As a reviewer, I always love getting back stories and flashbacks of characters’ pasts because they help us flush out character personalities and interpersonal relationships in the present story. Episode 3 depicts Yona and Hak’s long journey into the forest. Yona is still completely unaccustomed to travelling like this nor has she ever experienced emotional pain of this kind. As a result, she’s basically moving like a doll and if it weren’t for Hak, Yona would be dead already.
A huge bulk of this episode is focused on Hak, Yona and Soo-won’s childhood in the palace. It’s mainly told from Hak’s perspective. He was found by the General Mundok of the Wind Tribe and adopted into their clan. Because of the Mundok’s close relations with the peaceful king, Hak spent many of his childhood days in the palace. Though he initially deems the nobility to be a bother and tries to stay out of court life, he ends up getting attached to the spunky and pretty Yona and later becomes her official bodyguard.
Even though Hak has a tendency to tease Yona and joke around with a pretty laid back attitude, he’s a really devoted friend and protector when push comes to shove. Though he gets charmed by the princess from time to time, he never really imposes his feelings on her. Rather, he’s loyal to her in the exact way a subordinate would be as evidenced with the fact that when Hak is carrying Yona away from the poisonous snakes (in the main story), he asks her to use him as a mere tool for survival.
The transitions are done really well in this episode. We go from Hak’s perspective, to third person perspective and through Yona’s eyes to take us back to the present. Yona’s still shell-shocked about Soo Won right now so I’m really looking forward to the moment of understanding that dawns on Yona when she resolves to become an independent young fighter rather than a broken-hearted defenseless princess… Naturally, these things take time. The story as a whole though is going strong on a classic quest-adventure-romance kind of archetypal plot so there’s tons of action and new characters to look forward to seeing.
What are you pondering today?