Recently, I stumbled upon a really great anime called Akatsuki no Yona. I loved it so much, I was distraught that there is no season two, so I went straight for the manga. Ha, I was so into it I finished reading all the way to the translated RAWs, which is up to ch.111, and a bit of their spin off novel. 😀
From Titania Scanlations: Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn’t so annoying to her and her hair wasn’t so red. But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.
With the chapter release of 100 & 101 recently, some fan girls across the Internet are wondering if this should be really labeled as a shoujo manga.
The level of blood and gore shown in chapter 100 alone rivals that of Attack on Titan’s imagery. There is also a very slow and more natural paced development in the romantic plot, most would argue too slow (calm your hearts! 😉 ). However, the character and story plot developments, with its strong female characters are what make this story my #1 favorite! Beating out Sailor Moon, which is a first in my entire existence.
The art is also really good too!
Although, it is a story with a reverse harem and an air headed female lead equal to that of Ouran High School. Yona tries to get stronger, and it inspires others around her. She can be crying, her entire body shaking, but she has resolve not to give up, to help those she cares about, and in hopes of being less of a burden to them all. She is the girl with red hair standing in the blush of dawn, with a hidden fire in her eyes.