The Wind Tribe – 風の部族
This week’s Akatsuki no Yona mixed light-heartedness with angst with just the right proportions.
Hak and Yona escaped into the forest outside of castle but even though they’re both safe and sound, Yona seems to have lost her will to live on. She was just like a doll who moves when Hak pulled her along and it was clear that things can’t continue that way. We got a flashback of Hak and Yona’s past, including their childhood with Soo Won and I presume it was Yona remembering the past while she refuses to accept the reality.
Before becoming Yona’s bodyguard, Hak was against the idea because he didn’t want to be around Yona all the time. Why? Because he was starting to fall for Yona and he didn’t like how he was getting jealous of Soo Won. Also, Hak didn’t want to get involved in the nasty and complicated politics within the castle. However, he inevitably saves the princess from one of her suitors, Kang Tae-jun (voiced by Sakurai Takahiro). It was one cool moment for Hak when he announced his position as the next general of the Wind Tribe to Tae-jun, who was just the second son of the Fire Tribe. I’m not sure if anyone here feels the same way as I do, but sometimes when I know who that character’s voice actor is, my impression of the character changes. In this case, I can’t really see Tae-jun as the perverted and useless man he is supposed to be because I find it hard to imagine Sakurai as someone more menacing than his usual tsun boy characters. Anyway Hak gallantly saves Yona from Tae-jun by pretending that Yona is going out with him, an act which Yona begrudgingly played along with. It was really funny to hear stiff and awkward Saitou Chiwa got when she acted like Yona was going out with Hak, and that’s one of those moments which made Akatsuki no Yona a pleasure to watch. They were overheard by King Il, who then stopped Tae-jun from drawing his sword, with his bare hands. Besides Tae-jun, the only other person who seemed to have realised what the King has done, was Hak and he told himself that King Il was no coward. Meanwhile, King Il happily made Hak Yona’s bodyguard and I can’t help but remember how badly he was against the idea of Yona being together with Soo Won. Seems like the king clearly favoured Hak over Soo Won.
During the second half of this episode, we got a glimpse into Yona’s childhood and saw how close the three of them were. Yona was feeling down after her mother’s death and no matter how hard Soo Won tried, he couldn’t get Yona to cheer up. On the other hand, Hak started a snowball fight with Yona and brought the life back to little Yona’s eyes. Even though at the end of the day, all three of them got sick and had to be looked after, it was clear that they didn’t mind being sick as long as it meant staying together. However, all that happiness was shattered now and Yona was still unable to accept the fact that the Soo Won she knew had never existed. I don’t believe in it either, I think the current Soo Won should be the one who never existed in the first place and he’s just putting on an act to achieve his goals, whatever those are.
While Yona was taking a bath, Hak found the hairpin which she had dropped and decided to hide the hairpin from her. However, when Yona couldn’t find her precious hairpin which Soo Won gave her, she wandered off in search of it and stumbled into a nest of snakes. Fear not, Hak was there to save her and he returned the hairpin to her on the basis that it could revive her will to live on. Oh poor Hak, if I were him I would have destroyed the hairpin. Yona doesn’t need anything to remind her of Soo Won does she?
I’m not a fan of this part of the story so I thought that I wouldn’t enjoy it much. It was still quite a treat to see everything in colours and motion, to hear the beautiful soundtrack play in the background and to hear the skilful voice acting, but I still want this portion (including the next episode) to be over asap. The fun starts later~