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[[caption-width-right:350:[[TookALevelInBadass Meet Princess Yona before. Now meet Princess Yona after]].]]
->Yona, The Girl Standing in The Blush of Dawn

King Il of Kouka, a country said in legends to have been founded by dragons, has no male heir, only a young daughter named Yona. As the sole princess she is living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-Won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard and childhood friend, Son Hak, wasn't so annoying, her hair wasn't so red and her father would allow her to marry Soo-Won, everything would be just perfect.

But on the day of her sixteenth birthday, her nearly perfect world shatters. The man she loves, Soo-Won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Hak escapes with Yona, and they retreat to his hometown Fuuga, the capital of the Wind Tribe. A man living near those lands, a priest called Ik-Soo, tells them of a prophecy related to her and the country's future. So Yona resolves to keep on living, to fight and reclaim her place as the true ruler by finding the "dragon warriors", those who have inherited the mythical powers from their ancestors, who helped the legendary dragon king Hiryuu establish the Kouka Kingdom.

The manga is written by Mizuho Kusanagi whose previous works include ''NGLife'' and ''Mugen Spiral''.

An anime adaptation was produced for the Fall2014Anime season by Creator/StudioPierrot. It was licensed by Creator/FUNimation, although Crunchyroll still possesses streaming rights.

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!! ''Akatsuki no Yona'' contains examples of:
* ActualPacifist: [[WrongGenreSavvy Emperor Il]]
* {{Adorkable}}: Kija and Shin-Ah.
* AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength: Shin-Ah is terrified of using his eyes since he could (and has) paralyze someone to death with his power.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Yona was in love with Soo-Won but he didn't return her affections. Tae-Jun made it clear that he wanted to marry Yona but she turned him down. Then there is Kija, Jae-Ha and Hak who either have a crush on Yona or are starting to fall in love with her but how she feels about them are left ambiguous.
* AntagonistInMourning: [[spoiler:He may have killed her father and attempted to kill her as well, but Soo-Won is visibly shocked when an equally distraught Tae-Jun informs him of Yona and Hak's [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat supposed deaths]].]]
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone, especially the dragons, Yona and Hak.
** BadassAdorable: [[BadassPrincess Yona]] grows to be as lethal as she is lovely.
** BadassGrandpa: Mundok.
** BadassNormal: Though traveling with a bunch of dragon-humans, Hak is one of, ''if not'', the strongest in the group.
* {{Bishounen}}: Most of the male cast.
* BlingOfWar: Justified and played with. When Soo-Won "plays" war with Geun-Tae, he makes sure that they are wearing custom made jewelry. [[spoiler: Turns out he was advertising gemstones from the local quarry to stimulate the economy]].
* BloodKnight: The Earth Tribe's General, Lee Geun-Tae, really likes fighting and is more than thrilled when Soo-Won seemingly plans to start a "war".
* BodyguardCrush: Oh ''Hak''... And later we also have Kija. Jae-ha is shaping to follow the trend too.
* BrokenBird: Yona but [[spoiler: not for long]]
* CainAndAbel: If Soo-won is to be believed, then Il killed his older brother Yu-Hon.
** And you could count Soo-won as the Cain to Yona's Abel... Though Yona had ''[[KissingCousins more]]'' than sisterly affection towards him, at first.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: Few men are ever drawn to be ugly. At best, they are non-descriptive.
* CatchPhrase: Yoon's is "I'm a [[{{Bishounen}} pretty boy]]".
* CharacterDevelopment: The whole story is this. Especially [[TookALevelInBadass Yona]].
* ChildhoodFriends: Yona, Hak and Soo-Won.
** WeUsedToBeFriends: Obviously after Soo-Won's betrayal things went sour.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Just like Yona has been [[KissingCousins in love]] with Soo-Won since childhood, Hak has been [[AllLoveIsUnrequited in love]] with her since then too. Yet he always supported a [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy relationship between the two]] since they were both equally important to him.
* ChivalrousPervert: Jae-ha.
* TheChosenOne: Yona. Legends said that one day a red-haired royal would bring together the four dragons once more.
* CoolOldGuy: Son Mundok, Hak's adoptive grandfather.
* CoolOldLady: Captain Gi-Gan, the leader of a RagtagBandOfMisfits of pirates.
* TheCutie: Tae-Yeon, Hak's little brother.
* {{Determinator}}: Crawl along an impossibly high cliff where one false move means certain death? Tremble and cry in fear while trying not to be flung to said certain death by high speed winds? Okay. But Yona ''will'' [[SecretTestOfCharacter get those herbs]], even if she has to [[CrowningMomentofAwesome do it a second time.]]
* DudeLooksLikeALady: While there are plenty of [[{{Bishounen}} beautiful men]], it is only the self-proclaimed "genius pretty boy", Yoon, the one who is repeatedly mistaken for a girl.
* DyingToBeReplaced: Once a new "dragon warrior" is born, the previous one slowly loses his powers and subsequently his life.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Everybody at the palace, save King Il, could see that Yona was head over heels in love with Soo-Won, who was also oblivious.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Shin-Ah was only known as the ''"Seiryuu"'', his birth parents didn't bother to give him a name, not even the previous Seiryuu, Ao, who did care about him thought of giving him one.
* FallenPrincess: Yona all the way.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Kouka is almost a dead-ringer for imperial Korea -- an unusual location choice, considering the historic tension between Japan and Korea.
* FireForgedFriends: Hak and Kija.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: That naive princess that shows up on the second page? The first page has her future self acting {{badass}} as usual.
* FirstNameBasis: Seiryuu was the first of the Dragons to start calling Yona by her name and not "Princess". Afterwards, the others asked her if they could do the same too. Subverted with Hak, as Yona specifically requested him to continue to refer to her as "Princess" so she wouldn't forget that she is the daughter of the king.
* FriendlessBackground: Seiryuu had it the worst where his whole village shunned him and his own mother killed herself when she found out she gave birth to the next Seiryuu.
* GoodIsNotSoft: The kind and sweet Yona was the one who shot and killed Kum-Ji.
* HappilyAdopted: Several characters: Hak, his little foster brother Tae-Yeon, Yoon was also sort of adopted by Ik-Soo and Ao was the only parental figure Shin-Ah had.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Heang-Dea and Tae-Woo, the guards from the Wind Tribe, who are always [[ThoseTwoGuys together]].
* HeroicBSOD: Yona suffers through one when she saw her father being murdered by the man she was in love with. It takes some time and with help from Hak and the Wind tribe to break her out of it.
* TheHighQueen: What Yona is shaping up to be.
* HopelessSuitor: Kan Tae-Jun, the second son of the General of the Fire Tribe, in regards of his crush on Yona.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Shin-Ah wished to have friends ever since he was a young child, but he was an outcast in his village, hated and feared by everyone.
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler:When Yona and an injured Hak are surrounded, Yona is captured by the son of the Fire Tribe's general as he held her by the hair. After seeing Hak fall off the cliff into a raging river below. Realizing she was too weak to do anything, she cuts her hair, freeing herself from her enemy, the last link to her old life, and taking the first step to the Badass she will one day become by jumping off the cliff to save Hak.]]
* IllBoy: Tae-Yeon.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: After [[spoiler: briefly reuniting with Soo-Won unexpectedly]], Yona was in such a daze that after she spilled some porridge on herself she started unbuttoning her outer shirt in front of everyone. Hak was quick enough to [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn cover her]] with his jacket.
* InSeriesNickname: Hak is known as the "[[{{Badass}} Raijuu]]" [[note]]"Thunder Beast"[[/note]] of the Kouka Kingdom.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Kija was ready to join Yona the moment he see her, [[spoiler: justified as he was raised to aid his master, and as a Dragon he has the physical urge to do so]].
* KissingCousins: Yona has been in love with Soo-won for a long time.
* [[LikeASonToMe Like A Grandchild To Me:]] Mundok has always cared for Soo-Won and Yona as if they were his own grandchildren.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Yona and Yoon. Their relationship is more like that of [[PlatonicLifePartners best friends]] than anything possibly romantic, they even sleep together side by side!.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: According to Soo-won his father, Yu-hon, was murdered by emperor Il like this.
* ManBitesMan: [[spoiler:Yona has taken a habit of doing this when things get rough and she is low on options.]]
* TheMedic: Yoon.
* MissingMom: Yona's mother was killed by a rebel when she was a child.
** An even darker example: Shin-Ah's mother couldn't accept the fact that she gave birth to the next Seiryuu, so she took her own life.
* [[AFatherToHisMen A Mother To Her Pirates]]: Pirate Captain Gi-Gan is just like a strict ''but'' caring mother to her men.
* MayDecemberRomance: Geun-Tae and his wife Yun-ho are 13 years apart from each other, when they married she was 19 and he was 32.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Kija, justified since he is the ''white dragon''.
* TheNicknamer: Hak calls Kija "White Snake" and Jae-Ha "droopy eyes".
* NoKoreansInJapan: While it doesn't take place in Japan, this is averted like hell, as all the characters came from a fantasy version of Korea, not to mention the author of the manga is Japanese.
* NoNameGiven: Shin-Ah was only known as the ''"Seiryuu"'', he remains unnamed until Yona decides on one.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: A seriously wounded and poisoned [[spoiler: Hak falls over the edge of a cliff with Yona]], which prompts the enemy to declare them dead since there's [[TemptingFate no way they could survive the fall]]. They're both up and about a few chapters later, only a little worse for wear.
* NobleFugitive: Yona, who is a princess, and Hak, who as the Wind Tribe General is considered part of the nobility. [[spoiler: Until he renounces his status as general anyways.]]
* ObliviousToLove: Yona, ''Yona'' and Yona. She is ''particularly'' oblivious to Hak's not-so-indirect hints... It's quite possible that she is under SelectiveObliviousness.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Soo-Won much to Lee Geun-Tae's chagrin.
** Also Zeno, who normally behaves like a CloudCuckooLander, appears to be more serious and he seems to ''know more'' than he lets on.
* OlderThanSheLooks: Yun-ho, the wife of Earth Tribe's general, is 25 years old yet she looks like ''she is still 15''.
* OneManArmy: Hak, Kija, Shin-Ah, Jae-Ha.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: King Il didn't approve and outright objected at the idea of Yona getting married to Soo-Won.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** Mundok took Hak and Tae-Yeon as his adoptive grandsons.
** Ik-Soo more or less adopted Yoon, who was an orphan living in poverty.
** Ao, the previous Seiryuu, was the one who raised Shin-Ah.
* PeekABangs: Kye-Sook, Soo-Won's advisor.
* TheQuietOne: Shin-Ah.
* RaisedByGrandparents: In Hak's case he was raised by an adoptive grandfather.
** Kija was also raised by his grandmother.
* RedHeadedHeroine: Yona. It's even a plot point because her hair color is so rare and matches the legendary dragon king Hiryuu [[note]](it literally means Red Dragon)[[/note]], who was the founder of the Kouka Kingdom.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Both Soo-Won and Yona. As the next king Soo-Won plans to restore their country to its former glory, and as we can see with what he planned when he "plays" with Geun-Tae. On the other side Yona, who only recently started to become aware of the difficulties that the inhabitants of Kouka face day by day, helps the people in need that she encounters.
* SarcasticDevotee: Hak, who loves to tease Yona yet his loyalty towards her is absolute.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it "Soo-Won" or "Su-Won", "Yoon" or "Yun", "Heang-Dea" or "Han-Dae", "Mundok" or "Mun-deok", "Yu-Hon" or "Yoo-Hong", "Min-Soo" or "Min-Su", "Joo-Doh" or "Ju-do"? A bit more understandable than most examples, however, given the various romanization systems of Korean.
* SpoiledSweet: Yona at the beginning of the story, when she was just a naive princess. Though YMMV as some fans considered her to be more of a SpoiledBrat.
* SuperToughness:
** [[spoiler: The yellow dragon]] is [[spoiler: ''supposed'' to be]] this.
** [[CharlesAtlasSuperPower Hak]] to a lesser degree.
* SupremeChef: Yoon, he regularly gets marriage propositions from those who eat his food.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Hak, Jae-ha and Shin-Ah.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Hak again.
* TenderTears: Yoon is easily moved to tears.
* TragicKeepsake: An interesting case where Yona kept the hairpin that Soo-Won gave her during her birthday party ... the same night she saw Soo-Won murder her father. Most likely to remind herself what happened that night.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Yona went from meek sheltered princess to a woman who would practice her archery throughout the night, firing hundreds of arrows to become stronger.
** Yoon went from a self-described selfish boy to being a capable fighter and planner.
* TrueCompanions: "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch".
* UndyingLoyalty:
** Hak towards King Il and Yona.
** The original Blue, White, Green and Yellow dragons were so loyal to Hiryuu, that they each gave part of their powers to four human warriors so that they would protect him in their stead. Said warriors also grew to become greatly loyal to the King, and said fealty was passed on generation from generation.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Shin-Ah named his pet squirrel Ao, after his mentor and parental figure the previous Seiryuu.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Seiryuu's eyes are very beautiful to behold but his village terrified of a curse that anyone who looked upon those eyes would become paralyze and die (which wasn't entirely far away from the truth) so Seiryuu always wore a mask to cover his eyes.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Yoon pretended to be a girl to sneak into a human trafficking ring along with Yona.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Hak is claimed to be the strongest soldier in the kingdom, having earned that title at a young age.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Justified. The four dragons (with the strangest hair colors like white, blue, green, and yellow) [[spoiler:and Yona]]all have hair the same color as the dragons they represent. [[ImplausibleHairColor People like Soo-Won and Yoon]] on the other hand...
* YouKilledMyFather: Soo-won kills Emperor Il as revenge for killing his father.
* YouthfulFreckles: Heang-Dea.