Taking us on a fantastical adventure with Yona, a resourceful princess on a quest to reclaim her rightful throne, VIZ Media are publishing the shojo manga Yona of the Dawn, starting with the first collected volume now available digitally and in print. Created by Mizuho Kusanagi, who started out as a professional manga artist with Yoiko no Kokoroe (The Rules of a Good Child) in 2003, her other notable works include NG Life, which was serialised in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine from 2005-2009.
Further volumes of Yona of the Dawn will be released in English on a bimonthly basis, under VIZ Media’s imprint Shojo Beat. Volume 1 retails for £6.99 GBP on Amazon UK, and for $9.99 in the US (or $12.99 CAN). Digital editions are also available on the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and GooglePlay stores.
The manga was adapted into an anime produced by Bleach and Naruto‘s Studio Pierrot, which premiered in Japan in October 2014 and ran for 24 episodes. If you’d like to read our review of the first part of its UK home release, you can find it right here.
Viz describe the story of the series in their press release as follows:
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!
Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?