That has to be the greatest reaction pic to describe it |D
I feel like this isn’t enough episodes. We need more.
I really don’t care if they re-name Moana to Spirited. I don’t care if they did the same thing for Tangled and Brave.
If Disney thinks that’s what they need to do to convince boys to see the film, good, fine, do it.
I’d much rather have Disney make a film with a female lead kicking arse that little boys are willing to watch, than a film they refuse to see because the name makes it look like a “girl film”.
I think that’s nonsense. Why should a movie about a female character have the title changed to ‘hide’ that it’s about a female character? They didn’t do that with Robin Hood, or Aladdin, or The Lion King, or Tarzan. ‘Brave’ was originally titled ‘The Bear and the Bow’ so exactly what was ‘girly’ about that?
Why should anything about a female character be hidden so it will appeal to boys? Why are boys so important and matter so much? Why are boys the default? Why, even when a movie is about a female character, does it still need to appeal to boys? Notice how, ever since The Little Mermaid, even if a Disney animated film stars a female character, it’s overwhelmingly male. Why is maleness considered universally marketable but femaleness is only a ‘niche’?
Girls shouldn’t be diminished just so boys will think something about them is cool.
This year’s 15th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yumemagazine is announcing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation of Mizuho Kusanagi's shōjo manga Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn or Yona, the girl standing in the blush of dawn) has been green-lit.
The manga is an “epic fantasy romance set in a country in ruins.” Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak’s hometown and begins her new life.
The anime will reunite the cast from the earlier drama CD adaptation, with new cast members:
- Chiwa Saito as Yona
- Tomoaki Maeno as Soon Hak
- Yūsuke Kobayashi as Soo-won
- Masakazu Morita as Kija
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Shin-a
- Junichi Suwabe as Jeha
- Hiro Shimono as Zeno
- Junko Minagawa as Yun
Kazuhiro Yoneda (technical director on Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Rising-, Aquarion Evol) is directing the anime at Studio Pierrot (The World Is Still Beautiful). Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat Butler, Zettai Karen Children) is in charge of the series scripts, and Maho Yoshikawa(Amnesia) is designing the characters. Kunihiko Ryo (The Twelve Kingdoms, Emma) is composing the music with sound director Yukio Nagasaki (Ao Haru Ride, Love Live!).
Mizuho Kusanagi, the creator of Mugen Spiral, Game X Rush, and NG Life, launched the Akatsuki no Yona manga in 2009, and Hakusensha published the 14th volume in April. The ninth manga volume bundled the drama CD adaptation.
Hana to Yume #15/2014
Now we have a better pic of the key anime visual :-)
I don’t have the time to translate that last pic, but most of the info it countains is already out by now.
(Right-click on the pics to see it in bigger size)
Character designs have been posted for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Mizuho Kusanagi’s (Mugen Spiral) Akatsuki no Yona. The 2009 ongoing Hana to Yume shoujo manga follows a princess who is saved by a bodyguard who she had found disagreeable when her cousin, who she had been crushing on, assassinates her father in an attempt to take the throne.
Kazuhiro Yoneda steps up to direct the Studio Pierrot production with Hayate the Combat Butler’s Shinichi Inotsume writing and Amnesia's Maho Yoshikawa on character design. Twelve Kingdom’s Kunihiko Ryo handles the music.
Yona - Chiwa Saito
Soon Hak - Tomoaki Maeno
Other cast members include
Kija - Masakazu Morita
Shin-a - Nobuhiko Okamoto
Jeha - Junichi Suwabe
Zeno - Hiro Shimono
Yun - Junko Minagawa
‘Akatsuki no Yona’ Anime Adaptation Showcases Character Designs
While no season is set yet, character concept designs have arrived for the anime adaptation of Mizuho Kusanagi’s manga Akatsuki no Yona, or Yona of the Dawn. The manga began in 2009 in Hana to Yume and is still ongoing with over eleven volumes so far. The anime adaptation is being produced by Studio Pierrot with scripts by Shinichi Inotsume. The cast includes Chiwa Saito as Yona, Tomoaki Maeno as Hak Son, Junko Minagawa as Yoon, Masakazu Morita as Ki-Ja, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Shin-Ah, Junichi Suwabe as Jae-Ha, Hiro Shimono as Zeno and Yuusuke Kobayashi as Soo-won.
The character design pieces revealed are done for the two leads with Hak Son and Yona, which you can see below.
Plot concept: Yona is the sole princess of the kingdom, living the luxurious and carefree life as a princess should. She has it all: the finest clothes and cosmetics, the most divine sweets, a loving emperor as a father, and the hottest cousin crush, Soo-won, anyone could ever hope to have. Now, if only her bodyguard, Son Hak, wasn’t so annoying to her and her hair wasn’t so red.
But her nearly perfect world quickly shatters as the man she loves, Soo-won, murders her father and the path to his ascension to the throne is assured. Son Hak escapes with Yona, and they lead a life on the run from that point on.
Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge at