Akatsuki no Yona Episode 23: Morning of Promise
After all the excitement from last week, this episode is a slower one, but still filled with emotions. We ended with Yona and Soo-won meeting last week, so how does the encounter go?
Hundreds of emotions must have gone through Yona’s mind because she was speechless the entire time. Soo-won was obviously taken by surprise, but he was also rather calm too. He was able to deduce that Hak was also alive as well, since Yona wouldn’t be around if he wasn’t protecting her. They don’t talk much. When Soo-won’s men find him, he grabs Yona and holds her tight and covers her under his robes. With anger, she grabs for his sword, but he stops her. He tells her he can’t die yet because he has something to do. And apparently he rushed his coronation for a reason, which just makes me wonder about him more. For what reason did he rush his coronation? And like I always thought, the story between King Il and Soo-won’s father never convinced me. What ulterior motive does he have? He leaves Yona, and the poor girl breaks down and cries.
Later she tries extra hard to be happy, but she ends up spilling food on her robes. She goes to change in the ship and the hair ornament fell to the floor. She picks it up, and that determined look comes back on her face. She speaks with Hak later on, saying she’s going to leave Awa the next morning. Of course, that means all of them. She was able to recover from her encounter with Soo-won, but I guess I was a little disappointed that Hak never got to face him, or Yona not telling him that she faced against him. I would have liked to see his reaction to that too.
The rest of the episode is pretty easy to summarize. Everyone still parties, and basically Jae-ha ponders joining Yona’s group. Yona still doesn’t force him to go, but he shows that he’s really drawn to her. She’s a weak, small girl that cries as she moves forward, but she has this side to her that just amazes you. So the next morning, Yona and gang say their goodbyes to the ex-pirates now fishermen, the women, and Captain Gigan. They all have a couple laughs, and Gigan gives Yona a bag of senjuso, telling her not to catch a cold. They were about to leave, when Yona turns around and runs to Gigan with tears in her eyes, and hugs her. And really this made me pretty emotional. When Gigan was giving Yona the senjuso, one of the guys said she sounded like a mom. Gigan made such an impact to Yona and I could really feel those feelings as she ran to hug her. I’m also going to miss the Captain as well.
In the end, just like we knew he would eventually, Jae-ha officially joins the group. He’s not going because he’s forced to, but going because that’s what he chose, like he’s always done. Next week will be the final episode and guess who we’re meeting next week? Little cute Yellow Dragon. Can’t wait honestly. This was a nice episode, but there wasn’t much for me to explain since there was so much talking. I wish that Hak also could have encountered Soo-won, but oh well. Next week will be the finale, so I’m going to prepare myself for it.
NOTE: Also, Funimation released the dub for Akatsuki no Yona. I don’t know if I missed the explanation, but I have no idea why they started from the second half and not from the beginning. You know, there are some people that only watch dubs. Whether it’s their preference or they have issues with reading, those people can’t get into the show because you’re already halfway through. It’s really…strange. And…I could only hear 5 minutes of the episode before I stopped. I don’t know if I’m going to make a post about it later, but…ah. I hate it when Monica Rial uses that voice.