Day 15: “Favorite Animal Sidekick”
Usually it takes me about 30 minutes to even think about a character to write about, however, this one came to me in record-breaking time. I am a huge fan of Yona of the Dawn, I could literally read the manga from morning to night. Shin-ah is probably my favorite character in the series and if you have seen it, you should have noticed that he is constantly carrying his little sidekick, Ao, on his shoulder.
Ao comes and goes throughout the manga and the anime. While I hardly notice when he is not there during the fighting scenes since I am so focused on the dragons, I enjoy seeing him. Shin-ah is a rather quiet individual who covers his dragon eyes, making it hard to read his emotions. With the help of Ao it is easier to read what kind of mood Shin-ah is in. Even though Shin-ah is rarely angry, he mainly acts embarrassed or shy, it is nice to see Ao perched on his shoulder being stroked. The two make a great duo.
Synopsis: Princess Yona lives a life of luxury and ease, completely sheltered from the problems of the seemingly peaceful Kingdom of Kouka; however, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won places Yona’s life in mortal peril. Forced to escape only with Son Hak, who is both her childhood friend and bodyguard, the naïve princess soon discovers that Kouka is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be. Poverty, strife, and corruption run rampant, making reclaiming the throne nothing more than a wishful fantasy given the kingdom’s current state.
Based on the popular manga of the same name by Mizuho Kusanagi, Akatsuki no Yona follows Princess Yona on a coming-of-age adventure as she faces the harsh realities of her kingdom. With only a mysterious legend to guide her, Yona must discover a way to restore Kouka to its former glory while being pursued relentlessly by the forces of the new King of Kouka.