Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. Forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard, the naïve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state. Based on the popular manga of the same name by Mizuho Kusanagi, Akatsuki no Yona follows Princess Yona on a coming-of-age adventure as she faces the harsh realities of her kingdom. With only a mysterious legend to guide her, Yona must discover a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka. – My Anime List
Based on 18 review scores:
The Reading Belle
I would recommend this anime to fans of Ouran High School Host Club and Inuyasha.
24 episodes were not nearly enough to conclude the story (also because the manga is still on going), but it is still quite solid, excellent pace, no episode feels like a filler, the characters are extremely likeable and in no way, at no point, did I feel any sense of creeping boredom while watching it. It was quite a surprise; to be honest, I didn’t even know it would categorize as a reverse harem show, I just got into it because I found the premise intriguing, yet they tricked me and made something initially awesome, even more awesome by adding 5 extra bishies I knew nothing about. One could question this: maybe the show would have been better without 5 men (possibly 6) getting crushes for our heroine, but if that were the case, I don’t think it would have been that easy to gather them all for Yona’s quest; they needed some sort of connection with her.
Overall, Yona of the Dawn has a lot of potential as an anime and I believe that, with its current pacing and development, it is a notable entry for the Fall Anime season of 2014 and would be a fine addition to your fall queue.
Josei Next Door
Epic in scope but intimate in focus, Yona of the Dawn is a worthy edition to any fantasy-lover’s watchlist. If you like dynamic characters, sympathetic protagonists, complex antagonists, well-paced historical fantasies, or even just pretty girls and hot boys kicking ass, then this is a no-brainer. Yona of the Dawn is an excellent series, and even if we never get that second season, it’s still well worth the watch. Go watch it.
Angry Anime Bitches Blog
All in all, I had a blast watching this show. It lay under the rugs during the Fall season when it started airing, and I feel like it became an under-appreciated show. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Don’t be unamused from the summary, or just because it’s a shoujo. If you like shows with action and adventure, a likeable heroine, and characters with lots of development, then I point you towards this show. It’s enjoyable in any way, and I’m sure you would find something to enjoy in it.
Slice Of Life
Akatsuki No Yona is a wonderful Anime that’s well balanced in every aspects. Except for the incomplete ending, it has probably everything that anyone would look for in an Anime. Even though it’s a Shoujo Anime, I’d recommended this to everyone.
The Sushi Times
J And J Productions
Akatsuki no Yona is one of the standout anime of the season thanks to its wide variety of content, engaging story, and fun characters.
Watch if you like: Fantasy, Adventure, Shoujo, Historical,
My Anime List
You know it’s a good anime when you know the release date of the next episode and wait for it the whole week. You know its a good anime when you prepare food for it and set all yourself up. Akatsuki no yona combines Humour , serious-badass-moments , Mother of typical shojo moments ( which means even if its typical they are still better introduced than other animes of the same type).It’s the type of anime that will give you chills in every single episode. Honestly if you are the kind of person who was desperate to find an amazing shojo with Strong female lead (like me) or just a passing-by person who never seen a shojo in her/his life , or just a curious person ! THEN DONT MISS AKATSUKI NO YONA.
This anime proved to be a real surprise; I expected the usual mix of fighting and humour and while both are present what we really get are a great set of characters. Officially this is a shoujo series but while watching I never really thought about it that way despite the fact that there are clear ‘reverse harem’ elements as Yona surrounds herself with an ever-growing band of attractive male companions this is a series that can be enjoyed by anybody regardless of gender. The characters are all distinctive both in appearance and behaviour and the good guys are all likable. There are villains we meet along the way and while some are detestable Soo-won, the main antagonist, is a bit of an enigma; perhaps he isn’t quite as bad as he seems in a later scene he meets Yona and does nothing even though she is vulnerable. The story is nicely paced over twenty four episodes although as the final episode ended I couldn’t help but think of Churchill’s words, “This isn’t the end. This isn’t even the beginning of the end. However, this is the end of the beginning” so hopefully this is just the first season and we will get to see more of this enjoyable story.
At times it felt a bit slow. And unfortunately it only got through the harem building part of the story. Which still managed to be interesting somehow! The main character grew quite a bit through the course of the series. Hope this gets a sequel.
Yona of the Dawn excels in delivering a familiar, yet unpredictable, story in a unique setting populated by a treasure trove of lovable characters, but it does bear mentioning that the journey has a rocky start and an incomplete end that sour the experience a little bit.
Simply put, Yona of the Dawn is a magnificent adventure of a show. It has a solid cast, including a girl with fire in her eyes… almost literally at that. The show is complex enough to avoid being a mere simple pleasure, and despite the strong bishie presence, it’s not really a harem. A love triangle, certainly, but one that got complicated in a pretty brutal way, given that Soo-Won is one of the participants. And we’ve only just begun learning about the world this show takes place in. If enduring a bit of inappropriately timed comedy is all it takes, I’m all for that.
Anime News Network
Better than some of the other in its genre, but can be pretty boring, Akatsuki no Yona gets about a 6/10 from me. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the greatest thing I’d watched either. I’d recommend it to people who like boys and action though.