Post by Old Man Dream on Aug 20, 2016 22:52:45 GMT
Yona of the Dawn sees our titular heroine fleeing from her sheltered life as princess of an entire kingdom with bodyguard Hak after witnessing her childhood friend, Su-won, assassinate her father to lay claim to her kingdom's throne. To gain the power to oppose Su-won's rule, Yona and Hak try to locate the whereabouts of descendants of the Dragon Warriors, four young men who gained the powers of the past Dragon Warriors they descended from.
Yona of the Dawn features a great deal of fleshing out for many of its major characters. Outside of focus on Yona and Hak's struggles to cope with Su-won's shocking betrayal and gathering the Dragon Warriors. Su-won is portrayed to have redeemable traits and justifiable reasons for his assassination plot with their kingdom struggling due to the incompetence of rule under Yona's father and is trying to correct the issues brought about from the old ruler when he becomes the ruler. On her end, Yona finds herself coming to realize the issues that her kingdom experienced from her father's questionable rule and that she had been ignorant to due to her sheltered lifestyle and being on the run from Su-won's supporters who want her dead, lead her to toughen up mentally and acquire combative skills to avoid burdening her allies. A number of the Dragon Warriors also get fleshed out to show how their special abilities affected how they lived until Yona's appearance in their lives. In regards to characterization, it is perhaps the strongest element that Yona of the Dawn offers due to the amount of depth and/or growth that many of the characters demonstrate throughout the span of the series.
When it comes to plotting for the series, Yona of the Dawn is somewhat of a mixed bag. To a great extent, the series divides its focus on exploring Yona and Su-won's perspectives of the situations both face as Yona is focused on traveling with Hak to locate the Dragon Warriors and Su-won is assessing the issues faced in other parts of the kingdom coming from the previous emperor's rule. The plot buildup is solid in itself as Yona and her party do usually find themselves dealing with the corrupt elements of the kingdom during their journey, though the major conflict of the series involving Yona and Su-won's issues over rule to their kingdom is left unresolved due to the source material being ongoing and there isn't much time for the show to focus on the final Dragon Warrior introduced since he is introduced right within the show's final episode. Another element to the show I did take issue with were its attempts at comedy which felt badly timed to a great extent since they had the bad habit of taking place during the show's more serious moments at points and clashed poorly with some major dramatic moments, even if they were meant to ease the mood of the show.
While having some slipups, Yona of the Dawn is still a mostly engaging and solid fantasy-adventure drama that delves into the differing dilemmas faced by our titular heroine and Su-won from the established rule of their kingdom and the means Su-won utilized to correct the issues faced within their kingdom. Still a worthwhile recommendation if you are a fan of shoujo titles.
Rating: 7.5 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
Yona is probably my most favorite shoujo series that has some fighting action in it. Most of my shoujo are rom com. Then again, I don't explore much within the genre.
The beginning of the series is a bit slow, and considering it's an active manga series, I believe the anime's pacing was kind of all over the place. I do know they mix things around but it's quite a faithful adaptation. For the anime itself, it should sped up in the beginning and slow down. The 4 dragons didn't get equal attention as the green and gold especially the gold dragon appearing at the end.
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