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Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn): Season 1/ Episode 23 “Morning of Promise” – Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)

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With a short appearance from Su-Won comes a moment of reflection for Yona before it is decided that she will leave Awa.

Topic 1: Hello to Old Faces – Su-Won & Yona

Topic 2: It’s Hard To Say Goodbye – Yona & Jeaha

Review (with Spoilers) – Below

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Characters & Story

Topic 1: A chance meeting happens between Su-Won and Yona, as Su-Won comes to Awa to investigate Kumji’s dealings, and the meeting is awkward for both of them. It is awkward for Yona since she is face to face with the man who killed her father, who shields her from his generals, and it is awkward for Su-Won since he thought Yona was dead. Leading to a moment, when they are alone, when Su-Won acknowledges that Yona probably wants to kill him, and perhaps deserves her revenge, but it just can’t be now.

Leaving Yona in a very emotional state for it brings up a slew of old issues she has yet to really get over when it comes to Su-Won’s betrayal. However, with Hak by her side, as well as Yun and the dragons, she bounces back far quicker than before. Though, at the same time, she is much stronger than she was before.

Topic 2: With Jeaha not giving Yona an official decision on him coming with her, for quite some time it seems he is staying behind with his pirate family. Well, at least to Yona. As for everyone else, they all know he is gearing to leave. Especially the captain who knows that, pretty much, Jeaha is attracted to strong and intriguing women. So, after making Yona sweat it out, cry, and even let his fellow dragons cry, he finally appears and says he will come with Yona. Though he keeps his pride with him saying it isn’t due to destiny.

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I’m quite upset we didn’t get any sort of real background story for Jeaha. For while it has long been established he has been with Captain Gigan for some time, we only get a minute of two of them deciding to join forces. After that, pretty much everything is focused on the goodbyes and it honestly left me wanting more. Especially since, considering everyone else’s backstory, his is damn near non-existent.

Jeaha aside, also I feel it was odd to see Su-Won come face to face with Yona, and it just being a foreshadowing of things to come. For there was almost a Kill Bil type of vibe in which it seems Su-Won felt bad for what he did, and expects Yona to come after him, but seems hell bent to finish what he started before that can come to fruition. Thus making Yona the daughter of Vivica A. Fox’s character in this scenario.

Either way, with everyone leaving Awa, and assumingly bound for the last dragon, things certainly may get interesting.

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