Hak is just upset that pink isn’t his colour.
|We’re on episode 3 already? School is eating up my life. OTL Though that being said, things are still going pretty strong for Akatsuki no Yona. I thought Yona would have annoyed me more just based on her character description, but she’s proven to be absolutely adorable~.|
How could anyone kill a guy who cries over his wife like this?
They killed off Il pretty early, so it was kind of unexpected that they went back and then made his character extremely endearing. They could have left it as Yona being depressed because her father died and just had the viewer assume that they were close, but it’s definitely more emotionally impacting showing actual events throughout Yona’s childhood. So now we know for sure that Il was a pretty awesome guy, and he deserves Hak’s loyalty. Actually, they even explained why his guards would turn against him while still making him out to be a good king, since people obviously looked down on his peaceful nature. Of course, this makes Soo-won’s actions look worse, since Soo-won would probably know about Il not being as much as weak of a person as he seemed, and it’s looking less and less like Il was really his father’s murderer. But that situation seems pretty complicated. Il and Soo-won didn’t seem to really interact in these flashbacks, so maybe there’s something that will be revealed later about that.
Soo-won’s father didn’t look like a bad guy either, again. Maybe he was a bit obsessed with strength from the few lines he had, but based on the fact that he bothered visiting his son, he couldn’t have been a terrible person. So what Soo-won did is even less understandable, since he obviously was a good kid and the last person you’d expect to murder someone. …The fact that he was so happy about his father lecturing him about being stronger was maybe a bit of a red flag, but maybe that was really how his father showed affection. Time will tell, probably.
Also explained in the flashbacks is Hak’s reasons for going so far for Yona’s sake. …From his “strange feelings” and how he didn’t want to be around the castle because of her, he’s probably had a bit of a crush on her since childhood, but given the genre, that was probably to be expected. What’s nice though is that he never seemed to hold any ill will towards Soo-won for being the object of Yona’s affections, and truly wanted happiness for the two of them. Even in the present, he seems to be putting reason before his own feelings regarding that hairpiece Soo Won gave Yona. Instead of being upset over Yona’s attachment (his feelings aside, having her back to normal would make the journey easier for both of them), survival is more important for him right now. As a bonus, he’s kind of a tsundere, but his tsun side isn’t overpowering, so it comes off that he’s just a harsher voice of reason for the characters. Yona probably needs that right now, and it will undoubtedly come in handy later.
But that being said, Yona’s character isn’t too terrible right now. Hak is being extremely understanding in this journey, since he’s more than aware that Yona has been pretty sheltered her entire life, but Yona could be doing a lot worse right now in terms of holding them back. Wandering into a snake nest wasn’t exactly the best move on Yona’s part, but how was she supposed to know where snakes live? She didn’t even know what leeches were. Nor did she react to Hak seeing her naked, so right now it just seems like she’s empty inside. Maybe her actions would have been more grating if this episode was entirely comprised of Hak and Yona wandering around the wilderness and Yona staring off into space, but the flashbacks helped split this up and give it more emotional context. Obviously she’s going to have to snap out of it eventually, but right now, Yona grieving her father’s death and Soo-won’s betrayal makes a lot of sense.
Once again, Akatsuki no Yona took a narrative direction that was kind of unconventional, but it worked really well. Going straight form the beginning of the story into a mix of flashbacks and the present was really effective for explaining character motives. The story probably could have worked pretty well by just continuing in the present and having the viewer assume that Yona was upset when her father died because they were family and Hak was still loyal because that’s what a good servant does, but adding in the emotional aspects from the flashbacks really makes the character’s current actions understandable. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here, since it seems to have done a lot of pretty good things from the start. Obviously Yona is going to meet a bunch of characters to join her group, so hopefully the plot keeps doing interesting things while introducing all of them instead of falling into a pattern. Or maybe this anime could make it work. Either way, I’m looking forward to the next episode.