Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn (vol.4)

 

Synopsis:

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!

While on a quest to find the Four Legendary Dragon Warriors, Yona and her friends meet Gija, the White Dragon. Gija uses his power to detect the other Dragons, but locating the Blue Dragon proves to be more difficult than expected, and the group runs into a string of disasters!

 

 

Rating:

4/5

Right off the bat the pacing in this volume is a lot better and that’s actually a journey to find the Blue Dragon that takes a little while, both in the story and in the number of pages. I really enjoyed reading how these characters go about their search, there’s actually some intelligence involved in their reasoning that also allows the readers to better understand the area. All in all, it was a clever way of showing the resourcefulness of our heroes while also expanding on the world.

In this volume we do get to meet the Blue Dragon and we get to see his very realistic reaction to meeting Yona. While I like the White Dragon and his village, I honestly find the Blue Dragon and his village to be more realistic and even Yun makes mention of this as well. The mangaka seems to poke fun at some common fantasy tropes that also appear in her story, which I greatly appreciate. Along with meeting the Blue Dragon, you also get to read the backstory of his character and why the villagers treat him as they do in this volume. It’s all really sad—totally pulling on the heart strings with his introduction. Gija also gets a little development in this volume as well as we get introduced to some of his internal conflicts, I really can’t wait to see where his character goes.

Well, I’m off to read the next volume! With a cliffhanger like that, I’m dying to read what happens to our heroes and I can’t wait to see how they develop!

Details:

Title: Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 4)

Chapters: 18-23, plus a bonus story

Written by: Mizuho Kusanagi

Artist:  Mizuho Kusanagi

Translation/Adaptation: JN Produtions / Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane

Publisher:  VIZ Media LLC

Published:  February 7th, 2017

Pages: 192

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance

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