Akatsuki no Yona: Episode 22

The Night History was Made – 歴史は夜作られる

Akatsuki no Yona E22 (1) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (2) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (3) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (4) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (5) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (6) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (7) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (8) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (9) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (10) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (11) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (12) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (13) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (14) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (15) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (16) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (17) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (18) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (19) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (20) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (21) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (22) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (23) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (24) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (25) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (26) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (27) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (28) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (29) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (30) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (31) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (32) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (33) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (34) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (35) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (36) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (37) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (38) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (39) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (40) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (41) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (42) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (43) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (44) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (45) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (46) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (47) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (48) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (49) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (50) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (51) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (52) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (53) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (54) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (55) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (56) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (57) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (58) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (59) Akatsuki no Yona E22 (60)

AHHHHH! Now that is what I call a cliffhanger!

This is obviously not going to be an objective review, but I’m really glad that they ended this episode at the end of chapter 38 because I loved this cliffhanger! Although I thought I had converted to a Hak-Yona fan, just the animation of my favourite scene alone awakened the Soo Won fangirl within me in full force. Soo Won!!! Before I get carried away with my fangirling, I have to get back on track because Soo Won was hardly the main point of episode – arguably so but sadly not.

The officials discovered the link between Yona/Rina and the pirates, and were about to kill her when Yun heroically tried to save her by sacrificing himself yet again. It’s rather touching to hear how he’s no longer hesitating before helping Yona now. However, his efforts were to no avail and Yona was about to get beheaded before the timely arrival of Jaeha saved her. Jaeha and the word “cool” can always be considered synonyms and his arrival on the pirate ship can be considered as one of the coolest entrance I’ve ever seen, with just the right lighting and wind effects. That look of wonder on Yona’s face just about completes the effect. Yun started to think that, unlike Jaeha, he was completely unable to protect Yona. He’s true to a certain extent, but he forgot that right from the start, he’s already saved Yona from being taken away by Yan Kumji. This reminds me of how some people can be rather blind to the little ways they’ve helped others – just because you didn’t make a huge action to save the world, it doesn’t mean that you’re useless.

Fighting broke out on all the ships in full scale and soon, it was obvious that the pirates have the upper hand. However, Yan Kumji had his own plans on how to escape from this messy battle and he didn’t hesitate before abandoning his ship, escaping on his own. Jaeha wasted no time in chasing after Kumji but was shot down midair. Just when Kumji was about to deal the fatal shot to Jaeha (who looked like he was standing in water, not at all like someone who fell in the middle of the ocean), he sensed an intense gaze of blood lust from somewhere. It wasn’t long before he pinpointed the owner of the gaze, and it was none other than Yona who was pointing her arrow straight at Kumji. The entire scene was executed beautifully, with Yona standing against a white background before the sudden silence when she let her arrow go. I also loved how smoothly colour and animation were integrated back into the scene after the series of monochrome frames. Dawn broke and it was finally over. The battle had ended with the pirates victory.

At this point, I was rather disappointed at the lack of Hak-Yona scenes. I was expecting some sort of special reaction from Hak upon seeing how beaten up Yona looked. Although Hak and Kija were infuriated and beat up the officials in response to Yona and Yun’s injuries, I thought we would get something more personal from Hak towards Yona. After the pirates celebrated with liquor and food, Yona left the gang to take a little walk by herself in town *excites*. If I were her, I would have opted for a nap till noon but I’m glad she didn’t do that because she bumped into someone special in town. Guess who?! Soo Won! Neither of them looked like they were expecting each other and it was definitely the last place on earth where the king of the country would meet the princess.

I’m so excited for the next episode now ~ My favourite scene is going to be animated!

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