Yona’s travels take her to the Water Tribe territory, which is said to be the most beautiful area in the Kingdom of Kohka. But despite this region’s reputation, a drug known as “nadai” has spread throughout the land. When one of Yona’s friends becomes affected by nadai, how far will Yona go to help him?
Warnings: violence, drugging without consent, substance abuse, addiction
This volume of Yona of the Dawn starts on a new arc – the squad has reached the Water Tribe’s territories, known for their beauty, and instead find one of the towns to be under the control of a drug called ‘nadai’ when Jae Ha falls prey to it. Naturally, they seek to find out who is doing this (surprise, it is their neighbor/enemy country!) and how to get to the suppliers, who are using brothels to do this. Additionally, it also introduces a new character, a lady of the Water Tribe, Riri, who is much like that Fire Tribe’s second son, in that she is immediately awed by Yona. (Too bad this is a regular harem manga, because the way Yona saves her? Yep, instant gay vibes!) Riri, by the way, is different from that Fire brat, because she is already trying to investigate the source of the drugs. Granted, she is underestimating the danger, and also looking for suspects in the wrong places, but she is an entertaining addition to the character list. This volume also has Yona trying on her new fighting skills, coming up short, but still inspiring the hell out of Riri. And lastly, I want to add, that it is finally hinting at Yona looking at Hak in a romantic way. No sightings of Soo Won, though, and whether he knows about the issue at hand.
Overall, an exciting new arc starts, with high stakes and new characters, and I am looking forward to how this is resolved.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media, via Edelweiss.
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Releases on October 2, 2018