「風の部族」 (Kaze no Buzoku)
“The Wind Tribe”
So begins the slow process from numbness to reanimation.
For the last two episodes, we’ve seen Yona at her lowest. She’s lost everything and has nothing, and she doesn’t even know or particularly seem to care where Hak is taking her. It isn’t until now that we see her starting to poke out of her traumatized shell, though it’s only in little bits at a time.
From a tactical standpoint, I find that Hak’s idea to take Yona to the Wind Tribe is frankly kind of stupid. He has good intentions but when you really think about it, this is Hak’s hometown, and you can bet that their pursuers are gonna check the places related to him first. Perhaps he hopes that they’ll overestimate him and overlook such an easy target, but it just isn’t particularly sound logic. Regardless, the Wind Tribe is where they arrive, and it seems that they are in luck; news of King Il’s death hasn’t arrived, and Hak is still indisputably in charge. Using his authority (and family ties), he smuggles in Yona under the alias of “Rina”, a supposed court lady who was kicked out for being utterly useless. Yona is tired in more ways than one, but she soon starts to assimilate among these kind people, among them Hak’s adopted younger brother, Tae-yeon. At first, things seem like they’re turning for the better.
Unfortunately, Soo-won hasn’t finished his coup on the government. He and his men have conveniently used Hak as a scapegoat for the murder of the king, and since Yona has gone missing, they’re claiming that the only rightful heir left is the King’s nephew himself. All the tribe leaders minus Mun-deok, Hak’s grandfather, are all for it, but this only places further pressure on the Wind Tribe.
With their water cut off and their supplies through merchants removed, the Wind Tribe has some nasty choices to make. Hak intends to leave and shoulder the burden of Soo-won’s accusation, but he hopes to let Yona stay under the name Rina (again, bad idea, what if Soo-won or another palace official comes and recognizes her?). In exchange, he wants Mun-deok to accept Soo-won as king.
That’s all well and good for Hak to decide, but he’s forgotten that Yona is her own person, no matter how numb and grief-stricken she is. Though she hasn’t spent too much time among the Wind Tribe, it’s already obvious that she’s come to care for the people there. She is personally upset at the thought of Tae-yeon dying of an asthma attack (lung disease was a really nasty problem back in the day), or of the people having to suffer without water. It’s pretty obvious that she won’t be seeing eye to eye with Hak on this issue, and though he may have her best interests at heart, I think Princess Yona is a bit tired of having little say in her own life.