Friday, February 23, 2018

Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn, Volume 9, by Mizuho Kusanagi

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2017
Volumes: 25+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 8. 10.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A red-haired princess loses her family and her kingdom… Now she must rise and fight for her throne!

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!

Zeno, the Yellow Dragon, joins Yona’s party, and now the Four Dragons are finally assembled! Yona and her friends head to Yun’s birthplace in the land of the Fire Tribe. The people in the area not only have to deal with famine, but are forced into poverty by heavy taxes. What measures will Yona and her friends take to protect the town from oppressive government officials?


Finally, some fully new content! Ooh, man, I love it.
The gang is hanging out with Ik-su, and the village that Yun lived in before. We get to see what Yun really did to help everyone there, and the gang of course decides to help him. When some officials come to collect money and start roughing people up, Yona and the group can't help but step in. And thus, the Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch, a gang taking control of the village, are created.
Mid-way through the volume, Yona finally makes a break through with Sinha, the Blue Dragon. When she's attacked, he's forced to step in, and she finally sees his powers. It has a big effect on them both, but it's really great to see the Blue Dragon starting to accept himself and his powers, and gaining some self-worth. If I wasn't already committed to Yona and Hak, the Blue Dragon would be winning. Just seeing him makes me infinitely happy, every time.
In the latter half of the volume, we see Yona try to get better with a knife, and the guy that Yona ruined by falling off the cliff shows up. The officials are starting to get suspicious that people are having such a hard time with such a small, weak village.
This series is always great. I love it to pieces, and I would love if they made these releases monthly. I can't get enough.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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