The dawn of another shoujo series.
|Part two of the shoujo series this season (overlooking that short one by Sliver Link). I knew I would most likely enjoy Ookami Shoujo since I’ve read that series, but I’m pleasantly surprised with this one too. …I was kind of slow getting episode 1 out there, so this one covers episode 2 as well.|
Yona had things going for and against her personality-wise in this introduction. Sure, she was cute, but the story definitely made a point about how naive she was and maybe that she was mildly out of touch with the outside world. I mean, her father even said that he’s always given her whatever she’s asked for, so she probably isn’t accustomed to getting things for herself. Not to say that there’s anything wrong with that though as a starting point. Plus Yona’s character seemed to have good traits in there too. She was definitely raised a princess, but she also seemed to show a different side to her where she wanted to try archery too. Her love for Soo-won was also pretty understandable too. It wasn’t just because he was good looking or anything really shallow, but they had an actual emotional connection when he helped her get over her mother’s death. So Yona’s character seems reasonably balanced right now and she manages to be likeable.
Maybe the story might drag on depending on how quickly she adapts to life outside the palace from here on, and I can’t imagine an entire anime of her like this if this coup didn’t happen. However, she seems to have had changes to her character already. Luckily, she didn’t make things more difficult in the escape for everyone and she seems to have accepted that Soo-won seriously wanted to kill her easily enough. Also, the scenes they show her with her hair cut, she seems like she’s adjusted and even made allies well enough. Hopefully the journey between then and now is a fairly smooth transition.
Yona seemed all for marriage to Soo-won though, and maybe eventually they could have worked something out that didn’t involve murder. Hell, maybe he was planning on that if Yona hadn’t seen the murder happen, since Soo-won didn’t seem to have wanted to involve her in this immidiately. Kind of. He didn’t expect her to be there at least, so the timing of all of this wasn’t just sadism on his part. He seems to have had a grudge against Il, but in all of the interactions, he didn’t seem to have any ill will towards Yona.
They have the plot set up so that Soo-won might not be that bad of an antagonist as well. Hak said that Soo-won wasn’t normally the kind of person to do this, and he seems like a pretty good judge of character in this series so far. And even in the situation shown thus far, maybe there was some sort of misunderstanding that Il killed his brother. He definitely seemed to have had some sort of guilt (or something) regarding Soo-won, since Il was so adamant about Yona not being able to marry him, but the plot also made a big deal about how Il was a peaceful king and how his brother didn’t seem to have had any ill will about not being king. Maybe some incident happened that only made it seem like murder. Plus that Kye-sook looks like someone who could be secretly manipulating Soo-won into doing this. The hair coving one eye look just screams “cliche shoujo villain”.
Just from the aesthetic and fact that some determined girl is travelling around in some country that looks like somewhere in feudal Asia (Korea maybe, based on the character names?), this reminds me of Fushigi Yuugi a bit. Though already, Yona is SO much more bearable than Miaka. Plus the storyline is totally different, so really, it’s just the setting. Overall, I’m liking this. There’s a surprising amount of violence (though maybe not so surprising, since this IS about the murder of a king causing issues), it kind of looks like Yona will be building a badass harem as the episodes go on, and even better, it looks like she’ll actually be doing things. …Maybe not much, since she just stood there at the end of episode 2, but having her fire one arrow is better than her standing in the background having her harem protect her. I’m not familiar with this manga author’s works in regards to how heroines end up, but hopefully Yona will end up being badass as well. Plus I’m not sure if this was the manga’s narrative or something the anime did on it’s own, but the way the story was shaped at the beginning was kind of interesting. The start with short-haired Yona standing on the cliff with her group and then ending the first two episodes with the continuation of her on the cliff gave the beginning of the story a nice ‘prologue’ feeling to it.
The OP was a little… worrying. It seemed to look and sounds okay in terms of what it did with the character stills and instrumental song, but the fact that there was little to no movement maybe doesn’t say the best things about the budget. After DRAMAtical Murder, I’m a little wary of OP animation that involves little to no animation. …Though the rest of the episodes looked alright, so maybe they were going for a stylistic thing instead of having money issues. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.