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Funimation Adds Yona of the Dawn Fantasy Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Streaming to begin October 21

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it has acquired streaming and home video rights for Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona). The show will begin streaming on Funimation's website on October 21.

Crunchyroll is already streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

Funimation describes the story:

Upon her sixteenth birthday, the cheerful Princess Yona intended to tell her doting father of her love for SuWon, but her life was turned upside down after witnessing the man she loves cruelly assassinating her father. Heartbroken by this painful betrayal, Princess Yona fled the palace with her loyal servant Hak. Now, she will take up the sword and the bow on a quest to gain new allies and protect her beloved people

The series will run for half a year, or two cours. The series stars:

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 (not pictured)

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 15th volume in September. The ninth and 15th manga volumes bundled drama CD adaptations.

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