Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 17

Yona of the Dawn Volume 17 cover

I hope everyone is having a good week, whether it is spent
in bliss or dealing with the monotony of the daily grind.

Things have been going fairly well here, now that there is
one less thing on my plate to deal with, so I can try to be more active.

Recently, I decided to end my break from a certain series
and went to look at what I had missed, and I was able to pick up the latest two
installments.

Today, I will be reviewing one of them, which is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 17 by
Mizuho Kusanagi.

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

While I did consider Yona of the Dawn to be a great
series, I have been disappointed in it a couple of times, with the previous
volume
being enough of a disappointment that I felt like leaving it behind
for a while, so I can try at come it fresh, with hopes that things would get
better.

And after reading this volume, I have to say that I enjoyed
it quite a bit.

From the moment that I opened up the book and started
reading the first few pages, I found myself so engrossed that I did not want to
stop reading for any reason.

As I have said numerous times, one of the moment important
things about a work of fiction is how things begin, because that is what draws
the audience in, allows gives them the temporary escape they desire.

While this can be accomplished in a variety of ways,
depending on the kind of work and the medium used to present it, manga like
this are usually published in a serialized format, which means that things must
pick up in a way that makes sense, based off the way the previous installment
ended.

Even though I initially found myself a little confused,
thanks to the fact that I had been away from the series for a while, this
volume did a good job of that, by starting off the next adventure right from
page one, since the previous volume concluded the events of drug problems of
the water tribe and Yona and the others left the region.

If Mizuho Kusanagi had not started the first chapter of the
volume like this or Hakusensha, or whoever they had put this volume together,
had decided to start things off any differently, I would have been okay with
it, but there is always the possibility that things could have started off in a
manner that was as confusing as the one found in volume
9
of The Ancient Magus Bride, or something much worse.

Fortunately, Mizuho Kusanagi and Hakusensha, or whoever they
had put this volume together, were able to pick a very good place to start
things off.

Hopefully, future installments will be able to start off
just as well as this one did, as the fans of the series would certainly like to
show people why this series is so good, but I am well aware that things can get
pretty bad, especially after the last volume I read, so I am ready to pounce
when needed.

I also liked how I felt like I was entertained and/or felt
like I was having fun while reading through the volume.

When people read things, particularly avid readers, they
want to be able to enjoy themselves, because that helps take away their
stresses, and that is the most minimal thing that people can expect from
anything in the realm of the entertainment industry.

In the previous volume, Mizuho Kusanagi and everyone else
that works hard to bring this series to the masses completely and utterly
failed to deliver that entertaining factor, at least to the male fans of the
series, since everything seemed much more geared towards the target demographic
in execution for much of the volume, which made me feel like taking a break
from this series.

However, in this volume, things have improved remarkably
because I did not feel that bored by what was going on and it seemed like
things would finally start happening.

If Mizuho Kusanagi had maintained that feeling a staleness
in this volume, I would have dropped this series right here and now, even
though I have everything currently released, because the series would no longer
be what I remembered it to be, as it would be another one of those works that
only appeals to the target demographic.

Thankfully, that did not happen, and it seems like things
are looking up, which makes me want to give Mizuho Kusanagi a good round of
applause.

Hopefully, things will be able to stay like this as the
series progresses, but because I have I already been disappointed once, I
expect things to become boring once again at a later date.

Another thing that I liked was how the dragon warriors were
all weakened.

One of the things that I really hate about this series is
how many of the male characters just seem to be too perfect and can handle
everything, or even seemingly do exactly what a girl would want them to do,
even understanding them perfectly.

Now, some of you guys will be screaming at me, saying that
this would obviously happen, since this series is published in a publication
targeting women, just like how things targeting men would generally have
damsels in distress, but if we go by the typically believed stereotypes, women
are the ones that are supposed to have a good grasp of people, so works
targeting them should be showing how weak we all are.

However, Yona of the Dawn mostly panders to its
target audience in delivering their fantasies, which means there will be turns
off for people like me, who take the time to understand people as best as I
can, even though it is doing something right in delivering what the target
audience wants, because things seem to be a little too much outside of the
realm of believability to me.

Here, however, the dragon warriors, the four characters that
are the most annoying to me for being the epitome of being too perfect to be
real men, start to experience weakness in their capabilities, as well as their
immune systems.

Seeing this and what started to happen in this volume, it
makes me really wonder how things will go, and if Yona’s party will be able to
make it through.

If Mizuho did not have the dragon warriors break down like
this, their already tarnished characters would have suffered even more to the
point where even the target audience would probably start to hate it, and that
would have disappointed me much more than the fact that I was extremely bored
with most of the previous volume.

Fortunately, Mizuho Kusanagi realized that the male cast,
aside from Hak, needed some moments of weakness, which makes me want giver a
good round of applause.

Hopefully, this will lead into more development of the male
characters as the series progresses, but seeing as this series in published in
a publication aimed at girls, I do not think we would see things develop any
further, except in the area of romance and serious relationships.

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

Aside from the beginning, another very important aspect in a
work of fiction is how it ends, because it helps the audience to feel satisfied
with the work, if it is a standalone work or the final installment to series,
or, if it is just another installment in a series, gives the reader an
incentive to continue on.

While Yona of the Dawn was never number one in my
book, though it did rank relatively high, one of the things that I really liked
was how both Mizuho Kusanagi and Hakusensha, or whoever they have put the
volume together, knew how to end thing well most of the time in a way that
could grab anyone’s interest, not just the interest of the target audience.

This volume was one of those moments in which a proper
ending for a volume were delivered, in which I want to read the next volume
right away, which is certainly possible because I was away from the series long
enough to buy it.

If the volume had not ended in the way in which it did, by
having somebody stand up to the plate that we did not expect, I probably would
have been disappointed because that character was the only one not affected by
what was ailing their companions.

Thankfully, things ended off on a good enough foot that I am
actually interested in what will happen, even though I already know what will
happen, and that makes me want to give Mizuho Kusanagi and everyone else that
is working hard to bring this series to the masses a good round of applause.

Hopefully, future volumes will be able to end just as well
as this one did, because I would rather not be given more reason to feel
disenchanted by this series, but I would not be surprised if things get worse.

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
mentioned already.

Because my interest was captured quickly and held right up
until the end, especially because things were not that dull this time, the
dragon warriors were weakened, and it had a great ending, this was a pretty
decent read.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, nothing really seemed to bother 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, especially
with nothing feeling boring, this was definitely worth reading.

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

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but
I would really recommend reading the previous installments first, to make sure
you would actually enjoy it.

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