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!
An earthquake suddenly hits the Village of the Blue Dragon, and Yona and her friends are trapped! Yona manages to escape safely with the help of the Blue Dragon, and she asks him to join her. Meanwhile, Gija senses the presence of the Green Dragon!
I really enjoyed reading this volume because it finishes the Blue Dragon arc. Of all the dragons, the blue one is my favorite just because he’s so adorably awkward. At the climax of this arc we get to see the true personality of the blue dragon and how he reacts to the people of his village who hate him. And by the end, he says goodbye to his past and starts on his new path towards more character growth! Anyways, in that arc we got to see more into Hak’s feelings towards Yona, which made me squeal, and we got to see more of Yona’s personality take shape. She’s still not a take charge leader, but her development is nice and slow, making her transformation as believable as possible.
The back half of this volume starts what looks to be an interesting and longer arc. At the beginning, we travel to a port town in the Earth Tribe where we’ll meet the Green Dragon. I have a feeling that this arc will span a few volumes, but by the end of this one you can kinda see where the mangaka is planning on taking the story. So far, I think this arc will bring more out of Yona’s strong personality and help solidify her as the leader of the four dragons, while also starting some character growth for Gija and the Green Dragon. I totally recommend picking up this volume because it looks like the next arc will be fantastic, and not just for the character and story developments, but because it appears that there will be an interesting cast of new side characters!
PS: Look at that cover! *que internal squealing*
Title: Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 5)
Written by: Mizuho Kusanagi
Artist: Mizuho Kusanagi
Translation/Adaptation: JN Produtions / Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Published: April 4th, 2017
Genre: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance