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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.


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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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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 (850 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.81 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 10th 2018, 5:37am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

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English Publisher
Viz (10 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Weekly Pos #9 increased(+19)
Monthly Pos #21 decreased(-9)
3 Month Pos #11 decreased(-2)
6 Month Pos #7 increased(+5)
Year Pos #7 increased(+2)

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who else hates soowon? (May be spoilers) 9 months ago
Akatsuki no Yona Shōjo Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime about 1 year ago
Manga "Akatsuki no Yona" Enters Indefinite Hiatus about 1 year ago
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My all-time FAVORITE   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by firewolf19
November 13th, 2017, 9:44am
I am in love with this series. I'll try to hold myself back from going on an endless rant, but here are a few of my favorite elements of this series.

1. Beautiful character growth and relationships. Kusanagi does a wonderful job with making her characters believable, distinctive and charming in their own right. I find all most all the characters in this series to be interesting and enjoyable, even the antagonists. But the way these characters interact with one another really drives it home. The relationships build over time and you gradually come to learn more about each character's history and personality in a very natural way. The same goes for the romance. Disclaimer: I am a fan of slow romances because you can generally see their feelings grow and change over time and this is indeed a slow romance. Kusanagi does this very well. Hak and Yona have this bond that just cannot broken; you can tell that they have the utmost trust in one another and would do anything for the other. It's so freakin' cute. And watching them go from childhood friends to kindred spirits to <spoiler> Yona kissing him </spoiler> makes you feel like you really know them.

2. Plot. AnY is technically a shoujo, but it is just as much a fantasy, historical, comedy and action. It's got all the elements of shoujo that I like (heart-pounding moments, bishies, etc.) without making them contrived or predictable. It's a nice blend of everything. Thanks to this, the plot doesn't fall to the wayside to make room for more shoujo-esque moments. In my opinion, the plot reads more like an epic instead of "there's one bad guy we need to defeat and we'll face his minions on the way", which is more common in the fantasy/romance genre. Instead, Yona's goal changes several times over the course of the story, each time growing more ambitious in scale. At the same time, there is the overarching prophecy plot line concerning King Hiryuu and the Dragons that readers still no little about (hopefully that'll change soon). As a quick aside, this manga has some great laugh out loud moments. Sometimes the comedy is subtle, but man, it has made me laugh quite a few times!

3. Art. I love Kusanagi's art style. I read her previous work NG Life and liked it there, but it's only gotten better with Akatsuki no Yona. Her attention to costume detail is exceptional and the art is always very clean and lovely.

4. Lack of annoying shoujo tropes or stereotypes. This point kind of speaks for itself, but what I mean is characters aren't made to do dumb or unreasonable things just for the sake of drama/romance/angst or whatever. No ex-girlfriends/boyfriends or silly love triangles to stir the pot, Yona does not remain a weak lead, Hak is not a possesive or jerk-ish love interest (quite the opposite), and despite the harem tag I'd say there are only 2 people that are actually in love with the female MC, which is refreshing.

Anyways, I could go on and on but the main point of my review is this: I would highly recommend this series to just about anyone because I really think that it's got aspects that could appeal to the vast majority of people. It's a great series with a solid plot and art and I'm so happy that it's finally being released in English.
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This manga is AWESOME   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by linh.ddoox
October 12th, 2017, 11:47am
I am going crazy about this manga, really looking forward to see how will it go. I think Soo-won is a great king despite what he has done. Every character is wonderful, my favourite is Shin-ah.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KathleenCindy
May 22nd, 2017, 4:52am
I'm not use to read manga but when I first saw this story in the youtube my heart suddenly wants to seek more about this story. It is my first time to read a manga and I want to support this manga until the end.
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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 work contains many details which make rereading more pleasurable than typical as well. Additionally, Kusanagi-sensei's humour fits perfectly and prevents the work from becoming too heavy.
    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 August 14th, 2017, 12:57am
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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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