The Pirates of Awa – 阿波の海賊
Jaeha appears and the main point of this episode becomes Suwabe Junichi. Girls, that’s all you need to know.
All right, maybe there was more to it. But seriously, Suwabe is definitely THE seiyuu for Jaeha and I can’t think of of another who would fit the character better, to the extent that it feels like Jaeha was written for Suwabe.
The Yona gang continues on their way to find Ryokuryuu and arrives at the lively port city of Awa. Awa might look like a city bustling with life at first, but our perceptive princess immediately sensed that there’s something off about the people residing there – they seemed rather lifeless for some reason. As neither of them looked normal enough to enter the city without rousing suspicions from the city officials (think a red-haired girl, a masked weird man and a silver-haired man with a dragon claw for his right arm), Hak volunteered to be their scout.
He entered the city and not longer, ran into a damsel in distress. Not surprisingly, the city officials were trying to force her to go somewhere with them. Hak jumps in to rescue her, along with a green-haired man with Suwabe’s voice *coughs* the secret is out. Right after their brief meeting, green-haired guy disappears while Hak was forced to escape from the city officials. We then see Ryokuryuu returning to the pirate ship in fashion and we hear that he isn’t all that keen on meeting his fellow dragons. Seems like Ryokuryuu is the rebel here who doesn’t like to be bound to anything – destiny or women. However, he’s got his eyes on Hak and when they meet once again on the streets, he brought Hak to a shady-looking shop where Ryokuryuu seems to be a regular at. The latter disappeared at the right timing, leaving a flustered Hak to deal with a sceptical Yun, who chanced upon the shop with Yona. A few misunderstandings later, we finally see the pirates of Awa in action, plundering a merchant ship. Although they’re pirates, they don’t seem all that evil, especially with the various comedic scenes and light-hearted moments dedicated to them. Meanwhile, both Kija and Shin-ah are still trying hard to locate Ryokuryuu with their dragon senses, unaware that Hak has already met him.
The plot is moving on and so far, I’m really glad that the anime has stuck faithfully to the manga with the only deviations being the additional comedic scenes.