My take on- Akatsuki No Yona

Tuesday, 26 May 2020. Written and edited by: Haru Sekai

I recently re-watched Akatsuki No Yona and still waiting for the sequel, I decided to write my thoughts on it.

An adventure that you shouldn’t miss!

Many of you may have watched this series already but those of you who haven’t, rest assured! I’m making this post completely spoiler free so you don’t have to think twice before scrolling. So with that out of the way, let’s begin.

This is series which gives off that rare one-of-a-kind vibe with it’s scenic landscapes, quirky yet lovable characters and a plot which grasps attention right from episode one. With fairly decent animation from Studio Pierrot, it scores points for it’s unique character designs. At it’s core, it is an adventure fantasy with romance thrown in the party. It runs for a span of 24 episodes along with a short OVA series of 3 episodes.

Now this series also has a manga which is way further ahead in terms of plot and the anime series only covers roughly the beginning of the story aka the character introductions and basic plot setting of the series. The manga is worth reading but I’ll keep that a discussion for another day.

“Though the humans may hate and betray me, I cannot help but love them.” – King Hiryuu

This is my personal favourite quote from this series.

Now if you’re wondering as to why an entire series of 24 episodes only gives off the character introductions, then let me clear this up for you.

The plot focuses the life of a princess of the Kouka Kingdom, Yona, (obviously our main character) who along with her father, the king, lives her life in peace. The king believes in anti-violence and resolving matters with peace. However, Yona’s life suddenly takes an unexpected turn on her 16th birthday. That is where her journey starts.

Along with our beloved Yona, there are other characters which tag along with her on her journey. And some of those are the characters whose backstories and introductions make up the anime. (of course there are other plotpoints but the journey begins as a search for them.) This may sound a bit cliché but you’ve got to trust me on this- it is not!

Our lovable characters having their moment.

The story is captivating and it feels like you’re watching something out of your childhood favourites. Sure, the series does have it’s ups and downs with certain elements. This can be especially seen with the uneven pacing, repetitive information/flashbacks and as I mentioned earlier, really common tropes. But other than that, it is definitely worth-watching, especially if you love some adventure fantasy. Oh! And don’t forget the romance.

So I do recommend you to watch it if you’re looking for a light and enjoyable retreat.

Hello guys! Thank you so much for reading!! This was my first ever post so I would love it if you guys gave me some feedback. I’ll be back with a new review soon. Until then, keep watching!