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August 27th, 2013

Warning: Fangirling alert!

I'll be frank. I'm not much of a fan girl, normally. I've got a few OTPs, but nobody to talk to about them (not in RL, anyway!), so I'm pretty much forced to keep quiet about them.

Now, however, I'm really wish I did have somebody to squee with. Seriously. Over what? Akatsuki no Yona. It's a manga by Mizuho Kusanagi. And it is freaking brilliant. I just...gah. I love everything about this manga. The plot, the setting, the characters...especially the characters! I could just read the chapters that have been translated over and over again, simply because of the characters.

First, we've got Yona. When the story starts, she's a slightly spoilt princess who has never been outside the castle, hates her red hair, and has a crush on her cousin. However, things happen that end up causing a rift between her and said cousin, and she has to leave the castle in something of a hurry, along with her bodyguard/childhood friend Hak. (Or it could possibly be Haku. Not sure. It's been translated as Hak, so until there's an official English language version, I'm just going to keep calling him Hak.)

At first, she's completely distraught, and at a complete loss with what to do. As I said above, she's never been out of the castle before, so she really has no idea what the rest of the world is like. But as the manga continues, she slowly starts getting stronger. She doesn't sit around crying all the time (although, when she does cry, it's usually for a good reason.) She genuinely wants to get stronger in order to protect her friends who are travelling with her.

Then there's Hak. He's been playing with Yona and her cousin since they were young kids, and has possibly been in love with Yona since then as well. He's sarcastic, rude and just a little insensitive, but what I really like is that he doesn't bother to hide the fact he's in love with Yona. Especially after they're forced to leave. Oh, he's not especially happy about the fact that Yona wants to be able to protect him and the others (since he wants to be the only one to protect her) but he tolerates it. He does have a slightly sadistic side to him, in that he seems to be enjoying watching Yona struggle on as a "normal person". He's also got, or so I think, some of the funniest lines out of all the characters.

Don't want to make this post too long (and I can't add a cut, since I'm on an IPad), but the other characters who slowly join them are just as colourful and interesting as they are. And impossibly cute, at times as well!


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