Book Review: Yona of the Dawn Volume 6

Yona of the Dawn Volume 6 cover

I hope that everyone is doing well, even if your week has been awful so far.

I might be dealing with some problems right now, but I am glad that I can still do something that I can enjoy.

A while back, before I placed an order for three books on Amazon, I had ordered a total of the books that were scheduled to be released this month, and the first of those three arrived around the time I had only one title left to read.

Today, I will be reviewing that newly released title, which is called Yona of the Dawn Volume 6 by Mizuho Kusanagi.

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

Having been bothered by the sight she saw in Awa, Yona is determined to take out the person in charge and she and her party finally come into contact with somebody who knows others that also want to eliminate the evil in their town, and is also one of the two remaining people Yona is looking for.

However, before the leader of this other group is going to accept assistance from Yona's party, the leader decides to test them and Yona must overcome her trial that may be more difficult than the one her comrades were given.

I kind of liked this book.

From the moment that I opened up this book and started reading, I did not want to put it down for any particular reason, though I do have to satisfy the same needs that every other human must deal with.

Much like Weston Kincade, who finally made a work that did not have any glaring issues, even if it were not perfect, Mizuho has done a very good job of capturing and maintaining my interest for most of the volumes in this series, and what she delivered here was no different.

If had to say why, it is because, like the second volume, there seemed to be something there that just was not in the anime, though it is not necessarily an atmosphere.

Even though there are great adaptations out there that sends the original into obscurity, such as how people today never knew that The Maltese Falcon was originally book or even that Hannibal Lecter first appeared in books written by Thomas Harris, not the movies that are more well-known, there are also some pretty awful and cannot truly match the quality of the original, which is why there is a common opinion that the original work is always better, even though such a sentiment is not necessarily true.

In the case of this volume, the things were present here were how moment seemed to be much more interesting, or had that much more emotion.

Now, neither FUNimation's dub nor the original Japanese dub of the anime that aired a few years ago really failed to deliver emotional feels to badly, but some things just do not really seem to make too much sense.

For example, during the Senju herb trial, I could see that Yona was struggling to do her best in the anime, but I could not really see her determination, and the reason why she would push on just did not seem to be present, which made her seem like a female lead that was strong because the staff working on the anime wanted her to be strong, though this was not as bad as the female protagonists found in popular trilogies today.

People are not going to be rooting for somebody if they do not understand them completely, and the best works of fiction do a better job of delving into the human psyche than interacting with others because we can see the character's thoughts and struggles, and Mizuho has been able to pull everything off well enough to the point where the characters actually feel like people, at least for now. I saw Yona not only struggling externally, but also internally, and it resulted me feeling way engaged with the work than almost any other work of fiction out there.

If Mizuho was not able to pull this off, I Would have been severely disappointed, though not as much as if Weston Kincade did not meet my expectations in his most recently released book, which would have resulted me in doing what Kuwabara did at Yusuke's wake in Yu Yu Hakusho.

However, because she was able to pull this off, I feel like giving her a major round of applause. Nice job, Mizuho.

I also liked how there was quite a bit of humor.

While there is nothing that particularly stood out, when compared to the anime adaptation, it is always nice when I can get in a few good laughs, especially when things get a little stressful.

The kind of comedy presented in many different works can be absolutely funny, even if it is not unique, if it is properly executed, and Mizuho has yet to do anything horribly wrong, though it might eventually become as stale as the comedy in Detective Conan, and I still feel like giving a good round applause, while I also hope that she does not let things grow stale.

After all, would anybody be able to laugh about something if it feel more awkward than hilarious or if it was only included for the sake of laughs? I know that I would not, especially because the humorous moments in sitcoms do not seem to be that funny to me.

Hopefully, Mizuho does not let things grow stale, because she does seem to have the capability of reaching the same stage as Hiromu Arakawa, Jun Mochizuki, and so many other people in the manga industry.

Another thing that was kind of nice is that Yona still is not trying to force people to do anything they do want to or that they would eventually need to do.

In my life, I have had people try to get me to do things that I may know are necessary, because they do not want people relying on them or it is what society or my church thinks I should be doing, yet I cannot oblige either because previous attempts have proved those efforts useless or it is something that I do not want to begin with.

However, Yona acknowledges the free will of everyone in her party and accepts people regardless of who they are, which makes her somebody that I would want to follow to the ends of the Earth.

The big reason that this is a highlight of the volume however is that Mizuho has not forgotten who her characters were.

In a lot of amateur writing, the writers seem to forget who their characters are, having them automatically adjust to a situation, which makes the characters much more unrealistic and leads to a very unsatisfying story, and it really saddens me, even if I do it in my own stories, because the writer cannot live up to their full potential, and that they really do not understand people as much as a writer should.

Here, however, Mizuho understands that people will not change at the flip of a switch, and it helps to really establish this series as a journey where the characters become better over time that I first became acquainted with when I watched the anime.

If she was not able to do this much, I would have been mad, because anime adaptations today do not misrepresent series to be something that they were not, like they have in the past, and I would have most definitely dropped this series right at this volume.

However, because she remembered how things started, the series still seems to be fairly decent and makes me want to give her some major applause.

The thing that I liked the most though was what Captain Gi-gan said.

While Yona was out, performing the task that she decided to do, in order to gain Gi-gan's trust, Yona's comrades stormed off to where she was and wanted to go save her, Gi-fan stopped them and when they try to get the captain to relent, she says, “Sometimes women have to fight their own battles. Don't underestimate her.”

This really resonated with because my elders and peers think that women are vulnerable and should be protected, while ignoring the fact that there are other factors at work that determine who would be more at risk, since they would think a woman with full use of her body is more vulnerable to an adult male with physical disabilities.

Now, I am grateful that my friends and family do not see me as disabled, especially because I can do so much that people cannot even fathom doing with the disability that I have, but they are doing they very thing that they should not be doing, which is making assumptions and believing something that can be skewed to say whatever others want.

However, I know that I cannot do everything and my stubbornness that comes from trying to be independent or considerate is going to make it hard for me to keep anybody safe on my own, and those moments will result in the inevitable possibility that whoever I decide to spend the rest of my life with will have to dirty their own hands, regardless of whether they want to not, which I make sure everyone of the opposite sex is well aware of.

Not only do women with spouses who have disabilities have to accept the inevitability that she would have to fight for the survival of herself and her spouse, but even women who have spouses that have full use of their body need to be able to stand up for themselves, because the world is not as friendly as illusion of our current society creates, and, like Yona, they will have to do something that they do not want to.

Hearing Gi-gan say those words, I am reminded of how harsh the real world, one not as peaceful as the peaceful as the current world we live in, can be, and makes me grateful that I do not give women special treatment just because they are women, and it makes me wish that society would learn sooner or later, as well as remind my female peers and elders of how good they have things right now.

Unfortunately, I do not see people treating everyone the same, regardless of age, gender, and ailment or disability, unless society and all the technology we have today, from the manual and power tools that exist to the electronic equipment that is called technology, were to disappear immediately, which probably will not happen any time soon.

Still, this does show why it is necessary for everyone to strive to become stronger, and why strong female protagonists are needed, even though my elders would prefer women were only strong for their children and younger siblings, instead of for themselves, and makes me want to give Mizuho another nice round of applause.

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 my interest was capture and held from beginning to end, especially because there seemed to be more feeling than the anime adaptation, Mizuho did not forget who her characters and things remained funny, and what Gi-gan said shows why it is important for everyone to be strong, not just women, this book was fairly decent.

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 bothered too much.

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

Considering that there was so much to like, especially since it was shown that women cannot remain as weak as my elders would like, this was definitely worth reading.

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

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but it might be better to read the earlier volumes first, as the great things found in this volume would not be as enjoyable without the knowledge of what happened before.

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