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Akatsuki no Yona Manga (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona Manga (Yona of the Dawn)
8.75

Story

9/10

    Art

    8/10

      Character

      9/10

        Enjoyment

        9/10

          Recommendation

          • 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.

          Akatsuki no Yona Manga

          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 :

          Yona

          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

          Son Hak
          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.

          Yun
          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.
          Soo-won
          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.

          2 comments

          1. Story

            8

            Art

            9

            Character

            8

            Enjoyment

            8

            Story 8/10
            Alright, in my sincere opinion, I was not expecting very much from the storyline. It is about a young princess, Yona, who has the a near-perfect, carefree life like any old princess would have. She’s a loving emperor dad, a hot cousin puppy love and everything she could ever ask for. But when episodes occur (basically Soo won, her cousin crush murdering her father to gain access to her throne) she is compelled to leave her easy life to start a fresh one on the run, with only the business of her annoying bodyguard (though others join later on). It’sn’t the most original plot, but hey, I liked it more and more when I read on, and I can say with no hesitation now that I love the story. I also enjoyed the slow romance and the touches of comedy within a rather serious storyline. It only made me more joyful for some reason.

            Art 9/10
            The art is beautiful and very shoujo-esque. It really is detailed, but not too over the top, and expressions are done nicely. There’sn’t much to criticise with the artwork.

            Character 8/10
            From the storyline, I was half-expecting a feeble, pitiful female lead that constantly had to be saved, and would make me lose the manga within a few chapters. I am so thankful that this stress was virtually non-existant in the manga. Yona started off a bit poor, but I grew to respect and adore her character which really grown the further the story went. Her desire to develop stronger, and her acknowledgement towards her duties as a princess was truly admirable, so I discovered. The male lead, Hak, was also very powerful and loyal to Yona, regardless of how much he annoys her and she annoys him. There were some characters I found irritating, but hopefully after chapters will reduce the feelings I have towards them.

            Enjoyment 8/10
            Yep, I loved it. Interesting storyline, sympathetic art, likeable characters, I loved it all. And hopefully it will get better later on.

            Overall 8/10
            I give it an 8 overall because the series is still ongoing, so I believe it would be too early to give it a 10. It’s great potential though, and I expect it is going to continue to exceed my expectations. Recommended for fantasy/historical/slow-romance readers. I most certainly did.

          2. Story

            10

            Art

            10

            Character

            10

            Enjoyment

            10

            Story:
            – Though the introduction & plot of the story looks kind of dull and virtually generic, as you read farther into the manga you won’t even consider it tedious. It starts out with a feeble princess, Yona, and while others won’t even bother touching a manga with this sort of female protagonist, surrounded by many other men of her own harem, Yona really puts up a name for herself. Yona gets stronger overtime due to her own conviction and will to, which I actually give regards to her for. As the story advances, the narrative introduces more characters which will accompany Yona and her bodyguard Hak, as they roam the lands of Kouka together. 9.5/10

            Art:
            – Mizuho Kusanagi definitely does not disappoint when it comes to the artwork style with Akatsuki no Yona. She makes it so that the historical part of the show also connects into the art work with its abstract, fantastic designs with building structures, statues, clothing, etc. The art is interesting, and I actually adore how Mizuho will put in amazing layouts in particular parts of the narrative which isn’t necessary to the story at all. 10/10

            Characters:
            – My favourite part about Akatsuki no Yona. The exceptional and different amount of characters there are in the manga! Each of the principal characters have their qualifications, and where they all came from. Everyone has different styles, but they all have styles to where you will only enjoy them all. Her journey from being a spoiled princess who consistently got anything she desired to a more more powerful individual who works to get what they desire and help individuals in demand around her is amazing. My favorite dragon is Hakuryuu, Kija, because I truly adore the humor he brings into the group along with his loving devotion to Yona. Love Affair between Yona & Hak is very sweet too, why can not they just get married already ? Everyone has their own comedy that I personally love; the characters never bore me. 10/10

            Enjoyment:
            – It takes a lot for me to go ahead and read a manga, I ‘d rather see things in color and sometimes reading and seeing black and white over and over again starts irritating my eyes. Even then, I highly appreciate Akatsuki no Yona. This is my personal favorite manga. This manga never made me uninterested, I loved how it can be quite serious, the dialogue being really story significant to a more light hearted setting in the following page. The transitions from serious to comedy is driven out very well, the jumps don’t really feel so sudden, it felt like it was natural for it to be there. I adore each and every among the character’s for a lot of different reasons, and lots of different reasons because they have so much behind them.I liked, loved this manga for the art work, characters, meaning, how the characters interacted with each other, how the arcs were presented, just pretty much everything! I hope Akatsuki no Yona won’t stop publishing for a few more years, and I also hope that the anime for Akatsuki no Yona will finish off excellently and someday receive a season two (by the time the anime ends, there will be a lot more stuff that didn’t get animated, so pray for season two!) 10/10

            Overall:
            – Overall, this manga is a 10/10 for me; if you are a person who is interested in the historical fantasy aspect in stories as well as romance, comedy, and action then this manga is practically calling out to you! Keep in mind though that this is a shoujo and a reverse harem, but don’t let those two change your mind on possibly reading this. Every male in the reverse harem will make you like this series, and Yona herself, of course.

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