Torn Bonds – ちぎれた絆
That was a rather intense episode of Akatsuki no Yona we had this week.
I thought they had decided to skim over this scene but wow, they actually dedicated one entire episode to the confrontation between the three childhood friends. Soo Won (damn, I always get his name wrong) explained the reasons behind his sudden act of betrayal and it seems like the kind Soo Won whom Hak and Yona knew never existed. He had been waiting for this day when he would kill King Il, avenge his father and take over the kingdom of Kouka. Although he probably witnessed King Il killing his father, Yoo Hong (argh these foreign names!), I’m sure there’s a reason behind the former king’s actions. For someone so peace-loving to take up a sword and kill his own brother, there has got to be some reason for it. Enraged and disillusioned about his righteous father’s death, Soo Won had taken it upon himself to avenge his father’s death and inevitably betrayed Hak and Yona. I swear, the scene was made 100 times more emotional by Saitou Chiwa‘s shaking and choked up voice, as she tells Soo Won that she came to her father’s room because she couldn’t make herself give up on Soo Won. Soo Won lost his cool for a moment and gave a startled look, but he regained his composure when Kye Sook entered the room.
Thereafter, Hak and Soo Won had a brief fight, of which Hak obviously had the upper hand, before he was forced to back down when Yona was held at sword-point. I’m starting to find Hak really cool and part of it is because of the way he swings that huge ass weapon of his around like it’s a fishing rod or something. And part of it is because of Maeno Tomoaki‘s manly voice, that guy really knows how to use his voice. Somehow he reminded me of Itou Kentarou in here, but with less rough tone in his voice. By the way, Hak and his weapon reminded me of Kantai (the half bear-man) in Juuni Kokki; that was the first ting I thought of when I saw Hak swing that spear of his.
With the help of her loyal servant, Min Soo, Yona and Hak managed to escaped from the clutches of death. I had expected Min Soo’s sacrifice to be sadder and more emotional than this, but it didn’t feel like he died so perhaps he didn’t? Nevertheless, Min Soo’s devotion towards Yona and King Il is rather admirable, as he was all ready to sacrifice anything, even his own life, just to secure Yona’s safety. Meanwhile, Yona was still in a befuddled state, unable to accept what has happened and somehow, I have this feeling that she’s more shocked over Soo Won’s betrayal than her father’s death. But I think I’m just being too cynical. When she finally opened her mouth, Yona started asking about Min Soo and about where she can go to after leaving her father behind. If I were her, I would probably want to get King Il’s body back at all costs. What if he was still alive? Even if he’s dead, I would at least want to give him a proper burial and do one last thing for him as his daughter. But there was no way of sneaking back into the heavily fortified castle, from which they were barely able to escape from, and Hak and Yona could only try to escape as far from the castle as possible.
The next bit shocked me a little, and for a moment I thought we were going to skip all the proper introductions to the dragons. What was that sudden time leap for? Were they trying to remind us of what’s in store in future? Putting the incoherent scene arrangement aside, it was nice to see the other dragons and the cute little squirrel for that short scene. Perhaps it was inserted to let us see how much Yona will mature and regain faith in her character (because I did). I don’t like useless and over-protected girls so let’s just say that Yona wouldn’t have become one of my favourite Shoujo protagonists if she behaved like how she did here for the rest of the story.
Even though I know what’s going to happen next, I still get excited for the music, the animation and the voice acting~ I wonder how the next episode will go ^^