First I want to give a little shoutout to the Opening that didn’t have any lyrics. It is rather unusual to see something like this, and while I like originality, I must admit that the opening sound really didn’t connect with it. I found it a bit too calm and boring to really feel interested in that opening.
Into the actual show, I’m not great with romance, but boy do I love my political games and betrayals. I might not approach Akatsuki no Yona the same way a female viewer would, but I certainly did enjoy this first episode a lot. The look on the Princess face when she realized that the kind young man she loved all her life suddenly betrayed her and killed her father, it was beautiful. This kind of drama and betrayal is what drives me in life. Seeing her world shatter in front of her, the King is dead and she is but a princess, she is not even betrothed so it is straight to Soo-Won to claim the throne.
I understand that the show will mostly be about Hak and Yona to fight their way in the underworld to regain their position. It will be a story of love and action to avenge the death of the King and for Yona to find herself and understand the world. Maybe that spoiled princess will understand that things are not as brightly colored as she thinks it is, maybe she will realize that the whole world doesn’t revolve around her.
As much as I liked this first episode, I’m not sure if I could really enjoy Akatsuki no Yona on the long run. The show will probably shift focus much more towards the romance and the relationship between Hak and Yona, while I’m sure every girl will love this, from my point of view it means that most of the betrayal and heart-breaking has been done already. There might be more highlight in the future, but the politics at play in this episode was what turned me on to the show, not the romance really. I will watch the second episode of Akatsuki no Yona and make a better assessment of what this anime will become, but so far I don’t think it is something I will follow.
I would still recommend this show to medieval shoujo lovers or anyone interested in a story of vengeance among royal families. It is visually well produced and the character design isn’t shallow or lame, it should produce a great romance and a great story.
ZeroGhj signing off