Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 4

Yona of the Dawn Volume 4 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well, and enjoying their week so far.

As most of you know, I have been waiting on my preorders from Amazon to arrive, and have been covering a series that I got from there recently, but another one of the titles that I preordered from Amazon recently arrived, so, as stated in my last review, I will be taking a break from that series.

Today, I will be reviewing the title that I preordered, which is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 4 by Mizuho Kusanagi.

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

Gija, the White Dragon, has officially joined Yona's party and things have started to become a bit livelier with the new ally, who is able to detect the locations of the other three dragon warriors, but little do they know that things will only get harder from here.

When they finally find the blue dragon warrior's location, they come across people that refuse to acknowledge that the person that they seek is there and are determined to make sure that what they have to hide remains hidden.

I must say, I really enjoyed this.

After opening up this book, I did not want to put it down for any reason, which thankfully did not crop up while I read this book.

While it has been a while since I read the previous volume, I did not feel like I was lost for any reason.

Then again, with the large number of series that I am following that do not see quick releases, I guess I have to thank my memory for helping in that regard, since I do tend to have a better memory than a few people that I know.

I may be a fan of the series of the series, which does play some role in me becoming engrossed with the work, but just because I like a series in one form, it does not mean that I will eat it up everything the series has offer or that everything will be good.

For example, I liked the Sword Art Online anime up until the Fairy Dance arc, but I did not really care for the novel that it was based on, nor did I care much about what happened in the second anime adaptation until the Mother's Rosario arc.

Fortunately, the content presented so far in Yona of the Dawn's manga has been as enjoyable as, if not more than, the anime adaptation that aired a few years ago, and it shows that Mizuho is at least somewhat competent, though I cannot say if things will remain as exciting once Viz starts releasing the chapters that were not part of the anime adaptation.

I also liked how this volume had a definitive end.

Now, Viz does not usually have troubles in this area, which is why I am mostly pleased with the work they do, even if it is not perfect, but there are mistakes that publishers tend to make that they should not.

In fact, such a big issue happened with A Silent Voice Volume 3, which was released by Kodansha Comics USA.

In that book, Kodansha had published all the chapters without any content missing, but I was made to think that there was more because Kodansha forgot to let me know that I had reached the end of the volume, whereas the chapters on Crunchyroll actually let me know that I reached the end of the chapter.

Here, however, Viz makes sure that I know that I reached the end of each of the six chapters contained in this volume, thereby letting me feel like I got everything that the book was supposed to have.

This is want I and many others want from any form of entertainment, regard of whether it is a textual medium or a visual medium, and Viz keeps on delivering. Keep up the great work, Viz, because you have shown that you deserved my money.

Another nice thing that I liked was how things were still pretty funny in this series.

While nothing really stood out, in comparison to the anime, since this is still content that can be found in the anime, it is nice to see that things have not become stale yet, like I keep suspecting that it will, since Detective Conan's humor has grown rather stale over the hundreds of episodes and chapters that have been released.

Hopefully, things will remain this way for a while, but I will not be surprised if the humor begins to fall flat.

The thing that I liked the most though was that Yona and the gang finally ran into some trouble in trying to recruit the blue dragon, who the fans of the anime and those familiar with the later chapters know as Shin-Ah.

So far, Yona and her party have not had any real troubles on their journey, aside from the skirmish with the fire tribe and the initial hostility of the White Dragon Tribe, and Gija's ability to track down the other warriors takes away from the interesting in finding the four dragon warriors to the point where I would have grown awfully bored if each of the four dragon warriors joined up with Yona on the spot, because there would be no challenge for her.

However, seeing as the villagers in this volume tried to keep the Yona's party from coming into contact with Yona's party, it makes me wonder if each of the hidden villages that hide the dragon warriorss have an unfavorable view toward them, and Gija's village was just an exception.

This makes me much more interested in finding out what kind of other troubles that Yona and the gang will have to deal with, even if I already who the two remaining dragon warriors are and how Yona's party will meet them.

Not only does it make me more interested in seeing what kind of struggles Yona's party will go through in recruiting the dragon warriors, but it even presented a moment that I found fairly hilarious.

Yes, I know I just said that nothing funny stood out that was funny, but something standing out because it was the funniest thing present is not always the case, because some that made me laugh in episode 52 of Detective Conan was funny because of how it became relevant to solving the case.

In the case of this volume, it was funny because I was reminded of the things that I do not particularly like about many of my fellow parishioners, especially those that have just started attending the church that I attend.

Many people already know about my dissatisfaction with the overall culture of my church, and how it preaches that it is God's church, when I know that it is not, but since some of you might not get why I found this particularly funny, I guess some explanation is in order.

In my church, my fellow parishioners speak very highly about how everyone there either wants or should want to be in a serious relationship with the opposite sex and get married in the church's temple, which only members that could easily give people the impression that either they are the church's lap dogs or the impression that the church is a cult in the same vein as Heaven's Gate and the Peoples Temple, after moving to what was known as Jonestown, can enter, and they try to encourage people to do things because they say that is what God commanded or expects, even though they themselves do not know or forgot how it originally came about or what it originally was, as well as say things that ultimately take away a person's freedom to choose.

Now, not all of them are like that, because they realize that they things people consider commandment today originally started out as invitations, such as the infamous movie rating debacle, according to an essay by Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game and one of the more well-known members of the church I attend, and the so-called restrictions on what members can and cannot consume, according to a blog post by Alan Rock Waterman on Pure Mormonism, or opinions, such as the earring and tattoo rule, according to another blog post by Alan Rock Waterman, and can obviously be seen by how the words are spoken by the very person that revealed this commandment in a video on YouTube, but a good number of the parishioners of my generation do not seem to acknowledge these facts, even when talking with me privately.

Likewise, Gija thinks that all of the dragon warriors should be rushing to find and serve Yona, because she inherited the blood and red hair of the Crimson Dragon King, thereby taking away the dragon warrior's ability to choose.

This is what sheltered people, who have never been out on the street or actually take time to understand people, are like and they can be really annoying because they do not actually help others.

However, seeing it here and, drawing the parallels between it and real life, makes laugh quite a bit, even if this is something that can be seen in the anime.

This makes me want to continue reading and see if Gija will ever open his eyes to the truth, but I highly doubt that it is going to happen, since some fans of the series say that none of the characters change from how they were portrayed in the anime.

Then again, I only feel like giving Mizuho some props for doing this because there are people that believe everything they are told and the confirmation bias does exist for a reason, which makes Gija seem a little bit realistic.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because my attention was grabbed fairly quickly and seemed to be as interesting as it was in the anime adaptation and Viz also did not lead me to believe that there was something missing, as well as the fact that Yona's party actually experienced difficulty in trying to recruit the next dragon, which made me laugh because of the similarities that I see in my life, this book was fairly enjoyable.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing really bother me too much.

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

Considering that there was more to like than hate, especially because Viz did not commit the same mistake that Kodansha did in one of their releases, this was definitely worth reading.

I recommend this to fans of Mizuho Kusanagi and 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 it might be better to read the previous volumes first.

What are your thoughts on Yona of the Dawn Volume 4? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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