The best reason the gather a harem: because god told you to.
|Well, it’s time for me to finally to talk about Akatsuki no Yona again (and hopefully be able to blog it more frequently from here).|
They just kind of threw the mythological aspect into the plot, but it was good world building. This is obviously a fictional country, so why wouldn’t they have their own unique legends? Plus it seems to all be true, as proven by all of the dragons recognizing something in Yona. It would be interesting to hear about the other legends that this country has. The origin one seems to be true, so maybe the other ones are too. Though Hiryuu’s story seems to be the most important one in regards to the plot, so maybe they won’t go into others. As for more world building, King Il’s assassination seems to be making more and more sense. …Or maybe not, since Soo-Won still seems like he could have had so many other options. But the kingdom definitely doesn’t seem to be as happy or prosperous as the beginning of the anime made it look. Yun’s childhood looked absolutely miserable, apparently that isn’t an isolated case, Yona walked by people complaining about royalty, and Soo-Won noted a lot of corruption in officials. So maybe the kingdom did need a better rule, and maybe Soo-Won is the person to do it since at least seems to be aware of the kingdom’s suffering. Though at the same time, that doesn’t seem to be a reason for the murder of the old king.
Plus Akatsuki no Yona seems to have moved on from Soo-Won’s initial betrayal at the moment (I’ll talk about what the plot is doing with him later). They spent an episode on a travelling montage, but that was important too, in a way. Obviously, Yona had to learn how to use a weapon eventually, and then on top of that, she probably wouldn’t be able to kill some one (or some animal) that easily. Having her character jump from being a princess to being a warrior probably could have been done, but would it have been believable? To be fair, she’s jumped from being a somewhat spoiled girl to being a great character in little to no time. Though maybe it’s just that she never had a chance to demonstrate her strengths before this since she never had a need to, and we saw very little of her palace life. Or like Yun said, Yona isn’t isn’t naive, she’s just uneducated. She just needed to learn more about how the world worked. As of the plot right now, Yona is great to watch (…though I feel like I say this in every post). She really wants to take action despite varying results, since there’s only so much that she’s capable of, and despite being formerly upper class, she doesn’t seem to judge herself better than other people. That’s, of course, what won Yun over and what got Sinha to join the party.
It’s interesting how Ik-Su claimed that Yona’s life was going to be full of conflict when Soo-Won originally wanted her captured alive, and nobody at the time was trying to kill her. Not that I’m doubting what Ik-Su said. His predicts seem correct, since Yona seems to be the king the dragons are looking for and the mythology in the country is true as well (so gods more than likely exist). But maybe Yona fighting is a self-fulfilling prophecy? Surely she could have settled in some small town somewhere and lived a low profile life. Nobody was really looking for her, and Soo-Won thought she was dead. Or maybe there’s some other conflict coming up.
They seem to be pushing that Yona needs to do something important. It’s one thing that she decided that she wanted to survive, but since the dragons are recognizing something in her that they absolutely need to serve, it would be kind of pointless if it ended with her just running around the country just trying to live. Of course, Yona said straightforwardly that she just wanted the dragon’s assistance to save Hak’s life, but there’s more than likely going to be something more important going on in the future. The story has more direction now than it did in the beginning though. Other than Yona travelling to meet the dragons, there’s that hint of maybe a larger plot, in which Yona and the dragons will save the country (or something). Soo-won is working from the throne to try and fix things, but from what he said, it sounds like it will take more than him to work out whatever the corruption problem is. Plus from the beginning scene where it showed Yona and her
harem group taking on an army, there’s maybe some bigger conflict that will occur.
Life is hard.
Yun is a good addition, since he’s more intellectual. Ki-Ja has been pretty sheltered (and other than acting as a dragon compass and more muscle for the team, he’s kind of useless) and Hak seems better suited for fighting than other things. Sure, he took care of Yona when they were on their own, but Yun seems extremely efficient as a doctor and cook of sorts. He’s used to taking care of people after so many years with Ik-Su, and he seems better for knowledge. Hak isn’t nearly as sheltered as Yona, but he didn’t grow up with nearly as much hardships as Yun did. So it’s no surprise that Ki-Ja felt a bit useless when he joined the team. Yona kind of gets away with not doing much because she’s not really allowed to fight, and she’s the reason people are joining the group in the first place. On the other hand too, Ki-Ja came along surprisingly easy and his personality wasn’t really looked in to, other than that he really wanted a purpose in life. Having him struggle with not being able to help Yona as much as he wanted to, it helps define his character more.
…And then they added in harem antics. Though Hak has the childhood friend status, and then there’s also Soo-Won (maybe), so Ki-ja has a disadvantage there. Or maybe it just seems like love since Ki-Ja is constantly arguing with Hak (who undoubtedly is in love with Yona), but he hasn’t even known her for that long. At the beginning, it was probably more that he wanted to be the most useful to Yona (or maybe he just wants her attention the most) since she’s his master, and he’s been waiting his entire life for the opportunity to be useful. Though that’s changed by now, since Ki-Ja has gotten to know Yona a bit better (and learned how great she is). His addition isn’t necessarily bad though, since it gives the romance side of things more variety. Hak hitting on Yona (and her being too naive to really know what he means) couldn’t have gone on forever. Or if it did without any pay off, it might have gotten a bit stale. Now let’s just hope that Ki-Ja and Hak fighting for Yona’s attention doesn’t get too stale (though at least they’re acknowledging each other’s strengths now). Plus the dragons seem to be joining at a fast pace, so maybe the harem antics will change up more, preventing things from repeating too much.
It’s interesting how the dragons live vasty different lives, even though they share the same origins and live in the same country. Ki-Ja was very loved and was protected by the villagers since he was so important. Yun pointed that out really obviously though. Ao (and Sinha by extension) obviously had a much harder time, and therefore, had a much worse attitude towards his dragon heritage than Ki-Ja. Luckily, Sinha didn’t hold any animosity towards Yona or being a dragon, he just seemed to want friends. I’m still waiting for a dragon to be well educated with is origins, but then at the same time, not want to join Yona for one reason or another. That could offer a more interesting scenario with the current focus of the storyline, since the dragons themselves have all joined the party and accepted their role of having to serve Yona rather easily.
But for now the plot is back to Soo-Won. While it was a bit jarring from having the plot go from dragon gathering to Soo-Won’s way of running the country, this is giving Soo-Won more development than “he killed Yona’s father for some reason, but doesn’t seem like an awful person”. It was to be assumed that Soo-Won wasn’t a person to underestimate from his actions in the very beginning, but this was pretty much confirmation. Soo-Won’s strength seems to be in that he’s able to convince others that he’s helpless, even if he really isn’t and that he’s really great at manipulating things behind the scenes. This probably sheds a lot of light on how he was able to kill King Il, even though he never showed any signs of his intentions. But for now, it seems to be playing a large part of how he’s uniting Kouka. Again, Soo-Won doesn’t seem like a character we’re supposed to dislike (unlike, say, the fire tribe’s leaders) and instead, he seems like the right person to run the country right now.
Ah, I’m not sure if I covered everything I want to say about this show, but I think this is a lot for now. OTL I really like how they’ve opened up the story from the initial premise though! There were a lot of possibilities of where it could have gone. Maybe the plot seems a little Fushigi Yuugi from how the heroine has a convenient harem that she has to gather, but I like what Akatsuki no Yona has done with the characters so far, so I’m looking forward to where they go from here. Plus Yona basically just doesn’t want Hak to die and she’s not afraid to tell people her intentions about gathering them. Will they do something more with the plot than that? Probably. Though at the same time, will there be enough episodes for anything beyond gathering the dragons? It’s taken the plot more than half of the allotted episodes to get to this point (unless they’re going to make the anime go on longer than 20-something episodes, which seems unlikely). I just hope the anime doesn’t try to squish everything past getting the dragons together in to the final couple of episodes.