暁のヨナ (Akatsuki no Yona) Episode 2 Review

Yona is still in desperate attempt to wake herself and Soo-Won from the nightmare they have entered in.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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I am here to protect you princess.

Let us rewind a little in the past, before the ending of the first episode where Hak had come out to her rescue. Right after the princess had found out that her beloved Soo-Won is a cold blooded killer.

Yona receives her answers from Soo-W0n, the answer why King Il must die. It has been revealed that the rightful ruler of the kingdom is Soo-Won’s father. However, for some strange reason, their grandfather had chosen King Il as his successor, not Soo Won’s father. His father didn’t mind being the general for the kingdom and vowed to protect the kingdom as his duty. But in a weird turn of events, Soo-Won’s father died and he blamed King Il as the one who killed his father. How did it exactly happen? We won’t know until the end, I suppose.

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Kill the princess, my lord.

Enter Kye-Sook, the right hand man of Soo-Won who seemed to be the one doing the planning for his lord. His entrance is very foreboding and the music they had used captured the essence of his arrival. Kye-Sook urged Soo-Won to kill Yona as she had seen him kill the king.

This is the part where I started to like Yona as the protagonist. She isn’t the type of princess who will sit and wait until her prince or whoever her love team is, to save her sorry ass. She manages to elude death by Soo-Won and run for her life as she tries to understand what was happening to her life. Why her dreams with Soo-Won and a happy life with him came crumbling down.

Of course, she was captured by the soldiers or the ending of the first episode didn’t happen. After a sweet encounter between Hak and Yona, Hak demands to know what had happened to the King as Kye-Sook mentioned that Soo-Won is the new master of the castle.

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Run Min-Soo!

Like Yona, Hak was angered at what Soo-Won did and flew into a frenzy of pure rage. This is the time that the viewers will see the real power of the Thunder Beast of Kouka. But it isn’t enough to kill the betrayer and villains don’t fight fair. Hak realized too late that he was blinded by his rage that he neglected to protect Yona.

A stray arrow shot by a loyal soldier named Min-Soo distracted everyone before they could kill both the general and the princess. Hak used the distraction to strike and carry Yona to safety as they try to escape the castle. Another distraction was set up by Min-Soo so that Hak and Yona could escape the castle, which unfortunately cost him his life.

This episode really made me feel that everything will be alright despite the unfortunate circumstances in Yona’s life. And clearly, I can see that Hak is in love with the princess but her heart is so broken by what had happened that she clings to Hak as a reminder of her father. It is a sad love story that hopefully come to a bittersweet end.

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