Akatsuki no Yona Manga (Yona of the Dawn)
- For people who like a good story with a strong female protagonist, who doesn't start crying every time something bad happens, is this a perfect manga. It's a historical and romantic manga with comedy, action and fantasy... the ideal story!
- Yona is a cute, young princess, who wants to take revenge on her nephew for killing her father and taking the throne. So she runs away with her bodyguard to look for help, no need to look far for the romance
- The story is really worth reading!
Yona of the Dawn (Japanese: 暁のヨナ Hepburn: Akatsuki no Yona Manga?) is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi, serialized in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from August 2009. It has been collected in twenty tankōbon volumes. An anime television series variation by Pierrot aired between March 24, 2015 and October 7, 2014, featuring the voice cast from the drama CD version, along with new cast members.
The narrative follows the redemption of Yona, the one princess to the kingdom of Kouka. Yona lives the carefree life of a princess in Hiryuu citadel, being sheltered by her pacifist dad, King Il, and protected by youth buddy Son Hak and her bodyguard. During a party her other childhood friend and love interest Soowon comes to pay tribute to her. Meaning to tell her daddy that she cannot forget her love for Soo-won, she sees King Il’s chambers and witnesses him being killed by Soowon, who discloses he will now properly rule Kouka. Hak saves Yona and they escape from the castle to the birthplace of Hak, the Village of Wind and intercedes. Under the idea of the grandfather Son Mundok of Hak, Hak and Yona hunt for an oracle named Ik su. Ik su tells the legend of the first king of Kouka, Hiryuu to them. Hak and Yona, joined by Ik su’s helper Yun, begin a journey to find the reincarnated infamous dragons in order to live and save the Kingdom of Kouka.
Characters in Akatsuki no Yona Manga :
She’s the name character and the chief protagonist of the series. Yona is the one princess of Kingdom of Kouka. Her mom was killed by insurgents when she was young, leaving her father, King Il to raise her up with Son Hak and Soo won. Being a real princess, she was initially dependent, spoiled and innocent. However, after her dad‘s departure and Soo-won‘s treachery, she decided to be more independent and become powerful enough to fight and protect herself.
As such, she requested Hak to teach her archery and sword. While astoundingly reluctant to kill, she finally overcame this hesitation during the battle against Kum-ji. She’s said to be the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the first king of the Kingdom of Kouka, who also had red hair. Being the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the four celebrated dragons’s blood will react the instant they lay their eyes upon her and they’ll hear the voices of the first four dragons’ pledge to shield Hiryuu. Yona travels around the country to learn about the outside world as well as protect her nation and her folks in secret. Although Yona cannot forgive Soo won, some part of her still cares about him and she still keeps the hairpin he gave her. Over time however, she appears to have developed feelings for Hak which are affirmed and which she completely comprehends by chapter 110, but she’s too embarrassed to tell Hak for worry he doesn’t return them and would tease her for it. She chiefly uses the bow and arrow in combat and after learns to wield a sword
He is Yona’s childhood friend and bodyguard, together with the former general of the Wind Tribe. He’s known as the “Thunder Beast” for his astounding lightning-like fighting skills, earning him the title of the most powerful soldier in the Kingdom of Kouka. His gift had already been recognized since he was thirteen years old and he was the first person to become a general at such a youthful age. As an orphan he was embraced by the previous Wind Tribe general, Son Mundok, as his grandson.
Hak is usually calm and nonchalant, sometimes teasing Yona, although he really cares greatly for her and vows to protect her at all costs. He was a good friend of Soowon before his treachery, and looks to have loved Yona from a young age. Nevertheless, knowing that Yona had feelings for Soo-won, Hak has been suppressing his own feelings in favor of Yona and Soo-won living happily together. He vowed to be Soo-won‘s right-hand man if Soowon were to wed Yona and become king. Hak is shown to be incredibly protective of and even jealous when others get too close to Yona. In fight, Hak uses a Hsu Quandao as his chief weapon.
He is an orphan boy who was taken by the monk, Ik-Soo, as an apprentice, when he was a child. Because of his pretty and cute face and expertise at cooking and making herbs, he is often mistaken for or teased to be a girl. He found Yona and Hak when they fell from the cliff after the ambush led by Tae-Jun. He initially disliked Yona for being an ignorant princess, but after witnessing Yona’s bravery, he apologized. His hatred for nobles originated from the fact that Ik-Soo was banished from the kingdom by Soo-Won’s father. He always dreamed of going on a journey, but never did so before out of concern for Ik-Soo. Yun now travels with Yona and Hak.
He is Yona’s cousin as well as her first love; a pretty boy with golden hair. In his first appearance, he was kind, cheerful, and somewhat a klutz. When around others, Soo-Won maintains his outward personality purposely making himself look clumsy to hide his true intelligence. After Yona’s mother died, Soo-won was the one who encouraged Yona and promised to be by her side in her mother’s place. He was also Hak’s best friend. Soo-won’s father was killed by Yona’s father, King Il (although publicly he supposedly died due to an accident). This leads Soo-Won to conspire with the Fire Tribe, kill Yona’s father, and take over the throne. With King Il dead and Yona missing with Hak, Soo-won is crowned the new king. Even though he hates King Il and declared he will dispose of anyone who gets in his way, Soo-Won genuinely cares for both Yona and Hak. He hides the fact that Yona is still alive from his followers with the fire tribe spreading rumors that Hak murdered King Il and kidnapped Yona.