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Hak
Hak
Kanji ソン・ハク
Rōmaji Son Haku
Alias Thunder Beast (Raijuu)
Characteristics
Gender Male
Age 18[1]
Height 188 cm (6'2" in)[2]
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Blue
Professional Status
Occupation Bodyguard
Previous Occupation General
Partner(s) Yona
Yoon
Kija
Shin-Ah
Jae-Ha
Zeno
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Son Mundok (Adoptive Father)
Tae-Yeon (Adopted little brother)
Debuts
Manga Debut Chapter 01
Anime Debut Episode 01
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Tomoaki Maeno
Ayahi Takagaki (Child)


Hak, or Son Hak (ソン・ハク Son Haku) as he was known at the beginning of the story, is an adopted child of Son Mundok of the Wind Tribe. He starts off the story as the Wind Tribe General, as well as Yona's wise-cracking childhood friend and bodyguard who happens to be in love with her. He is very strong, known to people to be the "Thunder Beast of Kouka". When Soo-Won kills Emperor IL, Hak takes Yona and escapes from Hiryuu Palace.

AppearanceEdit

Hak appearance

Hak is a tall, well-built young man with black hair and blue eyes. His main outfit is blue and grey with a dark blue overcoat. He carries around his signature weapon on his back or over his shoulders.

PersonalityEdit

He is very loyal, especially to Yona and the late Emperor Il. He gets kicks out of teasing Yona, Kija, and sometimes Yoon.

He is calm most of the time, but he easily loses composure when Yona surprises him or whenever she's in grave danger.

BackgroundEdit

In flashbacks, it becomes known that Hak, Yona, and Soo-Won had all became childhood friends at one point, though the exact age this was at is unknown (mostly likely around when Yona was 5 and Hak was 7 as they have known each other from before Yoo Hong's death). However, by the age of 15, it is clear that Hak is in love with Yona, who surprisingly is mature enough to recognize his own feelings at this time. In turn, Hak also knows that Yona is in love with Soo-Won, which irritates him.

During this period in their lives, Hak officially became Yona's bodyguard when he defends Yona from the Fire General's son, Kang Tae-Jun, and his advances. By the age of 18, Hak had already reached the status of Commander of the castle guards and earned the title of "Thunder Beast" or 'raijuu'. Added to this list of titles is 'Chief of the Wind Tribe', making him one very young and accomplished person.

RelationshipsEdit

Yona Edit

Hak shares a close friendship with Yona, unbeknownst to Yona though, Hak shares romantic feelings for her ever since they were young. In the past, he has grown to destroy these impulses of doing anything outside the friendship line but every now and then, Hak can't help himself to show his love for her. He feels overprotective of Yona and often teases her to try to get her to do what he said. They also get in arguments, as Yona felt the need to learn how to fight with a sword to which Hak refuses to. When asked by Yona to just call her Princess Yona for her own selfish reasons, Hak kneels down and accepts her request, meaning he'd do pretty much anything for her. Hak has also been shown to brutally attack someone if they had ever attacked Yona, physically and/or mentally.

Mundok Edit

Hak was adopted by Mundok as an orphan. They share a caring, yet casual relationship. Hak refuses to call him Grandpa with Mundok and also refuses to hug him when they see each other. Though when Hak is ever being disrespectful, Mundok won't hesitate to discipline Hak.

Soo-Won Edit

Hak and Soo-Won share a complex relationship. As kids, they were great childhood friends, and both loved to spar with each other. Hak cares for Soo-Won to the point that he's willing to give Yona to Soo-Won if they're happy, however, that friendship has quickly evaporated as soon as Soo-Won killed Yona's father, Emperor Il, whom he shows fierce loyalty too, especially since Yona has seen the death with her own eyes. As of recently, when Hak saw Soo-Won, he felt the urge to kill him and had to be pulled back by Jae-Ha, however, even Hak punched Jae-Ha just to get to Soo-Won.

Emperor Il Edit

Hak thinks of Emperor Il as a 'bubbly' king who is a coward at first, however, in Chapter 3, it is shown that Emporer Il is actually not a coward once he grabs the blade of the sword of Kang Tae-Jun. This leads to Hak respecting him and creates an immense loyalty to the royal family.

AbilitiesEdit

Hak's spear fighting skills are the best in the country. His speed and strength allow for powerful blows to be dealt, even strong enough to sweep aside a large area of fog with one swift strike. Kija once observed that his strength could be on par with his own power. Even without his weapon, he can deal strong blows with his fists.

Hak is also very knowledgeable of the areas in the land of the tribes, being a general of the Royal Family, and has been proven useful during their journey in finding the four Dragons. He is also skilled in swordsmanship and archery, in addition to the spear.

One of his more defining attributes is his stalwart heartiness, first shown when enduring a bite from a poisonous snake when protecting Princess Yona. That being said, this may be mostly due to his determination to live and protect Yona, both out of loyalty to the King and the Princess, as well as love.

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

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Hak's anime character design.

  • In the planning phase of Akatsuki no Yona, Hak’s original name was “Soron”. It seemed too similar to “Soo-won”, so it was changed to “Hak-jin”. In the end, it was shortened to “Hak”.


QuotesEdit

  • (To Yona) "As long as you survive, that is how you can best repay His Majesty."[3]
  • (To Yona) "His Majesty is gone now. My Master is you. Use me so that you can live. That is what I’m here for."[4]
  • "I wouldn’t have followed a master I thought of as cowardly. The fact that I could not protect him at Hiryuu Castle is something I’ll regret for the rest of my life."[5]

TriviaEdit

  • He ranked 1st in the character popularity poll conducted by Hana to Yume in December, 2014. He scored 3,001 votes in total.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 7
  2. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 7
  3. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 2, Page 36
  4. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 5, Page 23-24
  5. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 26, Page 14
  6. Hana to Yume (花とゆめ), 2015/1 edition

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