Akatsuki no Yona Episode 19: The Senjuso Test
Sometimes, women need to fight too. Don’t underestimate us.
Captain Gigan and Yona are both crazy and way cool. The above quote is everything to me. I love this. Especially since over and over, the boys kept repeating “She’s a girl. She’s just a weak girl.” And Yona is so strong, to do what she did and not giving up. Yona is extremely strong and brave that I was just in awe with her.
If I were in Yona’s position, I probably would have been dead. She was scared, she was shaking, and she was crying, and it’s totally understandable. But she kept trudging on, setting her fear aside so she could get the plant that could save lives. So what did she have to do? Captain Gigan ordered Yona to cross a narrow trail on a dangerous cliff to procure a medicinal herb called “senjuso”. The plant only grows in a small cave on the cliff, and it’s very dangerous. A lot of the men on the crew are wounded, and the one that usually gets the plant is hurt, so to test her courage, Captain Gigan makes Yona do it. And Yona agrees immediately. Jae-ha leads her there, and they start walking. You can see the fear in Yona’s eyes the moment she saw the cliff. Once stepping on the trail, pressed against the wall, a gust of wind blows at her and she loses her balance for a moment, and starts crying. Jae-ha is right behind her, basically pleading for her to stop because it’s too much for her. Note, Yona can’t get any help, so Jae-ha is saying whatever to make her stop. But she keeps going, because she wants to be able to get stronger to help her friends and other people so they won’t cry when losing someone like she had.
This was a scary scene, but Yona managed to make it safely. She picks some senjuso and puts it in a bag, and right she when steps out, a large wave hits her as the water is getting more choppy. Jae-ha thinks she fell into the sea, but finds her dangling on a tree root. She tells him not to help her, as she promised Captain Gigan that she wouldn’t accept any help, but Jae-ha pulls her up anyway.
The two make it back to everyone, and Yona honestly admits to the Captain that Jae-ha helped her, so she would go get the senjuso again. YOU HEAR THAT? DID YOU HEAR THAT? SHE WOULD SERIOUSLY GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN TO PROVE HERSELF.
Yona is so great. I love herrrrrrr. Gigan loves the look on her eyes and loves her guts, and she passes Yona. Hurray!
The next few minutes we turn to Hak. His conversation with Jae-ha really made him think. Jae-ha says Hak doesn’t want her romantically…and Hak says maybe he’s right. Meeting up with Yona later, he helps with the wounds on her hands with some honey and accidentally pours too much. So then he starts licking it off of her, before sending her running away embarrassed.
I think Hak is being really mature right now. I don’t know if he truly realizes his feelings for Yona, as before he described themselves as siblings. As friends since childhood. Or he’s probably forcing himself to think this way. But what I mean when I say that Hak is being mature in this moment is because of their current situation. Yona is still hurt from everything’s that happened to her, and she’s continuing to survive each day. She’s dealing with so many problems right now. Hak is holding off his desire because of this. Honestly, and as much as I ship them, a relationship is not appropriate right now. It can just cause more stress and problems for Yona that she doesn’t need right now, so Hak is holding off. He knows it’s a bad time, so right now, they’ll just have to stay as friends and he needs to lay off because right now they have way more important things to be worrying about. A relationship, or at least a possible relationship, can wait until later.
Later in the night while on the ship, Captain Gigan tells Yona she’d like to disband the crew once they take down Kumuji, and tells Yona that Jae-ha should travel with her because he needs a place to belong. We also got a peek into Jae-ha’s childhood, and it looked just as bad as Shin-ah’s because we saw him in dirty clothes and chains, like a prisoner. But Jae-ha interjects with a no again. Just then Shin-ah announces boats are approaching, and Gigan gathers everyone together. Kumuji is handling some human trafficking with some people in the Kai Empire. So it looks like the battle is finally going to start.
Love this episode. Love Yona, love the Captain, love Jae-ha, love the character interactions, I just love everything about this episode. It was uplifting, scary, exciting, and I can’t wait to see the battle against the gross lord begin.