The previous chapter ended with Kyo-ga and Tae-jun receiving the news that the Fire tribe is being attacked by Kai Empire. This chapter opens with that.
Tae-jun’s expression is priceless! It’s a bit frustrating that his initial reaction to such a serious issue is with that kind of attitude, but he’s probably a lot more afraid to be scolded for sending a false alarm. But yeah, he’s still amusing to me.
Kyo-Ga feels indebted to Soo-won for sparing their lives after their father’s rebellion. He wouldn’t want Soo-won to distrust him by sending another alarm when he hasn’t proved that the news is true. I wonder if the time will come when these two will actually have to face each other as Tae-Jun is clearly on Yona’s side while Kyo-ga is on Soo-won’s side. Though I still think that Kye-sook is the real villain here. So, it’ll be amazing to see these brothers teaming up to do something against that guy.
And the scene shifts to our beloved DDHHB. It’s great to see them just relaxing and getting better. I just want them to be happy and safe!
But with all the things brewing up, I think it won’t be long before they start gaining some wounds again. Though it’s somehow reassuring that at least now, they are near Kuuto, so they’ll easily recover.
Of course, who I worry the most for more than the dragons are these two — Yoon and Hak. Hak, most especially, because he’s the one involved in battles since he’s protecting Yona. He’s not a dragon — no matter how I wish for him to truly be the dark dragon — so he won’t have his wounds recover so easily. Once he engages in another battle after this, that wound on his left arm may re-open. Ahh, please be safe, Hak!
Of course, I bet everyone would love to have someone to be with Yona as a lookout. But I bet she wouldn’t allow any of the other guys. (Maybe Yoon?) And the other guys won’t allow the others. But Zeno. And Yoon maybe. But Zeno. He’s just a pure old man in a child-like body. So yep. No arguments there. But their facial expressions are still funny!
As soon as Zeno goes out, Shin-ah announces that there’s another guest coming. He’s not holding any weapons, though. It’s cute how these dragons can be protective of one another. See how cute Ki-ja and Jae-ha are???
Apparently, the guest is Ogi. And they all have these amusing reactions! I laughed a lot because of Ogi going out once he saw the guys. It must have been a shock!
And it’s amusing how Shin-ah looks like he just grabbed him by the arm and hurled him in the bath again. So strong, my baby dragon!
Yo, Ao! You’re always finding the best locations to stay, huh? Anyway, it’s amusing how Hak just casually thanked him and went on to ask why he ran away after coming there. Ogi says he’s meeting someone there. Cautious, Hak asks if it’s Soo-won. Hak knows how close they are. He knows that Soo-won won’t mind going to such a place just to gather information. Ogi, of course, answers with the truth. And there goes his solemn face again. Ah, the old man misses Soo-won so much! I hope he will be able to see him again during a pleasant situation. Somehow, I’m getting this feeling that they may meet again on a tragic situation, but I hope I’m just overthinking it.
Ogi takes notice of Ki-ja’s dragon claw. He has heard rumors but it’s the first time he’s seeing them in the flesh. I wonder how him knowing this information will play a part for his character’s motives and actions.
And yeah, as it turns out, that hot spring is a place where he’ll meet with an information broker. As expected. He’d meet people on normal places to exchange information. It’s amusing how the information broker had the same reaction as Ogi had when he entered the place.
The information broker brings news about Kai Empire’s attack on Fire tribe. The group overhears and Yoon, being the most suitable one for it, got to join their conversation. It’s not really a classified information, anyway. He relayed the information on how the beacon was lit up once, but it never had a follow-up so they aren’t sure if it’s true yet.
The scene shifts to Zeno knocking on Yona’s bath. No surprise that she allowed him to enter. She asks about Ki-ja and others and he reassured her that they are getting better. She goes on to speak about how King Hiryuu used to be a legend King Il was telling about to her or a spirit she used to pray to in the shrine. So, she asked about what kind of person he is, knowing how he’s one of the original dragons.
Apparently, Zeno only vaguely remembers him and it’s just heartbreaking to think that after all those years he lived, he can only hold on to a few fragment of memories. With all those years he lived, he got to thinking how they may have been a burden to him.
I think it’s a thought that weighs down on Zeno. But like Yona, I don’t believe that. Or maybe Hiryuu really did thought of that at first, but as he got to know the dragons, he surely cared and loved each one of them. Why else would he stay with them?
It’s still a mystery why they easily recover when near the shrine, but I think this is a probable reason for it. When Zeno responded with an “I wonder”, though, I think he isn’t all that convinced. The mystery surrounding Hiryuu is definietly one of the things I’m looking forward to see unfolding in the series!
Then, the scene cuts and the guys tells Yona about the news. She tells them about how she asked him to send a fake signal fire for the issue with Xing Kingdom.
It’s amazing how they just naturally wanted to help the Fire tribe. Obviously, without Tae-jun doing it, the Sky tribe would have marched straight on to Xing and a war could have happened.
Truly, they owe something from Tae-jun. And even if they didn’t, I bet Yona won’t hesitate to go there because of Tae-jun and the Fire tribe people. And the guys would surely still be supporting her.
Going back to the Fire tribe, Kyo-ga finally confirmed that the attack is true. I wonder if Li Hazara is the one behind it again? Though I don’t think he is. Or I’m hoping it’s not him. This is just a wild guess, but it could be that Kye-sook stirred up some things. Or maybe I’m just hoping to see more of that shady guy.
With his older brother being in charge of things, Tae-jun’s cowardly tendencies reared its ugly head again. It’s still somehow amusing that Kyo-ga actually thought that Tae-jun and his men have foresight when it’s actually just supposedly a lie. Now faced with the truth, they can’t run away from it, though.
I love the motivations of these guys! They used to dislike mingling with the people of their poor villages, but now, they are dedicated citizens of their tribe. I bet they’re now mostly taking care of the other villagers as well as the agriculture there. They don’t usually wield swords, but hoes and sickles instead. I think it’s just beautiful.
Apparently, their father’s betrayal still frequents Kyo-ga’s mind. Just how painful it is to be reminded of how their highly-regarded father turned his back on their country and ended up being killed? By his own people nonetheless?
That, along with Kyo-ga’s desire not to disappoint and betray Soo-won’s trust, made him charge toward the enemy’s troops.
And, ahh, Tae-jun is so much loved now. He used to be their useless prince but he changed which made them change, too.
But, of course, Fukuchi/Heuk-chi has always been loyal to him. I love that duo so much! He’d take any attacks for him. But there’s some more people that care for them that won’t let Fukuchi get stabbed.
Of course, it would be an arrow! The timing’s just perfect.
This scene reminds me of the anime’s OP sequence. Yona looks so badass and cool in this panel! After all those circumstances she faced in Fire and Water tribe territories, as well as in Xing Kingdom, she isn’t now new to battles. She can fight on her own.
I’m so excited to see how she will continue to amaze the people of Kouka. Crossing fingers that it’s not Li Hazara’s doing. And that DDHHB will all be safe by the end of this new arc. Please.