Akatsuki no Yona episode 1 [First Impression]: Shattered World of a Young Princess

Akatsuki no Yona to be executed

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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.

Akatsuki no Yona softy

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.

Akatsuki no Yona succeeding

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.

Akatsuki no Yona great dress

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

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2 Responses to Akatsuki no Yona episode 1 [First Impression]: Shattered World of a Young Princess

  1. Sari says:

    Give it a few episodes. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the way it’s handled. If it follows the manga as faithfully as it has so far–the relationship between Hak and Yona develops more as a secondary thread. This series is more 12 Kingdoms than Fushigi Yuugi. It’s a really strong mix of character development, politics and adventure…with just enough comedy to lighten it up and keep those that get bored with action/politics involved. IMO The romance simmers slowly in the background and doesn’t detract from the story at all–only enhances it.

    There are very few shoujo’s that the storytelling is as strong as this one. I’m honestly surprised it’s not more popular. Hopefully a lot more fans come out with the anime…

    • Zeroghj says:

      Thanks for the advice, I’ll definitively look at Akatsuki no Yona in the future then. I am a huge fan of Kingdoms after all. You’ve sold me to the show.

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