An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015, featuring the voice cast from the drama CD adaptation, along with new cast members.
A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015 on AT-X. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video rights in North America. Beginning on March 17, 2015, Funimation streamed their dubbed version of the anime, starting with episode 13 while the first half of the season will be released at a later date. The first opening theme is an instrumental song by Kunihiko Ryo, called “Akatsuki no Yona”. The first ending theme is Yoru by Vistlip. The second opening theme is “Akatsuki no Hana”, by Cyntia. The second ending theme is “Akatsuki”, by Akiko Shikata. Three original video animations were bundled with the manga’s 19th, 21st and 22nd limited edition volumes, respectively. The first OVA was released on September 18, 2015, the second OVA was released on August 19, 2016 and the third OVA was released on December 20, 2016.
- He is a clumsy High Priest of the Kouka Kingdom and was Yoon’s guardian. He spends his days in isolation praying to the gods for guidance and for the happiness of the people. He reveals a prophecy to Yona that marks the start of her search for the Four Dragon Warriors.
- Lee Geun-Tae
- He is the general of the Earth Tribe and the husband of Yun-Ho. He serves under Soo-Won’s rule after acknowledging Soo-Won’s strength during the Battle Game Festival held in Chishin. As a general who fought during Emperor Joo-Nam’s era (Yona and Soo-Won’s grandfather), he is a warrior dedicated to the battlefield and has been eager to fight on the front lines again. His tribe admires him, though he insists on them treating him like an ordinary citizen.
- Son Mundok
- He is the former General and leader of the Wind Tribe. He is the adoptive grandfather of Hak. Before his retirement, he was known as a general whose strength was compared to General Yu-Hon’s. Despite his strict behavior and appearance, Mundok cares for everyone who lives within the Wind Tribe and the royal family, whom he showed deep loyalty to. He has a kind heart and adopted two orphans as his grandchildren: Hak and Tae-Yeon.
- Kan Tae-Jun
- Tae-Jun is the second son of the Fire Tribe General Kan Soo-Jin. He was determined to make Yona his wife in order to inherit the throne of the Kouka Kingdom, though it is revealed that he has genuine feelings for her. Because of Hak intervening in his brash attempts to court Yona for years, he harbours a vendetta against Hak and actively tries to have him killed after Hak and Yona had escaped the castle. During his pursuit, he inadvertently caused both of them to fall from cliff, leading Tae-Jun to believe that he had killed Yona. This left Tae-Jun heavily depressed and guilty over the ordeal for months. He is finally reunited with Yona when his brother assigned him to capture bandits said to be driving off Fire Tribe soldiers from collecting taxes–which was really Yona and her group defending the poor from being abused by the military. Through his feelings for Yona, Tae-Jun fully repented his actions and resolves to change the lives of Fire Tribe people, earning him respect from his subordinates and Yona herself. He later remains a valuable ally to Yona and her group from that point onward, even agreeing to risk treason at her request.
- Ahn Lili
- Lili is the only daughter of Water Tribe General Ahn Joon-Gi. She is a confident, spunky girl around Yona’s age with big ambitions to help solve the overwhelming drug problems that plague the Water Tribe. However, her efforts are impaired by her overly-protective father with whom she shares a distant, if strained relationship. She initially thought that Yona and her group were suspicious, and thus involved in the drug trade. However, upon shadowing them for a few hours and being saved by them when attacked by a drug addict, she comes to realize that they too are trying to achieve a similar goal to herself. With the combined efforts of herself, Yona’s group, and an incognito Soo-Won, they are successfully able to arrest the reigning drug lord in the Water Tribe. Lili, Yona’s group team up once again after this to fully quell the Water Tribe’s drug and slave trade in Kai (a neighbouring nation), resulting in Lili and Yona being kidnapped by the enemy and sold as slaves in retribution for their drug-ban efforts. They eventually break out from the slave camp, but Lili is caught once again and sent to be hung. She is rescued in the knick of time by Lili’s personal guards, Yona’s group and added aid from Soo-Won’s and Joon-Gi’s forces–mostly notably, a joint effort between Hak and Soo-Won. Her near-death experience and her anti-drug trade efforts resulted in Lili gaining a very strong respect from the people of the Water Tribe.
- From that point onward, Lili becomes a common ally between Yona and Soo-Won. She boasts a close friendship and loyalty to Yona, but a blooming friendship with Soo-Won, along with a deep gratitude for his role in her rescue. She is one of the few characters outside of Yona’s companions who, not knowing her before her father’s death, is privy to Yona’s true identity as the true heir to the Kouka throne. She is also the only confidents of Soo-Won, and is considered a valid marriage option for him by her father and some of the other generals of Kouka. She is a neutral party on the conflict between Soo-Won and Yona, but has publicly announced her friendship and loyalty to Yona to thousands of Sky Tribe and Water Tribe troops.