Adventures in Anime #9: Yona of the Dawn

Adventures in Anime is a collaborative feature I have with Alexa Loves Books! The idea is simple – we watch anime together and then we answer 6 questions about what we enjoyed most. We'll do our best to keep it spoiler-free but we will be mentioning our favorites so keep that in mind!


It was time for a re-watch and we decided Yona of the Dawn would be the perfect choice, and it was! The series follows Princess Yona, who is chased out of her kingdom with her bodyguard Hak, after her father is murdered by Yona's cousin, Soo-Won. Despite their differing statuses, the three of them are actually childhood friends and they are stunned by Soo-Won's betrayal. At first, they just need to find somewhere safe but soon, Yona realizes that she doesn't want to keep running. She wants to reclaim her kingdom and her rightful place. Together, they set on a journey to find the legendary four dragons to seek out their help. And finding these four is an adventure in itself and they, along with Yona, Hak, and another friend they pick up along the way, form a motley crew and family sorts that I couldn't help but love. But throughout the course of the series, Yona truly is the star as she does the most growing up and it's gratifying to see her bravery and kindness shine. 

For each of these posts, we will answer these questions!

Favorite character(s)

Given what I just said about Yona, I don't think it's a surprise to hear that she's my favorite character. When we meet her, she's so naive and sheltered but then has to grow up real quick and she rises up to the task. But I have to say another close favorite would definitely be Hak. I totally forgot how swoon-worthy he is and I loved his loyalty to Yona. 

Favorite episode
Episode 19, Trial of the Cheonsu Plant – not only did this episode showcase Yona's strength but also the bonds between their group of friends. 

Favorite scene 
I don't want to say anything too spoilery but let's just say that it involves Yona, her bow, and a ship. This moment just gave me chills. 

Favorite quote
"Don't say stuff about protecting me [...] Makes me want more." - Hak to Yona and reminding me just how swoony and romantic Hak is (Yona girl, you need to open your eyes and see how wonderful he is!)

Favorite setting
Yona and friends don’t stay in one place for very long but I’m rather fond of Ik- Soo's home.

Bonus! Favorite kiss
There’s an almost kiss moment between Yona and Hak that would’ve been so wonderful if only Yona wasn’t completely oblivious.

So fellow anime fans, have you watched Yona of the Dawn?
And if so, what did you think?


with love,