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Yona of the Dawn 

Akatsuki no Yona (original title)
Yona of the Dawn is a TV series starring Bryn Apprill, Anthony Bowling, and Charles Campbell. The story takes place in a fantasy world. The culture is influenced by the Korean and Chinese culture. This influence is evident in the distribution of the kingdoms, and also in the names of the characters as well as their clothing.
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Series cast summary:
Bryn Apprill ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Anthony Bowling ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Andrew Chandler ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Terri Doty ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Ricco Fajardo ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Chris Guerrero ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Alex Organ ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Phil Parsons ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Ben Phillips ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Orion Pitts ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Yona 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Michelle Rojas ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Son Hak 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Jad Saxton ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Greg Silva ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Mark Stoddard ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Austin Tindle ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Brad Venable ...  Additional Voices 24 episodes, 2014-2015
Chiwa Saitô ...  Yona 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Tomoaki Maeno ...  Son Hak 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Dawn Michelle Bennett ...  Additional Voices 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Dave Trosko ...  Additional Voices 23 episodes, 2014-2015
Tyson Rinehart ...  Additional Voices 21 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Additional Voices 19 episodes, 2014-2015
Junko Minagawa ...  Yun 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Nozomi Yamamoto ...  Ao / ... 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Jun'ichi Suwabe ...  JaeHa / ... 18 episodes, 2014-2015
Clifford Chapin ...  Yun 17 episodes, 2014-2015
Masakazu Morita ...  Kija 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Nobuhiko Okamoto ...  Shin-Ah / ... 15 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Kija 15 episodes, 2014-2015
Yûsuke Kobayashi ...  Su Won 14 episodes, 2014-2015
...  Shin-Ah 12 episodes, 2014-2015
Junichi Yanagita ...  Ryo / ... 11 episodes, 2014-2015
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Yona is a princess who lives happily in the palace with her father and friends, oblivious to the misery of the kingdom. But the day of her sixteenth birthday her life changes: the emperor is killed. Yona has to run away to survive. She'll be helped by her friend and bodyguard, General Hak. Together they embark on a journey to find and ask for help from the four dragons of the legend. During the adventure, Yona observes the kingdom and opens her eyes, determined to become a princess who helps her people. Written by Anonymous

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A solid start
2 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Akatsuki no Yona is a story about a princess who is on a journey to reclaim her kingdom. To do that she needs to reunite the legendary four dragons and do something about poverty and crime spreading through her country.

She also has to deal with her throne usurping cousin, who, as an antagonist, is an intriguingly complex character. Yona herself initially comes across as very sweet but boring, which is one reason why I was a bit reluctant to continue this at first. The other characters, who join her as the story progresses, are much more entertaining than Yona. BUT: this show does not employ an ever repeating formula with no character growth and a never changing status quo. Yona does grow and changes as she realises that she has lived a sheltered life, which made her ignorant of the troubles that she now faces. And as she slowly gains this realisation she starts to do something about it and works on herself. Which is honestly so damn enjoyable to watch and excuses the rather slow progress the show makes in the first season.

As it is now, the story has only just begun and the first season only collects all the main characters, which does for a sometimes uneven pace. This is one reason why I'd say that this isn't a perfect anime. Another reason is the animation. I personally find it somewhat lacking, the fight sequences especially are rather mediocre. The soundtrack is fine and so is the art style, but a more dynamic animation would have made this so much better, given what a suspenseful material it is trying to illustrate.

There is so much potential though and as the manga readers know, this is going places! So I truly hope that Yona gets a second season.


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