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10 Manga Like "Akatsuki no Yona" ("Yona of the Dawn")

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"Akatsuki no Yona" ("Yona of the Dawn")

"Akatsuki no Yona" ("Yona of the Dawn")

About Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn)

Akatsuki no Yona (also known as Yona of the Dawn) follows the legendary tale of Princess Yona as she transforms from a spoiled, pampered crown princess to a tenacious, skillful, and kind warrior-princess!

After her family's kingdom was stolen, Princess Yona lost virtually everything. Now she's on a quest for vengeance and redemption. She is no longer weak—now, she's a princess who will fight for her kingdom and bring it back to its former glory, even if she has to risk her own life!

Akatsuki no Yona had a huge, positive reception from manga fans for its mix of shoujo, action, historical, and dramatic elements. With that in mind, I crafted this list of other manga with similar elements for readers to enjoy.

10 Manga for Fans of Yona of the Dawn

  1. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  2. Basara
  3. Joou no Hana
  4. Reimei no Arcana
  5. Song of the Long March
  6. Soredemo Sekai no Utsukushii
  7. Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen
  8. Shinobi Quartet
  9. Sora wa Akai no Hotori
  10. Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi
"Akagami no Shirayuki-hime" features a heroine on a journey, similar to Yona.

"Akagami no Shirayuki-hime" features a heroine on a journey, similar to Yona.

1. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime

Shirayuki is young woman with a name that literally means “Snow White.” Given her name, will her life be like a fairy tale? Sure, it’s possible, and she even has another quirk—her hair is red! Shirayuki is Snow White with red hair!

Shirayuki’s beauty and her gorgeous red hair are two of her defining qualities. She’s also an excellent herbalist and a strong woman with a heart of gold. One day, a desperate prince tries to force her into becoming his concubine. Of course, Shirayuki refuses! And so, she cuts her hair and flees to a neighboring country where she meets her destiny.

This is Shirayuki’s story: the fairy tale of Snow White with red hair!

"Basara" also features a female protagonist who seeks to save her land. In this story, she disguises herself as her brother.

"Basara" also features a female protagonist who seeks to save her land. In this story, she disguises herself as her brother.

2. Basara

Sarasa's dream is to unite all people and make the lands fertile and prosperous. She knows that her twin brother, Tatara, is the child of fate from the prophecies, and he will help her make her dreams come true. Then, destiny interferes: Tatara is killed!

Why is the child of fate dead? Who will save the world now? Sarasa has an idea: She will continue her brother's life by dressing up as him and fulfilling the prophecy. Now disguised as Tatara, Sarasa is on her way to defeat the “Red King” and bring salvation to the land.

In "Joou no Hana," the protagonist, Aki, is banished from her land. She goes on a mission of vengeance and redemption, much like Yona.

In "Joou no Hana," the protagonist, Aki, is banished from her land. She goes on a mission of vengeance and redemption, much like Yona.

3. Joou no Hana

In a land divided into four countries, peace is but a fleeting dream. When a king from one of the countries takes wives from two of the others, the balance starts to shatter.

Aki is the daughter of the first queen. When the second queen and her son emerged, Aki and her mother were cast aside! In response, Aki began to train in the Six Arts with the help of a golden-haired, blue-eyed boy named Hakusei. And so, she was able to outshine the son of the second queen, which led to a horrific outcome: Aki's mother was murdered, and Aki was banished.

All of her woes were caused by the second queen and her son. But, Aki will never give up! With the help of Hakusei and her own skills, she vows to return to her country and put an end to the people who caused her unjust suffering and grief!

In "Reimei no Arcana," Nakaba is a princess, like Yona, who is forced to leave her country and struggles to adapt to her new life.

In "Reimei no Arcana," Nakaba is a princess, like Yona, who is forced to leave her country and struggles to adapt to her new life.

4. Reimei no Arcana

Nakaba and Caesar are getting married. They don't love each other, though. They’re getting married because it’s the only way to end the war between their countries. And for Nakaba, a terrible problem follows—her red hair is detested in Caesar’s country!

Nakaba's life becomes hell: She’s discriminated against for her hair, and she's in a relationship that she never wanted. Luckily, she still has her loyal attendant by her side. And then it happens: Nakaba suddenly foresees Caesar's future, and he is going to die!

Knowing what will happen in the future, will Nakaba save Caesar’s life? Or will she let him die and end their absurd union?

"Song of the Long March" is another tale of a strong, intelligent princess on a quest for revenge.

"Song of the Long March" is another tale of a strong, intelligent princess on a quest for revenge.

5. Song of the Long March

Chang Ge Li is the daughter of the crown prince of the Tang Dynasty. As she grew up, her family aimed to cultivate her intelligence rather than her beauty—until the tragic day when her entire family was murdered. Using her wits, she fled and disguised herself as a boy. With her name, identity, and gender hidden, she waits for the right moment to strike back!

This series tells the story of Chang Ge Li’s quest to exact revenge on the abominations who betrayed her and her family.

This series features another powerful princess. Here, she can control the rain!

This series features another powerful princess. Here, she can control the rain!

6. Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii

In the Rain Dukedom, there's a princess named Nike Remercier who can call forth the rain on a whim. Meanwhile, in the Sun Kingdom, King Livius Ornivus Ifrikia has managed to conquer the lands in just three years, and he has the blessings of the sun. These two are bound to marry each other, though Nike is reluctant. However, the marriage is necessary for unity and peace.

As Nike ventures into the Sun Kingdom, she finally meets the king. Surprisingly, Livius is just a child, and he's a bit odd! During their first meeting, Livius asks Nike to call forth the rain.

What are Livius’ intentions? What is the secret behind his existence? Is he really the person whom Nike is going to marry?

"Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen" also follows a princess who has to make sacrifices for her kingdom.

"Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen" also follows a princess who has to make sacrifices for her kingdom.

7. Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen

The northern and southern kingdoms are caught up in a dreadful, pointless war. Fortunately, the prince and princess of these kingdoms have come up with a plan: They'll fake a romantic relationship and bring peace to the land once and for all!

Everything seems to be going well with the plan. Well, except that the two aren’t getting along. They’re opposites, and they actually hate each other. But, for the sake of peace, they have to overcome their differences. In doing so, their "fake" relationship begins to turn into true love!

"Shinobi Quartet" has a more modern setting than "Yona of the Dawn," and the protagonist is a heiress rather than a princess. Chouko is a strong, independent character like Yona, though.

"Shinobi Quartet" has a more modern setting than "Yona of the Dawn," and the protagonist is a heiress rather than a princess. Chouko is a strong, independent character like Yona, though.

8. Shinobi Quartet

All that Chouko Manaka ever wanted was to live a life of her own and have lots of friends. But, since she's the heiress of the Manaka family, she’s always surrounded by bodyguards. As she begins high school, Chouko’s hunger for independence intensifies.

Chouko’s father relents to her wishes, with one condition: Come graduation, she must have found a trustworthy and capable right-hand man. Thus, Chouko’s (almost) independent life at Mizuno-o Shinobi High School begins!

This series also features a female hero in new surroundings who has to fight to survive and regain her old life.

This series also features a female hero in new surroundings who has to fight to survive and regain her old life.

9. Sora wa Akai no Hotori

While enjoying life as a modern teenager, Yuri is forced to travel back in time after she's summoned by an evil queen! The time period is ancient Anatolia, and the place is the Hittite Empire.

Why was she summoned? Yuri soon finds out: The queen wants to use her blood for evil deeds in order to eliminate some competition for her throne. Luckily, a prince by the name of Kail is coming to Yuri's rescue!

What in the world is happening? Why is Yuri in the past? Will she ever be able to return to her own time period? She has a lot of challenges to face if she wants to survive and make it back to her regular life in one piece.

In "Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi," the princess has to learn to lead her kingdom, which is different from Yona's journey but just as challenging!

In "Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi," the princess has to learn to lead her kingdom, which is different from Yona's journey but just as challenging!

10. Okobore Hime to Entaku no Kishi

Leticia is in a royal mess! Even though she's the princess, she's never thought about ruling the kingdom or even acting as its leader. Besides, she has two brothers who are more deserving of the throne than she is. But, the king has already planned for her to lead, so Leticia must comply!

Leticia knows nothing about running a kingdom, and she also has no clue about politics. She doesn't have any knights or loyal subjects to confide in. Still, she has no choice! If she doesn’t want the kingdom to suffer a civil war, then she must do her best to stand above her brothers and competitors!

Comments

Sharon K from Canada on November 20, 2018:

Man, the art is really beautiful on these. Are they all romance though?

Bangtan Planet on December 21, 2017:

Thanks for the list...

I've been searching for a manga like akatsuki no yona and here it is ^_^

anilu on July 08, 2017:

I love your list! I have read Akatsuki no Yona and Reimei no Arcana, so I will definitely read the others! Thanks!

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