Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 5

Yona of the Dawn Volume 5 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well, even if you need to continue dealing with the daily grind.

While I was going to continue on with the titles I purchased from Amazon, I had preordered two books using some credit I got for helping somebody out, which now puts the grand total to cover at nine instead of seven, and the first of those two books recently arrived.

Today, I will be reviewing the recently title, which is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 5 by Mizuho Kusanagi.

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

The ceiling of the cavern that houses the Blue Dragon Tribe has caved in and everyone is scared because either they or those they care about will die if nothing is done, and the Blue Dragon has appeared on the scene.

However, even if Yona and her party are able to escape, Yona must convince the three remaining dragon warriors to join her and one of the two they have yet to meet desires to do only what he wants for the rest of his life.

I must say, I really liked this volume.

Like many of the other volumes in the series, the moment that I opened up this book and started reading, I did not want to stop reading for any particular reason, though I do have to satisfy the same needs that all human beings must deal with in their lives.

If I had to say why it was able to capture my interest, Mizuho not only made both the dull and exciting moments interesting, but she also also started the chapter that started this volume off where things left off in the final chapter of the previous volume.

Yes, I can kind of guess that creators in the manga industry do not necessarily get to decide where each volume ends and begins, as they are not the ones compiling their chapters into volumes, but they are still in control of how the series flows during its run and Mizuho has been delivering pretty well on things that I expect from a manga.

If Mizuho had not done this, I would have been sorely disappointed because the first few volumes have impressed me quite a bit, and sometimes more than the anime adaptation did.

Fortunately, because she did not, I can take pleasure with the fact that I do not get a feeling that I might want to drop this series, and that makes me want to give her some bit of applause.

I also liked how I was able to get a few laughs from this volume.

While nothing there was nothing that I could find that either stood out or was present only in the manga, when comparing this to the anime adaptation, I still found myself chuckling about a few events, such as the interactions between Hak and Jaeha and the usual dynamic between characters.

Now, this series is not quite as long as Detective Conan, even over in Japan, where this series is still being published, but I am glad that I did not get the feeling that the humor has gone stale like it has in Detective Conan.

If it had started to go stale, I am not too sure that I would be willing to continue going through this series to let other people know where to start if they plan to switch over to the manga, especially because, like Detective Conan, the events found in the anime do not always happen around the same time in the manga.

After all, the humor is the only other interesting thing about this series, aside from the character development that does occur in this portion of this series, and I highly doubt that fans would be thrilled if they stopped being able to laugh after only five volumes.

Another nice thing about this volume was how it showed that just because a legend or myth says that we are destined to end up somewhere, whether that be one of the three heavens or the only true hell that fellow members of my church believe in, or that they were meant to do something, like the child of prophecy cliché that seems to be prevalent in American and English fiction today, we still have a choice in the matter.

A lot of people in our society get caught up in the idea that there is only one future, which makes them want to know what the future might be like, so that they can change it, but, much like how the prevalent belief among members of my church that the top brass, whom they refer to as prophets, seers, and revelatory, will never lead them astray if they listen to them takes away the agency of more than one individual, according to a post by Jana Riess on Religion News Service, which I also linked to in my review of volume 3.

However, people can choose whether or not they do something, and Mizuho keeps doing a fairly good job of showing this by presenting a dragon warrior that is not living in hiding because of a fear of people wanting his power, but to be able to remain free.

Yes, Gija still does come across as that religious nut who thinks that all of the dragon warriors to join Yona because it is their duty, but if all of the dragons either joined the party as quickly as Gija or needed coaxing like Shinha did, this series would have felt boring because of the so strongly stressed point that everyone can make their own decisions.

Thankfully, because Mizuho did not forget about this fact, I can still give her quite a bit of applause. Nice job on staying consistent, Mizuho.

There were two things that I liked the most though.

First, when Hal asks about what is going on around the time Yona's party arrives in Awa and then Yona finds out that a child was killed for standing up to soldiers when she could have done something at the time it was happening, it becomes clear that there is shady business going on.

Yes, I know that these two events are signs that Yona and her party are about to be entangled in something big, but I am still interested enough in what will happen next that I want to read the next volume right now, in spite of knowing what will happen in the future, and the next volume will not be released until June, according to the product page on Amazon.

Seriously, this is making me as excited I was about the Kir and Akai encounter that took place in volumes 58 and 59 of Detective Conan, and all I can do is applaud Mizuho, since it is hard to make events interesting even when a person knows how everything will end, as I have brought up more than once already.

The other thing that I liked the most was what Jaeha said to Gija towards the end of the book, which was:

Are you some kind of puppet? Forget about generations of yearning. Do your dreams have anything to do with it?

If you are doing as you are told without questioning anything…To protect this master…That's a tragedy, not some wish come true. I feel sorry for you, White Dragon.

Even though it does kind of pertain to what I already talked before, I really like how, like what Shinichi Akiyama told Nao, which I shared in my review of The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 3, this shows how important it is doubt things, and how it can ultimately lead us to being happier.

In my church, we are often told that will be happy if we do what God wants us to do, even when the leaders that they think are God's messengers are, as Alan Rock Waterman discusses in a series of posts on Pure Mormonism states many other groups have done in the past, “take the Lord's name in vain,” and fellow parishioners and members will rebuke others for not following the counsel of those leaders, which only further contributes to a cult-like vibe, and I do not feel like I can actually be myself if I do what they want me to do just because my elders and peers believe it is the truth.

After all, Nao did grow stronger in Liar Game because she eventually learned to doubt people, and even found what she wanted, which is what I wish other people would do more often.

Of course, I do not think that I could word things as well as Mizuho did with Jaeha, which makes this even better than what I would have come up with on my own.

Nice job, Mizuho. I hope to see more moments like this as the series progresses.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, at least without spoiling things more than I already have.

Because the volume started off where the last one ended, which help to capture and maintain my interest throughout the duration of the book, I was able to get a few laughs, and the author is still stressing the importance of individuals having their own free will, especially through a very powerful quote, as well as got me excited for events to come, this was one of the best entries to the series yet.

Although I liked the book, there are some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, nothing 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 a fairly powerful quote, this was definitely worth reading.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Mizuho Kusanagi and Yona of the Dawn, as they will enjoy this the most.

As for everyone else, this might be worth trying, just for how powerful Jaeha's words felt, but it might be better to read the previous volumes first.

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