Akatsuki no Yona Episode 22: The Night History is Made
OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOD
This episode made me so fucking happy and proud and great UNTIL THE VERY LAST FUCKING SECOND. THE LAST. FUCKING….Okay, I’ll get to that in a bit. I’ll calm down.
Most of the episode consists of fighting, so this can easily be summarized. Yona sets off the firework, and the men are about to kill her and Yun, until Jae-ha crashes in and beats them up. Shin-ah is also there. When seeing the firework, he pointed out that the ship was far. Jae-ha carries Shin-ah and flies to the ship, while Hak and Ki-ja stay behind and fight off the mercenaries. The fight is tough, mercenaries coming out from every corner, but the dragons and Hak are strong, so they easily sink almost all of the ships. Some of the other pirates are still fighting as well, with Captain Gigan helping out as well (yay!). The boys have been fighting all night, so they’re getting tired, but they still need to do one thing: find Kumji. Yun is the one able to deduce just where. Kumji would want to stay near the girls he’s trying to sell, so he’s either on the same ship where the girls are, or he’s in the ship right next to where they are.
One of the pirates enters that exact ship and hears Kumji and his men talking. The men are worried about the pirates, and tell him one of the girls was a part of them, and immediately he thinks of Yona, and that deadly stare she gave him. He can’t get his mind off of her, and know she is the one. Well, he won’t back down.
Oh wait yeah he does, little shit. Jae-ha enters the hidden room and finds it empty, but outside Shin-ah finds the small boat he and the captain of his are on, trying to escape. He can buy as many mercenaries as he wants, so he’s just going to retreat and fight again. But like hell. Jae-ha jumps from the ship and flies to him, but Kumji takes out a bow and arrow, ready to shoot him down. He uses his own captain as a shield, so Jae-ha would aim his knives away from him. The knives missing, Kumji shoots at him. And let me tell you how scared I was, because he was open and I thought the arrow would shoot his heart, but luckily it just hurt his shoulder. Kumji is ready to shoot down an injured Jae-ha, who would have trouble escaping the water, until he feels something. He feels someone watching him.
Someone aiming for him.
Again, he remembers the shining red hair from his visit to the castle. Remembers how briefly he saw the red hair from Princess Yona. He comes to realize that yes she is the same person. And before he could even say it, the arrow shot through the air, pierced his heart, and his body fell into the ocean, and sank. Dead.
THIS. THIS IS WHAT I WANTED. THIS IS WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR. Yes, they did sort of show this in the opening. More like a hint, because we would only see a hand that Yona was aiming for. But holy shit. Yona was extremely far away from him. She was on a ship, and Kumji was feet away, just really far. She only shot one arrow, and it just so happened to hit his heart perfectly. Amazing. This is definitely the night history is made. After his 20-year long reign, Kumji has been taken down, and from a fallen princess.
Everyone on the ship was shocked, especially Hak. At that moment, he probably was just realizing how much Yona has grown. She did something he didn’t think she could do. Once taking up the bow and arrow, the first thing he asked her was if she was ready to kill someone. She can’t just take up a weapon and not consider that. Yona never really answered at that time, but she made her answer clear. And I try to understand Yona’s expression as the sun rises. Her face is calm. I don’t know if she’s realized that she’s actually killed someone, or is she calm because the fight is over and she can finally relax?
Well, the fight is over, that’s right. They all head back to Awa and the imprisoned girls return to their families. The girls and pirates get all the booze they can find, and drink drink drink. And honestly they deserve it. They deserve to have fun and party. Yona walks through town, thinking to herself. And it’s funny. She asks herself if she did enough to help the people of Awa. Um…hello. You killed the bastard in charge of the place? OF COURSE YOU DID. Yone, stop being modest, realize that you’re badass. Please.
She doesn’t want to worry everyone else by going far so she heads back, but when turning the corner she bumped into someone. She apologizes and so does the man, and…
NO. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO.
AND THE EPISODE ENDS HERE. I didn’t expect this at all! Everything was going fine and dandy when THIS happens! Yona shoots and kills Kumji and I’m like YOOOOOOOOOO, Soo-won and Yona bump into each other and I’m like NOOOOOOOOOO. I thought the person she bumped into would be the Yellow Dragon, because there’s only 2 episodes left, but Soo-won?! Really?! This is so so bad. One, Soo-won now knows that Yona is alive. She’s alive and well, and I won’t know how he’s going to react to that. And two, Yona is facing the person who killed her father. She hasn’t seen Soo-won ever since that night, so what kinds of emotions are going to arise? This episode was so exciting and the cliffhanger was such a shocker I almost passed out. I can’t take this anymore. Next week I’m probably going to die.