Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 11

April 3, 2018

Yona of the Dawn Volume 11 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good week, regardless on whether one is on spring break or continuing to deal with the monotony of the daily grind.

Things have been going fairly well, as things have not been too stressful, and I am still able to do what I like.

A while back, I preordered quite a few titles for the spring season, and even though some titles have been giving me problems, two of which I am forced to manually look for, two titles that I have been expecting recently arrived, which means that it is time to get busy.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those titles, which is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 11 by Mizuho Kusanagi.

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

After tending to matters with the villages in the Fire Tribe's territory, Yona and her party decide continue their travels, in order to make sure that those villages can get better.

However, things are starting to happen between Yona and Hak, amid the peace that they are currently experiencing.

While the previous volume was not necessarily a must read, in terms of quality, that does not necessaily means things have started to tank, which is why it is best to hold off such judgements until can be safely determined.

And after reading this, I can say that I kind of liked this book.

From the moment that I first opened this book and started reading it, I found my myself engrossed with it enough that I did not really want to stop reading for any reason, though I was fortunate enough to not be disturbed too often.

One of things that I did not really like about the last installment of this series was how I had a hard time really sinking my teeth into it because took a bit too long to grab my attention and things felt a little boring, which is something that readers do not really like dealing with, regardless of whether it is prose, like the works of Agatha Christie, or manga.

Readers read because they want to be able to escape reality for a brief moment, so that they can relax and enjoy themselves, and part of that is accomplished by drawing the readers into the work.

Even though how this volume starts off is not quite how I would have necessarily liked, seeing as this is an adventure series with romance, much like Spice & Wolf, and focuses on Yona's journey, it was still very much an improvement over how things started off in the last volume, because it had the same kind of pull that the earlier volumes in the series had, which shows that both Mizuho and Hakusensha, or whoever they had compile the chapter found here together, were pretty close to the top of their game.

If things did not start off as well as they did here, even if it is not exactly perfect, I would have been extremely disappointed, as that would have given me a good reason to consider dropping the series.

Fortunately, that did not happen, which makes me want to Mizuho and the others that worked to release a good round of applause.

Hopefully, future installments will be able to pull in readers just as well as this one did, though I am hoping for something much better, but I am still ready for the moment where things really go down hill, as I know that consistently turning out gold.

I also liked how there were a few things to chuckle about.

Other than having a female lead that is much more capable of getting things done than Kagome Higurashi, from Inuyasha, the thing that I really enjoy about this series is how there are things to laugh about quite often.

While the humor itself is still not necessarily that unique to the series, or even anime and manga in general, the humor found in this volume was executed well that things came off as funny and still gave off a lively atmosphere.

If the humor had disappeared, or, as is the case with Detective Conan, had grown stale, I would have been greatly disappointed because the humorous moments helped to make the group fun to be around, as well as forget the annoyance of seeing how pretty much all of the men in Yona's party come off as too perfect at times.

Thankfully, the humor did not disappear completely, which makes me want to give Mizuho some applause, though not quite as much as if it was back to the level that it was when the characters were first introduced.

Hopefully, things will improve from here in the comedy department, as I would like to be laughing as much as I did in the earlier volumes, but the chances of anything being as funny as they once were is slim to none, with how jokes grow old with repetition, so it would actually be miracle if that did happen.

The thing that I liked the most though was how this volume ended.

Even though quite a few people consider Yona of the Dawn to be a romance series, there seems to be more action and adventuring than moments dedicated for characters to really grow close enough to each other to have serious feelings towards each other.

However, in this volume, there seems to finally be a moment that occurs that points towards Hak and Yona growing closer to each, and the volume itself ends with Yona staring at Hak with a weird expression.

Upon seeing this moment, I felt like I wanted to go out and get the next volume right now, in order to find out what Yona is going to do, though I have to wait like everyone else, seeing as it does not get released until June, according to the product page on Amazon.

In a series, the ending of each installment is important because it is supposed to give readers an incentive to see what will happen next, and if readers are not left with questions or some other reason to keep following a series, they will not bother picking up any more books, which is why the reliance on series is can make the book industry so fragile.

If the volume had not ended where it did, I probably would have been disappointed, as nothing really seemed to have happened in this volume, and Mizuho Kusanagi is not quite as good at making mundane moments as interesting as Isuna Hasekura did in the early moments of Spice & Wolf.

Thankfully, that did not happen, and I can still give Hakusensha a good round of applause for ending the volume when they did.

Hopefully, the future installments will end just as well as this one did, because I do not want to see this series go down in flames just yet, as I still see some bit of potential, but this series could still become just as bad as Attack on Titan and the many other series out there that get praise they do not deserve.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least that could not be shoehorned into what I already talked about.

Because my interest was captured quickly and held up to the end, the humor was still there, and it ended in a way that makes me want to get the next volume as soon as possible, this was a fairly decent read.

Although I kindled of liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, such as typos, and one thing that I already eluded too, which did not detract too much from my enjoyment, nothing really bothered me too much.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was quite a bit to like and nothing overly annoying, this was definitely worth reading.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Yona of the Dawn, as they will like this the most.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but it would be best to read the earlier volumes first.

If you liked this review and would like to see more, please consider supporting me on Patreon, or if you are a fan of Yona, either buy the reviewed title or preorder the next installment from Book Depository, who offers free shipping to many countries around the world, so that I can continue following this series and find more worthwhile reads for you guysto read.

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