Some anime put their contemporaries to shame with their stellar execution of multiple genres. Yona of The Dawn is one such work, mixing elements of Shonen, Shoujo and fantasy together for a feudal revenge story on par with works that dedicate their all to a single category. Unfortunately, there’s only a single, 24-episode season and a trio of OVAs to be seen of this show, with no news of a follow-up anywhere to be seen. For those who find they need more variety, romance, or action once they’ve exhausted all this series has to offer, these five anime will do the trick.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Anime Like Yona of the Dawn if You’re Looking for Something Similar
In an ancient kingdom, the spear-wielding warrior Balsa finds herself drawn into a conflict of monumental proportions when she saves a young prince, Chagum, from an assassination attempt. Through this act, she is hired to protect him until his life is no longer in danger, teaching him what she can so that he can protect himself and work toward a solution to his dilemma. However, this soon becomes more complicated when his problems prove more deeply rooted in the supernatural than anyone could have realized.
Matching all of its rapid, steel-clashing-with-steel action with thoughtful and contemplative reflections on personal growth, Prince Chagum’s growth from a helpless boy into a young man capable of altering his fate is on par with Yona’s own growth into a warrior. Likewise, Balsa remains an iconic example of a strong character and mentor, helping the main character to adapt and change to their environment while also finding ways to improve and progress in her own life. Even over a decade later, this series has plenty to offer to those willing to give it a try.
Keenan McCall is a freelance journalist with experience in a variety of areas, but for whatever reason, he decided to cover everything related to nerd culture. From games to comics, anime to figures, TV to books and music, he’s always looking for what’s new from the world of entertainment and what it means for the people who consume it. It should also be noted that his Twitter feed is less a series of insightful thoughts and opinions so much as it’s a steady stream of memes, references and cute animal videos.