Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest cloth...

Akatsuki no Yona - Manga Review


Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn't so annoying to her and her hair wasn't so red.

But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.
- Titania Scans
Long time, everyone! I'm happy to see visitors despite my prolonged absence. Today, I'll be reviewing Akatsuki no Yona since the anime is coming soon!

The best aspect of this manga is Yona's characterization. Her metamorphosis from a naive young girl to a mature young woman is drastic but done at a very realistic pace. Her love for Soo-won hinders her motivation and while the typical thing for a shoujo manga is to rush the process in regards to romance - Hak is a favourite of many - her feelings for Soo-won doesn't disappear so quickly. 

This affects Hak who seemed to have a crush on the girl since childhood. 

Now, Yona's quest involves finding the four dragons who wait for her and each seem to be drawn into her because they can feel their past lives' affection towards their master. As she continues her journey, she understands the terrible shape her country is in under the rule of her father.

Everyone's characterization is great but the plot was slightly weak from the get-go. Zeno, the Earth Dragon, calls her out on this. The audience is shown what's occurring on Soo-won's side, who proves to be an effective leader, assisting the regions and earning the respect of the various tribes. 

Soo-won still has some feelings for her despite everything, as seen when he shielded her from his escorts, so the question becomes: What is going to happen at the end?

Is it better to have Soo-won to continue ruling or should Yona reclaim the throne? Or will the managa-ka put these two together at the end? Yona keeps a distance from Hak because she wants to retain her royal status to some regard so will they end up together?

It's one of the few manga that depicts the emotions of betrayl and love so accurately and the characters provide humour along the way. This is definitely a reverse-harem and it's a great ride! 

I totally recommend reading before watching the anime, just so we can appreciate the feels :)

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