Anticipation – 待望
This has got to be the funniest episode of Akatsuki no Yona, and of this season so far!
Yun had been captured and locked in a cage last episode. While he was worrying about Yona and Hak, he saw them walking around casually on a tour given by one of the villagers and it served to infuriate the self-proclaimed genius pretty boy further. But thanks to the appearance of Yona and Hak, Yun was let out of his cage and they proceeded to meet the White Dragon. The way Yona’s red hair was revered by the villagers was rather creepy, but it just goes to show how sacred they viewed red hair, as it represented the King Hiryuu whom the first White Dragon served.
With all that fuss over THE White Dragon, I was expecting (while I was reading the manga anyway) someone magnificent and regal, but Kija turned out to be neither – in a good way. Due to the status of White Dragons in the village, he has always been protected since young like a precious prince of the village. Although he’s the one with a powerful claw for his right hand, he has always been protected by the villagers who didn’t hesitate to eliminate all forms of threats which could bring harm to their village and to the White Dragon. Despite how much he had been spoiled and pampered, Kija seemed to have grown into a fine man who longs to put his power to good use. When he heard about the arrival of outsiders which caused the uproar in the village, he stormed out with the intentions of eliminating the unwanted outsiders by himself – in a bid to become of use to the villagers. However, he felt the dragon blood within him stir when he set eyes on Yona and the White Dragon fainted after hearing an echo of the voice of the ancient dragon, telling him never to betray King Hiryuu. Knowing that he had finally met his master, Kija bowed before Yona and even after hearing her self-degrading explanation of her aims, decided to leave the village in order to protect her. Such is the loyalty of the four dragon warriors towards King Hiryuu.
I love Baba with her four ever-smirking attendants and she has the habit of turning up whenever things get a little boring to spice things up. She demanded to have a festival held in celebration of the White Dragon’s reunion with the reincarnation of King Hiryuu, and the whole village rushed about to prepare for the festival. Baba is that old lady whom, because of her seniority, nobody can oppose and it was real fun to watch her rushing about on her tiny seat carried by her quadruplet-attendants. While the villagers prepare for the festival, Hak casually strode into Kija’s room looking for something of use for their travels and it’s obvious that he’s searching for some money or something which can be exchanged for money. That ruffian attitude didn’t sit well with Kija, who wasted no time in trying to get rid of Hak with a bag of coins. The short dispute was settled by Yona, who insisted that she has to have both Hak and Kija by her side. With that, there was nothing more for the two to argue about. Although they started off on the wrong foot, I’m sure Hak and Kija will grow to trust each other in time to come but for now, I’m looking forward to more hilarity from their bickering.
The festival was held and it was time for Kija to leave the village where he was revered like a king. I was a bit surprised that he left so willingly, and that the villagers let him leave that easily as well, but that just goes to show the amount of importance they view his duties of protecting his master. Although they didn’t try to hold him back, the villagers were very sad to see him go, especially Baba who, like any other doting parent, forced Kija to bring ten years’ worth of medicine and facial products for him to stay healthy and beautiful, along with a whole lot of unnecessary things and one of her smirking male attendants. Aww, Baba…
After a tearful farewell, the group continues to search for the next dragon. While they had instructions from Ik-soo about the white dragon, they know nothing about the whereabouts of the other dragons. Fortunately, Kija can sense the presence of the other dragons just like some dragon radar tool and the group sets off in search of the next dragon. From the episode preview, it doesn’t look like we’re meeting the next dragon yet. Although I never thought of Akatsuki no Yona as a comedy before, this episode worked really well and I’m hoping that this continues. Till next week~