Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 10

February 8, 2018

Yona of the Dawn Volume 10 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good week, and getting
weekend plans solidified.

Things are still going fairly well and I can continue doing
what I like.

Recently, the first two books I was expecting this month had
arrived, and it is time to get things done, before I start to fall behind.

So far, one title has already been covered, and only one
remains.

Today, I will be reviewing that last remaining title, which
is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 10
by Mizuho Kusanagi.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier
post
, I will not go over it again.

With the troubles Yona and the others had been causing, Kang
Tae-Jun has been dispatched by the fire tribe to hunt down the bandits, and
after finding out Yona is among them, is determined to save her.

However, instead of bringing the bandits to justice and
rescuing Yona, Tae-Jun discovers the hardships of his people and begins to do things
that might turn his image around.

While Yona of the Dawn has been an interesting series
for quite a few volumes, that does not mean that it will be able to stay
interesting.

And after reading this, I found it to be okay.

Thankfully, there are at least two things that I liked, so I
do not need to harp on this too much.

From the moment I read the first few pages, I liked how
there were a few things to chuckle about.

Even though the humor was not really that unique, when
compared with either the rest of the series or manga and anime in general, and
probably not as great as it was before, things were executed well enough that I
could get a bit of a chuckle.

One of the best things about this series, at least early on,
was how there was at least something to laugh about, and comedy in anime and
manga helps to create the vibrant atmosphere that series has, even if it is
over the top and considered to be more of a lesser form of comedy known as
slapstick.

In this volume, Mizuho seems to remember how this aspect of
the series quite well, but I cannot seem to give her anything other than a
passing grade at this because I can only see the humor when I just look through
thing to determine where it starts, whereas when I actually read, the humor
itself does not stand out that much because it is just the same things going on
and feels a little stale.

If this aspect could have been improved, I would have been
able to give Mizuho a good round of applause, as I normally would have liked
to, as this series has been fairly enjoyable, but having comedic moments that
are rather stale is at least better than having things be completely boring.

Hopefully, things will improve from here in the future, but
I kind of doubt that it will happen, as there seems to come a point where the
characters do not see any development, which I am hoping will end soon, based
on what is currently happening in the Japanese releases.

The thing that I liked the most though was how Kang Tae-Jun
developed into a decent person by seeing the suffering of others, including his
own men.

Back in the beginning of the series, Tae-Jun was portrayed
to be extremely selfish to the point where his greed did not care what happened
to anyone, as noted by Yona herself in this volume, during the penultimate
chapter, and I pretty hated seeing him about as much as there are people
probably do not like me because of how I come across, though there are people
that can see what I am actually trying to do.

However, in this volume, when he goes to check things out,
thinking that the so-called bandits that Yona and her friends pretend to be are
the ones hurting the villagers, he finds out that it has been because of what
his family has done, even starting to question if what his family is doing is
really strengthening his people, when the people that ventured out to the area
with him said that his role was to strengthen the area they ruled.

While my elders would probably be pointing out that how
Tae-jun had changed is the person that I need to become, by giving of myself
freely, regardless of whether I can afford to do so or not, and trying to put
myself in the shoes of others, what really struck me here and made Tae-Jun's
development so impressive was that instead of using the faulty methods that
parents and elders try to employ, though it might work fine as an initial step
towards what they are trying to teach their child, he looked at things in a way
that would lead his people to prosperity and happiness and then took steps to
try to help others.

Now, doing things because you think that is what will really
help people, like trying to pass of something that one believes to be true and
making them better people or instituting single-payer health care, might seem
like a good thing to do on the surface, as well as be something that would look
admirable, but, as discussed by Akiyama from Liar Game, whom I quoted in
a post talking
about my thoughts on God and religion, if one did it without actually finding out
what the person's problems really are, the person is still nothing more than
somebody full of apathy because they ignored the possibility that what they are
trying to do is hurting the person, regardless of whether religion, society, or
elders say that it is a good thing to do.

On the other hand, Tae-Jun's thinking and actions in this
volume come off as more genuine than almost anything I have felt from people
that profess to be a follower of Jesus, though there are people in that group
that really are members of God's church, not just members of a religious
denomination that claims that it is God's church, and is what is much more admirable
than just doing what is considered selfless enough times that one would believe
they are selfless.

If Tae-Jun was really doing this because it would be what
Yona wanted him to do, as he is still infatuated with her, I would have been
annoyed even more with this volume than I am, because I would have felt like my
time was being wasted, which would have really made this volume seem like a
waste of time.

Thankfully, Mizuho decided to add in something that ended up
balancing the volume out enjoy for me to be able put up with it.

Hopefully, things will get better in this department, as we
see how the prophecy mentioned towards the beginning unfolds, but things may
very well end up getting worse after this point too, so I have got to be ready
for when such an event happens.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that could stand out as much as what I
already talked about.

Because I was able to get some chuckle, though it came off
funnier just glancing at the page than reading through it, and Tae-Jun saw some
development during the events of the volume that actually felt like a genuine
change, this was a pretty decent read.

Although there were things that I liked, there are some
issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor too talk
about, such as typos, there was only one thing that really bothered me.

I had a difficult time getting into this volume.

Right now, some of you guys might be thinking that such a
thing is obvious, because Yona of the Dawn is targeted toward a female
demographic, as that is the target audience of the magazine the series gets
serialized in, but what I really liked about its early volumes was how Mizuho
Kusanagi was able to draw me into the world and make me excited to see what was
going on, regardless of whether what was going on was rather mundane or
something that was truly exciting, and this volume really let me down in that
area because I did not feel interested in what was going on until Tae-Jun showed
up and changed from a spoiled brat to an actual person.

A writer or manga artist should deliver what their target
audience wants, as that will help to ensure than they have a steady flow of
income, but one cannot even dream of making a great work of fiction is
satisfying the target audience is all one does because they eventually get
tired of the same old thing over and over and the thing that initially them to
the work would have no power to pull them in anymore, which is one of the most
important elements fiction, regardless of the medium used present a story.

If a reader can be pulled into the world of a work quickly,
they are going to be much more likely overlook the little problems here and
there, as well as find some enjoyment in it, and Mizuho failed to quickly rope
me in as quickly as she did in the past because I was hardly interested in
things until near the end.

Mizuho might not have too much input on how each volume
starts and ending, depending on how Hakushena goes about compiling chapters
into volume, but she still determines plays an important role in how quickly
she can capture the attention of the reader.

What the heck, Mizuho? Is this really what readers deserve?
A volume that contains chapters that are mostly boring and does not seem
interesting until the end? I certainly do not, and Mizuho should be ashamed
about what she ultimately delivered.

If she spent a bit more time on each of the chapters found
in this volume, I would have been willing to give this a glowing review,
because everything else seemed to have been done right.

Unfortunately, the way the chapters felt while reading the
volume made the whole thing feel like a side story that I did not want to
bother with.

Hopefully, things will improve as the series progress, and I
am not getting an inkling that this series will end any time soon in either Viz
Media's releases or the Japanese releases, because I and others fans of the
series want to see this shine from beginning end, but things seem to have taken
a big nose dive here, so I am not too confident that this series will stay
strong.

Thankfully, that was the only thing that really bugged me
about this volume, so I can leave things as they are.

While there was only one issue to be found, it was an issue
that no reader should even need to put up with and prevented this volume from
being something that I could call great.

Despite the fact that there was one glaring issue, things
balanced out enough to make this good enough to kill time.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Yona of the Dawn,
as they will be able to enjoy this the most, though only the female fans might
be the ones that would truly enjoy it.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, as
it does set things up a bit for what will come, but the feeling of it being
just an average side story might be a bit off putting.

If you liked this review and would like to see more, please
consider either supporting me on Patreon or buying a copy of
the reviewed title from Book
Depository
, who offers free shipping to many countries around the world, so
that I can continue following this series and possibly find more worthwhile
reads for you guys to check out.

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