Akatsuki has to prove her worth to the Captain, and since she can’t fight, she has to help out in other ways. Well, there are plenty of things she can do–… oh, you want her to foolishly prove her bravery by fetching a rare medicinal flower from some steep cliff? What other fetch quest do you have for us, Miss Pirate? Five bear asses to move the plot along?
This guy, though.
Anyway, you know how it goes. Against all odds — with Jaeha confident that Yona would fail — our brave, “badass” princess will persevere and fetch that RPG key item. This mini-arc plays out predictably, too. Jaeha will at first comment that there’s nothing particularly special about Yona. She’s not an inspiring leader, she can’t fight, she’s not particularly smart, she can’t… I don’t know, balance the books? I mean, at least do something, right? What does she offer other than her lineage? What does she actually do? After nineteen episodes, you’d think that the narrative would’ve shaped Yona into someone worth following. But here she is, still trucking along with her harem of bishies for no particular reason other than that Hak loves her and the rest can’t help but follow their destiny.
And sadly, despite asking all the right questions, Jaeha be compelled to follow Yona in the end anyway. He’ll blame this compulsion all on his dragon’s blood, but he’ll be impressed by her anyway. But I’m not convinced. I don’t know about the rest of the audience. I figure most of the show’s detractors have already moved onto other things by now. It would seem that others would like me to do the same. But I continue to blog the show because I can, and I must say that the show has done a poor job convincing me that I should find myself all too inspired by Yona and her antics.
A rich girl lost her rich dad, and now, she’s on a quest to get her money back. But she can’t do anything… but be brave, I guess. And this entire time, the characters will offer up weak protestations — “You’re just a girl” — but she’ll steel her resolve. You go, girl! Is that what I’m supposed to do? Meh.
The thing is, it’s not even good bravery. It’s just foolish bravery. Bravery is great… to a certain point. I’d rather have some ingenuity. Fuck that. We don’t even need to go that far. I’d rather just have some common sense. Like how she’s going to navigate that steep cliff without even tying one end of a rope to her waist, and the other end to some sturdy structure up above. C’mon, it’s just common sense. Like how she doesn’t even wear gloves for the job, so she ends up cutting her hands on both the cliff and picking the mystical herbs themselves. C’mon, it’s just common sense.
Yeah, it’s pretty exasperating.
And even though Jaeha is convinced by Yona’s honesty — she confesses to the captain that he had rescued her when a wave had threatened to wash out to sea — I’m not. Sure, honesty is great and everything, but I’d rather be assured that I can help my friends rather than throwing myself at some stupid challenge just to fulfill a promise.
Anyway, standard “this story is so slow, where is it going, we’re still on this arc???” complaints…
Near the end of the episode, Hak bites off more than he can chew or something.
Yona predictably runs off like some innocent anime female character. That’s so boring. We don’t need to turn this into 50 Shades of Grey or anything. We don’t need Hak to hook his damn thumbs into her panties and pull them off for the billionth time. But c’mon, how can any young adult spend so much time with the opposite sex and never even once entertain romantic thoughts? I would. Wouldn’t you? But ever since Yona questioned her love for her cousin, the show has been pretty absent of any sort of romantic development. Like not even one iota of romantic desire from the princess to any of her bishies. C’mon. Not once throughout this entire journey has the princess paused to entertain the idea of even liking any of these guys, much less love them. I would. The people watching this show would. So why make the protagonist, the person we’re all supposed to be watching, so goddamn inert? Anime’s just gotta anime, I guess.
Next week, our heroes will tango with some human traffickers, I guess. Goodie. And oh yeah, the pirates will eventually disband, so someone will have to take Jaeha in. Well, isn’t that convenient?