Yona of the Dawn was a nice change of pace for me in the middle of all of the harem or harem-like anime shows I was reviewing at the time, and was a series I really enjoyed. After getting caught up in the first half of it, I had to see it through to the end with Yona of the Dawn: Part Two, which contains the final twelve episodes that lead to a satisfying end.
When we last left Yona and her friends, they were still hunting for the legendary dragons that will help her reclaim her kingdom and status as princess. Of course as they get closer to finding the last of them, it becomes increasingly more difficult as they’re well hidden. If that wasn’t enough to worry about, Yona is still lacking the confidence she needs to become the warrior she’s destined to be, which puts her at odds not only with her enemies but her friends as well. As with most great stories, things will get worse before they get better, as it falls on Yona and her group to rise up or let the kingdom and possibly the world fall into chaos.
As with the first part, I thoroughly enjoyed this last part to the series. While the story isn’t original by any means, the way it’s portrayed and played out is where it shines. There’s just the right amount of action and drama to appeal to any anime fan or those looking for a good series to watch. It also doesn’t hurt that the cast of characters are cool and interesting to watch as they bits of comedy and seriousness to the table.
Funimation is always on point with their releases, and the Blu-ray treatment of this series is no different. The high definition visuals and audio are spot on and make the show a pleasure to see and hear, and there’s a few special features such as audio commentary on two episodes and some promotional videos to watch when the weapons have been put away.
If you’re looking for an anime series to watch that has just the right balance of comedy, drama and action, and especially if you already own or have seen the first part, then Yona of the Dawn: Part Two is the show for you. Cool characters, a well told story, and nicely done artwork and animation make this a show worth going to a feudal war over.