Hey guys! Welcome back to another review post, I apologise once again for being absent, it’s getting really hard to keep to the once-a-week schedule, I think I’ll need to revise it or something. We’ll see how it goes 🙂
I know Akatsuki no Yona has the anime and manga and although I started off this story by watching the anime first (it’s still ongoing), I got intrigued by it and decided to continue by reading the manga. So today will be a review mostly based on its manga but with some bits of its anime in it. I guess this will be a combination review today.
I actually wasn’t too drawn in by its story introduction when I first came across Akatsuki no Yona. People online were saying that it sounded like Reimei no Arcana because both the female protagonists have red hair and both of them dislike it. I really enjoyed reading Reimei no Arcana, so if this was anything similar to it, I thought I’d give it a try. Also, I was kind of itching to watch a good shoujo, historical kind of anime.
Akatsuki no Yona is written and drawn by Kusanagi Mizuho and its genres are Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Harem, Historical, Psychological, Romance and Shoujo.
Akatsuki no Yona is about a 16-year-old princess whose life gets overturned when her father, the king is killed, murdered brutally right in front of her eyes by her beloved cousin, Soo-Won. All of a sudden, the princess who was sheltered all her life is forced to be on the run with her bodyguard and childhood friend, Son Hak, who takes her to Capital Fuuga of the Wind Tribe.
A little background on the story’s setting: Kouka Kingdom is made up of four elemental tribes and the royal palace, which the sky tribe occupies. Yona is the princess of Kouka Kingdom and Hak is the general of the Wind Tribe, in addition to his role as the princess’ bodyguard.
Kouka Kingdom is thrown into confusion as Soo-Won works to become the new king immediately. After recuperating in Capital Fuuga for a while, Yona and Hak leave in search of a priest for answers and directions. Upon meeting the priest, the priest Ik-Su tells them that if they wish to survive, they would have to seek out the four legendary dragon warriors.
And so, the two set out in search for the four dragon warriors, recruiting them to their team one by one. They are joined by Ik-Su’s assistant, Yoon, who is brilliant in cooking, medicine and brains. He’s practically their mother, tactical master and eye-candy all together hahaha.
Along the way, they meet people of all sorts, something which Yona was never exposed to before, being a princess who lived in luxury and protection all her life. She learns to pick herself up and become a stronger person than before, even learning how to use the bow and arrow and the sword to defend herself and others. She proves to be a leader worth following, earning the trust of many, as well as the four legendary dragons.
While all of these are happening, Soo-Won, now crowned the new king of Kouka has been making his moves. He visits the general in the Earth Tribe and works to gain his trust and support as well as the those of his people.
As Yona and her team work to help the people living in the poor villages and reclaim them, what will be the final outcome in this story? Will it mount up to become a war between Yona and her team against Soo-Won and his army? Read this manga to find out 🙂
I think that Akatsuki no Yona is a brilliant story. It definitely has some similarities with Reimei no Arcana, comparing Yona with Nakaba. Both are princesses of a kingdom, both have red hair that they dislike in the beginning of the story. The difference between Yona and Nakaba is that while Yona started off ignorant and pampered, like a real princess, Nakaba was a princess who was not respected in her kingdom. Therefore, Nakaba grew up to become sturdy and strong, and at the same time becoming cold and distant from everyone else other than her servant, Loki.
While I found Reimei no Arcana leaning towards the darker side, Akatsuki no Yona is much, much lighter. There are so many comedic scenes involving the members of Yona’s troupe that it makes reading so enjoyable, especially Hak, who is just so sarcastic in his humour that makes him such a likeable character.
However, there were scenes that surprised me too with the illustrations of violence and blood, which I didn’t expect to look so realistic, if I can call it that. (I generally don’t expect shoujo manga to be so exaggerated in violence but I guess it invoked the intended reaction out of me)
The characters are beautifully drawn and when seen in colour in the anime, you’ll be so excited to continue watching it to watch them in action. I think the author has given Akatsuki no Yona a good background to setup the rest of the story, with mysterious characters, characters that we can look up to and characters that we can immediately dislike.
Overall, Akatsuki no Yona is a fantasy, historical, comedy and romance story that you won’t want to miss, trust me. With all the scheming, mystery, romance, friendships and trust issues it has, this is the story that has a good solid backing built on. You’ll fall in love with the characters and you’ll find yourself cheering on the romance between Hak and Yona, as well as Yona herself, who you’ll see grow into a fine young lady.
Story line: 10/10
Chapter length: 9/10 (Within a range of 28-41)
So that’s all I have for you guys today, if you have any thoughts on Akatsuki no Yona, please leave them in the comments below and we can have a discussion on it! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you again soon in the next review post, bye!