Yona should just threaten them into making a second season
|Well, Akatsuki no Yona was a great show. It was maybe not the most revolutionary story, but the characters were great and the show had some interesting developments with Yona’s growth. Even the ending place seemed pretty good.|
Yona hanging out with the pirates lasted quite a few episodes, but at least there was some good moments with the characters in there. Yun was extremely admirable in his defence of Yona instead of self preservation, which just goes to show how attached he’s become. It’s a pretty big step from their introduction, where he hated nobles by principle. Next was Jae-ha, which was probably a more obvious development, since pretty much everyone who was watching this saw his attachment to Yona coming from miles away.
Also, Yona finally killed a human being, but it came at a good time since it solidified her desire to help her people. …Plus it was very badass. She was obviously scared during the whole ordeal, since the anime made a point about her shaking, but overall, this part of the story just goes to show how Yona’s actions inspire others and why she’s a great character for righting the wrongs of the country. Actually, Yona has had a lot of great moments, like when she intimidated Geum-ji with her glare or on the opposite scale of emotions, when she was saying goodbye to Gi-gang and everyone else. There was a lot of character growth in these past few episodes.
Just when I thought that they were going to end the anime without ever finding the yellow dragon, Zeno’s recruitment was… incredibly easy. It’s nice that the anime acknowledged this and turned it into a joke, since it feels like less of a cop-out that way. Especially after Jae-ha’s recruitment, which took quite a few episodes and was a struggle for Yona almost the entire way through. It’s a shame that we didn’t really see much of Zeno or his motives, but at least he had a little screentime in the last episode when Akatsuki no Yona finally decided to establish where the plot is headed.
It was pretty surprising when Yona met up with Soo-Won suddenly, but it was probably a good experience for both of them. Soo-Won knows that Yona is alive, which seems to show that he has no intentions of killing her, since he hid her. Also, since he’s not such a bad guy, this probably lessens his emotional burdens a bit since he seems to care about Yona, so he’s probably happier with her alive and possibly trying to kill him than dead. As for Yona, her anger and shock made her speechless during the reunion, and it also brought back a lot of things she hasn’t really though about since the beginning of the anime. She seems to have kind of forgotten about Soo-Won over the events that have been happening, so this opened a few wounds regarding that. However, at the same time, Yona seems to have had a moment of acceptance when she realized that he has things he wants to accomplish, much like she does.
Which brings us to the end of the anime. Zeno brought up the question as to where Yona wants to go from here, and it looks like it’s finally been answered. It’s admirable that she’s not going straight for revenge (the reunion with Soo-Won probably helped with that too), but instead wants to help the country. This brings an interesting parallel with Soo-Won, since both characters basically want the same goals of a better country, it seems. Soo-Won can only do so much as king, but then there’s Yona’s group, which is more mobile and there’s less political complications in their way (though Soo-Won could probably come up with clever solutions if he had to). In a way, the two are almost working together, even though they’re kind of enemies. Nobody really has closure over what happened with King Il’s murder, but perhaps the parallels of Soo-Won and Yona both wanting to protect the country will help bridge the emotional gap between them. Neither are bad people, so it would be nice to have them come to an understanding eventually. It would be interesting to see where this plot goes, but unfortunately, this was the end.
Ending here is okay with me. I would love for this anime to continue on for many more seasons to come if it could, but considering the time it was given, it was nicely open ended for other seasons, but had enough closure if they don’t ever end up funding another season. Only establishing where the plot’s big picture was going in the final episode was a little odd, but at the same time, I think they built up to it pretty well. Yona went from a sheltered princess to being stronger over a reasonable period of time. Plus before Yona could decide that she wanted to run around helping people, she needed to experience just how much help people needed first. Also, in the end, I liked the romantic hints, but I’m also decidedly okay with there not being any major developments as well. Yona is still growing as a person, and she probably has to sort out a few things within herself before romance. Especially with how she reacted to her reunion with Soo-Won, since she hasn’t completely figure out how she feels about that yet. Obviously there’s anger, but she also really liked the guy for years before that. So while Hak is probably #1 in the running for possible partners (if Soo-Won doesn’t make a come back some how, which would be complicated as well), just having him be concerned for Yona and watching her grow is okay for now. My feelings towards that might change if there are ever any more seasons for this anime. …Which I really wish there will be, since it feels like the story is only getting started now. But if not, there’s always the manga, I guess!