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Akatsuki no Yona  
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As the red-headed princess of Kouka, Yona lived the ideal, though sheltered, life within the walls of Hiryuu (Red Dragon) Castle. Doted on by her pacifist and cowardly father, King Il, and protected by her childhood friend/bodyguard, Son Hak of the Wind Tribe, (who has loved her since they were kids, but keeps his feelings in check). She cherishes the time she spends with the "love-of-her-life" (and older cousin), Soo-won. Though, on the night of her 16th birthday, everything changes when she witnessed someone close to her, murder her father. Now on the run, with Hak by her side, she seeks out a legend turned real. Join The Dark Dragon and the Happy, Hungry Bunch (Hak, Yona, Yoon, Gija, Shin-ah, Ao, Jae-ha, and Zeno) on their action-packed, comedic and love-complicated adventure, as they change Kouka from the outside!


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Associated Names
새벽의 연화
Yona - Prinzessin der Morgendämmerung
Yona - The girl standing in the blush of dawn
Yona of the Dawn
Yona Princesse de l'Aube

Groups Scanlating
Five Twenty Five Cans
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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
25 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol.1, Ch.1 [S1]
Ends at Vol.8, Ch.47 [S1]; Vol.12, Ch.70.5 [OVA]; Vol.18, Ch.102-105 [Zeno Arc OVA]

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (769 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 19th 2017, 3:59pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #21 (No change)
Monthly Pos #21 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #12 increased(+2)
6 Month Pos #12 decreased(-3)

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Manga "Akatsuki no Yona" Enters Indefinite Hiatus 361 days, 15 hours, 37 minutes ago
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A Journey of Ten-Thousand Miles   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
March 1st, 2017, 10:53am
    Akatsuki no Yona has been among my favourites for several years now. Leaving aside my general fondness for Kusanagi-sensei's works and other personal preferences, this manga has a lot going for it. A few of the comments have left me a bit puzzled, but that happens. The basis of the story at first appears to be that of a revenge story, but that's far from the reality. This does not mean that the leads aren't furious (it'd be strange if they weren't), but rather, there are more important things to them. This alone, without the other elements of the story, makes for a complicated story, and this is maintained by multi-sided conflicts, betrayal, and other elements.
    This includes the characters, all of whom have through motivations and are determined to see them through. There is tremendous character growth, especially in Yona, who moves from sheltered princess to a heart-broken refugee to an actual leader. Moreover, the antagonist is something of an anti-villian, in that he does "evil" to a beneficial end as far as the country is concerned. Yona's group is far from a reverse harem (and the effect of the "dragon blood" must be considered). Nor are any of the characters simple: all of the characters are complex and convincing as people, varying in strength, personality, attitude, and stage in life.
    The plot is well-written, with very few holes, a suitable pace, and a reasonable course of events and action. The character interactions range from chilling (in the case of enemies) to heartwarming (the best are the interactions of the leads), while the humour is wonderful. The artwork is detailed, with well done action and the characters are very expressive -- Kusanagi-sensei will sometimes simplify the face or entire figure of a character for expressiveness and at other times will draw expressions displaying complex emotions which have wonderful subtlety. The total is not something I would ascribe to any particular demographic (and the most similar story I know of is seinen), and I would recommend Akatsuki no Yona to anyone who enjoys stories involving character growth and politics as an element of plot. I'd also recommend Akatsuki no Yona to those who like Chang Ge Xing, +C: Sword and Cornett, Shut Hell, Elhanburg no Tenshi, Koukyuu Days - Shichi Kuni Monogatari, or Ookami to Koushinryou (or vice versa).

... Last updated on March 1st, 2017, 12:49pm
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Love it!!!!<3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jessicabunnys
February 17th, 2017, 11:49pm
At first, I was like, this isn't the type of manga I want to read. I kept skipping over it and then I needed to read another manga so I just read this thinking that if I hate it I could just drop it. As I was reading, I got hooked. The story and the art are both amazing!!! Now whenever I recommend manga and anime to other people, this is the first thing I recommend.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Teabag
January 18th, 2017, 11:06pm
Usually I'm not the kind of person to read this kind of manga, but this manga series has got me absolutely HOOKED. Each of the characters' personalities are unique and great, and Yona of course is my favorite biggrin
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Best fantasy manga since a while for me   
Rating: N/A
by Miri-Chan
August 8th, 2016, 3:18am
When I first started reading this manga, I was afraid it would turn in some classic edo era/shojo/handsame guy story (not that I found them all bad, but at this time I didn't wanted to read something like that again, had to much of this...). But the story about Yonas situation and about her Kingdom with this legend of the dragons. It's so much more than just about Romance!
When I saw there were an anime, I asked my boyfriend to watch it with me because he loves fantasy comedy and action. First he was like "OMG, this is an Harem or what? How corny is this?" But when we went other the start he really liked it and wanted to watch it on and on.
I think this is really a non-typical, brilliant manga and I am really looking forward how it will develope.
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Fun adventures with Harem gang(?).   
Rating: N/A
by Mafino
August 2nd, 2016, 3:57am
This manga is amazing. I totally like it. The gang(At least this is how I call it...) fell for Yona(I'm not saying Zeno did). This is what I have been searching for with my friend which includes action.

Yeah, my friend is a guy, he loves action. But we were challenging each other to find a popular historical shoujo manga with action,plus harem. In the end, we both slammed the floor hard as we let out huge supplies of air from our mouth---Yona's denseness is 49.99/50.

I also enjoy the ill points of having unrequited love for too many years, he thought all the cute Yona behaving strange in front of him were hallucination---well, this happens almost all times.
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Great manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by acarranza1024
August 1st, 2016, 3:36pm
I found this manga really interesting and I like that some parts are funny too. I really hope to see Hak and Yona end up together! Love seeing them interact in the manga haha
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LOVE this series   
Rating: N/A
by akatsukinoash
May 23rd, 2016, 2:03pm
Its hard to find a Manga that has an equal balance of action, romance, and humor plus an interesting plot. I would just like to see more conflict with in the group itself to shake up this unbeatable team they got going on. I love this series either way though! &#128539;
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Just amazing!   
Rating: N/A
by susumu99
April 16th, 2016, 9:29pm
Honestly, I've kind of outgrown the whole Shoujo manga thing. But it's really AMAZING to see a female character who starts off naive and sheltered come into her own in a more natural way. Like usually there's a lot of melodrama or she turns into a damsel in distress, but Yona is absolutely amazing! She's humble, sensible, vulnerable. Yet, she's also strong and resilient. All the characters show growth and the narrative is complex without being contrived. It's quite a well done manga in my opinion. Would HIGHLY recommend
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The Anime   
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by Your-silent-Otaku
March 20th, 2016, 8:57pm
I love it so far. It's really good, but I really wish that the anime would hurry up. ( i _ i )
I'm not a very patient person, and the fans are waiting.

Friends: *are angry fangirls*

It's just...taking forever. It's starting to make me sad/mad/whatever else. I am really just...(I honestly don't know), but please hurry up. I am really craving it right now, and I might explode (don't worry, it's a habit of mine, though you might feel my feelings from your location) and I really want to watch the rest and see my little cinnamon rolls bake the mean Soo-Won cinnamon roll.
I know I'm obviously not the only one waiting for the anime, so please hurry.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2016, 8:42pm
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Omigawd i didnt expect to lose my chill over this one   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by otakuness
July 16th, 2015, 9:30am
Yeah.... I totally love it. Me. A twenty year old who has sworn off shoujo or so i thought. This thing made me feel like I am 12 years old again, afraid to talk to boys and crushes are the moat important thing in the world and then slowly realizing that duh- it is so totally not.

Btw- if it counts i watched the anime and then followed the manga. So addicting. It's like the illegitimate daughter of Saiunkoku Monogatari and Fuushigi Yuugi and i am a real sucker for reverse harems that have that guardian theme, world travel, quest type, backpacking, character developing tropes. I mean come on- Akatsuki no Yona brought me straight back to my roots. It made me remember why i even liked anime and manga at the first place.

Oh and it has that ability too! They are able to make you feel for characters even though they've only been around for a couple of pages. It also gets real too - not everyone here gets a happy hippy yehey ending. If they die, they really die. When they bleed they really bleed. There's no quick fix. And btw, Yona is tots better than Miaka. Hahahaha. Love Miaka but lord, that girl is dumb. Yona gets beaten up for reals and she actually trains, she's not one of those Mary Sue types that just randomly picks a weapon and then realizes that she is a natural.

Damn it. Just pick it up. I was really happy that i did.

Oh yeah! And the characters! Omygawd. I love them all. I cant pick a clear bae. But like one of the peope who have commented here said i too want to see Hak at least walk away just one. That would be interesting! I like Soo Won too! Dude has conviction- he's not tye stereotypical bad guy and he is pretty clever- true a little backstabbing but i want him in on my team. Oh and yoon and the dragons dont get me started, sister! Oh god. I like hiw different each of their clans are! Background stoties though ftw. I just dont want it to get to the point where we are all going to go sappy knowing yona is bot going to end up with one of them because i predict that by the end of this-- they might be dead. I hope that's just me.
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