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Akatsuki no Yona  
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Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!


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Associated Names
새벽의 연화
Yona - The girl standing in the blush of dawn
Yona of the Dawn
Yona Princesse de l'Aube (French)

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Latest Release(s)
v.19 c.111.5 by Five Twenty Five Cans (12d ago)
v.19 c.111 by Five Twenty Five Cans (13d ago)
v.19 c.110 by Five Twenty Five Cans (40d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
19 Volumes (Ongoing)
117 Chapters (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 [S1]
Ends at Vol 8, Chap 47 [S1], Vol 12, Chap 70.5 [OVA]

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (648 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 14th 2016, 5:11pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (August 2016)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #64 increased(+5)
Monthly Pos #49 increased(+5)
3 Month Pos #42 increased(+9)
6 Month Pos #52 increased(+2)

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On 3251 reading lists
On 1336 wish lists
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Question about "Titania scans" releases 60 days, 21 hours, 30 minutes ago
who else hates soowon? (May be spoilers) 193 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes ago
Akatsuki no Yona Shōjo Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime 406 days, 11 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kujika
October 25th, 2012, 10:50am 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
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Show some patience   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TheAlmighty
October 20th, 2012, 2:19pm
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.
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Please Stick To This!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Zhenis
October 12th, 2012, 8:49pm
I've been reading the Chinese raws, and the development gets better and better! (It's currently up to Chapter 41). The female lead starts out relatively weak, but she DEF gets stronger towards the end. The development of the characters are great, and some moments are really funny and some moments are heart wrenching. Either way, please don't drop this manga, it's worth the wait and read!
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Great Development!   
Rating: N/A
by Pichiu
October 5th, 2012, 1:40pm
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 :>
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Not the Best   
Rating: N/A
by BleuBonBon
June 30th, 2012, 11:14am
I gave this series until chapter 6 and I still didn't find it interesting. It's just about a spoiled princess who loses her dad and she seeks revenge against the usurper. It's totally predictable and cliche.
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I like it   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by rosalie.
May 18th, 2012, 11:18am
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! =)
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Don't drop if you hate weak leads!   
Rating: N/A
by kidayuki
May 9th, 2012, 3:40pm
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 smile Highly recommended.
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Amazing, But Give It Time   
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by zanaikin
March 23rd, 2012, 4:25am
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.
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Based solely on volume 1   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Utsukushii Yume
March 19th, 2012, 5:11pm
After having finished vol 1, I will say I am looking forward to reading the rest of this manga. I would recommend this manga to someone, and I hope to enjoy the rest of the story.

I like how the princess is handling the tragedy, it is realistic. Not everyone bounces back quickly, some people mentally shut down and become almost as fragile as glass. When people are in that state, you have to handle them properly. Gently so not to push them over the ledge, yet firmly so they don't keep wallowing in misery. This can be a long process, or short, depending on the damage done to the persons mental state. I see the tag character growth so I am excited to read how she will move on from her current state.

... Last updated on March 19th, 2012, 5:22pm
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Don't give up too early!   
Rating: N/A
by Anobody911
March 4th, 2012, 2:00pm
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
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