Anime: Akatsuki no Yona
Alternate titles: Yona of the Dawn
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
Yona, princess of the Kingdom of Kouka, leads a luxurious and sheltered life. However, the unexpected murder of her father, the king, perpetrated by her cousin Su-won, puts her life in danger. After being left with no choice but to escape with Son Hak, her childhood friend and also bodyguard, Yona learns the harsh truth that Kouka is not the blissful place she had thought it was. With a mysterious legend about people with powers granted by dragons being the only lead for her journey, Yona must look for a way to bring Kouka back to its former glory while being persistently hunted down by the new king of Kouka.
The adventures to meet the people with dragon-gifted powers kept me excited and hooked to Akatsuki no Yona. Both opening themes were enjoyable to me and allowed me to approach each episode with a more energetic mood, synergising well with the adventures to further hook me in. I liked that the anime was able to offer lots of laughs yet seem to never get too carried away with it. In my opinion, Princess Yona’s development was excellent. Furthermore, the characters’ different interactions and personality sides added freshness and variety to the anime, with my favourite set of interactions being between Hak and Ki-ja. Hak and Ki-ja also contributed largely to what I felt were good intense fight scenes, alongside the other characters.
I would recommend Akatsuki no Yona if you are looking for an anime which is rich in culture, in this case a Korean kingdom sort of setting. If you’re looking for an Action anime with a good share of Comedy and Romance, then do add Akatsuki no Yona to your list. If you are the type of viewer to shun “useless main characters”, I still think that you should try Akatsuki no Yona, as I feel that her development will be very rewarding if you do manage to reach later parts of the show.