Howl – 咆哮
Finally, Yona’s true colours shine through.
The highlights of this episode was definitely the numerous kyaaa moments between Hak and Yona. After shedding the name of “Son” and the title of “General” along with it, Hak seems to be less restrained about showing his feelings for the princess and teasing her along that line. Hak had made his major decision last episode and was about to leave his capital when he was stopped by the princess herself. Yona visited the sick room which was overcrowded with merchants injured by the Fire Tribe, and finally understood how much she had been affecting the lives of the Wind Tribe. Realising that this can’t go on, she made the decision to leave the capital along with Hak. Our first kyaa moment came when Hak asked Yona if she was going to pay him with her body, since she obviously had nothing else to pay him with. Yona didn’t respond to his teasing and admitted that she had nothing to pay him with. Despite Hak’s reluctance to bring Yona out of Fuuga, the princess managed to convince him other wise with her persistence and the two set off to find a priest who’s rumoured to be living somewhere within the Wind Tribe’s Territory.
Hearing that Hak and Yona were spotted by his men, Kang Tae-jun (in case you don’t recognise his name, the one voice by Sakurai) gleefully ordered the capture of his red-haired princess. On their journey to find the priest, it became rather obvious that Yona wasn’t the least bit conscious of Hak as a man – talking about snuggling up to him for warmth and all – and Hak decided to get a little physical just to show her what can actually happen between a man and a woman. Kyaa… There’s always that hurdle for childhood friends to cross huh? Fortunately, he still managed to notice the signs that they were being pursued by soldiers and Hak started to fend off their attackers gallantly. At some point in time, Tae-jun revealed himself to Hak and Yona, but the two didn’t really bother much with the son of the Fire Tribe general. His plan was to dethrone Soo Won together with Yona, and to become both Yona’s husband and the King of the country. Not too bad a plan, eh? Unfortunately, Yona won’t fall for that sort of talk. She mustered up her courage and resolve and pushed Hak’s attacker off a cliff, in order to save Hak. Although she was told to “stay put” by Hak, and there was this possibility that she would only get in Hak’s way if she tried to do anything by herself, Yona realised that if she didn’t step out to help Hak, there would have been no point for her to leave Fuuga in the first place. That does make sense, if she’s just going to become a deadweight for Hak, it would have been better if she remained at Fuuga, where at least Hak won’t have to worry about protecting her. Speaking of protecting her, it’s rather amazing how Hak was holding his ground against that army of soldiers while protecting useless Yona. If she didn’t trip and get shot at, he wouldn’t even have gotten a single scratch on him.
We ended this episode with Yona glaring at Tae-jun with this murderous glint in her eyes and her hair glowing with a fierce shade of red. I’m repeating myself, but I must say that this episode was surprisingly exciting and enjoyable despite the fact that it was my least favourite part of the entire story. They certainly bishi-fied Hak lots and I’m loving him so much right now, as much as I should have loved him as the main character from the start. I seem to be drawing a lot of parallels between Akatsuki no Yona and Juuni Kokki, but doesn’t Yona just reminds you of Youko? Gosh! Even their names are similar! Youko was a rather weak character who was very afraid of being disliked or disapproved of. However, she was chosen as the Queen of the country and after overcoming lots of obstacles, Youko became a strong and worthy leader who was kind towards her citizens and subjects. Similarly on a very superficial level, Yona is of royal blood as well and was once weak and soft but look at her now! And perhaps you’ll have to look at her throughout the entire series in order to appreciate how much her character will develop. Before I forget to mention it, they both have red hair. Similar much?
Yay to more Hak and Yona moments in future~