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Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn

BS11 2014

The legend of the Four Dragons and the origin of the land has been passed down for generations in the land of Kouka. Currently, Hiryuu Palace has no one else next in line for the throne other than the fifteen year old princess, Yona, who had been raised with care.Finally, the night of her sixteenth birthday arrives. She expects it to be a wonderful day spent with her peace-loving father, Il, her servant and friend Hak, and her cousin Soo-won, who she had feelings for... However... That night, Yona goes to visit her father to tell him how she really feels, because he opposes to her getting married to Soo-won. However, when she gets to her room, she encounters a shocking truth. The destinies of Yona and the Four Dragons entwine in this period drama fantasy romance!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn - S1E22

#1 - The Night History Is Made


Season 1 - Episode 22

"Why? Why am I so afraid? She's just a little girl..." While suffering injuries, Yona and Yun successfully complete their task, and Jeaha rushes to their aid to fight against hordes of attacking mercenaries. Watching Jeaha fights, Yun realizes how truly amazing those who possess the strength of the dragons are. Sinha joins the fray, and the mercenaries continue to fall. Meanwhile, Hak and Gija remain behind to fight with the pirates, overwhelming their enemies with extraordinary strength. Realizing he is at a disadvantage, Kumji tries to flee so he can recuperate...

The episode was rated from 57 votes.

Yona of the Dawn - S1E12

#2 - Blindfolded Dragon


Season 1 - Episode 12

“Listen, Blue Dragon! Your eyes are cursed. I will teach you how to control them, but you must never use them!” In their search for the Blue Dragon, Yona and her friends visit a hidden village carved from stone. Though Ki-Ja insists the Blue Dragon is there, the villagers claim there is no Blue Dragon.

The episode was rated from 62 votes.

Yona of the Dawn - S1E21

#3 - Spark


Season 1 - Episode 21

Yona and Yun, who willingly entered Kumji's store as bait to help rescue the captured women, successfully infiltrate the ship transporting the women, where Kumji appears before them.

The episode was rated from 51 votes.

Yona of the Dawn - S1E5

#4 - Howl


Season 1 - Episode 5

“The red hair of what should have been the young and weak princess appeared to be a flame consuming her...” Hak is accused of murdering King Il. In order to protect Yona and the Wind Village, he gives up his title of chief and decides to wander alone.

The episode was rated from 59 votes.

Yona of the Dawn - S1E20

#5 - Chain of Courage


Season 1 - Episode 20

"Why are you always so reckless, Princess? Sometimes I wish I could tie you up..." Sensing the impending battle against Kumji, the pirates steel their resolve. Meanwhile, Yona heads into the town for reconaissance with Jeaha and happens to spot Lord Kumji. Based on the stories of the townsfolk, Jeaha determines the day of Kumji's human trafficking deal with the Kai Empire, Kouka Kingdom's neighboring country. With Jeaha's report, the pirates immediately begin working on a strategy under Captain Gigan, when Yona suddenly says the unthinkable.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

Yona of the Dawn - S1E6
#6 - Red Hair
Season 1 - Episode 6

“I will restore Kouka Kingdom to the powerful kingdom of the previous kings. Should anyone stand in my way, even if he is a god, I will crush him underfoot!” Though Hak continues to fight off the soldiers pursuing him, a poison prevents him from fighting like his usual self.

The episode was rated from 60 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E14
#7 - Light
Season 1 - Episode 14

Yona and her companions are trapped when the cave collapses. The Blue Dragon appears to assist them, and together they begin digging through a cave wall that will lead them outside.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E19
#8 - The Senjuso Test
Season 1 - Episode 19

"Maybe it's because you don't really want her." Captain Gigan agrees to allow Yona to fight alongside her pirates if she is able to pick the "senjuso," a rare medicinal herb growing in the middle of a sheer cliff, without anyone's assistance. Yona's companions try to talk her our of accepting such a dangerous task, but Hak, who understands Yona's emotions, desperately suppresses his desire to stop her. Jeaha leads Yona to the seaside cliff where the senjuso grows. She gathers her courage and begins walking down the narrow path. However, the gusting wind and waves relentlessly assault Yona...

The episode was rated from 59 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E13
#9 - Echoing Fear
Season 1 - Episode 13

Though the Blue Dragon appears before the party, he immediately leaves. Yona tries to head deeper into the Blue Dragon's cave to speak with him again. Hak tries to stop her out of concern, but she is determined.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E8
#10 - The Chosen Door
Season 1 - Episode 8

“There are many books in this world I do not know. It makes me angry.” Ik-Soo suddenly announces he will travel with Yona and Hak to see the world. Yoon is upset and unable to contain his anger. Though Yona and Hak understand his feelings, they are unable to do anything but watch in silence.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.

Last updated: aug 20, 2021



Mini-update to my previous post for the show... It's AMAZING. Watch this NOW!! The show only got better and better (until it sadly ended... for now). This is definitely not your traditional shoujo show. It has a great mix of that light shoujo humor that we all love along with some great animated action and pretty serious moments/feels that parallel some very superb character development. I got so addicted to Akatsuki no Yona that I already read ahead in the manga before the last episode and now I’m just waiting for scantalations (aka suffering). The next parts in the manga after the conclusion of the first season are even better. This was probably my most surprising anime of the season/s. While the romance isn't full blown, it develops and is hinted at with lots of curves thrown our way. While it's a long ways away, there are just a few moments every few episodes that just make you ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) My best comparison to this would be a more of a romantic shoujo version of Seirei no Moribito with its protecting theme and the bits of fantasy elements and world building developed throughout. I can't recommend this enough. A very solid 8/10 from me and I have the manga at a 9/10 (I just might be on a Yona high though). I try to recommend it to everyone as it has been criminally underwatched (but it is building a lot of good word of mouth). I'm pumped for the upcoming OVA. Hopefully, a second season is announced after the OVA comes out. And I need my new scantalations in the manga. Being ~30 chapters behind sucks :( tl;dr - Watch Akatsuki no Yona. Now.


We're up to episode 7 with Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) and it has been one of the most pleasant surprises for me this season. Yona of the Dawn is being animated by Studio Peirrot and I know that they got a lot of flack for Tokyo Ghoul (among other shows), so I was a bit hesitant to start this. However, so far the pacing has been great and Peirrot has stayed faithful to the manga. The ancient setting is pretty cool and immersive, and later on adds an interesting fantasy element that gives Yona of the Dawn its own unique world. There is also a solid romantic element (and quite a struggle involving it along with many will they/won't they moments), very well-animated action & fighting scenesn (Hak is a beast), drama/feels, and some nice comedic moments spread throughout. As I said before, the gradual pacing of the show has been great. Because of this well-done pacing, the main characters of Yona, Hak and Soo-Won have gotten great opportunities and scenes to shine, develop and uncover some deeper feelings and emotions that allow us really connect a lot more to their situations and struggles. Yona has been one of the better versions of an estranged princess that I've seen, and Hak has served as an excellent foil to her (while being a complete bad ass and a gentleman and scholar at the same time). Soo-Won has been portrayed as a deeper and more conflicted antagonist so far especially due to his childhood friendships with Yona and Hak. I really hope that they keep him that way instead of going full classic bad guy. I believe at the moment, Yona of the Dawn is set to be at least 2-cour. I've greatly enjoyed the adventure that Yona and Hak have set out on so far and I'm really excited for the future characters and developments (can't spoil it) to come. Definitely check this show out if you are looking for a new adventure anime with a splash of romance, an ancient setting, a bit of a fantasy element, and plenty of strong characters to bring it all together. Here's hoping that Studio Pierrot doesn't screw this up.


It was another great Shoujo anime with Shoujo part being in the minimum. Story was very well developed. Characters were very well created and the Yona's Character Development was really something to watch this anime for. Action was in the minimum so those who are looking forward to Hak fighting the Dragons would be disappointed. For me the most disappointing part was that they didn't provided any closure to the story. I would definitely love to see future works of this show, if not then I'll definitely read the manga.


Overall, I respect this show for what it is and the themes it presents. However, it has a more filler and exposition than I'd like to stretch out the core story. It is also quite immature and some of the character motivations are overly simplistic and boring. Perhaps better for a young adult audience rather than myself.

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