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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!

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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 8.16 from 57 votes.

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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 7.98 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 7.82 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 7.76 from 59 votes.

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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 7.76 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 7.72 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 7.70 from 53 votes.

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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 7.66 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 7.63 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 7.57 from 56 votes.

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Yona of the Dawn - S1E10
#11 - Anticipation
7.57
Season 1 - Episode 10

“This person... This person is the master I have been hoping for...” Yona and her friends arrive in the village where the White Dragon lives. The proud villagers who have protected the power of the White Dragon and passed it down through generations of White Dragons believe Yona may be the descendant of the Hiryuu King who employed the first White Dragon when they see her red hair.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
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Yona of the Dawn - S1E24
#12 - From Now On
7.56
Season 1 - Episode 24

"Miss, what do you want to do with the Four Dragons?" Yona and her companions continue their journey to find the fourth and final "Yellow Dragon" when they encounter a traveler named Jeno. He is the "Yellow Dragon" they have been seraching for.

The episode was rated from 57 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E23
#13 - Morning of Promise
7.55
Season 1 - Episode 23

"You're not the frail princess you used to be." Hope returns to Awa after defeating Yan Kumji, and the townsfolk and pirates throw an extravagant party to celebrate. Jeaha steels his resolve. Yona decides to leave Awa and conveys her desire to her companions.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E7
#14 - Destiny
7.54
Season 1 - Episode 7

“If you want to live earnestly and cannot stop the hot blood from flowing through your veins, I will convey the voice of god to you.” Yona and Hak, covered in wounds from protecting the princess, are saved by the Priest Ik-Soo and his caretaker Yoon living on the valley floor.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.
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Yona of the Dawn - S1E11
#15 - The Dragon's Claw
7.53
Season 1 - Episode 11

“I want to support her. That delicate form on the verge of tears trying to be strong...” Joined by the White Dragon Ki-Ja, following his claim that Dragon Warriors can sense each other, Yona and her friends begin their search for the Blue Dragon. However, even with Ki-Ja's power, they are unable to determine his exact location.

The episode was rated from 58 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E18
#16 - Ties
7.53
Season 1 - Episode 18

"Captain Gigan is right... but... I have my own reasons for not backing down." Yona and her companions leave Sinha behind and head into town. They are unable to suppress their rage when they witness an official unjustly murder a child. Jeaha appears before the group. He tries to recruit Hak to replace the pirates injured in battle, but the moment he sees Yona, he feels the weight of his destiny as the Green Dragon. The freedom-loving Yona gives up on convincing Jeaha when he refuses to accompany her on her journey, but she asks to see Captain Gigan, the leader of the pirates who fight continuously against Awa's Lord Kumji and his officials.

The episode was rated from 57 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E17
#17 - The Pirates of Awa
7.52
Season 1 - Episode 17

"I will run from my destiny... Even if King Hiryuu appears, I will kick him away." The Green Dragon's presence leads Yona and her companions to the Earth Tribe's port of Awa. However, the Green Dragon is constantly on the move, and the group is unable to track him down. When Hak heads into the town to purchase some items for Yun, he happens to rescue a young woman being harassed by officials with a young passer-by named Jeaha. Jeaha, one of the pirates who oppose the evil Lord Yan Kumji and his officials, takes a liking to Hak and follows him around.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.
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Yona of the Dawn - S1E16
#18 - War Games
7.45
Season 1 - Episode 16

"Are those the eyes of a rabbit...?" At Su-won's suggestion, a "war game" is held to provide entertainment at a festival. Su-won, Ju-do, and Geun-tea participate in the war game. Geun-tea, one of the best warriors in Kouka Kingdom, admires Su-won's father Yuhon, an exceptional warrior. Though he deems the laid back Su-won who is unlike his father a "rabbit," during the war game, Geun-tea...

The episode was rated from 56 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E9
#19 - Shaking Resolve
7.44
Season 1 - Episode 9

“Drawing a bow means taking and losing lives. But Father, if I do not take a life... If I do not take a life, I cannot go on living.” The words of god conveyed to Yona through the priest Ik-Soo are to find the four Dragon Warriors of Kouka Kingdom's Legend of the Four Dragons.

The episode was rated from 59 votes.
Yona of the Dawn - S1E4
#20 - The Wind Clan
7.38
Season 1 - Episode 4

“These are the final orders of Son-Hak, chief of the Wind Tribe.” At the end of their difficult escape, Yona and Hak arrive in Hak's hometown of Fuuga, the capital of the Wind Clan, where Yona receives a warm welcome.

The episode was rated from 65 votes.
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Last updated: aug 18, 2022

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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.

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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.

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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.

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