Red Hair – 紅い髪
Yona’s fiery nature surfaces before she and Hak takes a plunge down the deadly cliffs in the Wind Tribe’s territory. Meanwhile, having received the approval of all five tribes, Soo Won ascended the throne and became the next king of this kingdom.
When Hak saw that Yona had moved from her hiding spot despite his clear instructions for her not to move, he panicked and tried his best to get to his princess. But, as we knew from the previous episode, the arrow he was shot with was poisoned and it was already a feat for him to be able to remain standing for as long as he had been. Regardless of how monstrous he was, the poison still took its effect on him and soon, Hak was unable to control his movements as well and got cornered in a precarious position on the cliff.
Now, it was Yona’s turn to panic when she saw Hak hanging at the edge of the cliff, a few fingers away from his death. While Tae-jun triumphed over Hak’s eminent defeat, that smirk was wiped clear off his face when Yona ran towards Hak as though her life depended on it. Enraged, Tae-ju grabbed her hair to stop her from leaving him but nothing was going to stop the girl on fire. Yona cut off her beautiful crimson hair with the sword she drew from Tae-jun’s hip and continued on her way towards Hak. I’m sure that sword must be heavy and it was rather surprising that Yona could lift up the sword (even with both hands) and point it at the soldiers of the Fire Tribe. Despite her attempts to save Hak, she ended up falling off the cliff together with Hak, to Tae-jun’s dismay. For the first (and last time) in my life I actually sympathised with Tae-jun when he nearly stepped off the cliff in disbelief that Yona would be out of his reach forever. He informed Soo Won of the tragic news and was hoping for some sort of punishment from the king-to-be. Although he didn’t use the best methods to express his feelings, Tae-jun did love Yona sincerely and for that, I’ve decided to hate him less.
After hearing about Yona’s death from the broken Tae-jun, Soo Won looked as though something in his just broke. But, this is the path he has chosen to take and he had even trampled on all those whom he loved and who loved him in order to walk this path, Soo Won might look like a cheery idiot on the surface but he’s mentally much stronger than that. Not even the news of Yona’s death will shake him now, as he prepared for his crowning ceremony. Once again, I’m really curious to know what his motives are; perhaps I should start looking for the Japanese manga raws just to satisfy this curiosity of mine?
I’m sure we all know that Yona and Hak aren’t dead, thanks to the constant reminder we keep getting about the “future” they have with all the dragons. However, I’m still quite impressed at how the scenes about their so-called death were executed. Despite knowing that they aren’t dead, I was still rather saddened by the entire string of events, from the moment Tae-jun failed to save Yona from falling off the cliff, to Soo Won’s calm acceptance of the loss.
Hak and Yona aren’t dead, and they were discovered at the bottom of the cliff (with Hak still protecting Yona with his body) by Yun, the self-proclaimed genius pretty boy voiced by Minagawa Junko. Minagawa-san has established herself as THE seiyuu for arrogant, confident and good-looking boys so I can’t say I was happier to see that she was going to play Yun; it has been quite some time since I last heard her anywhere too. Yun’s first reaction when he found Hak and Yona’s bodies was “oh dead people again? what a hassle” but he still dragged them back to his house and looked after them carefully, so I guess you can roughly get a feel for yourself, what sort of personality he has. Remember that Yona and Hak set off in order to find the priest who lives somewhere in the Wind Tribe territory? It turns out that Yun is staying with the priest (still can’t get used to them Korean names) and I have to say that fate brought them together.
Things are moving on, and from the episode preview, it seems like we’re getting more Hak x Yona scenes soon. Go go go, and let me see my dragons soon!