Adventures in Anime #9: Yona of the Dawn

 


It's time for more Adventures in Anime! My best friend Rachel & I team up for this collaboration where we pick out an anime, watch it together and then answer a series of questions about it for the blog. I was so excited for this particular edition, as we're featuring one of my all-time favorites: Yona of the Dawn. Macky and I had watched this one on a whim a couple of years ago, fell head over heels in love with it after one episode and immediately proceeded to watch the entire series in a day! Rachel and I revisited it together this summer, and it was an absolute delight to reconfirm that this show is indeed worthy of favorite status (and a second season, which I will never ever ever stop saying until it happens).

Summary:
 Yona, the princess of the kingdom of Kouka, has grown up sheltered within the walls of the castle. Her life is upended on the night of her 16th birthday, and Yona winds up fleeing for her life aided only by her loyal bodyguard, General Hak. Life outside the castle walls begins with uncertainty, but Yona and Hak soon find themselves setting out on a journey together to find and request aid from four legendary dragons. 

Brief Thoughts: I love this anime so much! Everything about it - the storytelling, the world, the lore, the characters - comes together to create such a beautiful, compelling tale. It certainly helps that the plot includes my favorite story elements of journeying and gathering together a group who become like a family of sorts. But I genuinely also just loved the way it follows Yona from the moment where the foundations of her world are torn apart up until she demonstrates the courage, heart and strength to rise up and embrace her new destiny. It was impossible not to fall in love with this one all over again, and I'm still upset that the anime only has one season (though the manga continues on past where it ends and I'm definitely going to get caught up)!

Favorite Character(s): I have a soft spot for so many of the characters! I enjoy Ik-Su, the absentminded, clumsy priest who lives in isolation praying to the gods; Gi-gan, the older lady pirate captain who leads a rebellion against a corrupt politician; Zeno and Gija, two of the dragons they meet along the journey. I absolutely love Shin-Ah, the quiet dragon who grew up in isolation; Yun, the self-proclaimed handsome boy genius who takes care of the group; Jae-Ha, the roguish dragon determined to live life on his own terms. But, of course, my two absolute favorites will have to be the ones we were with from the very beginning - Hak and Yona. Hak, nicknamed the Lightning Beast, was both General and bodyguard to Yona, and continues to accompany her on her journey because of his deep loyalty, protectiveness and strong feelings for his childhood friend. He's also incredibly kind and understanding of others, though he does like to tease them a fair bit as well. (He's quite swoon-worthy, I must say!) And then, of course, there's Yona, who starts out quite naive and with a limited view of her world, but whose gentle nature, kind heart and quiet determination serves her again and again as she learns to defend herself and others and starts to really understand the see the state of her kingdom by interacting with more people on her journey.

Favorite Episode(s): If I were really forced to pick just one episode, I'm actually going to go with Episode 19: The Senjuso Test! Basically, Yona has to face a test in order to prove herself as a useful ally to the pirates. (I'm also a fan of Episode 6: Red Hair, where Yona demonstrates courage in defense of Hak, and Episode 24: From Now On, which ends the series and has some of my favorite moments!)

Favorite Scene(s): Do I really only have to pick one? This is going to be very hard! There's a scene from Yona and Hak's childhood that I love where you first see him being very protective of (and clearly having strong feelings for her). And there's a scene where Hak is teaching Yona how to use a bow and arrow. There's also a Yona and Hak scene in the last episode that had me screaming because it gave me such strong fangirl feels. But two of my favorite moments are in Episode 22 (when Yona defiantly fires an arrow) and Episode 23 (when Yona tells Hak that she has to leave and wants him with her and the others also show up to reinforce their commitment to journeying with her). 

Favorite Quote(s): "There is strength in words. Sometimes, they become words of power."

Favorite Setting: If I'm being completely honest, it's most enjoyable to be hanging out with everyone in the forest while they're journeying. (I did really like the time they spent at Ik-Su's home though, as it seemed like a reprieve from everything stressful!)

Favorite Kiss: I'm still bitter there's no proper kiss scene but I absolutely love when Hak kisses Yona's forehead in the very last episode. (It's fairly obvious who I ship, and I'm not even sorry for mentioning them so much.)

Have you watched Yona of the Dawn?

16 comments

  1. This post is very nice and good.

    Backpage
    If you were a user of backpage and used to post classified advertisements for free, but because of shutting down the original backpage site, then your wait ends here. Because AdBackpage provides you with the same features and can work as a backpage replacement site very quickly.
    AdBackpage Team.

    ReplyDelete
  2. 1xbet korean | legalbet.co.kr | Legalbet.co.kr
    1xbet korean. 메리트 카지노 주소 Online kadangpintar sportsbook. Sportsbook. Online 1xbet korean casinos.

    ReplyDelete
  3. i love to watch anime series and i love cartoons too in the free time i generally watch anime movies but now being an adult and a student of university i don't have enough time to watch such things because of the exams pressure and assignment frustration but this is now resolved by the help of best research paper writing service service.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll definitely dig it and personally recommend it to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this site. Thanks so much for sharing. fedpoly bali hnd admission 2023

    ReplyDelete

  5. RAM vehicles are known for their luxurious interiors and meticulous craftsmanship. High-quality materials, ergonomic designs, and state-of-the-art technology are typically found in Porsche's cabin.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I appreciate you giving this helpful and interesting blog. The blog was really innovative and engaging. I have much appreciated reading your lovely blogs and works of art. For the next generation, it was beneficial. The blog's ending was quite original and wonderful. The theme, which was developed using original and unique concepts, is understandable to everyone. I want to thank you again for sharing these lovely blogs with us. Keep sharing your lovely blogs with us in the future.
    Abogado Tráfico Washington Condado Virginia
    Traffic Lawyer Fairfax, VA

    ReplyDelete
  7. I enjoyed over read your blog post. Your blog have nice information, I got good ideas from this amazing blog. I am always searching like this type blog post.
    New Jersey Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

    ReplyDelete
  8. Caroline Traffic Lawyer
    "Adventures in Anime #9: Yona of the Dawn" is an emotionally charged anime about a strong female protagonist, Yona, who navigates themes of love, loss, friendship, and redemption. The story is based on Korean history and culture, and features voice acting performances that capture the nuances of each character's personality and emotions. The anime has garnered an endearing fanbase for its depth, character development, and emotional resonance, making it a must-watch for anime enthusiasts.

    ReplyDelete
  9. It looks like you're talking about going on a "blue grey sale" and taking a "away day" to "The Holme" in Newcastleton. "The Holme" could be a reference to a particular Newcastleton location, establishment, or event space. A "blue grey sale" could be any kind of sale that features both blue and grey goods.

    Check the date, time, and venue of the event, along with any special information or deals associated with the sale, if you intend to attend. Additionally, because event specifics and safety precautions can change, think about verifying whether any unique needs or COVID-19 rules are in effect. Have fun during the event today!

    Accidente de Camión

    ReplyDelete
  10. You make it enjoyable and you continue to care for to keep it smart.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I cant wait to learn much more from you. This is actually a great site.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's a very helpful section of information. We're happy that you discussed this

    ReplyDelete
  13. Impressive website. Numerous helpful tips in this article.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks one million and please continue the gratifying work.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Adventures in Anime featuring 'Yona of the Dawn' is an absolute delight to read! Your enthusiasm for this captivating tale shines through, and your favorite characters' descriptions make me want to watch it immediately
    New Jersey Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving a comment! I love seeing what you have to say, and will try to reply (here or on Twitter) as soon as I can :)