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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, Kija, 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
Йона на заре
أكاتسكي نو يونا
يونا فتاة الفجر
یونا دختر سپیده دم
새벽의 연화
Yona công chúa bình minh
Yona en el amanecer
Yona of the Dawn
Yona Prinzessin der Morgendämmerung
Yona: Princesse de l'aube

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c.150 by Impatient Scans & MangaStream (20d ago)
v.26 c.149 by Impatient Scans & MangaStream (29d ago)
v.26 c.148 by Impatient Scans (69d ago)
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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 (820 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.81 / 10.0
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December 5th 2017, 9:25am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #36 decreased(-1)
Monthly Pos #14 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #17 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #13 decreased(-1)

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Sooooo Glad I Came Back To It   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
December 17th, 2014, 11:27am
This one is so worth the read. Some may be put off initially by the spoiled naive princess from the beginning and her silly crush on her cousin Soo-Won (I was), but really, that's just the start of it. She won't be your weak, helpless damsel in distress heroine for long, which is probably why the anime showed a good size glimpse of the stronger future Yona with all her kick-butt traveling companions.

Which brings me to why I REALLY love this manga. It's fantasy elements, fights, and political intrigue are great, yes, but it's really the characters and character development that make this manga. There's not one static, boring character. Yona herself, who I thought would be annoying, is genuinely determined to be stronger after the tragedy of what her bishie cousin did to her father and tried to do to her and her close friend bodyguard Hak. Instead of being flung about and pulled along by the story as a victim she is the one that purposely progresses it once she finds her determination and purpose. Hak, who easily could have been just a suave clone of every hero bodyguard in every other manga out there, is hilarious, and while he does present a romantic interest, that isn't the only reason he's there. He's a beast of a fighter, a sarcastic troll when he wants to be, and has every bit as much complexity as any other character, as well as his own motivations for fighting and mixed feelings toward his former friend Soo-Won.

And actually, Soo-won himself is not as simple to figure out as one would initially think. Yes, he wants to be king and that's why he killed Yona's kind father but his motivations and plans for the kingdom or even Yona herself are even now not so entirely simple or clear. I won't spoil too much regarding him, but he's definitely an interesting enigma even to his own generals who don't all know what he did.

And then there's Yoon and the dragons. Again, I won't spoil too much for those who haven't read it yet, but they are all such fun, varied personalities (and some with heart-wrenching backstories) that when you put them together one by one and have them play off each other (and especially Hak) it's fun beyond measure. I also like that although it is a bit of a reverse harem, they're not all falling over each other to flirt with Yona. Their feelings toward her are all different and while some attempt to flirt (jokingly or otherwise) it's not the main focus of the story or only intended for fanservice to the girls. Again, the characters are what really make this good.

And the anime? One of my favorite anime adaptations. The animation and music is good, the plot stays true and all the hilarity is intact. Even after reading all the manga up to date, it's still one that I look forward to watching every week. And next week, the chubby obligatory cute animal squirrel makes an appearance. Horray!
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Give it time   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Charoite
November 29th, 2014, 7:28pm
The story may seem uninteresting (the characters might even seem typical or cliche), but it gets more interesting as the story develops. There's a lot of character development, and interesting characters are also added as the story goes on.
The story does have its bad/boring moments, of course.
The MC may seem like a weak female lead (at first), but give the story time.

... Last updated on November 29th, 2014, 7:32pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by arouraleona
October 15th, 2014, 3:54am
Dramatic, funny, action packed, heartbreaking, etc etc etc. This manga packs feels like crazy, and it also has one of my favorite female heroes in manga. She starts out pretty soft, yeah, but of course she does given that she's a coddled princess. She catches up super fast, though, and does so impressively. She recognizes her faults physically and intellectually, and works hard to fix them ("I need to become strong" ... "I don't want to continue being an idiot") and DOES fix them.

Reverse harems can be difficult in that even strong women might become more damsel than hero, but Yona isn't really falling into that category. She is continually becoming closer to being an equal member in their team, which is made up of (basically) dragons and people-more-awesome-than-dragons. Is she perfect? No. But she isn't sold as perfect and she doesn't insist that she is. She just wants to be (and works hard to be) a good person and do good in her country, a desire that's even allowing her to heal from her initial grief.

(Also: This manga isn't harmed by having some extremely appealing males. Yona's got an A+ harem. Shin-ah and Ao are the cutest pair in the whole of manga. Barring some future work of perfection, I will standby that statement for forever.)
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HummingBird0o
September 7th, 2014, 2:38am
i'm now in chapter 41 and thing starting to become exited <3
i love yona she treys her best to move on in her life and become stronger smile she's not some weak cry baby heroin like other shoujo !! and HAK <3 i love him , so far my favorite :3 and i want yona to love him ^^ ohh and i also hope she doesnt forgive her cousin (crush) for killing her father -_- and hope she ends up with Hak too <3

... Last updated on October 8th, 2014, 2:34am
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It's ok.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mispelling
August 30th, 2014, 10:08pm
It was really boring at first with the first few chapters but it gets a lot better after Yona's hair cut. The pace picks up considerably around that time. I like the characters but I'm not a big fan of the plot, which I'm still not entirely sure what it is. It seems as if the direction to this is messy and undetermined. The romance isn't advancing much atm but I'm only basing this off scanlations. I'm not a big fan of trying to portray Soo-Won as a sympathetic villain, I think his character overall is confusing :/
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Rating: N/A
by Sphear
February 8th, 2014, 1:25am
Not much of good political, war, "intelligent plot". However, it's a nice a adventurey-fantasy story. Art is simple and not really my cup of tea, but it's pretty. My only peeve about the story is that Yona's 'amazing' courage seems to be highly exaggerated. She does change but her being 'useful' is still something of an overstatement. Her 'fiery glares' do indeed show impressive courage but they don't actually do anything.

I think everyone deems her change too highly.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2014, 6:00pm
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Could be better   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by MisteryoLH
January 22nd, 2014, 6:23pm
Not really a political drama, as one would expect from the setting (king gets killed, revenge, usurping the throne, etc). Instead, the author adds some melodrama about citizens who shouldn't suffer for whatever reason she thinks of so she can throw the heroes on the run.

Dont expect any strategies, plottings, conspiracy or anything otherwise smart coming from any of the characters.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2014, 6:25pm
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Rating: N/A
by cornilla
August 27th, 2013, 4:02pm
Akatsuki no Yona is one of the best manga you'd ever read,,I got hooked in it from the very first chapters,,the story is Awesome,,the art is amazing,,the developement is very good,,the pace is also natural and decent not too fast and not so slow,,but what really amazes me is main character's (Yona) developement,,,from a weak spoiled princess to strong willed powerful girl,,and also her childhood friend (Hak) is so so cool and strong,,,,and the dragons are very amazing,,,so what really distinguish this manga is that every character has its own personality and look (unlike those mangas where u dont even know who the person is!!) and the main character developement (also unlike these mangas where the main character is always crying and waiting to be saved)
so trust me on this,,READ THIS MANGA AND YOU WILL JUST LOVE IT!!!!!
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i love this   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shines
May 26th, 2013, 8:06am
i like the weak to strong part of the main character
she is thrown from a world of luxury to a world of the common people
or worse since she is being persued
she doesnt complain and tries her best to become strong
the Hak, her choldhood friend and bodyguard is sooo cool, strong
and likes to see her struggle on her own
the only thing i hope for is that she
doesnt forgive her first love, Soo Won that killed her own father!!!
neverth less i love this story and highly recommend it
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AWESOME is an Understatement   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 25th, 2013, 7:53am
...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

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