Many years have passed since the anime adaptation of Yona of the Dawn, also popularly known as Akatsuki no Yona. The anime, which only has one season so far, has many loyal fans wondering if there will be a renewal someday or if the studio will continue the series at all. The 24-episode series was initially aired back in 2014, with the last episode being broadcasted in 2015. After that, the only other animated content fans received three OVA features in 2016, but nothing new since then.
In this article, we’ll be diving into what Yona of the Dawn is about to refresh your memory on the plot, the possibilities of a third season, and where you can watch this fantastic anime if you haven’t already.
What Is Yona of the Dawn All About?
Yona of the Dawn was initially released as a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi and has been serialized in the popular manga magazine Hana to Yume since 2009. Yona of the Dawn or Akatsuki no Yona is a shoujo series, which means its target audience is women. Although, of course, anyone of any gender can freely watch and enjoy the show.
Yona of the Dawn follows Kouka’s red-haired princess, Yona, the daughter of the pacifist King II. As you can imagine, Yona’s life as the sole princess of the Sky Tribe was a lavish one, and she lived her life unaware of the reality and the struggles faced by the citizens outside of her castle.
A week before turning sixteen, Yona finds out that her childhood friend and long-time crush, Su-Won, planned a political coup to overthrow her father and become the next King of Kouka. Yona runs for her life along with her friend and bodyguard, Son Hak, and they eventually discover the truth about the Kouka kingdom, which Yona believed was thriving.
Thanks to advice given by Son Mundok, Hak’s adoptive grandfather and the former General of the Wind Tribe, both Yona and Hak go on a journey to look for an exiled priest who had information about the supposedly mythical Crimson Dragon King and the four Dragon warriors. Based on the myth, these warriors helped unified the Kouka nation thousands of years ago. Having nothing else to go on except that they need to save their country, Yona and Hak begin their journey to find these mythical Dragon warriors.
As mentioned, Yona is Kouka’s only princess, and living behind the castle walls made her naive and spoiled, yet kind. Since her father was a pacifistic King, she wasn’t allowed to touch weapons, let alone be near them. Not only that, she grew up politically unaware, so she never knew what the living conditions were like outside the castle because she was never allowed to see the world beyond the castle walls.
She grew up with Su-Won and Son Hak, her beloved childhood friends, and she even harbored secret feelings for Su-Won—until she accidentally discovered Su-Won’s plans for political upheaval.
Son Hak is one of Yona’s childhood friends, but he also works as her bodyguard. He’s famously known in Kouka as the “Lightning Beast” because of his incredible speed and agility when fighting, which consequently made him one of the strongest soldiers in the entire Kingdom. Hak is incredibly fond of Yona and vows to protect her no matter what.
Su-Won is Yona’s first cousin, childhood friend, and first love, as she harbored secret feelings for him since they were children. Su-Won is a cunning character who tries to act aloof and clumsy around other people, hiding the fact that he was actually planning to overthrow the pacifistic King II. With the King and Yona out of the picture, Su-Won was crowned King of Kouka, but he genuinely cares for Yona and Hak despite everything.
Kija is the descendant of the White Dragon’s claw, making him one of the present reincarnations of the four Dragon warriors. Kija spent most of his growing years being isolated from the rest of his community because they venerated him for being one of the inheritors. Out of all the other dragons, Kija was the one who was instantly loyal to Yona.
Shin-Ah is the descendant of the Blue Dragon’s eyes, but unlike Kija’s people who revered him, Shin-Ah was feared by his community because they believed that the Blue Dragon’s inheritors were cursed. This fear ran so deep that Shin-Ah’s mother committed suicide after he was born. When Yona and Hak met Shin-Ah years later, he actually didn’t have a name—he was only referred to as Blue Dragon. Because of this, Yona decided to name him “Shin-Ah,” which meant “moonlight” in the local Kouka language.
Jaeha is the descendant of the Green Dragon’s right leg, and similar to Shin-Ah, Jaeha was also imprisoned in his village. He was eventually able to escape and join a pirate crew in Awa, but he could sense Yona and the others’ presence when they arrived there. He initially rejected Yona’s offer to join them because he didn’t want to become restricted, so much so that he even did his best to avoid them while they were at Awa. But he eventually left the pirate crew to join Yona, intrigued by the princess’ will and determination.
The last of the four Dragon Warriors is Zeno, otherwise known as the Yellow Dragon warrior. Unlike the others, Yona didn’t need to go out looking for him because he wandered into their camp one day of his own free will. Zeno is a very cheerful character and seemingly upbeat character, but he’s one of the most observant people in the group. Zeno stands out from the rest of the Dragons because he’s not a descendant, unlike the other three. In fact, he’s the original Yellow Dragon Warrior from the time of King Hiryuu, which means he’s around two thousand years old.
Will There Be a Season 3?
Now, let’s move on to the most important question: will Yona of the Dawn have a third season? At the moment, we really can’t say because there are no new teasers or news about the matter. Fans are still waiting for an estimated schedule, and we can only hope that there will be some kind of teaser by 2022.
Where to Watch Yona of the Dawn
If you haven’t seen Yona of the Dawn yet or you’re interested in rewatching the show, there are several sites and platforms you can watch the series in. The most popular streaming services include Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, but if you’re not subscribed to these streaming platforms, you can also check out the following free websites:
- Anime Planet
- Anime Take
- Soule Anime
- Side Real
Yona of the Dawn is a fantastic yet underrated animated series that deserves more hype than it has. It’s really quite unfortunate that there’s no news yet about whether the anime will be continued, especially since fans aren’t ready to let go of this series just yet. At this point, we can only hope that we’ll hear good news by next year.