My rating of this episode stems from the fact that they really didn’t do anything new with the character introductions. I know that Akatsuki no Yona has been following our typical archetypal plot structure and character moulds perfectly but I hoped that the mangaka would have shaken up the plot just a bit with the introduction of the four dragons. Instead, we get lonely white dragon who seems to be aimlessly wandering life in search of the master he’s supposed to protect.
The white dragon search is basically wrapped up in one episode. The thing is, we don’t know exactly how many episodes Akatsuki no Yona will be but I’m assuming that it’s definitely going to be more than twelve or thirteen because if this episode is of any clue, collecting the four dragons won’t be that much of a hassle since each of them will physically and emotionally react to Yona when they see her.
What’s Yona’s genealogy then? Really. Cause she really didn’t resemble the previous emperor and now that we’ve seen her in contact with the red dragons, she’s definitely related to the first King Hiryuu. I really love Chiwa Saito’s performances as Yona, I think she brings out the best of Yona’s girlish quirks during everyday and comedic moments but also does a fantastic job in bringing out Yona maturity in her badass moments. Sometimes there are nuances in Saito’s voice that just add that extra charm to Yona’s character. Usually Princess-turned-outlaw characters aren’t my favourite and I opt for supporting characters as my favourite but Yona has really grown on me.
The Hak and Ki-Ja interactions are amusing as well because while both are diehard loyal men in Yona’s company, they’re both loyal for different reasons. The four dragons are technically wired to love, protect and obey Yona. It’s different when it comes to Hak of course.
While the episode seemed generic through and through, I did find Ki-Ja’s last moments with the clan rather touching. His exchange with his granny actually made me tear up and I really don’t tear up often in anime. I do hope Ki-Ja will be able to return to his village. If they go for the twist where Su-won has razed down all the places Yona and her band of comrades has come in contact with, it’ll be sorely tragic and just really clichéd.
The previews hint that the episode next week will focus on the travel aspect and the new dynamic between the group… definitely going longer than one season’s worth of episodes.
What are you pondering today?