Manga: Yona of the Dawn

aka: Akatsuki No Yona
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, Su-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 Su-Won, everything would be just perfect.

But on the day of her sixteenth birthday, her nearly perfect world shatters. The man she loves, Su-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 NG Life and Mugen Spiral.

An anime adaptation was produced for the Fall 2014 Anime season by Studio Pierrot. It was licensed by FUNimation for both streaming and home video, although Crunchyroll still possesses streaming rights as well.


Akatsuki no Yona contains examples of:

  • Actual Pacifist: Emperor Il
  • Adorkable: Kija and Sinha.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: Sinha is terrified of using his eyes since he could (and has) paralyze someone to death with his power.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Yona was in love with Su-Won but he didn't seem to return her affections the way she wanted. Tae-Jun made it clear that he wanted to marry Yona but she turned him down. Then there is Kija, Jae-Ha and Hak, all who either have a crush on Yona or are starting to fall in love with her, but how she feels about them is still currently ambiguous.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: The standard treatment of the Dragons, besides Hakuryuu.
  • Almighty Janitor: Yona used to be the princess of the kingdom and Hak a general, now they are just ruffians that travel the country incognito; however, they are helping more of their people than ever before, confronting issues that never even came to their attention when they were within Hiryuu Castle. They even manage to beat Su-Won to the problem more than once.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In-Universe in regards to King Il. Yona always saw him as a loving if somewhat ditsy father. Soo-Won believed him to be the murderer of his father and was unfit to be king. Several regular citizens regarded him as a coward and weak from his pacifistic nature. Hak remained loyal to him even after death and knew he was no coward.
  • Annoying Patient: Everyone is this to Yun.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: He may have killed her father and attempted to kill her as well, but Su-Won is visibly shocked when an equally distraught Tae-Jun informs him of Yona and Hak's supposed deaths.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Hak presses a kiss on Yona's forehead a few times, even though there has been a few instances he was close enough to kiss her. It's implied that he knows that Yona still harbors unresolved feelings for Su-Won and a kiss to the forehead is a safer route for him to coping with his feelings.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Yun is able to look convincing as a girl. It helps that he gets mistaken for a girl constantly. Kija... not so much.
  • Badass: Pretty much everyone, especially the dragons, Yona and Hak.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Played with. While the main cast are either cute or Bishounen, the equally handsome Su-Won was the one who murdered Yona's father. Jerk Ass Tae-Jun started out very self-centered but eventually Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Berserk Button: Seriously, don't hurt Yona if you know what's better for you. Hak and the rest of the Dragons are fiercely protective of her, but it was the sweet, shy Sinha that viciously attacked the bandits who harmed her in chapter 50.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jae-Ha takes the job of looking after the other Dragons. In one of the extra chapters, he went after Kija and Sinha who blindly jumped into a river and protected Zeno when a bear was attacking him.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Kija wants to be this to Shin Ah.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hak appears out of nowhere to save Yona in the second chapter/episode right before she was about to be killed by Su-Won's soldiers.
  • Bishounen: Most of the male cast.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Sinha's eyes, once activated, are hard to control.
    • Zeno's immortality has him staying young while he watched the rest of his friends grow old and die.
      • Also healing from any injury, no matter how severe, seems like a good power. Except it still hurts. The amount of pain he goes through to fully activate his power is terrifying.
  • Bling of War: Justified and played with. When Su-Won "plays" war with Geun-Tae, he makes sure that they are wearing custom made jewelry. Turns out he was advertising gemstones from the local quarry to stimulate the economy.
  • Blood Knight: The Earth Tribe's General, Lee Geun-Tae, really likes fighting and is more than thrilled when Su-Won seemingly plans to start a "war".
  • Bodyguard Crush: Oh Hak... And later we also have Kija. Jae-ha is shaping to follow the trend too.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Despite her growth, Yona still needs bodyguards. Hak? Not so much, but she insists they protect him too.
  • Broken Bird: Yona but not for long
  • Bullying The Dragon: Quite literally.
  • Cain and Abel: If Su-Won is to be believed, then Il killed his older brother Yu-Hon.
    • And you could count Su-Won as the Cain to Yona's Abel... Though Yona had more than sisterly affection towards him, at first.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: For all the Dragons but Zeno, who knows where the Call lives and just shows up to join.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Few men are ever drawn to be ugly. At best, they are non-descriptive.
  • Catch Phrase: Yun's is "I'm a handsome genius".
  • Celibate Hero: Kija in particular doesn't have an interest in girls, mostly because the aggressive advances of the village girls frightened him off.
  • Character Development: The whole story is this. Especially Yona.
  • Character Magnetic Team: Seriously. It gets to the point where Zeno just shows up at the group's campfire and decides to stay.
  • Chick Magnet: Hak and Jae-Ha often get girls swarming over them.
  • Childhood Friends: Yona, Hak and Su-Won.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Just like Yona has been in love with Su-Won since childhood, Hak has been in love with her since then too. Yet he always supported a relationship between the two since they were both equally important to him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Jae-ha.
  • The Chosen One: Yona. Legends said that one day a red-haired royal would bring together the four dragons once more.
    • Confirmed by Zeno in chapter 102.
  • Complete Immortality: Zeno, as a part of his powers as the Yellow Dragon.
  • Cool Old Guy: Son Mundok, Hak's adoptive grandfather.
  • Cool Old Lady: Captain Gi-Gan, the leader of a Ragtag Band of Misfits of pirates. Also, Kija's grandmother.
  • Costume Porn: The mangaka puts lavish amounts of detail into clothing.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: Tae-Woo and Han-Dae cover Tae-Yeon's eyes when they witness Hak getting very close to Yona (to provide her with a cover story to hide her identity).
  • Cry Cute: Mostly Yona, but the others have their moments.
  • Cuddle Bug: Zeno has a habit of glomping or cuddling with the nearest person. Apparently, he likes to sleep close to Sinha (because his fur piece is warm).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Anyone fighting against Hak and/or the Four Dragons will result in this.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Ik Soo is a male example.
  • The Cutie: Tae-Yeon, Hak's little brother.
  • Cycle of Revenge: King Il supposedly killed Su-Won's father, so Su-Won killed him... in front of his daughter. Whether Yona will actually continue the cycle has yet to be seen.
  • Dance Party Ending: The end of the Awa arc has the entire village celebrating. Though the happy mood is soured (at least for Yona and Hak) when Yona unexpectedly ran into Su-Won.
  • Death Glare:
    • This is Sinha's special ability where if activated, he is able to target and paralyze limbs and organs.
    • Yona delivers an epic one to Kum-Ji after he kicked Yun to the ground.
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  • 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 get those herbs, even if she has to do it a second time.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Jee-Ha wanted Hak to join his pirate gang but asked him by holding Hak's hands and telling Hak that he wanted him. When Hak naturally declined, Jae-Ha started hugging Hak, saying Hak was a handsome man and that they should continue their conversation in private. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Didn't Think This Through: In extra chapter "Please excuse us for our carelessness", after Ao accidentally fell into a river, Sinha jumps in with Kija following right behind, not realizing they didn't take off their clothes or how fast the water was going. Jae-Ha promptly rescued them with annoyance.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: In an extra chapter "Sleep tight tonight" that took place before the events of the manga, Yona revealed to Hak that she had a dream of them leaving and running away from the castle. Now whether the second part of her dream where she cradles a badly injured/dying Hak will come true ...
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: While there are plenty of beautiful men, it is only the self-proclaimed "genius pretty boy", Yun, the one who is repeatedly mistaken for a girl.
  • Dying to Be Replaced: Once a new "dragon warrior" is born, the previous one slowly loses his powers and subsequently his life.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Four Dragons all have varying degrees of this:
    • Kija mostly had a happy childhood, practically being spoiled by his village due his status as the White Dragon. But an extra chapter revealed that his father attacked and left a scar on his back when he was born. Consequently, Kija was kept away from his father for most of his life.
    • Sinha was isolated and hated in his village with only Ao as his friend. His own mother committed suicide once she found out she gave birth to the new Seiryuu.
    • Jae-Ha spent most of his childhood chained by the previous Green Dragon so he wouldn't run away.
    • Zeno due to his immortality, outlived everyone he cared about.
  • Enemy Civil War: The Fire Tribe rebels against Su-Won, and Yona and co. must help prevent the coup from disturbing the country.
  • Engaging Conversation: Yun gets marriage proposals by several people once they try his cooking. Mostly from men.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Sinha first appeared rescuing Yona, a stranger to him, from a kidnapper and helping her return to her friends.
    • Zeno's first appearance, in which he shows up out of nowhere because he smells food, offhandedly confirms that he's the Yellow Dragon as everyone else flips out, and accepts the offer to join the group before Yona even finishes asking, makes it very clear very early on how silly and spontaneous a character he is. Also sort of played with, in that while all the above is true, many of his strange acts (him supposedly smelling food that isn't even cooked yet, or him joining the group the fastest out of anyone) are actually clues that he's been following them the whole time.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everybody at the palace, save King Il, could see that Yona was head over heels in love with Su-Won, who was also oblivious.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Sinha 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.
  • Facial Composite Failure: Hak and Jae-Ha get wanted posters up after causing trouble in Awa. Jae-Ha finds Hak's hilarious, but when he sees his own he immediately burns it.
  • Fallen Princess: Yona all the way.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Kouka is almost a dead-ringer for imperial Korea.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Hak and Kija.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: Yona's huge crush on Su-Won and his subsequent betrayal has left her with serious emotional baggage.
  • First Episode Spoiler: That naive princess that shows up on the second page? The first page has her future self acting badass as usual.
  • First Name Basis: Sinha 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.
  • Frame-Up: Su-Won deliberately placed suspicion of the murder of Yona's father on Hak after he and Yona "mysteriously" left the palace. Hak's grandfather didn't buy it for a second.
  • Friendless Background: Sinha 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.
  • Good Is Not Soft: The kind and sweet Yona was the one who shot and killed Kum-Ji.
  • Happily Adopted: Several characters...
    • Hak and his little foster brother Tae-Yeon were adopted by Mundok.
    • Yun was also sort of adopted by Ik-Soo.
    • And Ao was the only parental figure Sinha had.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Heang-Dea and Tae-Woo, the guards from the Wind Tribe, who are always together.
  • Heroic BSOD: 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.
  • The High Queen: What Yona is shaping up to be.
  • Hitchhiker Heroes: Yona and her friends must track down the Four Dragons and recruit them one by one.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Kang Tae-Jun, the second son of the General of the Fire Tribe, in regards of his crush on Yona.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Sinha wished to have friends ever since he was a young child, but he was an outcast in his village, hated and feared by everyone.
  • Ignorant of the Call: Sinha didn't know about the Four Dragons, and was told all his life he was cursed instead. When he met Yona and Kija he had no idea about what's going on.
  • Important Haircut: 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.
  • Ill Boy: Tae-Yeon.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted when a child is killed by bandits in chapter 49 and later, a funeral is held for him.
    • It happened before, in chapter 29. The officers from Awa beat up a kid until he stopped breathing.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Yona is the only girl in a group full of guys and on occasion, she shares a tent with one guy (mostly Yun).
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: After briefly reuniting with Su-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 cover her with his jacket.
  • Intimate Healing: After Yona gets some thorns stuck in her hands, Hak pours honey over her wounds and licks the honey off her fingers.
  • In-Series Nickname: Hak is known as the "Raijuu" note  of the Kouka Kingdom.
  • Jumped at the Call: Kija was ready to join Yona the moment he see her, justified as he was raised to aid his master, and as a Dragon he has the physical urge to do so.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch" attack only the Fire Tribe soldiers and give food and medicine to the local villages.
  • Kissing Cousins: Yona has been in love with Su-Won for a long time.
  • Like A Grandchild To Me: Mundok has always cared for Su-Won and Yona as if they were his own grandchildren.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Yona and Yun. Their relationship is more like that of best friends than anything possibly romantic, they even sleep together side by side!
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Yona for Sinha. She was the first person to reach out to him and harming her will unleash a feral, violent side of him that frightens him.
  • Longing Look: During Yona's dance in chapter 65, Hak gives a sad one as he watches her. A woman who was earlier intending to jump Hak noted it was the first time she had seen such harrowed eyes and immediately gave up on Hak.
  • Love Potion: In a side chapter the gang comes across a scale claimed to belong to the "White Dragon Warrior" that when made into a potion can cause the drinker to fall in love with the first person they see. Yoon decides to make a small batch to see if it has any worth and hilariously more people than intended end up under its effect. First Jaeha has a small taste and gets SUPER touchy-feely around Kija and even starts kissing him, then Sinha gets some poured on him and he starts stalking Jaeha. Finally, poor Kija accidentally drinks what's left of it and his feelings for Yona get amplified to an intensity that terrifies him into thinking he'll assault her. Thankfully, the effects don't last long.
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: In spirit "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch" somehow became this.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: According to Su-Won his father, Yu-hon, was murdered by emperor Il like this.
  • Man Bites Man: Yona has taken a habit of doing this when things get rough and she is low on options.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Kija's right hand is a dragon claw and Sinha's eyes have red markings underneath them.
  • Mayfly-December Friendship: It's revealed that Zeno is the original Yellow Dragon and therefore much, much older than the rest of the gang.
  • The Medic: Yun.
  • Missing Mom: Yona's mother was killed by a rebel when she was a child.
    • An even darker example: Sinha's mother couldn't accept the fact that she gave birth to the next Seiryuu, so she took her own life.
  • A Mother To Her Pirates: Pirate Captain Gi-Gan is just like a strict but caring mother to her men. This extents to Yona too.
  • May-December Romance: Geun-Tae and his wife Yun-ho are 13 years apart from each other, when they married she was 19 and he was 32.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Kija's grandmother.
  • Mood Whiplash: A lot of the series humor is derived from something funny being done to kill an otherwise serious or dramatic moment.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: When Kija nearly fell off a bridge, he remarked how he only saw older ladies flashing before his eyes.
  • Mystical White Hair: Kija, justified since he is the white dragon.
  • The Nicknamer: Hak calls Kija "White Snake" and Jae-Ha "droopy eyes".
  • No Koreans in Japan: 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.
  • No Name Given: Sinha was only known as the "Seiryuu", he remains unnamed until Yona decides on one.
  • No One Could Survive That: A seriously wounded and poisoned Hak falls over the edge of a cliff with Yona, which prompts the enemy to declare them dead since there's no way they could survive the fall. They're both up and about a few chapters later, only a little worse for wear.
  • Noble Fugitive: Yona, who is a princess, and Hak, who as the Wind Tribe General is considered part of the nobility. Until he renounces his status as general anyways.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Yona and Yun find Hak at a brothel. The reason for this is because he was dragged there by Jae-Ha, who disappears before Hak can explain the situation fully. Potentially making things worse from Hak's perspective is that Yona, Oblivious to Love as she is, defends Hak from the others and says that if he wanted to go to such a place he can just say so.
  • Oblivious to Love: Yona, Yona and Yona. She is particularly oblivious to Hak's not-so-indirect hints... It's quite possible that she is under Selective Obliviousness.
    • Interestingly enough, she's not oblivious to male-female relations, as she mentioned that "Hak would want to fool around with girls too."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Su-Won much to Lee Geun-Tae's chagrin.
    • Also Zeno, who normally behaves like a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, appears to be more serious and he seems to know more than he lets on.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Kija doesn't look like he is 20 and Zeno looks like he is 14-15 rather than 17. Of course it turns out that Zeno is much, much, older as he has been alive since Hiryuu's time.
    • Yunho, the wife of Earth Tribe's general, is 25 years old yet she looks like she is still 15.
  • One-Man Army: Hak, Kija, Sinha, Jae-Ha.
    • Zeno too, when his powers are active.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Played with in regards to Hak after he was badly injured after fighting Fire Tribe soldiers and falling off a cliff. It took him a few days to get back on his feet. And though he was still able to fight, he collapsed immediately after said fight and needed more time to recover.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When Zeno drops his carefree and cheerful personality, it's a sign that something big or serious is happening. Especially in chapter 101 where he casually annihilates a squad of soldiers and reveals he is the original Yellow Dragon.
  • Parental Favoritism: The General of the Fire Tribe favours older son Kyo-Ga over Tae-Jun.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: King Il didn't approve and outright objected at the idea of Yona getting married to Su-Won.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Mundok took Hak and Tae-Yeon as his adoptive grandsons.
    • Ik-Soo more or less adopted Yun, who was an orphan living in poverty.
    • Ao, the previous Seiryuu, was the one who raised Sinha.
    • Gi-Gan is like a surrogate mother to her pirate crew.
  • The Patient Has Left the Building: The Dragons pull this in a recent chapter, escaping their tent, under Yun's nose, to join Hak in battle against Kai's rogue soldiers despite being ill and feverish. It does not go well.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Kye-Sook, Su-Won's advisor, and Jaeha.
  • Prevent the War: Often times the simplest solution to the most recent social unrest cannot be taken without risking war descending upon the kingdom. Despite Yona's best efforts, war is declared anyway.
  • The Quiet One: Sinha.
  • Raised by Grandparents: In Hak's case he was raised by an adoptive grandfather.
    • Kija was also raised by his grandmother.
  • Red-Headed Heroine: Yona. It's even a plot point because her hair color is so rare and matches the legendary dragon king Hiryuu note , who was the founder of the Kouka Kingdom.
  • Refusal of the Call: Jae-Ha tried to avoid Kija and Sinha, knowing they probably were with their master and that he would have the urge to join them, despite his desire of freedom.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Both Su-Won and Yona. As the next king Su-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.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Hak, who loves to tease Yona yet his loyalty towards her is absolute.
  • Ship Tease: Plenty with Yona and Hak, being childhood friends and Hak's Bodyguard Crush. Yona/Kija and Yona/Jae-Ha have their moments too.
  • Shout-Out: In Episode 12 of the anime you can see kids wearing Lock, Shock and Barrel masks in the Blue Dragon's village.
  • Sleep Cute: Chapter 52 provides an adorable image of most of the gang sleeping in pairs, Yun with Sinha, Kija and Zeno and Yona with Hak.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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.
  • Spoiler Opening: The first opening already revealed who the Four Dragons were.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Zeno reveals that he's been watching Yona for a long time since he suspected her to be King Hiryuu's reincarnation and followed her since she left the castle.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tae Jun and his older brother. Seriously, the only difference is their bangs' length.
  • Super Toughness:
    • The yellow dragon is supposed to be this.
    • Hak to a lesser degree.
  • Supreme Chef: Yun, he regularly gets marriage propositions from those who eat his food.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Hak, Jae-ha and Sinha.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Hak again.
  • Team Pet: Ao, Sinha's pet squirrel. Borderline Action Pet since Ao was crucial in helping Yona and Yun escape from their ropes and start their plan to attack the mercenary ships.
  • Tender Tears: Yun is easily moved to tears.
  • Tragic Keepsake: An interesting case where Yona kept the hairpin that Su-Won gave her during her birthday party ... the same night she saw Su-Won murder her father. Most likely to remind herself what happened that night.
    • Zeno keeps a dragon decoration on his headband that was given to him by King Hiryuu.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Yona went from meek sheltered princess to a woman who would practice her archery throughout the night, firing hundreds of arrows to become stronger.
    • Yun went from a self-described selfish boy to being a capable fighter and planner.
  • True Companions: "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch".
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Yona is far lovelier and prettier than her plainer father King Il.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • 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.
      • Literally in the case of the immortal Yellow dragon warrior. Zeno spent thousands of years waiting for his King to be reborn.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Su-Won.
  • We Help the Helpless: Instead of using the Four Dragon's power to reclaim the throne, Yona decides to travel the land helping her citizens in anyway she can.
  • We Named the Monkey Jack: Sinha named his pet squirrel Ao, after his mentor and parental figure the previous Seiryuu. This leads to an amusing gag in the manga where Yona asks Sinha where he learned swordsmanship. He replies "Ao", prompting Yona to picture the squirrel holding a knife.
  • What Beautiful Eyes: 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.
  • What the Hell, Townspeople?
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Yun pretended to be a girl to sneak into a human trafficking ring along with Yona.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ki-ja is terrified of insects.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Literally. The Dragons are all but defeated by Kai soldiers when they contract an illness due to leaving Kouka, which leaves them weak, feverish, and unsteady.
  • World's Strongest Man: Hak is claimed to be the strongest soldier in the kingdom, having earned that title at a young age.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kum-Ji and his henchmen don't have a problem kicking or trying to kill Yona.
    • And stepping on Yun's head, who was dressed as a girl at the time.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Justified. The four dragons (with the strangest hair colors like white, blue, green, and yellow) and Yona all have hair the same color as the dragons they represent. People like Su-Won and Yun on the other hand...
  • You Killed My Father: Su-Won kills Emperor Il as revenge for killing his father.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: When the new dragons are born the predecessors slowly lose their powers and die. It happened to Ao and Kija's father, with Kija and Sinha fully knowing what was going on.
  • Youthful Freckles: Heang-Dea.

Alternative Title(s):

Akatsuki No Yona, Yona Of The Dawn