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Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn (Japanese:暁のヨナ, Hepburn: Akatsuki no Yona) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi. It has been serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume since August 2009, with its chapters collected in thirty-six tankōbon volumes as of August 2021.

Yona of the Dawn
Cover of the first volume, featuring Yona
暁のヨナ
(Akatsuki no Yona)
Genre
Manga
Written byMizuho Kusanagi
Published byHakusensha
English publisher
MagazineHana to Yume
DemographicShōjo
Original runAugust 4, 2009 – present
Volumes36(List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKazuhiro Yoneda
Written byShinichi Inotsume
Music byKunihiko Ryo
StudioPierrot
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, TV Aichi, RKK, BS11
Original run October 7, 2014 March 24, 2015
Episodes24 + 3 OVA(List of episodes)
Anime and manga portal

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 2014 and March 2015.

Contents

2000 years ago, the fictional nation of Kouka, drawing inspiration from a mixture of ancient Asian cultures was founded by the Crimson Dragon God, who came down to Earth from the Heavens as a human, deemed the Crimson Dragon King. It was believed that humans were living in an era full of evil and thirst for power, where they forgot about the Gods. The Crimson Dragon King was eventually forced to fight against these humans, and just as he was about to be killed and the world was on the brink of extinction, four other Dragon Gods, imbued with the dragon blood, joined his side as human warriors, and helped him lead Kouka to prosperity. After they had cleared Kouka of evil, the Crimson Dragon King died. The four Dragon warriors mourned his death and walked separate ways from his castle, leaving the country to develop over the centuries into 5 Tribes: Sky, Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire. As countless generations flew by, this history became a famous founding myth.

2000 years later, the story commences with Yona, the sole princess of Kouka, ruled by her pacifistic father King Il under the Sky Tribe. Yona lives a lavish, sheltered life from the harrowing reality outside of the walls of the Crimson Dragon Castle, protected by her bodyguard Hak, general of the Wind Tribe, and often visited by Soo-won, her crush of 10 years and the son of King Il's brother, Yoo-hon. But contrary to this peaceful illusion, Kouka is once again on the verge of destruction and about to undergo a political upheaval.

A week before a party celebrating her sixteenth birthday, Soo-won visits to pay tribute to her. Upon revealing her intention to someday marry him to her father, Yona is shocked and dismayed when King Il pointedly forbids her from choosing Soo-won as a husband. On the night of her 16th birthday party, Yona visits her father's chambers again, determined to change his mind. Instead, she walks in on Soo-won driving a sword through King Il's chest, revealing that he'd planned a Coup d'état and would become Kouka's next King. Yona and Hak become fugitives and are forced to flee to Fuuga, the capital of the Wind Tribe. Under the suggestion of Hak's adopted grandfather and prior Wind Tribe General Son Mundok, Yona and Hak search for an exiled priest who tells her about the Crimson Dragon King and four Dragon warriors who unified the nation. Guided by this seemingly fictitious myth, Yona begins a journey to find these warriors in order to survive and save her country.

Main characters

Yona (ヨナ)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Yona is the only princess of Kouka and only child of pacifistic King Il. She is of Sky Tribe descent. Having rare red hair and violet eyes, Yona is the reincarnation of the Crimson Dragon King. As the reincarnation, the four legendary dragon Gods' blood will react to her soul the moment they lay eyes on her, and they will keep to the original Dragon Warrior's oath to protect and fight alongside her. According to King Il, Yona's mother, Queen Kashi, was killed by insurgents when she was 6 years old. Sheltered in the Crimson Dragon Castle, Yona was very dependent, spoiled, and naive and kind. She was not allowed to touch weapons, nor brought up politically aware, as King Il had never allowed her to see the world outside the castle walls. She spent her days with her childhood friends Soo-won and Hak. From an early age, she secretly harbored romantic affections for Soo-won, but her father opposed her from marrying him. After Soo-won staged a coup to seemingly murder the king, Yona, who accidentally witnessed the aftermath of the scene, was forced to flee. With Minsoo distracting those in pursuit and his timely self-sacrifice, Yona was able to flee with Hak to the Wind Tribe. Instead of hiding in the Wind Tribe, she decided to journey around Kouka to find the Dragon warriors mentioned in the exiled priest Ik-soo's prophecy. After opening her eyes to the ruined state of Kouka, she acknowledged and took responsibility for her past ignorance. Losing her father, her castle, her throne, and the man she loved in just one night pushed Yona into vowing to become stronger to protect herself, her allies, and eventually her country during travel in secret.
Yona asked Hak to teach her archery and sword fighting. While initially reluctant to kill humans and animals as according to her father's pacifistic ideals, Yona eventually overcame this hesitation against Kum-Ji, the human trafficking crime lord of Port Awa. Although Yona cannot forgive Soo-won, she still came across a few moments when she found herself not wanting to kill him, or still caring about him somewhere in her heart. After realizing that he genuinely cared for her and Hak and is a genuinely good - possibly even better - King than Il, a part of her now wishes to understand him and his motives better. Initially, she wished for revenge, but later realized that toppling Soo-won off the throne would only plunge Kouka into chaos, and that living a life fueled by hatred was not the answer. Over time, she moves past her previous affections for Soo-won and develops new romantic feelings for Hak. She resolves to someday release Hak of his role as her bodyguard, and return his freedom to him so that he can live out his life in whichever way he wants.
Son Hak (ソン・ハク, Son Haku)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno, Ayahi Takagaki (young) (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat (English)
He is Yona's childhood best friend and bodyguard, as well as the former general of the Wind Tribe. He is known as the "Lightning Beast" for his astounding lightning-fast fighting skills, earning him the title of the strongest soldier in the Kingdom of Kouka, though he is not very famous outside the Sky and Wind Tribes. His talent had already been recognized since he was thirteen years old and he was the first person to defeat a general in combat at such a young age. He was orphaned as a toddler and was adopted by the previous Wind Tribe general, Son Mundok, as his grandson and heir. He was falsely rumored to be the murderer of King Il and to have kidnapped Yona, due to them disappearing from the palace the night of the king's death without public explanation.
Hak is usually sarcastic and nonchalant, often found teasing Yona, although he cares deeply for her and vows to protect her at all costs. He was a very close friend of Soo-won's before his betrayal, looking up to him as a brother, and seems to have loved Yona from a young age. However, knowing that Yona had feelings for Soo-won, Hak suppressed his own feelings in favor of Yona and Soo-won living happily together. He vowed to be Soo-won's right-hand man if Soo-won were to marry Yona and become king, and had resolved himself to serving them both for the rest of his life. Being a deeply loyal and straight-forward person, he was severely hurt by Soo-won's betrayal and has arguably had a harder time coming to terms with it than Yona. Originally extremely overprotective of Yona, he later grows out of it when he sees her determination to become stronger and begins taking pride in her fiery side. In combat, Hak uses a guandao (a glaive-like bladed pole weapon) as his main weapon, though he also appears to be highly proficient with bows, swords, and hand-to-hand combat.
Yoon (ユン)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)
He is an orphan boy who was taken in by the monk, Ik-soo, as an apprentice when he was a child. Because of his cute face and expertise at cooking and making medicine, he is often mistaken for a girl, or teased for this skill set. He found Yona and Hak when they fell from the cliff after being attacked by Tae-Jun's ambush. He initially disliked Yona for being an ignorant princess, but later apologized after witnessing Yona's bravery and willingness to educate herself. His initial hatred for nobles stemmed from the fact that Ik-soo was banished from the kingdom by Soo-won's father, and from his own impoverished childhood. He always dreamed of going on a journey so that he could learn more about medicine and the world, but never did so before due to the fact that he did not want to leave Ik-soo. After some convincing, Yoon decided to leave and start travelling with Yona and Hak. Once the Four Dragons are assembled, he becomes something of a medic and caretaker for the group and harbours a close, sibling-like relationship with Yona. He is the only true non-combatant in the group, though he is capable of making explosives.
Soo-won (スウォン, Suwon)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi, Nozomi Yamamoto (young) (Japanese); Micah Solusod (English)
Yona's first cousin as well her first love, he is the son of King Il's brother, Yu-Hon, and currently Kouka's 11th King of the Sky Tribe. Growing up, he was close childhood friends with Yona and Hak, loving Yona like a younger sister and Hak as an elder brother. In the wake of Yona's mother Kashi's death, Soo-won comforted Yona and promised to be by her side in her mother's place, which largely contributed to her falling in love with him. He was also Hak's best friend and confidant for many years, and the two of them learned spearmanship and archery under Mundok, as well as greatly admired each other as children. When around others, Soo-won maintains a facade of being a clumsy and carefree young man, hiding his true intelligence and shrewdness. According to Soo-won, his father was killed by Yona's father, King Il, and covered up as an accident (although the truth remains a mystery) This, along with the country suffering under Il's pacifist rule, led Soo-won to conspire with the Fire Tribe to kill him and take over the throne. With King Il dead, Yona missing and presumed dead, and Hak presumed to have killed them both and on the run as a criminal, Soo-won is crowned the King of Kouka. Even though he seemingly hated King Il and declared he will dispose of anyone who gets in his way, Soo-won still genuinely cares for both Yona and Hak. He hides the fact that Yona is still alive from his followers after he discovers this, and pointedly avoids arresting or attacking Hak when given the opportunity. Despite the underhanded method he chose to gain the throne, he has actually been somewhat of a good influence on Kouka; hence, Yona decides she does not want to seek revenge against him. Although he does not wish to sacrifice individuals, he is prepared to make sacrifices in order to uphold the stability of the country. He is revealed by Zeno to have inherited an incurable disease from his mother, Yon-Hi, due to being a descendant of Hiryuu.

Dragon Warriors

Kija (キジャ)
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita, Haruka Chisuga (young) (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
The descendant and inheritor of the White Dragon's claw. Kija spent most of his life isolated in his hidden village whose people venerated him. He is naive and gullible, with a crippling fear of bugs. Out of all four dragons, Kija was the most immediately loyal to Yona, having been raised on the tale of Hiryuu and possessing a strong sense of duty as the White Dragon. As all the previous White Dragons were raised much the same as he was and bore the same eagerness to serve Hiryuu, Kija is the unknowing vessel of the departed spirits of several generations of White Dragons. His father—the previous generation's White Dragon—was so upset that a new dragon had been born, he slashed Kija across the back shortly after his birth. As such, he was kept away from Kija until the moment he died and Kija still bears the scars across his back well into adulthood. Originally, he often bickered with Hak, believing that an outsider has no place protecting Hiryuu's reincarnation and taking offence to Hak's "White Snake" nickname for him. However, as time went on, they develop respect, trust, and friendship over their mutual desire to protect Yona. He also harbours a small crush on Yona, but instead actively chooses not to interfere with her growing affections for Hak. Kija wields his dragon claw in combat, which grows massive in size and is said to be able to cut through anything. When not in combat, he wraps his claw in a bandage to avoid attracting attention. Along with Zeno, Jae-ha, and Shin-ah, he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations.
Shin-ah (シンア)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto, Sanae Kobayashi (young) (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)
The descendant and inheritor of the Blue Dragon's eyes. In contrast to Kija's people, Shin-ah's village feared the inheritors of the Blue Dragon's powers, believing them to be cursed. This fear was so extreme that when Shin-ah was born, his mother killed herself. Because the villagers believe that those who look the dragon in the eyes will turn into stone, Shin-ah had a lonely childhood and thus, grew very quiet and socially awkward. He was raised to age 4 by the previous Blue Dragon, Ao, who taught him swordsmanship and his duty to protect the village. Soon after Ao's death, Shin-ah used the power of his eyes to protect his village from approaching bandits, killing all of them. This forced the entire clan to flee their old village and move into their hidden mountain dwelling, within which Yona, Yoon, Hak and Kija later meet him several years in the future. Despite initial hesitance to join her, he saves Yona from a malicious villager and eventually chooses to leave the village with her. While growing up, Shin-ah was referred to only as the Blue Dragon and did not have a name, and thus Yona named him "Shin-ah", meaning "moonlight" in the language of Kouka. Shin-ah is able to see great distances, manifest horrifying hallucinations and induce heart attacks to those he uses his eyes on. After using his dragon ability, however, Shin-ah's body becomes paralyzed for a short time.
To avoid making eye contact, Shin-ah covers his face with a mask, though he later takes to wearing a blindfold to avoid the attention his mask attracts. Eventually, he grows comfortable enough with the rest of the group that he only covers his eyes in public. Shin-ah is usually accompanied by his pet squirrel, Ao, named after the previous Blue Dragon. He is extremely loyal to Yona, due to her being one of the first people to be kind towards him since the death of his predecessor. He is also particularly close to Zeno, and the two are often seen playing or spending time together. He mainly wields a sword in battle, choosing not to use his powers for anything other than as a last resort. Along with Zeno, Jae-ha and Kija, he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations.
Jae-ha (ジェハ)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)
The descendant and inheritor of the Green Dragon's right leg. Jae-Ha was kept prisoner in his village until he eventually escaped and joined a pirate crew in Awa. Sensing their presence when they arrive in Awa, Jae-Ha tries to avoid Yona and the White and Blue Dragons because he did not want to be constrained by his duty, and he initially declines Yona's invitation to join her. However, he is intrigued by Yona's spirit and determination, and despite his concerns that his dragon blood is influencing his feelings, he leaves the pirate crew and joins Yona on her journey. Jae-Ha is laid back, flamboyant, and a womanizer, but is also observant and wiser due to his older age and experiences. He is aware of Hak's feelings for Yona and likes to tease him about it, much to Hak's frequent annoyance. Despite his earlier reservations about joining them, Jae-Ha eventually becomes a surrogate older brother to the group, and develops a close friendship with Hak—who only ever refers to him as "Tareme", often translated to "Droopy Eyes". He harbours some romantic affection toward Yona himself, but chooses not to pursue her due to their age gap and out of respect for Hak and the obvious feelings Yona holds for him. Jae-Ha has infinite strength in his dragon leg, which allows him to kick hard enough to shatter armour and jump far enough that he appears to fly. He can enlarge his leg as Kija does his hand, however, prefers not to do so since he dislikes the look of it. Jae-Ha mainly utilizes his powerful leg for close combat and throws daggers as long-range weapons. Along with Zeno, Shin-ah, and Kija, he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations.
Zeno (ゼノ)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
The Yellow Dragon warrior. In contrast to the other dragon warriors, Yona did not have to go searching for him as he wandered into their camp. Zeno is cheerful and upbeat, and is usually smiling—behaviours adopted from his late wife, Kaya. Seemingly carefree, Zeno is actually the most observant of the group, quickly catching notice of anything unusual. It is revealed that Zeno is the original Yellow Dragon Warrior who served King Hiryuu (making him about two thousand years old) and that he has been following Yona ever since she fled the castle. He also visited the young Dragon Warriors when Yona was born, which is only very vaguely recalled by Kija, who was four at the time. Zeno admits that, unlike the other three dragons, he did not sense any 'awakening' when he first saw Yona and does not initially show any special abilities. Zeno's dragon power is immortality; his body regenerates, even if he is beheaded or burned alive. When he uses this power, dragon scales cover his body and he becomes as strong as the White Dragon and can jump as high as the Green Dragon. Zeno used to live in Hiryuu palace and functioned as Kouka's first Priest, but he was forced to leave when the public started to notice that he did not age. Zeno usually wields a shield in combat to protect Yoon and Yona from projectile attacks. He reserves his power for a last resort, as it does entail him having to be gravely wounded to take effect. Along with Shin-ah, Jae-ha and Kija, he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations.

Others

Ik-soo (イクス, Ikkusu)
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)
He is a clumsy High Priest and Oracle of the Kouka Kingdom and was Yoon's guardian. He spends his days in isolation praying to the gods for guidance and for the happiness of the people. He reveals a prophecy to Yona that marks the start of her search for the Four Dragon Warriors.
Lee Geun-tae (イ・グンテ, I Gunte)
Voiced by: Masaki Aizawa (Japanese); Brandon Potter (English)
He is the general of the Earth Tribe and the husband of Yoon-Ho. He serves under Soo-won's rule after acknowledging Soo-won's strength during the Battle Game Festival held in Chi'shin. As a general who fought during Emperor Joo-nam’s era (Yona and Soo-won's grandfather), he is a warrior dedicated to the battlefield and has been eager to fight on the front lines again. His tribe admires him, though he insists on them treating him like an ordinary citizen.
Son Mundok (ソン・ムンドク, Son Mundoku)
Voiced by: Katsuhiko Sasaki (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
He is the former General and leader of the Wind Tribe. He is the adoptive grandfather of Hak. Before his retirement, he was known as a general whose strength was compared to General Yu-Hon’s. Despite his strict behavior and appearance, Mundok cares deeply for the Wind Tribe and the royal family, to whom he is quite loyal. He has a kind heart and adopted two orphans as his grandchildren: Hak and Tae-Yeon.
Kan Tae-jun (カン・テジュン, Kan Tejun)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Christopher Bevins (English)
Tae-jun is the second son of the Fire Tribe General Kan Soo-jin. He was determined to make Yona his wife initially only to inherit the throne of Kouka Kingdom, though it is revealed after he mistakenly believes that she is dead that he genuinely liked her. Because of Hak intervening in his brash attempts to court Yona for years, he harbors a vendetta against Hak and actively tries to have him killed after Hak and Yona escaped the castle. During his pursuit, he inadvertently caused both of them to fall from a cliff, leading Tae-jun to believe that he had killed Yona. This left Tae-jun heavily depressed and guilty over the ordeal for months. He is finally reunited with Yona when his brother assigned him to capture bandits said to be driving off Fire Tribe soldiers from collecting taxes — which was really Yona and her group defending the poor from being abused by the military. Due to his extreme happiness that Yona is alive, Tae-jun fully repented his actions and resolved to change the lives of the Fire Tribe's people, earning him respect from his subordinates and Yona herself. He later remains a valuable ally to Yona and her group from that point onward, even agreeing to risk treason at her request.
An Lili (アン・リリー, Ahn Riri)
Lili is the only daughter of Water Tribe General An Joon-gi. She is a confident, spunky girl around Yona's age with big ambitions to help solve the overwhelming drug problems that plague the Water Tribe. However, her efforts are impaired by her overly-protective father with whom she shares a distant, strained relationship. She initially thought that Yona and her group were suspicious, and thus involved in the drug trade. However, upon shadowing Yona's group for a few hours and being saved by them when attacked by a drug addict, she comes to realize that they share a common goal. With the combined efforts of herself, Yona's group, and an incognito Soo-won, they are successfully able to arrest the reigning drug lord in the Water Tribe. Lili and Yona's group team up once again after this to quell the Water Tribe's drug and slave trade in Kai (a neighbouring nation), resulting in Lili and Yona being kidnapped by the enemy and sold as slaves in retribution for their drug-ban efforts. They eventually break out from the slave camp, but Lili is caught once again and sent to be hanged. She is rescued in the knick of time by Lili's personal guards and Yona's group, aided by from Soo-won's and Joon-Gi's forces—most notably, a joint effort between Hak and Soo-won. Her near-death experience and her anti-drug trade efforts resulted in Lili gaining strong respect from the people of the Water Tribe.
From that point onward, Lili becomes a common ally between Yona and Soo-won. She boasts a close friendship and loyalty to Yona, but also a blooming camaraderie with Soo-won, along with a deep gratitude for his role in her rescue. She is one of the few characters outside of Yona's companions who, not knowing her before her father's death, is privy to Yona's true identity as the true heir to the Kouka throne. She is also considered a valid marriage option for Soo-won by her father and some of the other generals of Kouka, though much to her distaste, as she has a crush on the much admired General Geun-tae. She is a neutral party in the conflict between Soo-won and Yona, but has publicly announced her friendship and loyalty to Yona to thousands of Sky Tribe and Water Tribe troops.

Manga

Mizuho Kusanagi launched the series in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume manga magazine on August 4, 2009. The series has been collected into 35 bound volumes. On October 9, 2015, North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at their New York Comic Con panel that they have licensed the manga and will begin releasing it in summer 2016. The series went on hiatus starting with 2016's eleventh issue, on April 25, 2016, due to the earthquakes in Kumamoto, where Kusanagi lives. It resumed in the twelfth issue on May 20, 2016.

Anime

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014, and March 24, 2015, on AT-X. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video rights in North America. Beginning on March 17, 2015, Funimation streamed their dubbed version of the anime, starting with episode 13 while the first half of the season will be released at a later date. The first opening theme is an instrumental song by Kunihiko Ryo, called "Akatsuki no Yona" (暁のヨナ, lit. meaning Yona of the Dawn). The first ending theme is Yoru (, lit. meaning Night) by Vistlip. The second opening theme is "Akatsuki no Hana", by Cyntia. The second ending theme is "Akatsuki", by Akiko Shikata. Three original video animations were bundled with the manga's 19th, 21st and 22nd limited edition volumes, respectively. The first OVA was released on September 18, 2015, the second OVA was released on August 19, 2016, and the third OVA was released on December 20, 2016.

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Yona of the Dawn
Yona of the Dawn Language Watch Edit Yona of the Dawn Japanese 暁のヨナ Hepburn Akatsuki no Yona is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi It has been serialized in Hakusensha s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume since August 2009 with its chapters collected in thirty six tankōbon volumes as of August 2021 Yona of the DawnCover of the first volume featuring Yona暁のヨナ Akatsuki no Yona GenreAdventure 1 Epic fantasy 2 Romance 1 2 MangaWritten byMizuho KusanagiPublished byHakusenshaEnglish publisherNA Viz MediaMagazineHana to YumeDemographicShōjoOriginal runAugust 4 2009 presentVolumes36 List of volumes Anime television seriesDirected byKazuhiro YonedaWritten byShinichi InotsumeMusic byKunihiko RyoStudioPierrotLicensed byNA FunimationOriginal networkAT X Tokyo MX Sun TV TV Aichi RKK BS11Original runOctober 7 2014 March 24 2015Episodes24 3 OVA List of episodes Anime and manga portal A 24 episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 2014 and March 2015 Contents 1 Plot 2 Characters 2 1 Main characters 2 2 Dragon Warriors 2 3 Others 3 Media 3 1 Manga 3 2 Anime 4 See also 5 References 6 External linksPlot Edit2000 years ago the fictional nation of Kouka drawing inspiration from a mixture of ancient Asian cultures was founded by the Crimson Dragon God who came down to Earth from the Heavens as a human deemed the Crimson Dragon King It was believed that humans were living in an era full of evil and thirst for power where they forgot about the Gods The Crimson Dragon King was eventually forced to fight against these humans and just as he was about to be killed and the world was on the brink of extinction four other Dragon Gods imbued with the dragon blood joined his side as human warriors and helped him lead Kouka to prosperity After they had cleared Kouka of evil the Crimson Dragon King died The four Dragon warriors mourned his death and walked separate ways from his castle leaving the country to develop over the centuries into 5 Tribes Sky Earth Water Wind and Fire As countless generations flew by this history became a famous founding myth 2000 years later the story commences with Yona the sole princess of Kouka ruled by her pacifistic father King Il under the Sky Tribe Yona lives a lavish sheltered life from the harrowing reality outside of the walls of the Crimson Dragon Castle protected by her bodyguard Hak general of the Wind Tribe and often visited by Soo won her crush of 10 years and the son of King Il s brother Yoo hon But contrary to this peaceful illusion Kouka is once again on the verge of destruction and about to undergo a political upheaval A week before a party celebrating her sixteenth birthday Soo won visits to pay tribute to her Upon revealing her intention to someday marry him to her father Yona is shocked and dismayed when King Il pointedly forbids her from choosing Soo won as a husband On the night of her 16th birthday party Yona visits her father s chambers again determined to change his mind Instead she walks in on Soo won driving a sword through King Il s chest revealing that he d planned a Coup d etat and would become Kouka s next King Yona and Hak become fugitives and are forced to flee to Fuuga the capital of the Wind Tribe Under the suggestion of Hak s adopted grandfather and prior Wind Tribe General Son Mundok Yona and Hak search for an exiled priest who tells her about the Crimson Dragon King and four Dragon warriors who unified the nation Guided by this seemingly fictitious myth Yona begins a journey to find these warriors in order to survive and save her country Characters EditMain characters Edit Yona ヨナ Voiced by Chiwa Saitō Japanese Monica Rial English 3 Yona is the only princess of Kouka and only child of pacifistic King Il She is of Sky Tribe descent Having rare red hair and violet eyes Yona is the reincarnation of the Crimson Dragon King As the reincarnation the four legendary dragon Gods blood will react to her soul the moment they lay eyes on her and they will keep to the original Dragon Warrior s oath to protect and fight alongside her According to King Il Yona s mother Queen Kashi was killed by insurgents when she was 6 years old Sheltered in the Crimson Dragon Castle Yona was very dependent spoiled and naive and kind She was not allowed to touch weapons nor brought up politically aware as King Il had never allowed her to see the world outside the castle walls She spent her days with her childhood friends Soo won and Hak From an early age she secretly harbored romantic affections for Soo won but her father opposed her from marrying him After Soo won staged a coup to seemingly murder the king Yona who accidentally witnessed the aftermath of the scene was forced to flee With Minsoo distracting those in pursuit and his timely self sacrifice Yona was able to flee with Hak to the Wind Tribe Instead of hiding in the Wind Tribe she decided to journey around Kouka to find the Dragon warriors mentioned in the exiled priest Ik soo s prophecy After opening her eyes to the ruined state of Kouka she acknowledged and took responsibility for her past ignorance Losing her father her castle her throne and the man she loved in just one night pushed Yona into vowing to become stronger to protect herself her allies and eventually her country during travel in secret Yona asked Hak to teach her archery and sword fighting While initially reluctant to kill humans and animals as according to her father s pacifistic ideals Yona eventually overcame this hesitation against Kum Ji the human trafficking crime lord of Port Awa Although Yona cannot forgive Soo won she still came across a few moments when she found herself not wanting to kill him or still caring about him somewhere in her heart After realizing that he genuinely cared for her and Hak and is a genuinely good possibly even better King than Il a part of her now wishes to understand him and his motives better Initially she wished for revenge but later realized that toppling Soo won off the throne would only plunge Kouka into chaos and that living a life fueled by hatred was not the answer Over time she moves past her previous affections for Soo won and develops new romantic feelings for Hak She resolves to someday release Hak of his role as her bodyguard and return his freedom to him so that he can live out his life in whichever way he wants Son Hak ソン ハク Son Haku Voiced by Tomoaki Maeno Ayahi Takagaki young Japanese Christopher R Sabat English 3 He is Yona s childhood best friend and bodyguard as well as the former general of the Wind Tribe He is known as the Lightning Beast for his astounding lightning fast fighting skills earning him the title of the strongest soldier in the Kingdom of Kouka though he is not very famous outside the Sky and Wind Tribes His talent had already been recognized since he was thirteen years old and he was the first person to defeat a general in combat at such a young age He was orphaned as a toddler and was adopted by the previous Wind Tribe general Son Mundok as his grandson and heir He was falsely rumored to be the murderer of King Il and to have kidnapped Yona due to them disappearing from the palace the night of the king s death without public explanation Hak is usually sarcastic and nonchalant often found teasing Yona although he cares deeply for her and vows to protect her at all costs He was a very close friend of Soo won s before his betrayal looking up to him as a brother and seems to have loved Yona from a young age However knowing that Yona had feelings for Soo won Hak suppressed his own feelings in favor of Yona and Soo won living happily together He vowed to be Soo won s right hand man if Soo won were to marry Yona and become king and had resolved himself to serving them both for the rest of his life Being a deeply loyal and straight forward person he was severely hurt by Soo won s betrayal and has arguably had a harder time coming to terms with it than Yona Originally extremely overprotective of Yona he later grows out of it when he sees her determination to become stronger and begins taking pride in her fiery side In combat Hak uses a guandao a glaive like bladed pole weapon as his main weapon though he also appears to be highly proficient with bows swords and hand to hand combat Yoon ユン Voiced by Junko Minagawa Japanese Clifford Chapin English 3 He is an orphan boy who was taken in by the monk Ik soo as an apprentice when he was a child Because of his cute face and expertise at cooking and making medicine he is often mistaken for a girl or teased for this skill set He found Yona and Hak when they fell from the cliff after being attacked by Tae Jun s ambush He initially disliked Yona for being an ignorant princess but later apologized after witnessing Yona s bravery and willingness to educate herself His initial hatred for nobles stemmed from the fact that Ik soo was banished from the kingdom by Soo won s father and from his own impoverished childhood He always dreamed of going on a journey so that he could learn more about medicine and the world but never did so before due to the fact that he did not want to leave Ik soo After some convincing Yoon decided to leave and start travelling with Yona and Hak Once the Four Dragons are assembled he becomes something of a medic and caretaker for the group and harbours a close sibling like relationship with Yona He is the only true non combatant in the group though he is capable of making explosives Soo won スウォン Suwon Voiced by Yusuke Kobayashi Nozomi Yamamoto young Japanese Micah Solusod English 3 Yona s first cousin as well her first love he is the son of King Il s brother Yu Hon and currently Kouka s 11th King of the Sky Tribe Growing up he was close childhood friends with Yona and Hak loving Yona like a younger sister and Hak as an elder brother In the wake of Yona s mother Kashi s death Soo won comforted Yona and promised to be by her side in her mother s place which largely contributed to her falling in love with him He was also Hak s best friend and confidant for many years and the two of them learned spearmanship and archery under Mundok as well as greatly admired each other as children When around others Soo won maintains a facade of being a clumsy and carefree young man hiding his true intelligence and shrewdness According to Soo won his father was killed by Yona s father King Il and covered up as an accident although the truth remains a mystery This along with the country suffering under Il s pacifist rule led Soo won to conspire with the Fire Tribe to kill him and take over the throne With King Il dead Yona missing and presumed dead and Hak presumed to have killed them both and on the run as a criminal Soo won is crowned the King of Kouka Even though he seemingly hated King Il and declared he will dispose of anyone who gets in his way Soo won still genuinely cares for both Yona and Hak He hides the fact that Yona is still alive from his followers after he discovers this and pointedly avoids arresting or attacking Hak when given the opportunity Despite the underhanded method he chose to gain the throne he has actually been somewhat of a good influence on Kouka hence Yona decides she does not want to seek revenge against him Although he does not wish to sacrifice individuals he is prepared to make sacrifices in order to uphold the stability of the country He is revealed by Zeno to have inherited an incurable disease from his mother Yon Hi due to being a descendant of Hiryuu Dragon Warriors Edit Kija キジャ Voiced by Masakazu Morita Haruka Chisuga young Japanese Ian Sinclair English 3 The descendant and inheritor of the White Dragon s claw Kija spent most of his life isolated in his hidden village whose people venerated him He is naive and gullible with a crippling fear of bugs Out of all four dragons Kija was the most immediately loyal to Yona having been raised on the tale of Hiryuu and possessing a strong sense of duty as the White Dragon As all the previous White Dragons were raised much the same as he was and bore the same eagerness to serve Hiryuu Kija is the unknowing vessel of the departed spirits of several generations of White Dragons His father the previous generation s White Dragon was so upset that a new dragon had been born he slashed Kija across the back shortly after his birth As such he was kept away from Kija until the moment he died and Kija still bears the scars across his back well into adulthood Originally he often bickered with Hak believing that an outsider has no place protecting Hiryuu s reincarnation and taking offence to Hak s White Snake nickname for him However as time went on they develop respect trust and friendship over their mutual desire to protect Yona He also harbours a small crush on Yona but instead actively chooses not to interfere with her growing affections for Hak Kija wields his dragon claw in combat which grows massive in size and is said to be able to cut through anything When not in combat he wraps his claw in a bandage to avoid attracting attention Along with Zeno Jae ha and Shin ah he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations Shin ah シンア Voiced by Nobuhiko Okamoto Sanae Kobayashi young Japanese Eric Vale English 3 The descendant and inheritor of the Blue Dragon s eyes In contrast to Kija s people Shin ah s village feared the inheritors of the Blue Dragon s powers believing them to be cursed This fear was so extreme that when Shin ah was born his mother killed herself Because the villagers believe that those who look the dragon in the eyes will turn into stone Shin ah had a lonely childhood and thus grew very quiet and socially awkward He was raised to age 4 by the previous Blue Dragon Ao who taught him swordsmanship and his duty to protect the village Soon after Ao s death Shin ah used the power of his eyes to protect his village from approaching bandits killing all of them This forced the entire clan to flee their old village and move into their hidden mountain dwelling within which Yona Yoon Hak and Kija later meet him several years in the future Despite initial hesitance to join her he saves Yona from a malicious villager and eventually chooses to leave the village with her While growing up Shin ah was referred to only as the Blue Dragon and did not have a name and thus Yona named him Shin ah meaning moonlight in the language of Kouka Shin ah is able to see great distances manifest horrifying hallucinations and induce heart attacks to those he uses his eyes on After using his dragon ability however Shin ah s body becomes paralyzed for a short time To avoid making eye contact Shin ah covers his face with a mask though he later takes to wearing a blindfold to avoid the attention his mask attracts Eventually he grows comfortable enough with the rest of the group that he only covers his eyes in public Shin ah is usually accompanied by his pet squirrel Ao named after the previous Blue Dragon He is extremely loyal to Yona due to her being one of the first people to be kind towards him since the death of his predecessor He is also particularly close to Zeno and the two are often seen playing or spending time together He mainly wields a sword in battle choosing not to use his powers for anything other than as a last resort Along with Zeno Jae ha and Kija he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations Jae ha ジェハ Voiced by Junichi Suwabe Japanese Joel McDonald English The descendant and inheritor of the Green Dragon s right leg Jae Ha was kept prisoner in his village until he eventually escaped and joined a pirate crew in Awa Sensing their presence when they arrive in Awa Jae Ha tries to avoid Yona and the White and Blue Dragons because he did not want to be constrained by his duty and he initially declines Yona s invitation to join her However he is intrigued by Yona s spirit and determination and despite his concerns that his dragon blood is influencing his feelings he leaves the pirate crew and joins Yona on her journey Jae Ha is laid back flamboyant and a womanizer but is also observant and wiser due to his older age and experiences He is aware of Hak s feelings for Yona and likes to tease him about it much to Hak s frequent annoyance Despite his earlier reservations about joining them Jae Ha eventually becomes a surrogate older brother to the group and develops a close friendship with Hak who only ever refers to him as Tareme often translated to Droopy Eyes He harbours some romantic affection toward Yona himself but chooses not to pursue her due to their age gap and out of respect for Hak and the obvious feelings Yona holds for him Jae Ha has infinite strength in his dragon leg which allows him to kick hard enough to shatter armour and jump far enough that he appears to fly He can enlarge his leg as Kija does his hand however prefers not to do so since he dislikes the look of it Jae Ha mainly utilizes his powerful leg for close combat and throws daggers as long range weapons Along with Zeno Shin ah and Kija he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations Zeno ゼノ Voiced by Hiro Shimono Japanese Josh Grelle English The Yellow Dragon warrior In contrast to the other dragon warriors Yona did not have to go searching for him as he wandered into their camp Zeno is cheerful and upbeat and is usually smiling behaviours adopted from his late wife Kaya Seemingly carefree Zeno is actually the most observant of the group quickly catching notice of anything unusual It is revealed that Zeno is the original Yellow Dragon Warrior who served King Hiryuu making him about two thousand years old and that he has been following Yona ever since she fled the castle He also visited the young Dragon Warriors when Yona was born which is only very vaguely recalled by Kija who was four at the time Zeno admits that unlike the other three dragons he did not sense any awakening when he first saw Yona and does not initially show any special abilities Zeno s dragon power is immortality his body regenerates even if he is beheaded or burned alive When he uses this power dragon scales cover his body and he becomes as strong as the White Dragon and can jump as high as the Green Dragon Zeno used to live in Hiryuu palace and functioned as Kouka s first Priest but he was forced to leave when the public started to notice that he did not age Zeno usually wields a shield in combat to protect Yoon and Yona from projectile attacks He reserves his power for a last resort as it does entail him having to be gravely wounded to take effect Along with Shin ah Jae ha and Kija he has a secondary ability to manifest a shield to protect Yona in dire situations Others Edit Ik soo イクス Ikkusu Voiced by Junichi Kanemaru Japanese Jerry Jewell English He is a clumsy High Priest and Oracle of the Kouka Kingdom and was Yoon s guardian He spends his days in isolation praying to the gods for guidance and for the happiness of the people He reveals a prophecy to Yona that marks the start of her search for the Four Dragon Warriors Lee Geun tae イ グンテ I Gunte Voiced by Masaki Aizawa Japanese Brandon Potter English 3 He is the general of the Earth Tribe and the husband of Yoon Ho He serves under Soo won s rule after acknowledging Soo won s strength during the Battle Game Festival held in Chi shin As a general who fought during Emperor Joo nam s era Yona and Soo won s grandfather he is a warrior dedicated to the battlefield and has been eager to fight on the front lines again His tribe admires him though he insists on them treating him like an ordinary citizen Son Mundok ソン ムンドク Son Mundoku Voiced by Katsuhiko Sasaki Japanese Kent Williams English He is the former General and leader of the Wind Tribe He is the adoptive grandfather of Hak Before his retirement he was known as a general whose strength was compared to General Yu Hon s Despite his strict behavior and appearance Mundok cares deeply for the Wind Tribe and the royal family to whom he is quite loyal He has a kind heart and adopted two orphans as his grandchildren Hak and Tae Yeon Kan Tae jun カン テジュン Kan Tejun Voiced by Takahiro Sakurai Japanese Christopher Bevins English Tae jun is the second son of the Fire Tribe General Kan Soo jin He was determined to make Yona his wife initially only to inherit the throne of Kouka Kingdom though it is revealed after he mistakenly believes that she is dead that he genuinely liked her Because of Hak intervening in his brash attempts to court Yona for years he harbors a vendetta against Hak and actively tries to have him killed after Hak and Yona escaped the castle During his pursuit he inadvertently caused both of them to fall from a cliff leading Tae jun to believe that he had killed Yona This left Tae jun heavily depressed and guilty over the ordeal for months He is finally reunited with Yona when his brother assigned him to capture bandits said to be driving off Fire Tribe soldiers from collecting taxes which was really Yona and her group defending the poor from being abused by the military Due to his extreme happiness that Yona is alive Tae jun fully repented his actions and resolved to change the lives of the Fire Tribe s people earning him respect from his subordinates and Yona herself He later remains a valuable ally to Yona and her group from that point onward even agreeing to risk treason at her request An Lili アン リリー Ahn Riri Lili is the only daughter of Water Tribe General An Joon gi She is a confident spunky girl around Yona s age with big ambitions to help solve the overwhelming drug problems that plague the Water Tribe However her efforts are impaired by her overly protective father with whom she shares a distant strained relationship She initially thought that Yona and her group were suspicious and thus involved in the drug trade However upon shadowing Yona s group for a few hours and being saved by them when attacked by a drug addict she comes to realize that they share a common goal With the combined efforts of herself Yona s group and an incognito Soo won they are successfully able to arrest the reigning drug lord in the Water Tribe Lili and Yona s group team up once again after this to quell the Water Tribe s drug and slave trade in Kai a neighbouring nation resulting in Lili and Yona being kidnapped by the enemy and sold as slaves in retribution for their drug ban efforts They eventually break out from the slave camp but Lili is caught once again and sent to be hanged She is rescued in the knick of time by Lili s personal guards and Yona s group aided by from Soo won s and Joon Gi s forces most notably a joint effort between Hak and Soo won Her near death experience and her anti drug trade efforts resulted in Lili gaining strong respect from the people of the Water Tribe From that point onward Lili becomes a common ally between Yona and Soo won She boasts a close friendship and loyalty to Yona but also a blooming camaraderie with Soo won along with a deep gratitude for his role in her rescue She is one of the few characters outside of Yona s companions who not knowing her before her father s death is privy to Yona s true identity as the true heir to the Kouka throne She is also considered a valid marriage option for Soo won by her father and some of the other generals of Kouka though much to her distaste as she has a crush on the much admired General Geun tae She is a neutral party in the conflict between Soo won and Yona but has publicly announced her friendship and loyalty to Yona to thousands of Sky Tribe and Water Tribe troops Media EditManga Edit Further information List of Yona of the Dawn volumes Mizuho Kusanagi launched the series in Hakusensha s Hana to Yume manga magazine on August 4 2009 4 The series has been collected into 35 bound volumes On October 9 2015 North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at their New York Comic Con panel that they have licensed the manga and will begin releasing it in summer 2016 5 The series went on hiatus starting with 2016 s eleventh issue on April 25 2016 due to the earthquakes in Kumamoto where Kusanagi lives 6 It resumed in the twelfth issue on May 20 2016 7 Anime Edit Further information List of Yona of the Dawn episodes A 24 episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 7 2014 and March 24 2015 on AT X Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video rights in North America Beginning on March 17 2015 Funimation streamed their dubbed version of the anime starting with episode 13 while the first half of the season will be released at a later date The first opening theme is an instrumental song by Kunihiko Ryo called Akatsuki no Yona 暁のヨナ lit meaning Yona of the Dawn The first ending theme is Yoru 夜 lit meaning Night by Vistlip The second opening theme is Akatsuki no Hana by Cyntia 8 The second ending theme is Akatsuki by Akiko Shikata 9 Three original video animations were bundled with the manga s 19th 21st and 22nd limited edition volumes respectively The first OVA was released on September 18 2015 the second OVA was released on August 19 2016 and the third OVA was released on December 20 2016 10 11 See also EditThe Heroic Legend of Arslan a long running manga series with a similar premise References Edit a b The Official Website for Yona of the Dawn Manga Viz Media Retrieved May 29 2018 a b Loo Egan July 1 2014 Akatsuki no Yona Shōjo Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime Anime News Network Retrieved July 1 2014 The manga is an epic fantasy romance set in a country in ruins a b c d e f g Lee Michelle 2015 03 14 English Cast Announcement for Yona of the Dawn Funimation com Blog Mugen Spiral s Kusanagi Starts Akatsuki no Yona Manga Anime News Network August 5 2009 Retrieved August 28 2014 Viz Media Adds Kuroko s Basketball Haikyu Yona of the Dawn Manga Anime News Network October 9 2015 Retrieved October 9 2015 Yona of the Dawn Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus After Kumamoto Earthquakes Anime News Network April 28 2016 Retrieved April 28 2016 Yona of the Dawn Manga to Resume on May 20 Anime News Network May 2 2016 Retrieved May 2 2016 Cyntia Performs Yona of the Dawn Anime s 2nd Opening Anime News Network January 17 2015 Retrieved January 19 2015 Akiko Shikata to Perform Yona of the Dawn Anime s 2nd Ending Anime News Network December 10 2014 Retrieved January 6 2015 Akatsuki no Yona OAD Ship With 19th Manga Volume in September Anime News Network May 24 2015 Retrieved January 5 2017 Yona of the Dawn Gets New 2 Part OVA Adapting Manga s Zeno Arc Anime News Network March 17 2016 Retrieved March 17 2016 External links EditOfficial Hana to Yume Yona of the Dawn manga site in Japanese Official Yona of the Dawn anime site in Japanese Yona of the Dawn at IMDb Yona of the Dawn manga at Anime News Network s encyclopedia Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yona of the Dawn amp oldid 1049537691, wikipedia, wiki, 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