|Well, a few more episodes to go, and Yona is still dealing with Jae-ha. …Are they going to recruit the yellow dragon any time soon?|
But I guess the important thing is that Yona has finally found the green dragon. Things are complicated since Jae-ha doesn’t really want to join Yona’s group, but that doesn’t mean that he’s a bad person. Obviously he’s the opposite, since he’s part of the pirates that are helping out the town against the corrupt government. Plus he seems to have a complex about freedom, since he was worried about following some person he didn’t know’s orders and that flashback of his childhood had him restrained for some reason.
Ki-ja was the most interesting choice of guardian to talk to Jae-ha due to their conflicting views, and since Ki-ja didn’t really have a solid reason for following Yona other than “the voice in my head told me to”. At least with Sin-ah
(…maybe one day I’ll learn how to spell these names correctly), Yona saved him from loneliness. Ki-ja was just saved from boredom. Though to each their own, and if Ki-ja is perfectly happy following Yona around for that reason, then he should be allowed to. Jae-ha called him a puppet, but Ki-ja is with Yona under his own will and his bond with Yona seems just as strong as the bond anyone else in the group has (minus Hak, because he’s ~special~).
At the same time, Jae-ha’s side of things certainly made a lot of sense. Who would really want to follow some person they had never met just because they inherited some dragon’s will? He wasn’t born with a choice to be a dragon, so at least he has one now. The dragon’s voice seemed just as strong as everyone else experienced, but it’s interesting to see that he can still deny it. Sin-ah had no idea what was going on when he met Yona, but Jae-ha knows what this all means and still doesn’t want to follow it. …Or at least he says he doesn’t, but his actions after Yona’s cliff adventure seems to speak otherwise.
Thank goodness Yona is reasonable though. It’s nice that she didn’t stalk Jae-ha around once he rejected her request in attempt to change his mind, since that seems like the cliche decision in these kinds of things. Then shortly after, Yona had to go out and prove herself. Aside from this being a chance to endear herself to Jae-ha it was also good for character growth. Yona hasn’t done a whole lot action-wise recently and with Hak and the others around, she doesn’t really need to. Even after this, she still hasn’t done a lot action-wise. Sure, she’s infiltrating the enemy now and putting herself in danger, but that seems to be what she normally does. Yona does something brave, which impresses her harem, but then in the end she usually needs one of them to come bail her out. But the important thing is that at least Yona tries to do things. Her shortcomings are to be expected, since she’s been a sheltered princess her entire life.
Though really, to join the pirates, couldn’t Yona have said that she’s okay with a bow and arrow? She probably still can’t shoot to kill, but seeing how the pirates aren’t allowed to do that anyways, it doesn’t seem like it would have been a problem. But oh well, that part is over and done with now. She didn’t really retrieve the medicinal herb on her own either, but at least it worked in bringing her closer to Jae-ha.
They’re kind of doing more with the romance again, but it’s basically still Hak making the occasional move on Yona while everyone else sits on the sidelines. Maybe Jae-ha will change things up again once he joins the group officially. It would be nice to see Yona and Hak’s relationship maybe actually go somewhere, but since the pacing is already pretty slow with the plot, I’m not expecting the romance part to be any better. Though Hak seems to be finally realizing some things about Yona, which may lead to something. Though probably not anything in the rest of the anime, since they need to focus on finding the yellow dragon. Or more immediately, dealing with the human trafficking and other various corruption issues this town is suffering from.
Despite the slow pacing, the story telling has been pretty good so far, so I’m glad they took their time with the development instead of rushing through everything. …Or maybe they’ve still taken out a lot from the manga (I wouldn’t know), in which case, I’m glad they haven’t taken out more. Maybe they’ll just end off the anime with Yellow joining Yona, and have this whole anime framed kind of like the first two episodes were. We know how Yona’s team ends up, since she has her harem fight those soldiers, but it looks like the anime won’t go past the events that led to the formation. Hopefully this means that there will be a season 2 or something. Despite a lot of things happening, the plot hasn’t really gone anywhere extremely significant past what happened in the first half with Il’s death and Yona finding out that she’s entitled to a dragon harem.