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From Titania Scanlations:
Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn't so annoying to her and her hair wasn't so red.
But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.
拂晓的尤娜 晨曦公主 暁のヨナ กู้บัลลังก์มังกรแดง 새벽의 연화 Yona - The girl standing in the blush of dawn Yona of the Dawn
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Don't drop if you hate weak leads!
The lead of this series starts out horribly weak, but wouldn't you be weak too if you had been a spoiled princess? She wasn't in the loop of all the politics being waged out of her sight, almost like she was in a happy, safe bubble, placed there by her father the king. her only complaint was that she didn't like her hair color (and oh yeah, she couldn't marry the one guy she actually liked)
After seeing her father killed she flees for her life. I still consider her at this point pretty weak but she's in a state of shock. Everything she knew, everything that was conformable was pitched out and tossed upside down.
Once she starts to get her feet under herself she really starts to blossom into a strong girl, worth of one day having the country on her shoulders, assuming she can make it that far Highly recommended.
AWESOME is an Understatement
...for this manga
I really really love all the characters, and the best part of this manga is you see Characters EVOLVE especially the Princess who has gone a remarkable Character Transformation from the beginning uptil now and so has the other side characters namely Seiryuu and Kija
The author has created a nice little Fantasy World add sweet Romance to it coupled with epic action and you get this AWESOME MANGA
I have read Kusanagi-sensei's other works, and I have to say this is my favorite so far.
Although the story started out weak, I thoroughly enjoyed the development of all of the characters. The manga itself is not fast paced, and the beginning was slow, but that is how it captures Yona's determination and recovery from the tragic incident. The art I have to say is definitely above average, especially in shoujo manga standards as I think it captures more than just the big kawaii eyes of the lead. Yona is actually very strong, and even if she cries, she doesn't rely on the other male leads to solve everything for her while she hides behind them.
This manga is also more than just romance because of the adventurous elements. I am a big sucker for traditional, fantasy, cultural, and historical settings, so this manga was really perfect for me.
Overall, I think this manga is so far, wonderful! It is refreshing and different, definitely give it a try before giving up! The female lead will definitely grow a lot :>
Show some patience
Yes, it starts of with a cliche plot of a spoilt princess with the shoujo personality. But the character DEVELOPS. That's why this is a good manga. If you start out with someone who's already perfect to begin with there won't be any room for character development and what's the fun in that? I admire this girl precisely because she tries hard to break out of her upbringing and she actually GROWS UP. Give the girl some credit, she is weak, but she's not weak minded. It's impressive in how much she actually changes. Look, if you're one of those people who gives judgement within the frist couple of chapters, then leave, and don't read it. But I'll have you know you're missing out on one of the best character developing plots in manga.
Amazing, But Give It Time
The first volume is all exposition, the 2nd is where gets awesome~
The heroine start outs weak but has fantastic potential. She does develop a bit slow (you don't expect spoiled and sheltered princesses to suddenly make the jump to kickassery). A hidden inner strength for when things get rough and rougher (end of vol2 and more so in vol3), plus great ability to adapt, really hits where it counts.
The main male lead Hak is fun and very well done. He's sheltering but not overprotective. At start he's far more "guardian+mentor" than "romantic interest", which I think its a good thing because it'll let their relationship even out far more later (too many shoujos have way too one-sided relations).
Oh and the villain is awesome, the "I can't decide between hating you, feeling sorry for you, or rooting for you" type. Very developed as early as end of vol2.
This story has the potential of becoming a classic! I can even imagine the anime being very popular if it's ever made. The heroine starts all weak but the development is amazing and she is a strong leader.
It has all the elements needed for a great manga; a great villain that you can't decide if you should hate or love, a bunch of bishies with different abilities teamed up with the heroine, an excellent story, historical elements, adventures and amazing art.
I really can't wait for more chapters to be online, it's amazing so far.
...you see your dad getting killed in front of your eyes by the love of your life.
I don't get that "she is so weak cause she cries after that"-hype... I get it, it's fiction, but I still prefer a realistic character development. Everyone but the most seasoned and jaded human being would break down after that.
And if you mean she is too naive and bodily weak - that will change.
I really like this series, if you like fantasy, adventure, reverse harem, bishies and romance plus a (future) strong female lead paired with an awesome plot and characters with depth (even the "villain"), this is for you.
... Last updated on October 25th, 2012, 2:40pm
I like it
I have always loved fantasy and everything supernatural and if there is even a little bit romance, I will love it even more. The artwork is good but the story is even better. The story seems good so far and I am really looking foward to see more! =)
Don't give up too early!
I'll admit, at first Yona really pissed me off... But I suggest you grit your teeth and read until Ch13. She was really spoiled and weak in the beginning, but in hindsight, it's completely in character.
I mean, why the hell would a sheltered princess who knows nothing of the world be kick-ass, right? It takes her a while, but I'm liking her now at Ch13, and the raws for the later volumes look awesome XD
So yeah, don't be put off by the whinyness and uselessness of the heroine in the first 2 volumes! Focus on Hak's hotness until little princess grows a spine :3
Want to read more
Thanks to the scanlators for picking this up! xD I LOVEEE Kusanagi's works! And since this was her latest, I really wanted to read it. Anyways, only 2 chapters have been released so far, so I'm not sure where this story is gonna go at. But I think its definitely interesting. Art is beautiful as always, and humorous as well.