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11 things to last until next week

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1. Like many people (and I assume everyone reading this) I'm angry and outraged about the decision to not indict Darren Wilson. I'm also aware that the fact that my main emotion being anger and not fear for myself or my family is very much a privilege, and that's something that's easy to lose sight of.

2. I love my family, but every Thanksgiving, I start to reconsider being a lifelong tee-totaller because more than two of them in a room and suddenly I'm choking on extra-Conservative Republican sentiments. I do more non-committal grunting on Thanksgiving Day than I do the entire rest of the year.

3. The problem with the subbed telenovelas that I've been watching is that they're from Spain. Which is, in fact, not actually a legitimate problem at all, but while I'm far from fluent, the Spanish that I'm used to is Mexican-Spanish, which is a different thing entirely from the Spanish spoken in Spain, and a couple times an episode, I'll catch a language difference that breaks my stride a bit.

4. Also, when you watch telenovelas on Hulu, you get Spanish commercials, including for telenovelas. My favorite commercial is one where these two guys are very seriously and slowly stripping of their shirts in the rain on a beach to have a duel. Though I have to pause to laugh for 5 minutes every time.

5. Relatedly: Internet, I love Jane the Virgin, you love Jane the Virgin. Jane the Virgin is not the only show on US TV with a Latina lead. I know most people haven't heard of Happyland (the poor souls) but I know you know about Devious Maids because you're happy to tear it down to build Jane the Virgin up, even though I'm pretty sure you never bothered to watch it. (I mean, I quit listening to you any that point anyway, but...)

6. Also relatedly, I love it when people criticize shows for having female characters who are better developed than the male characters, like its actually a serious problem that needs to be fixed.

7. Also also relatedly, Nicholas Gonzales (or his twin) was in this week's Jane the Virgin. Which I watched right before this week's Sleepy Hollow, making me extra bitter about Hawley's continued presence.

8. The last 2 episodes of Sleepy Hollow have done a lot to help the show recover from...well, most of the episodes after the season premiere, but it's still not nearly as enjoyable as the first season. Here's hoping the back half of the season (or even next week's episode) is better.

9. Trailer for the upcoming live action Cinderella movie:



Unlike some other fairy tales, I'm not sure there's a whole lot of exploring left to do with Cinderella, but it's certainly one of the most popular ones. For the most part, it looks like a fairly straightforward adaptation of the animated movie, but with more character development. i'm glad to see that there's going to be focus on Cinderella's mother, but not so much that it seems to tie into Cinderella being going and sweet and virtuous in her suffering. That said, I am looking forward to it, though not as much as some of the other recent fairy tale movies.

10. I'm still really, really enjoying the Akatsuki no Yona anime, but i'm starting to get a bit worried. Aside from the flash-forwards in the first few episodes, the anime has, so far, been very faithful to the manga, and it's very fast paced and a ton of stuff happens every episode, but we're 1/3 through the anime (unless I'm mistaken about it being slated for 24 episodes?) and still on I think volume 3 of the manga. At this rate, we won't have Yona having gathered the 4 dragons until the last few episodes of the anime, not leaving room for much else to happen after unless they start cutting things out. Ideally, i'd like the series to be 3-4 24-episode seasons with a few months off in between to let the manga stay a bit ahead, but I doubt that will happen.

11. Is anyone else watching Star Wars: Rebels? I think it's starting to pick up with the last couple episodes introducing more of a meta-arc. Though, being set a few years before A New Hope, I'm concerned that this is going to be a ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES thing.

Nov. 23rd, 2014

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 Hulu has Juana la Virgen, the telenovela that Jane the Virgin is based on, streaming.  But without subtitles, I believe, hopefully saving me from temptation.  (I say "hopefully" because I have enough context and can follow some Spanish [well, Mexican-Spanish, not so much Spain-Spanish, which is both very similar and totally different] so I might actually be OK without subtitles, but I'm already watching a few telenovelas as it is.)

But someone who can follow along should watch it and tell me if it really is as faily as I've heard.  From other comments I've read about Juana la Virgen, CW apparently looked for  the failiest telenovels it could find and rewrote it to be both a glorious sendup to all things telenovela, and a deconstruction of perceived gender and cultural roles.

ETA:  Based on the picture Hulu  is using to promote Juana la Virgen, it looks like rumors may be true that Juana is a teenager and Rafael-or whatever his name is in that- is 30-ish.

Madam Secretary 1.4-1.9

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I'm also current on Jane the Virgin, Happyland, The 100, Sleepy Hollow, State of Affairs and How to Get Away With Murder, but don't feel up to writing them up right now.  Feel free to ask me any questions about my thoughts on whatever in comments.  (Ok, i've gone on EXTENSIVELY about one thing in The 100 on twitter, but sometimes you have to get ranting out of your system.)

Nov. 19th, 2014

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 Has anyone who uses Android upgraded to Android 5.0 yet?  Is it a good upgrade?

(I ask primarily because for a couple weeks after the last upgrade, my Nexus's power drained a lot faster than it had before, but that did eventually stop.)

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

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This was a somewhat awkward book, primarily because it's the book that marks the end of part one of the series, and also because it's the book that marks the series switching over to hardcover format. There's a character list at the beginning and a narrative prologue in the form of (IIRC) Barabas writing a journal entry to catch people up, but the book is burdened down not only by having to wrap up most of the plots that were building up to this point, but also having to explain what's going on to people who picked it up in hardcover but hadn't read the previous ones. So it's good, but awkward and/or clunky in places.

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For a bit of amusement, I was looking at Amazon reviews earlier and there was a reviewer very put out because she hadn't know Andrews was a husband/wife team and declared it "subterfuge" because it hadn't been spelled out in previous books. Except that it was officially declared after...what, the third book? And has been part of the author bio everywhere (including Amazon) since then. And it wasn't exactly a secret before then, it just wasn't official.

And I get not knowing if you don't go to author websites and blogs and online review sited and haven't read other reviews (because quite a
few have mentioned it over the years). I mean, it's a bit of a stretch for me, but, I mean, SUBTERFUGE. I wonder if they get put out every time they learn an author's name is a penname, and not the author's real one. (And if they realize how many authors have written under more than one name, and how many pennames are for collaborations.)

Nov. 16th, 2014

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These are dragons that I'm giving to friends in tomorrow's registration window for Flight Rising. They're all currently for sale on the site, but I'll take them down as soon as someone expresses interest. If you see more than one that you like, I'll most likely post what's left to [community profile] flight_rising Tuesday or Wednesday, and you can ask again there.

(Shoud such things sway you, most of these dragons are the offspring of characters named for Studio Ghibli, Clamp, Skip-Beat!, Angel Sanctuary and Samurai Deeper Kyo characters.)

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Nov. 16th, 2014

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 I just finished watching season 2 of Witches of East End and I really love that show (despite the fact that literally everything about it when it comes to race makes me want to bash my face into the keyboard) however...


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And then I went to see when season 3 was going to start, only to learn that it was cancelled.  Off to be sad now, as opposed to posting actual thoughts.  (But for those who were still watching, feel free to comment about anything in the show that you want my opinions on.)

The Good, The Bad, and The Good again

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 1.  Flight Rising is having another registration window next Monday.  Which seems to be very close to the last one, given how long the wait was between the window I enrolled under, and the last one.  Once again, if you join (and you should) I will give you a dragon and STUFF.  And be available to you for questions.

2.  Two of my shows in as many weeks have had a woman who is a main character falsely accuse a man of assault to further her own ends.  Because, I mean, we don't have enough problems with society and the law judging and condemning abused women as it is without acclaimed media actively enforcing the idea that women fake assault charges.

If you don't know which shows I'm talking about, I can tell you in comments.

3.  Neither show, though was The 100, which I binged on last week and really like, despite a lukewarm start.  I should blather at you about it, except that I have an episode to watch as soon as I post this...

Nov. 12th, 2014

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What are you currently reading

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

What did you recently finish reading?

The Foundling, and Other Tales of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Several short stories set in the world of the Chronicles of Prydain, but before the main series. Mostly backstories about characters in the series and stories that were told during it, all pretty enjoyable. My favorite was the story about Eilonwy's mother.

The Prime Minister's Secret Agent by Susan Elia MacNeal. The fourth Maggie Hope mystery, and one with a title which only relates to about the last 50 or so pages of the book. Centered around the days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, this one was a bit odd. MacNeal's audience is primarily American, as far as I know, so Pearl Harbor takes a fair bit of narrative priority in this one. The mystery that Maggie is involved in is almost perfunctory (I would have rather spent the time dealing with her PTSD after the previous book, and her Baby Spies seeing her as a demonic taskmaster) and most of the rest is setting things up for future installments, which look to be changing things up some. Not a bad or disappointing book, but a bit different from what I was expecting.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom. It's been long enough since I read a superhero crossover event that I had forgotten how inconsistent characterization and costuming can be with them. Errr...I was mostly confused by this. If I were caught up with X-stuff in general, I think I would have been into it, but as it is, I was mostly left with irritation at "Jubilee will grow up to be just like Woverine! But angrier and shriekier and irrational. I mean, she is a girl."

X-Men: Muertas by Brian Wood and Terry Dodson. I followed this one more easily than I did Primer and Battle of the Atom, mostly because most of the events were directly related to events in those two volumes, though I have no idea where Rogue went off too. I'm glad there was a mini Gen-X reunion this quickly into my dipping my toes back into superhero comics after years away, but wish there had been more Jubilee/Monet interaction.

Toradora vol 1-4 by Yuyuko Takemiya. Romantic comedy light novel series about a boy who looks like a scary gangster but is actually a sweet and harmless pacifist addicted to cleaning, and a tiny cute girl who's actually extremely rude and violent. They have crushes on the other's respective best friend, and join forces to help the other out. What I've read is entertaining and usually cute, but I don't see myself reading another 6 books about it, especially since it's starting to veer into fanservice territory and having an increasing "cute and helpless" aspect to the heroine ,despite her forceful personality. I do think I'll watch the anime, though.

Coffin Hill Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge and Inaki Miranda. Eve Coffin is a police officer who returns to her hometown after being shot and leaving the force. The catch is that Eve comes from a long line of dark witches, and a monster she let loose as a teenager is back and abducting teenagers in the woods. I thought it was a minseries when I picked it up an the library, but it's an ongiong series. It's a bit bloody for my taste, but I like Eve and the mythology, and am interested in seeing what happens next.

</em>Ao Haru Ride/Blue Spring Ride</em> Vo l1-4 by Io Sakisaka. Enjoyable but sometimes frustrating shoujo who meets her junior high crush in high school, only to find him with an entirely different personality. for the most part, it's very enjoyable with lots of friendshipping with Futaba (the heroine) and the other girls who join her in the student council. The romance is...also enjoyable, but also irritating. A lot of it is sustained by "something is about to happen, but isn't yet" and Futaba's love interest, Kou, is prone to "standoffish shoujo jerk moments. He's far from the worst about that, but a bit of a disappointment after Ren from Strobe Edge, who was really refreshing in that regard, and there's at least one time when his treatment of Futaba made me angry. I've heard some things about future volumes that make me leery, but I've enjoyed it so far, so I'm sticking with it. The anime adapts the first 4 volumes of the manga, minus the last chapter of volume 4, and is extremely faithful. The OAD is about Kou and Futaba's quasi-relationship in junior high, but only the last few minutes has anything significant that wasn't covered in flashbacks in the main anime/manga.

Barakamon Vol 1-2 by Satsuki Yoshino. Handa Seishu is a young calligrapher who gets exiled to an island by his father after he punches the curator of an exhibition for saying Seishu's work is boring. On the island, he constantly gets caught up in the goings on of the locals, particularly the local children and teenagers, when he's supposed to be working on making his calligraphy not-boring. And learning how to not punch old men for offering criticism. He very quickly becomes that guy who sits down to work after lunch and goes out to get a toy out of a tree so the local kids will stop yelling, and then suddenly it's getting dark and he didn't notice because the kids kept him that busy. The main local he interacts with is Naru, a 7 year old girl, and one of the children who used Seishu's house as a hangout while it was abandoned. (The youths collectively decide that occupation is no deterrent.) I find it a sad commentary on a lot of anime that there was zero sexualization of of a young girl being overly attached to the much older male protagonist. It's a very entertaining series. The first 5 or so episodes follow the first two volumes of the manga pretty faithfully, though some events are moved around a bit, based on my recollection of early anime episodes, and a few scenes didn't get animated.

And I think that's everything that i haven't posted on separately since I last did this.

What do you think you'll read next?.

The rest of Magic Breaks, probably start reading Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.

Continuum: Season 3

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Well, that didn't go where I was hoping it would, but I mostly enjoyed this season.
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anime: The Devil is a Part-Timer

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The Devil is a Part-Timer is about the demon lord, Satan, who, along with his general, Anciel, is forced to flee to Earth after a legendary hero overthrows his forces. On earth, Satan and Anciel (or Sadao and Ashiya, as they call themselves there) have a limited amount of magic and learn you have to have pesky things like MONEY and INSURANCE and A JOB and do things like PAY RENT. It's awful, but they persevere. Sadao gets a part time job at fake!McDonald's and is determined to rise in the ranks and become lord of the franchise. Or some such. Ashiya cooks and cleans and scrimps and saves and does endless research for how to get more magic and go home.

I tried the series a couple times before and always got bored before getting halfway through the first episode. This time I persevered until the end, when we learned the Legendary Hero, Emilia (Emi), is also on Earth. Emi is shocked, horrified, disgusted and annoyed because THE GREAT DEMON LORD. HE HAS TURNED INTO A DORK. WHO WORKS PART-TIME IN FAST FOOD. AND LOANS STRANGERS HIS UMBRELLA IN THE RAIN.

The last scene sets the tone for the rest of the series, in which various people from Emi and Sadao's world cross over and cause mischief, and Emi remains eternally deeply suspicious of, you know, the DEMON LORD who's chilling in a dinky little apartment and working part time and behaving himself far too well. (People assume they're dating. Emi is horrified. Sadao doesn't seem to notice.) There are a variety of characters from both worlds that pop in and out, including another of Sadao's generals, who ends up grounded and never allowed to leave the apartment because of a crime spree when he first arrived, and so he becomes a computer addict. (Emi is extra annoyed by this. She killed him! She gave a dramatic heroic speech and everything!)

A very fun series. I hope I get to read the books, but I haven't located them online yet.

The series can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu or Crunchyroll.

TeeVee

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How to Get Away With Murder 1.4-1.6: I think episode 6 finally pushed me over to starting to develop an investment in the show, as opposed to respecting it a lot, but not being attached.

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Jane the Virgin 1.4:

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Sleepy Hollow 2.7: let us never speak of this Eldritch Horror again. And hope the writers of this episode are shipped off to a show none of us watch.

Also, it's reached the point where I start actively disliking Ichabod and Katrina when they start talking about there being hope for Henry. Look, guys, I get the in-canon justification of your feelings, but even ignoring all the things he's done to you (and the stuff he's done to Katrina alone is more than enough to kill any chance of my buying redemption for him) and the people who have died/almost died because of him just this season, the guy is literally trying to destroy the world because he's mad at his parents for dying. Guilt that neither of you have really done anything to deserve has to stop somewhere.

5 things is too limiting

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1. Does anyone here watch Devious Maids or am I all alone in that one? I binged on the entire second season over the weekend, and realized I didn't have anyone to talk about it with. They did a Rebecca plot and everything this season. The cliffhanger just was not OK, though.

2. I'm watching season 2 of Orphan Black and very,very over the reproductive focus in this season, which I understand only gets worse as the season continues. The season as a whole, in what I've seen...well, I still like it, but its very much one of those shows that gets success and then becomes to conscious of the fact that people are paying attention to what they're doing and performs to that, instead of just doing its thing.

3. In addition to kdramas and anime (and some cdramas...pretty much most of what Crunchyroll and dramafever have for non-premium accounts) Hulu now has some subtitled telenovelas. They've had non-subbed ones for quite a while, but the only one with English subs that I'd found before was the first season of Gran Hotel, which I've already watched. (Netflix and Hulu actually both have season 2 of Gran Hotel now, I just haven't made it to it yet.) Now added to my neverending queue are a 1990s Zorro series, Aguila Roja/Red Eagle a current Zorro-like series set in Spain in the early 17th century, and Isabel a period romance from the 90s. Because, I mean, I'm going to catch up with everything someday...

4. I can never decide if the Fall daylight savings change is great or awful. (The Spring one is evil. That's all there is to it.)

5. I am reading the latest October Daye and will no doubt have plenty to say about once I've finished, but I do want to say something about something that happened midway through the book.

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6. I had only vaguely heard of Lena Dunham before everyone started hating her book, and now I'm tripping over everyone hating her book and her responses to criticism of it and her because of it.

7. Flight Rising's vault feature is my new favorite thing. I'm squirreling away every single treasure chest I can (from leafy packs to festival chests) except for gilded and iron chests (because they might have familiars I don't have yet) to open at Christmas. Possibly even including the festival chests I've managed to restrain myself from opening.

Jane the virgin 1.1-1.3, Happyland 1.1-1.4

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Jane the Virgin and Happyland are two shows that I hadn't really intended to check out, neither sounding very appealing to me, but I watched the pilots out of boredom and really liked them. The main protagonists of both series-Jane in Jane the Virgin and Lucy in Happyland-are very goal-oriented young Latina women raised by their single mothers, who they are generally more mature and together than. Both mothers-Xiomara in Jane the Virgin ans Elena in Happyland-have lied to their daughters about the identities of their fathers, neither mother wanting to tell her daughter that the last contact they had with the fathers was the fathers telling them to get abortions after learning about the pregnancy, but the real identities of the fathers are revealed in the final moments of both pilots.

But that's mostly where the similarities end.

Jane the Virgin
is a case of everything wrong in concept and everything right in concentration. The show is about a 23-year-old waitress named Jane who live with her mother and grandmother. She works at a hotel owned by Rafael and "jerk" (according to both) who she had a crush on when she worked at his country club several years pre-series. Since she was young, her grandmother (who only speaks Spanish, but seems to understand English fairly well) has drilled into her the importance of not having sex until marriage. While there's certainly a religious aspect to this, Jane's grandmother's primary concern seems to be that Jane not also end up a single teenaged mother, and Jane's take on it seems to be that the best way to make sure nothing like that upsets your plans for your life is just to not give it a chance to happen. (I suspect that, to some degree, Jane also sees herself as having ruined Xiomara's life, though Xiomara doesn't seem to have that view at all.) Jane has her life planned out in incredible detail, and her boyfriend, Michael, a police officer, loves her enough to go along with it.

Things get off track when her gynecologist, Luisa, having just had a very soap opera shock the night before, gets her patients mixed up and accidentally artificially inseminates Jane. The woman who was supposed to be artificially inseminated is Rafael's wife, Petra, and Rafael is Luisa's brother. Rafael is a cancer survivor, and because of chemotherapy, he's now sterile. The sperm sample Jane was inseminated with is his only sperm sample, and Petra decided to have herself inseminated to keep Rafael from divorcing her before their 5th anniversary, after which, she gets a much larger divorce settlement. Petra is also having an affair with Rafael's best friend, Roman. Michael is investigating Roman for possible connections to a major drug dealer. Jane initially seems to be leaning towards getting an abortion, but on learning that Rafael wants to have a child and being (falsely) reassured that Rafael and Petra's marriage is happy and stable, she decides to carry the baby to term, and then give it to them to raise. (Because, I mean, Rafael could apparently never consider adoption? The "BIOLOGY ONLY" thing there is my only real beef with the show so far). Jane's father, Rogelio, is the star of the telenovela the whole family is addicted to, and now that he's a moderately mature adult instead of a scared teenager, he wants to get to know his daughter. Xiomara has mixed feelings about this, but not about possibly jumping his bones again.

There's a "Sexy Latin Narrator" to help us keep track of all of this, and more. A lot more. A part of the "lot more" is Bridget Regan running around as a bisexual lawyer in excellent suits and fabulous hair. I know there are some here who will consider that to be very important information.

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Then we have Happyland. Happyland is about workers in a Disneyland-style theme park. The main character, Lucy, grew up in Happyland because her mother, Elena, has played Princess Adriana in the park before Lucy was born, and Lucy works at the park too. Initially, Lucy is the backstage manager for the shows, but she gets forcibly promoted to "character work" early in the series. Her best friends, Will and Harper, are also Happyland employees, and are dating, though Will sometimes forgets which girl he's supposed to be in love with. (Harper rightly interprets this as a problem with Will's priorities that he needs to figure out, and not as something to blame on Lucy, or hold against Lucy.) Lucy Has Plans for her life and doesn't intend to spend her life at Happyland like her mother, Elena. It's hard not to compare Happyland and Jane the Virgin because of the similarities in the heroine's lives and backgrounds, and because Happyland wants to do some of the same things as Jane the Virgin, but doesn't do them as well, though it's still a good-and addicting-show with plenty of soap opera elements.

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Happyland
is scheduled to have an 8 episode season, leaving 3 left to air, and 4 for me to watch. CW picked up Jane the Virgin for a full season, so it'll probably be 20-22 episodes. I'm not to sure about it as an ongoing series as opposed to a miniseries, but I have high hopes.

I also watched this week's Sleepy Hollow and greatly enjoyed it, despite the fact that the show is in danger of having a White Dudes problem. I don't have much to say about it, but suspect I'll be much more opinionated about the next episode. I need to catch up with How to Get Away With Murder and Madam Secretary, but they both take themselves more seriously than my current frame of mind wants. (I'll get over it.)

manga: Akatsuki no Yona Vol 1-8

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Akatsuki no Yona is an ongiong (not-yet-licensed in the US, manga series with a currently-airing anime adaptation. There are currently 14 volumes of the manga, but only the first 8 currently have scanslations.

Set in a fantasy version of ancient Korea, AnY is about Yona, a pamper and shelter princess who is in love with her cousin, Soo-Won. Her father detests violence, and has a reputation as a weak king because of it. Yona and Soo-won grew up little different from siblings,a long with Yon's bodyguard, Hak. This is angsty epic shoujo, so of course Hak is in love with Yona, but has apparently never considered expressing it, considering soo-won to be the better match for Yona. The only problems in Yona's life are her red hair (which she hates) and the fact that her father disapproves of her interest in Soo-Won . (He completes approves of Hak, of course, because the mangaka wants to make sure we know what pairing to root for from the start.) That changes one night when she witnesses Soo-Won murder her father, and is forced to flee the palace with Hak.

While on the run, Yona and Hak meet a priest who tells them about the legend of a redhaired king who was served by the four dragon gods, and that the descendants of the dragons still exist, and are waiting for the king to be reborn so they can serve him and help him save the kingdom. Yona decides that a redhaired princess will do just as well, and she and Hak set out to find the descendants, along with the priest's adopted son, Yoon, a self-proclaimed Pretty Boy who serves as den mother for the protagonists, providing all the food, cleaning, medical ministrations, and lectures for the group. (Yoon is also the youngest character. Yoon is very long suffering, and justifiably makes sure everyone knows it.)

Most of the translated volumes are Yona seeking out the descendants of the dragons and winning them over (this ranges from "YOU HAVE RED HAIR. I SHALL SERVE YOU FOREVER." to "Look. I literally fled the country to get out of this destiny thing. THERE SHALL BE NO DESTINED SERVITUDE." She also learned that while her father may have been beloved to her, he may not have been a very good king, making little effort to ensure laws were enforced outside the palace, and providing little defense against attacks from other countries. Before she flees the palace, Soo-Won also tells her that her father had murdered Soo-Won's father years before. I'm operating under the assumption that, having spent more time away from the palace than Hak and Yona, Soo-won had been much more aware of the problems in the kingdom than they were, but hadn't decided how to act until learning about the fratricide. Yona now finds herself in the opposing position: her father was beloved to her, but the country might be better off with Soo-Won as king, and she doesn't actually know much about ruling or politics herself, only having concerned herself with frivolous things before Soo-won's betrayal. She set out on a quest to find the dragons' descendants, but without an actual goal in mind after that. (Hak is having an easier time with the "Soo-Won betrayed us and hurt and killed people I love. I shall kill Soo-won" mentality. Much easier.)

All of this is interspersed with numerous adorable flashbacks of Yona, Soo-Won and Hak growing up together and being adorable babies. And some less-cheery flashbacks for Yona's followers. The anime also frames the first two episodes with flashforwards of Yona and her followers going to war. The last time I got into a manga series this much this quickly was 7 Seeds about a year and a half ago. The only issues I have with it is that it has a very dire case of "Only One Woman." There was an elderly female pirate captain for one arc, but she doesn't seem likely to return, and the only other female character who looks like she may actually shows up from time to time is the wife of a general who Soo-won wins over. Aside from the flashforwards, the first three episodes of the anime are pretty faithful to the first several chapters of the manga. The flashforwards give me hope that the anime intends to actually have a conclusion, as opposed to following the ever increasing trend of just adapting a series to the end of a certain arc and then stopping without resolving a significant amount of the plot.

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