Chain of Courage – 勇気の連鎖
It was an exciting episode with Yona taking her greatest step yet, by volunteering to put herself in Yan Kumji’s hands in order to guide the pirates to their target ship.
Although Yona was formally accepted to the pirates, with just her determination, there was little she could help with. After seeing how busy her comrades were, she wandered off by herself before being invited by Jaeha to visit the city. It must have been a one of a kind experience to be “flying” through the sky in the arms of a man, one which I’ll definitely not enjoy, and Yona seemed to have loved it. It wasn’t long before they entered the city and the atmosphere of carefreeness just melted away, replaced by a sense of foreboding. Things really seem clearer from above and we saw the citizens of Awa avoiding Yan Kumji’s carriage like a plague because nobody wanted to attract his attention in any way.Yona and Jaeha saw a man crouching in an alley acting strangely and decided to approach him. He turned out to be a she who disguised herself so that she won’t attract the unwanted attention from Kumji or his officials. We found out that girls had been disappearing after being lured to a shop with offers of decent jobs.
Meanwhile, Yun started serving a delicious-looking seafood stew at the pirate’s camp. Hak had been keeping his silence since the last episode and honestly, I’m starting to miss the blunt and teasing Hak. It’s easy to see why he’s been rather sullen lately, especially after he saw Jaeha leaving with Yona in his arms during the day. Just as he was looking up into the sky and probably thinking about the hime, the pair returned just in time for Yun’s meal. They reported their findings to captain Gigan and Yona bravely volunteered to infiltrate onto Kumji’s ship and set off fireworks to signal to the pirates the location of the ship carrying the trafficked girls. Although it sounded like a good plan, Yun pointed out that it was impossible for someone like Yona to succeed in sneaking by Kumji’s guards with enough gunpowder to make fireworks. After an amusing discussion, it was decided that Yun would accompany Yona on this dangerous mission as he was the most suitable candidate. I loved how Kija and Hak offered to accompany Yona without a moment’s hesitation. It used to be the norm but I have this feeling that we’ve been missing some action from the two of them lately. It also tickled me to see how they refused to back down even after Gigan mentioned that they had to crossdress convincingly as an attractive woman, with Jaeha joining in the fun by volunteering as well. While I feel that Jaeha was just raising his hand because he felt that he could convincingly pull off the role of a woman, it had to be pure devotion towards Yona for both Kija and Hak. After the plan was approved by Gigan, the look on Hak’s face couldn’t get any darker.
That night, Yona thanked captain Gigan for giving her the go ahead with her plan and Gigan mentioned that everyone onboard is like her children to her. Again, this pirate family feels more like a family than gang of pirates. Although captain Gigan seems to be someone who can get ruthless when there’s a need to, she also emanates a motherly feel to her and she will likely be there for every single one of her underlings. After her talk with Gigan, Yona left to return to her room (wherever that is) and ran into Hak. I can’t be the only one, but it sure feels like something weird happened between them and there’s this awkwardness around them. Hak has been strangely sullen lately and usually, wouldn’t Yona at least greet Hak in that situation? Followed by a friendly insult or something? I’m sure the honey incident couldn’t have done that much to the two of them.
Anyway, Hak grabbed Yona (kyaaaa!) and pushed her against the wall (kyaaaaa!), asking for her to give up on her mission. Yona definitely wasn’t going to give up that easily, at least not the current Yona. Hak had no choice but to let her go and he finally realised that this girl has changed so much that he didn’t recognised her anymore. That, along with his new desire to know her more. For Hak, who was everything to Yona right after Soo Won’s betrayal, seeing the current Yona who has become so independent must have felt rather complicated. Go Hak, I’m rooting for you!
The next day, Yona and Yun made their rather flashy departure. Hak didn’t say much to Yona, and I’m getting increasing curious as to what really happened between them. Why the distance between them? What happened to the Hak and Kija combi who were always fighting over protecting Yona?
Yona and Yun (loved Minagawa Junko‘s sudden change in voice timbre, she’s a female afterall) entered the shop and fell into the trap set for the good-looking girls who were to be trafficked. Will their plan succeed? We’ll only know next week!