Janet Varney’s Latest Tweet and Anime Matsuri Con Suggest that Book 2 will NOT Release in April

The Legend of Korra fan base has been on an unusual roller coaster ride the past few days. Fortunately,  I think it may be finally coming to an end. When Janet Varney used Twitter to announce that Book 2 would be airing in mid-April, the fandom went into a frenzy. In fact, the fandom is still in a frenzy right now over Janet’s tweets even though they’ve been debunked for the most part. In a span of 24 hours, circumstances have changed. Announcements have been revoked and more evidence has been garnered.

What we can now safely assume is that Book 2 of The Legend of Korra will likely NOT air sometime this April. A more realistic time frame for Book 2’s release is probably around Fall of this year. It all really depends on when we receive a trailer because once the advertisement begins, everything starts to fall into place one-by-one.

But before we jump to conclusions, let’s take a look at the new circumstances that have resulted in such a change in expectations.

When Janet Varney tweeted about April being the release month for Book 2, many people (including myself) took it as confirmation that Book 2 would indeed air in April. We took it as confirmation mostly because we assumed Janet to be a credible source for this type of information (which she still is). What we weren’t able to decipher was that Janet was actually just taking a guess at Book 2’s release month. She never actually knew the release date. In the end, Janet dubbed all of her tweets as an act of “miscommunication.”

When I read that Janet had taken back what she had said about Book 2’s release date, I didn’t believe it at first. I just assumed that Nickelodeon was at it again, attempting to stop the rumor mill from leaking everything they’ve been planning for the past few months. They’d already done it with April Stewart and Seychelle Gabriel, so I just assumed that the same would be done with Janet Varney. It didn’t really make sense at the time for Janet to dub her tweets as “miscommunication” when she had so blatantly said that Book 2 would be coming in April just a day ago. But that still planted a lot of skepticism in my head even though I wasn’t entirely on board with what she was saying.

I eventually came to the conclusion that if a trailer didn’t show up at Anime Matsuri Con, Janet Varney was probably telling the truth. The reasoning behind this is that it’s impossible to expect a show to air in a matter of weeks when a trailer hasn’t even been released yet. All shows, even Avatar, need to be properly advertised in order to ensure big ratings.

When Anime Matsuri Con ended up being a lot different than we expected, it was then when I came to the final conclusion: there is no way Book 2 will air in April. Janet Varney planted the skepticism and Anime Matsuri Con confirmed it.

In a sense, we’re back to square one. But we should all understand that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. A release date isn’t set yet; the Book just isn’t ready. There’s no sense in complaining for something that doesn’t even exist, so I think it would be wise for all of us to continue playing the waiting game. The important thing to understand is that Book 2 is coming, and that’s all you can ask for. When it does release, you can bet that it’ll be something special.

Hopefully this clears up the craziness that’s composed the past few days.

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  • Abacus

    FALL? But……that's like…..5 months away……

    • Keval

      Just my prediction. I’m not confirming anything.

  • Jonelle

    Why are you saying around Fall though? I got the impression that April was set to be a time when we're finally given some news about either the trailer or maybe a release date. Janet seemed to think so (at first) and I never doubted her because I thought she is credible. Then interestingly, some time ago and then recently, David was asked and he kept hinting 'soon' and that he was sworn to secrecy. Before that, he also stated sometime in April too.

    Then that new VA – appropriately called April – also said last year that we would be getting some good news in April. So unless you're saying Nick decided to push it back after all that, then maybe it's looking like a summer release. Kind of weird that 3 actors seem to believe something is happening in April though… just a thought.

    • Keval

      Hey Jonelle,

      Well a little while back, I was reading some other blogs and the consensus that was forming was that Book 2 would air during the Fall. People began to think that Mike and Bryan would use another Comic-Con to release a trailer and release date and then release the Book in the Fall.

      It’s just a prediction, nothing official. Obviously I hope that it’s wrong, but as long as we remain trailer-less, anything is possible. And yes, I have no idea what the big deal with April is. I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.

      • Jonelle

        I've seen that speculation going around too… I really hope it won't be like that. At this point, I'm trying not to get my hopes up again. I might even focus on another fandom just to cope with this disappointment…

    • Anon

      As someone who works on the show:

      Nothing is official in regards to the air date. Please be patient. When the date is announced, you'll know from Nickelodeon. Don't trust anything you hear, unless its from them.

      • Keval

        Can you verify that you actually work on the show? I’m curious now. And if you do, does Nickelodeon get mad when I constantly hammer them when I’m bored? I assume that I’m probably a nuisance to a lot of people in the industry.

        • DunbansBiggestFanForever

          lol notice how that supposed “person who works on the show” has not yet replied… I highly doubt they are who they say they are.

      • Jonelle

        Well i guess we don't have a choice but to accept that then. We're trying our best to cope. Thanks for replying anyway.

      • stop mowing the lawn!

        IS BOOK 2 FINISHED?!!!

  • TheFirst

    My reaction to this post:

  • waterguy

    so frustating to have no scrap of news about korra book 2. i feel like harry potter during the summer in between his terms at hogwarts. it's a long period of waiting and virtually no form of communication becuase of the dudleys (nickelodeon) before we actually get to go back :(

  • avatarfan64

    Well, gives me more time to hope for that Book 1 DVD release. Perhaps that'll come out earlier? (Yes, I haven't even seen Book 1 but I refuse to watch it online.) Not to mention, The Promise Part 2 comes July 10th. And I'm re-watching The Last Airbender with my lil bro who's never seen it. (and he's absolutely loving it.) So in essence, I've got plenty of Avatar to look forward to. :) There's also fan fiction as well haha. Thank you again for running this awesome blog. I check it everyday.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Thank you. I appreciate the kind words.

      • DunbansBiggestFanForever

        I have no idea why all my apostrophes got turned into a jumble of letters and numbers in that comment.

  • Brendan

    If I remember correctly, before you said that you felt the last few episodes of Book 1 were rushed. I agree with you on that. I’m actually kind of happy that it might not be coming in April… I mean, I want to see Book Two as soon as I can, howover I would much rather wait more for better episodes. I’m asuming if it’s not releasing in April, the development studio is taking their time. Also, with some other shows I have seen, there was a delay between Season 1 and Season 2… Maybe because they weren’t sure to continue the series and wanted to see how many people tuned in and if it got good reviews? Maybe not, but it could be. And one more thing – wasn’t it orginally just going to be 12 episodes, but they changed that later?

    BTW, for some reason I can’t see who replied to who in the comments section – it’s just a list now. Did you change it or is there something wrong with my browser?

    • Keval

      Yes, you are remembering correctly. I did feel that the last few episodes were a bit rushed so the fact that Book 2 is taking longer than expected is not necessarily a bad thing at all. The time that it's taking to make the Book will reflect the overall effort that is put in.

      And sorry about the comment system. I'm trying to find a good one to implement right now. I wish I could use the old one, but it no longer works unfortunately.

  • hugeavatarfan101


    • Keval

      I have confirmed nothing!

  • Lauren

    FALL?!?! I can not wait until fall!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Don’t worry. Fall is just a guess. Nothing official.

  • Killaarr_gotti

    as much as i dont want it to be true… bt like i said before im started to consider a fall release , with the schedule for korra being 2013/2014 it could possibly air in October last 3 months and 2 weeks ( 14 episodes ) bringing the last 2 episodes( final) of the season to the beginning of 2014 with no new episode airing the week of Christmas ,AGAIN this is just my guess ? But also book 1 hasnt even aired in the UK witch i find to be strange as book 2 is fast approching

    • Filmeditor16

      Fall or late summer is looking like a very real possibility, a ad possibity, considering it would be a year and a few extra months since a new korra episode aired. If there planning a May or June release there gonna need to start promoting now or early april. we may not even get anything until the end of May or June. And thats a scary thought. But we have to keep our heads held high and carry on. IT WILL HAPPEN.

  • Kobuscus

    But then why did April Stewart say April was going to be a big month for Legend of Korra?

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      We still don’t know.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Sudduth/611546546 John Sudduth

      A lot of exciting things can happen for a show in the last couple months of production.

  • Mike

    I am going to say it will be out either this summer or in the fall.

  • Filmeditor16

    True. Very true. One catches more flys with honey than vinegar. Although the waiting game is going out of style faster than forever 21, its all we can do now. Theres no use harassing Nickelodeon when the books not even done yet. Besides, last time I checked Nickelodeon is still dealing with the damn rushers to deal with us right now. Geez H Christ rushers, just be happy your show is already being promoted and released after a few months. (annoyed at some of them sorry). I hope we get a trailer by April. And I hope that book 2 airs by the time I’m a senior in high school! Hope to hear from you again!

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorraonline.com/ Keval

      Ha! I’m a senior too. I hope to watch Book 2 before I go off to college. Everything is going to be so different, I’m not so sure I’m looking forward to all the change.

      • Filmeditor16

        Yeah, it’s a big change. I hope you continue to blog after you go to collage! I just really hope it comes out before October.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Sudduth/611546546 John Sudduth

      LIES! One catches more flies with vinegar than with honey.

      I don’t actually disagree with what you said, i just hate that phrase.

      • Filmeditor16

        I completly understand

  • josh

    I agree with filmeditor16, all we can really do is wait. I am completely guily of being one of those rushers. I know the book is not done yet, but for sire it is at least far enough along for a trailer. I just feel like that by the time book 2 comes out, people won’t even be interested anymore. another thing, is judging from what bryan and mike said, nick has been flubbing them back quite a bit so it is hard not to be frustrated with nick. I want korra B2 out so bad i can taste it. either way, once again, i give props to this guy for posting every day or almost every on updates. yeah i know your posts have been a little sulky lately, but at least i can see you are an avid a fan as i am and im sure as many of these other people are. dont lose faith everyone, i am about to lose it because this is taking so long, i mean it is taking almost as long as it took to film all 3 lord of the rings movies!!!! but, i have faith, if it is taking this long to film and animate all of it, that just means it is going to kick ass beyond all belief. anyways, keep on keeping us posted, and thanks again.

    • Keval

      Hey Josh,

      Yeah, I’m going to try and stay away from the sulky, Nickelodeon bashing posts. There’s really no point to anymore. I’ve accepted the fact that Book 2 will take a little while and I’m fine with now as long as it ends up being good.

      Thanks for reading!

    • DunbansBiggestFanForever

      If people truly lose interest, we have the dumbfucks at nick to thank for that. I hope and pray it doesn’t hinder the future of the show…

  • avatar_roku

    Hmm, hopefully Nickelodeon will release a trailer in April if that was what Janet meant on twitter

  • josh

    I think I got the solution to it all. Something that will give mike and bryan plently of time to finish the wholw book 2, keep nick at bay so they can make as much money as possible off korra, and give all of us fiending fans some a little to nibble on so that we don’t go crazy…. how bout they show a one night only, hour long speacial, showing the first and second episodes as a sneak prieview… or even just the first one, and then some kind of commentary with mike and bryan showing the animation and voice process to show us how the show is made. dont you think that would hype korra fans up like all hell and get us ready for the show to come out. i mean, it would at least hold us at bay while still giving us something right?!?!?!

  • Orange9746

    I read on the LoK Wikipedia article about the production of the series that stated that Studio Mir that animates the episodes for Korra can take 10-12 months per episode. (Which is surprisingly long)

    When Book 1 ended in July, Mike and Bryan had started working on Book 2 and since I added up the months it took to make each episode, Book 2 might release in May, June, or July, or maybe get a trailer and some ads soon, hopefully.

    I can’t wait for Book 2 to come out, but Mike and Bryan is working really hard at the moment, so it should be worth the wait! I also thank you for keeping us informed with updates!

    • Keval

      Thanks for the information! And thank you for reading as well.

  • shawn

    Honestly, I wouldn’t care if they gave us a release date for December of 2013 AS LONG AS THEY GIVE A RELEASE DATE. I’m tired of constantly checking for news and being constantly disappointed. Is a release date really to much to ask for?

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    • crystalline

      Sayyy whatttttt……i wish i had twitter

  • Jeremy

    Well this is depressing…. But in other news for a note to Keval I think there is something wrong with your blog. I noticed that whenever people try to use apostrophes it puts a big jumble of numbers and letters… so you may wanna fix that.

  • Marissa Murdock

    I don’t think I’m even going to bother to watch this whenever it premieres…this is ridiculous!!

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