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FUNimation Acquires ‘Akatsuki no Yona’ Streaming & Home Video Anime Rights

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Akatsuki no Yona Image 5FUNimation has made a new pickup from the fall 2014 anime season with news that they’ve gained the streaming and home video rights to Akatsuki no Yona, which will be localized as Yona of the Dawn. The company has indicated that episodes will begin streaming on their service on October 21st at 11am Eastern Time for fans.  No mention of EVS windows were mentioned, which is probably relevant since Crunchyroll previously announced worldwide excluding Asia streaming rights to the series and has been bringing out episodes there. We’ve had dual-streaming licenses before, so it’s not much of a surprise in a situation like this.

The series will run for two seasons over the course of half a year. The manga began in 2009 in Hana to Yume and is still ongoing with over eleven volumes so far. The anime adaptation is being produced by Studio Pierrot with scripts by Shinichi Inotsume. The cast includes Chiwa Saito as Yona, Tomoaki Maeno as Hak Son, Junko Minagawa as Yoon, Masakazu Morita as Ki-Ja, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Shin-Ah, Junichi Suwabe as Jae-Ha, Hiro Shimono as Zeno and Yuusuke Kobayashi as Soo-won.

Plot concept: Akatsuki no Yona centers around the princess of the Kingdom of Kouka, Yona. Despite her father’s disapproval, she’s in love with and plans to marry her cousin, Soo-won. However, her world gets turned upside down on her 16th birthday, and she is forced to flee from the palace. Now, with her friend and bodyguard Hak, Yona must set out on a journey to find out and fulfill her destiny.

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