Akatsuki no Yona Ep. 12: Blue is a sad color…

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…so won’t you shed a few tears for our tragic backstory?

— Apparently, the next dragon can be found here. That’s a pretty harsh-looking environment to live in. Where do they get water? Where to they relieve themselves? I mean, if you’re going to world-build, these are things to consider, no?

— The villagers here like to wear masks. Not all of them, though. The masks are to prevent people from seeing the faces of, uh, unmarried villagers, apparently. That’s a bit extreme, I think. I wonder if that’s even the truth.

— As the village elder leads our heroes around, I can’t help but wonder how these simple folks managed to dig such extensive tunnels. The entire place is actually a maze of sorts. The idea here is probably to deter outsiders from intruding on their business, but yeah, I just can’t get over the logistics of it all.

This stuff is cute, but it doesn’t really add anything to the story. It doesn’t really enhance my enjoyment of the show either since the moment lasts less than five seconds.

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— Gija insists that the Blue Dragon is just waiting to make the descendent of King Hiryuu his master. Hell, practically begging, even. That seems sad, if you ask me. From the moment that you are born, you’re just waiting for some person to come by and give purpose to your life. Otherwise, your life has little to no meaning. That sucks. I wouldn’t want this fate, especially when you consider how generations and generations have passed since the last time these dragons were called upon. Gija even said the previous White Dragon despaired as he waited to meet his master.

Groan…

— The tunnels are lit by candles. Do they replace the candles on a regular basis or what?

— I like how Yona manages to wander off on her own without any of the three guys even noticing. By the time she opens a trap door, the three guys are already out of the sight. In fact, the noise from the trap door opening alone should’ve reverberated through the tunnel, but alas… Yona’s companions have conveniently disappeared because the story necessitates it.

— Actually, the dumbest part is Yona deciding to chase after a cute squirrel. Christ…

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— Yona runs into a shady person, who attempts to drag her to the depths of the maze. But all of a sudden, the Blue Dragon appears out of nowhere to save the girl. Well, that’s nice. I guess he must have been stalking them for quite some time.

— Eventually, the Blue Dragon leads Yona back to her group, but as soon as he does so, he runs off to hide. We then get a flashback because this story loves flashbacks.

— Well, unlike Gija, the Blue Dragon wasn’t worshiped. Instead, he was isolated and treated like a monster by everyone. It’s a pretty familiar and generic anime backstory, though, so I won’t go into too much detail about it. It’s not exactly deep or compelling characterization. Everyone treats him like shit, and you should feel bad for him. Blah blah, having mystical powers can be a burden in a world full of fear and superstitions. As a result, the only close relationship he could form was a troubled father-son one with the previous Blue Dragon. Yeah, that about sums it up. And oh yeah, his eyes have the ability to paralyze people and their hearts.

— At some point, the kid used his powers against an entire army, which isn’t exactly something you can sweep under the rug. I guess this is why the village has retreated to the mountains in order to hide themselves from the rest of the world.

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— Sadly, this backstory took up the rest of the episode, so that’s that. We’re done. The show ends with Yona thinking to herself that the Blue Dragon’s hand had felt warm. Well, y’know, Gija’s hand was literally sizzling in a previous episode…

— So far, our harem consists of a sarcastic dude who likes to tease Yona every chance he gets, a self-proclaimed genius, a sycophant, and now, a morose guy with a troubled past. Blech. Slim pickings.

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