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Kija Mugshot
Kija
Kanji キジャ
Rōmaji Kija
Alias Hakuryuu (白龍, Hakuryū)[1]
White Snake (白蛇, Shirohebi)[2], by Hak
Characteristics
Gender Male
Age 20[3]
Height 175 cm[4]
Birthday April 6 (Aries)[5]
Hair Color Silver
Eye Color Blue
Professional Status
Occupation Dragon Warrior
Partner(s) Yona
Hak
Yoon
Shin-Ah
Jae-Ha
Zeno
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Father (deceased)[6]
Mother (deceased)[7]
Grandmother
Debuts
Manga Debut Chapter 16
Anime Debut Episode 09
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Masakazu Morita
Haruka Chisuga (Child)
English Voice Ian Sinclair
Image Gallery

Kija (キジャKija) is the current Hakuryuu, one of four dragon warriors who have the blood of the white dragon deity. After Yoon, he is the second person to join Yona and Hak's travels.

AppearanceEdit

Kija appearance

Kija is a young man with fair-colored skin and blue eyes, he's almost tall. His silver hair hangs further then his neck with a portion of the back being much longer and falling past shoulders; he has a long fringe which hangs mostly over the right side of his face. Both Yona, Kija's grandmother and Jae-Ha have described him as being very handsome, and Kija has attracted the eyes of many females as his group passes from town to town on their journey.[8]

For attire, Kija wears a long white robe with blue patterned hemlines and cuffs over plain white pants. This is held together with a dark blue sash and accompanied by a light cape. Over the top of this, Kija dons another white and blue cloak with a high collar. On his feet are a pair of simple brown slacks. Kija apparently owns many copies of this outfit.[9]

Kija's Scars

Kija also possesses four long scars in the middle of his back, which where inflicted on him by the previous Hakuryuu, his father. Despite the look of the scars, Kija is not shy about having people see them; rather, he wears the scars openly as a sign of the passion the dragon deities have for wanting to serve their master.[10]

Most noticeably, Kija's right hand takes the form of a dragon's claw covered in white scales, due to the dragon's blood within his body. At will, Kija can alter the size of his hand, keeping it normal in proportion to his left hand or growing it to be the same size as his body.[11] To hide his hand from view, Kija often has it wrapped in bandages.

PersonalityEdit

Kija has a very headstrong, straightforward and polite personality, mostly due to the way in which he was raised. As he has always known about the legend of the dragon deities and his place within it, he cherishes the power he possesses, the other dragon warriors and Yona, who he perceives to the descendant of King Hiryuu; he also strongly believes that those who are the dragon deities should fulfil their duties no matter what.[12] Due to this, he can become quite annoyed by others who do not hold the same reverence as he does, and often scolds the members of his group (particularly the dragon warriors) for being immature or disrespecting their positions - this has been stated by Jae-Ha to be one of his less-likeable traits.[13]

Kija flustered by Yona's praise

Kija blushes upon being praised

His want to impress and always work to the best of his ability can also cause Kija to become quite competitive[14], and he is shown to easily become flustered or jealous when somebody else outshines him or pleases others before him.[15][16] This envy runs particularly strong with Hak, as Kija originally believes that someone not of the dragon deities should not have the honourable position of constantly being by Yona's side, and becomes upset over the idea that someone without his powers could be of more use than he is.[17] Kija's constant want to be helpful makes him incredibly loyal though, and he is always prepared to fight whenever necessary or follow orders without a moments hesitation.[18] He also likes being praised (particularly by Yona) and can become quite shy and withdrawn if he is, blushing openly or turning his face to hide his happy reaction.[19]

Kija and seafood

Kija upset over eating "bugs" (seafood)

As he was raised being revered and pampered within the Hakuryuu village, Kija can be quite naive about real world matters, and is used to a more indulgent lifestyle. He appreciates being clean, well-fed and well-rested, and is quite put out at times by the odd meals and rugged sleeping places that the group often find themselves eating and being in.[20][21] He also has an immense hatred for bugs, to the extent that he will forgo sleep and refuse to enter places if he knows or believes that insects are about.[22] He is not past openly complaining about these types of situations, much to the annoyance of some of his friends.[23] Such use to a pampered lifestyle where he was always looked after also makes Kija quite gullible, and he is often seen falling for practical jokes or sarcasm, particularly if Hak is involved.[24] Jae-Ha also sees him as being very pure in nature for this reason.[25]

Despite his inexperience, Kija has been shown to put on a brave face in times of doubt, and will always give his all to protect those he loves, being admired for his hard work and his resolution. [26] Kija is very protective of the ones he considers family; at times of need, when the ones he cares about are in danger, his "serious persona" assumes his body, which makes him rather frightful. He is also willing to use his power to protect those people

When he found out that Zeno was the original Ouryuu that served King Hiryuu, he said that it was always his dream to meet them, but now that one of them is standing in front of him, he had no idea what to say or how to react to it. He then proceeds realizing how blessed was him unlike the rest of the dragons. Zeno then laughed and said that he reminds him of the Original Hakuryuu. As both of them holds some similarities and are reckless like a wild boar. 

BackgroundEdit

Kija awakens knowing his father will die

Kija awakens knowing his father will die

Right after Kija was born, his own father, the previous Hakuryuu, went into an angry rage over the idea of his powers being taken from him by a successor. In his anger, he slashed at the infant Kija with his dragon's claw, severely wounding Kija and leaving him with four long scars on his back. Due to this, the village elder (Kija's grandmother) forbid Kija and his father from meeting unless they were under constant supervision, and Kija was banned from approaching his father's quarters in the village alone, no matter how much he wished to.[27] As his father grew weaker due to Kija slowly taking his dragon powers, Kija grew stronger, and one day awoke with a gut feeling that his father's life force had drained completely, and that he would die that day. He begged his grandmother to let him visit, though she declined the idea. Despite her warning to stay away, Kija sneaked into his father's room to check on him, and was shocked to see the state he was in; he accidentally made a sound and his father, thinking him to be the village elder, pointed out that his right hand had become that of a normal humans: his dragon claw had completely vanished.[28]

Kija sees his father one last time

Kija sees his father one last time

Hoping that the village people would let him see Kija one more time if he had no way of or reason for harming the child, Kija's father's want to see him moved Kija to tears, and he sadly flung himself at his father and hugged him. Even though he wanted to say many things, Kija couldn't find the words to, and his father died shortly after realising that his son had come to see him. When they later buried him, Kija's grandmother asked him to overlook what had happened between them, though Kija noted that there was nothing his father needed to be forgiven for.[29] From then on, he viewed the scars on his back as a symbol of the dragons' passion to serve a master.[30]

After his parents' deaths, the village chief raised him herself. Kija was loved by everyone close to him and spent most of his life sheltered within the isolated Hakuryuu village, where the townsfolk looked up to him as a deity and protected him at all costs by preventing outsiders from entering the town, and Kija from leaving it.[31][32] As he grew into adulthood they attempted to find him a partner, though Kija always turned the women away, often slightly frightened by their intensity.[33][34]

All the while, Kija struggled to come to terms with the idea that he and his powers may not be needed in his era, and that he could live and die without ever having to use his dragon abilities as he believed he should.[35]

SynopsisEdit

Coming Soon.

AbilitiesEdit

Kija's Dragon Claw

Dragon's Claw: Kija holds the power of the dragon within his right hand, which becomes the white dragon's claw when he uses it. At rest, his hand is of normal size, albeit scaled and with long nails;[36] however, if he so chooses, Kija can grow his hand to an exceptional proportion and utilize it in battle.[37] At most, his hand has been seen to grow to the size of his entire body.[38]

  • Immense Strength: The claw of the white dragon is stated by Kija to have ten times the strength of a normal man, and Kija has proven this by lifting extremely heavy loads that others are incapable of.[39][40] Such strength also means that Kija can easily slice through solid objects with a wave of his hand, and he is often seen using his claw as a weapon instead of traditional blades.
Kija sensing the other dragons

Kija using his ability to sense the other dragon deities

Aside from in battle, Kija sometimes chooses to use his claw in the place of tools, digging[41] and even scaling the sides of buildings[42] with the help of his sharp nails. Kija regards his dragon's claw as being sacred, refusing to "tarnish" it in any way and scolding those who make fun of it or those who act with insolence towards it.[43][44]

Dragon Sense: As one of the four dragon deities, Kija has the ability to sense the presence of the other three dragons, and can discern their location and their identity (i.e, which dragon they are) even whilst being in a different part of the country.[45][46] Despite his efficiency in this area, Kija has been seen to become motion sick if the target he is trying to locate moves around too much in a close proximity.[47]

Divine Protection: Kija is blessed with the divine protection of his predecessors because of his willingness to accept all of their souls prior to the beginning of the series. This power is quite strong, and there are no known spirits able to posess him as a result.

RelationshipsEdit

YonaEdit

Kija has high respects for Yona. He wants to protect Yona and is very mindful of his disposition as a dragon who serves his master. Through out the story, it has been shown that he has a growing crush on her, for he truly wants to help her and is shown to occasionally blush fiercely when she compliments him. It is hinted that Kija holds romantic feelings towards Yona. They also do have a good friendship,that gets to be more in the Manga. It is even shown that he tries to kiss Yona losing control of his feelings. He cares for a lot and loves to be overprotective sometimes, it can be seen in the anime that he tried to use more of his power to impress her which later on is told to Yona when she asks him 'why?'. And more to it he likes the fact that he is called Beautiful by Yona.

HakEdit

Kija dislikes the fact that Hak calls him "White Snake" and argues with him frequently. Even though Kija and Hak don't seem to get along, they both work with each other to protect Yona and develop a unique companionship. He also recognizes Hak's strength while fighting against the bandits and calls him a monster for his tenacity despite being injured. Even if he does not want to admit it, Kija thinks that Hak is able to overcome the force of the White Dragon.

YoonEdit

To Kija, Yoon is a friend who helps Yona and the group find other dragons. Later Kija also admits that to him and the other dragons Yoon is like a little brother (first he actually wanted to say "like a mother").

Shin-AhEdit

Kija keeping Shin-Ah warm with a blanket

Kija looking after Shin-Ah

As with all of the dragon deities, Kija and Shin-Ah have a very close bond, almost like that of brothers. In fact, upon first meeting Shin-Ah properly, Kija asked Shin-Ah to look up to him as an older brother, and promised that he would teach Shin-Ah all about the dragon legend and their role in it.[48] Kija sees Shin-Ah as a kind and hard-working person, and seems to respect him for his abilities and effort.[49][50]

When Shin-Ah first used his dragon eyes against an enemy and was paralyzed as a result, Kija stayed by his side, offering comfort and telling Shin-Ah that he, as a fellow dragon, would be happy to help him train in any way; he also went out of his way to wash Shin-Ah's clothes and lend him his own so that he would be comfortable, and tried to stop his from moving about before he was fully healed.[51][52] When Shin-Ah later collapsed during their travels after becoming badly ill, Kija was the first to rush to his side, despite being in very poor health himself,[53] demonstrating a strong caring for Shin-Ah's health and well-being.

Jae-HaEdit

Upon first encountering each other, Kija and Jae-Ha's beliefs clashed in regards to their duty towards Yona. Kija is shocked when Jae-Ha calls him a puppet for blindly following Yona and declares he would rather not follow Hiryuu (Yona). Kija disagrees with Jae-Ha's desire to live free of the bonds of a master as he sees protecting Yona as the sacred duty of the Dragon warriors. Due to their disagreement they did not get along well initially, however after Jae-ha joins the group they learn to coexist both personally, and in battle.

Zeno Edit

Kija is shown to have a complicated relationship with Zeno. He often gets angry with Zeno's childish personality, but cares for him like a brother.

GrandmotherEdit

Having been raised by her since the passing of his parents, Kija and his grandmother share a very close relationship. Kija's grandmother is constantly looking out for him (almost over-protectively), be it by stopping Kija from becoming ill or feeling downcast, to preventing outsiders who might use and abuse his power from ever approaching him. She also provides him with much needed mental support: Kija often doubted his role as a dragon deity due to his lack of a master, and his grandmother always made sure to remind him that he was still loved and needed by the people in his village.[54]

Kija's grandmother cries as Kija leaves

Kija's grandmother cries at their parting

Upon Kija's leaving with Yona, his grandmother grew frantic at the idea of not being by his side, going over the top in trying to provide him with proper provisions for travel. Kija worried that his leaving might cause his grandmother to become ill (as she would take full responsibility for the village) though she stated that she would work hard in his place and always look forward to his return, crying and saddened by the notion that she would not see him for some time.[55]

In contrast to this calm outlook on Kija's powers, his grandmother does seem to be quite desperate for Kija to find himself a partner, becoming angered when he rejected women in the village and even going so far as to make a love potion that she planned to give to him.[56][57] This might have annoyed Kija due to his lack of interest in the subject, but his grandmother undertook such actions for his happiness.

She again looks after his well being too far. And, when he offhandedly states that his threat feels sore, a Hakuryuu Village member comes out to give Kija, Yona, and Shin-ah cough drops. These however, cause all three to become berserk. It is unknown what the real intent of the medicine was.

FatherEdit

When Kija was born as the newest descendant of the Hakuryuu, his father, the previous one, attacked him out of anger and was banned by Kija's grandmother from ever seeing Kija again without supervision. Due to this, a rift was formed between Kija and his father, as their interactions were few and heavily controlled. Despite their separation though, Kija looked upon his father with slight admiration, as, despite his father's cruel actions, Kija realized that his father acted in such a way out of deep loyalty and and saw him as a determined person whom wanted to serve his master. Kija, also having similar feelings due to his dragon's blood, came to understand this passion and yearning; upon his father's untimely death, Kija noted that there was no bad blood between them.[58][59]

TriviaEdit

Kija Concept Sketch
  • In Kija’s original design, he had two parallel scars on his forehead. He was still the same personality-wise though.[60]
  • Kija placed 6th in a favorite character vote conducted by Hana to Yume in December, 2014. He scored 678 votes in total.[61]
  • Due to the divine protection of his ancestors, he became the only known member of the group whose unable to be possessed.
  • In the anime, Kija's name is changed from Kija to Gija as shown on Episode 10: Yearn.
  • Kija is the only character who changes his clothes regularly. When he left his village, his grandmother made him bring extra changes. He is also the only one known other than Hak to let others wear his clothes.

QuotesEdit

  • (To Jae-Ha) "We are not just dragons who have inherited the bloodline! We will fulfill the desire the dragons of the past wanted to fulfill but could not!"[62]
  • (To Jae-Ha) "So long you feel the same way as I do, that alone is enough for me to have your back as we fight."[63]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Page 14
  2. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 17, Page 20
  3. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Page 18
  4. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 7
  5. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Volume 17
  6. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Special Chapter 01, Page 8
  7. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 17, Page 24
  8. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 38, Page 14
  9. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 52, Page 2
  10. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 24-29
  11. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 53, Page 19
  12. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 29, Pages 26-28
  13. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 42, Page 26
  14. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 4
  15. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 42, Page 23
  16. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 19, Page 23
  17. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 17, Pages 16-17
  18. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 40, Page 16
  19. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 19, Page 25-26
  20. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 19, Pages 2-4
  21. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 19, Page 8
  22. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 21-23
  23. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 99
  24. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 19, Page 9
  25. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 77, Page 8
  26. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 24-29
  27. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 24-29
  28. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Special Chapter 01, Pages 1-4
  29. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Special Chapter 01, Pages 5-9
  30. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 24-29
  31. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Page 16
  32. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 15, Page 5
  33. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Pages 18-19
  34. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 64, Page 14
  35. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Page 17
  36. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Page 14
  37. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 18, Pages 15-20
  38. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 53, Page 19
  39. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 18, Page 31
  40. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 33, Page 16
  41. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 23, Pages 22-23
  42. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Special Chapter 01, Pages 2-3
  43. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 53, Page 21
  44. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 41, Page 7
  45. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 18, Page 9
  46. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 17, Pages 27-28
  47. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 26, Page 23
  48. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 25, Page 5
  49. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 25, Page 7
  50. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 26, Page 6
  51. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 52, Pages 2-4
  52. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 54, Page 22
  53. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 98
  54. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Pages 15-18
  55. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 17, Pages 22-26
  56. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 16, Pages 18-19
  57. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 41, Page 32
  58. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 01, Pages 24-29
  59. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Special Chapter 01, Pages 1-8
  60. Mizuho Kusanagi's blog, July 24th 2011
  61. Hana to Yume (花とゆめ), 2015/1 edition
  62. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 29, Page 27
  63. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 35, Pages 26

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