming to Tokyo Ravens, the hype and buzz is not there.
It seems that the first season was produced solely to promote the light novel series. Well, the plan has backfired as despite being a decent anime, the first season failed to boost the sales. Now, the possibility of getting a season 2 depends on the sales of the light novel series, which are low.
It seems that the creators have no plan to carry forward the anime franchise. It’s been more than five years and there is no announcement on season 2 yet. The official website for Tokyo Ravens is not available now. The queries related to season 2 are dipping which is definitely not a good sign.
it seems that fans are waiting for season 2 of tokyo ravens but the numbers are telling a different story. the popularity has taken a hit after in the last 5 years.
Will There Be Tokyo Ravens Season 2?
Considering, all the above factors, I can say that there will be no Tokyo Ravens season 2. The reason being poor sales of novel series and loss in the production of the first season. From sales to popularity to the source material, everything sucks here. This is bad news for fans waiting for Tokyo Ravens season 2
Tokyo Ravens English Dub
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