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Zeno Mugshot
Zeno
Kanji ゼノ
Rōmaji Zeno
Alias Ouryuu (黄龍 Ōryū)
Characteristics
Gender Male
Age 17 (physically)[1]
2000+ (chronologically)
Height 166 cm[1]
Birthday August 30 (Virgo)[2]
Hair Color Yellow
Eye Color Blue
Professional Status
Occupation Dragon Warrior
Previous Occupation First Priest of Kouka[3]
Ex Chief and Founder of the Sky Tribe [4]
Partner(s) Yona
Hak
Yoon
Kija
Shin-Ah
Jae-Ha
Previous Partner(s) King Hiryuu
Gu-En
Abi
Shu-Ten
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Kaya (Wife, deceased)
Debuts
Manga Debut Chapter 42
Anime Debut Episode 24
Portrayal
Japanese Voice Hiro Shimono
English Voice Josh Grelle
Image Gallery

Zeno (ゼノ Zeno) has been confirmed by Jae-Ha and Kija to be the current Ouryuu, one of the four dragon warriors, which possesses the blood of the yellow dragon deity. Later, it is revealed that he is actually the original Ouryuu who once served King Hiryuu.[5]

Appearance Edit

Zeno appearance

In the anime (manga chapter 1-109) Zeno is shown/known as a young man who always has a smile on his face, which indicates that he is an extremely happy person. He has blue eyes (previously brown) and thick, messy yellow hair. He puts a short green bandanna with an orange hanging beaded accessory decorated with a gold circular dragon design around his forehead and ties it in a bow on the right side.

He wears an orange overcoat with diamond patterns on top of a white robe with brown hemlines, fastens a green scarf around his neck, and dons brown short boots.

When Zeno's powers are activated, the part of his body that regenerates turns to steel and has a scaly yellow look.

Personality Edit

Zeno is an energetic, cheerful young man who enjoys the company of others. He mostly uses third-person speech and probably never called anybody by their name even after learning their name. (He calls the dragons by their names, ex: Seiryuu or Ryokuryuu) Most of the time, he appears to be childish and an attention-seeker,[6] though he can be wise and mature when he wants to.[7] Despite the fact that he chooses not to fight, he always stands on the front lines to protect everyone from danger.

Like Jae-Ha, he can easily discern what is happening to a person and even has foresight on them, like when he tells Hak that he has "the smell of death" on him[8] or how he says that Tae-Jun has changed and that he can become someone important.[9] He also appears to know more than what he is willing to tell, and may appear deceitful because of it. However, he actually waits for the right time to tell things as he can’t easily show or express it to others given his circumstances of being one of the original dragon warriors.

Zeno can be very lovable, and at times he tends to try to break up Kija and Hak's arguments. He especially loves food, which is how he found the group so quickly in the middle of a forest. According to Hak, Zeno "broke Kija's record of speed joining".

Background Edit

Two thousand years ago, Zeno was just an ordinary kid who could hear the voice of God like Ik-Soo. When Ouryuu descended from the heavens to look for a human who can be his other half, Zeno decided to take in the dragon’s blood in a wish to make the world a better place and for everyone to be happy.[10] Since then, he has stopped aging and no longer hears the voice of God.[11]

He joined Gu-En, Abi and Shu-Ten, who were the Hakuryuu, Seiryuu and Ryokuryuu, respectively. During the conflict in Kouka, the four of them protected King Hiryuu. One time, the other dragon warriors became curious of Zeno's powers and he showed them how he is able to regenerate fast. When he showed it to King Hiryuu, he was hugged by him and was given a dragon crest. Several days after, he became worried about the nature of his power and he asked the king about it. However, the answer to his question remained a mystery as King Hiryuu died.

After the death of the king, he appointed himself as the "Priest" –with the dragon crest proving his authority– and chose to stay behind when his dragon brothers were leaving.[12] Before the three departed, they shared a hug as Gu-En told them how they were all connected and how they will return to the heaven someday. However, Zeno at the time had come to learn about his power and thought that he could no longer return anywhere.[13] During the time he was a priest, he solved the dangers coming to the country on his own.[14] Twenty years later, he sensed the fleeting life of Gu-En and he became depressed as he pleaded with King Hiryuu and his dragon brothers to not leave him behind.

Unlike the three original dragons, he did not establish a village of his own.[15] He had left the village he was born in, and commented that their is not even a shadow of what was originally there. Since he was stuck in his immortal body and did not have a village he belonged to, he traveled around a lot. But, after realizing that King Hiryuu may reincarnate and seeing the red dawn (the sign in the sky of the newly born reincarnation). Zeno decides that since he has waited for so long already, he might as well wait just a little longer.

-At some point in his life, Zeno was married to Kaya, a girl living on the outskirts of a certain village, she died at an early age due to an incurable disease.

-During Zeno's travels he often got frustrated/depressed and remembers a time when he tore his body to shreds. Whenever this happened the dragon's crest always calmed him down.

Synopsis Edit

Fire Tribe Arc Edit

Zeno is the last person to join the group, where he wander in when he smells the scent of raw food (deer). He then tells Yona while praying for the butchered animal that all living things will go back to heaven and that the animal will forgive her. He introduces himself as a wondering adventurer. Due to his grumbling stomach and hunger, he is invited to have lunch with the group.The other three dragons had already suspected Zeno is Ouryuu and he confirms that it is him. Everyone starts asking him questions, and is asked by Kija if he feels anything when he looks at Yona, to which he simply answers that she is a cute girl, surprising the dragons who expected him to go through the awakening . He then accepted Yona's request to join the group, with others noting that he was the fastest person to join the group. Kija introduces himself to Zeno, and asks him what his power is. Zeno replies that he has a sturdy body, to which Hak is quick to test by punching Zeno. He is sent flying, and is visibly hurt, causing the others to question Zeno's power as Ouryuu. Despite the others' suspicions, Yona deeply believes that Zeno is Ouryuu.

Later, Zeno offers to help Yona carry the wood, which turns out to be too heavy for him. As both of them keep walking, Yona claims that despite their first meeting, Zeno feels cheerful, different from ordinary people like a warm ray of sunshine, and just being by him, her mood brightens up. She formally introduces herself and welcomes him to the group. After helping Yona, he thanks the heavens and comments that the moon looks pretty.

The following day Zeno sees that Shin-Ah is shivering and proceeds to headbutt him, telling Shin-Ah that it is a way to keep warm. Shortly afterwards, Kija joins in and the three did not stop until Yoon screams at them to stop, calling them animals. At this Zeno calls Yoon a "scary boy".

The group heads to Ik-Soo's place to ask him what they should do next. Ik-Soo reveals to them that the time has not come yet for the prophecy to be set into action and the others start chattering about what to do next. Zeno interrupts

Zeno taking to yona bout soo won

Zeno asking Yona what she is planning to do after gathering all four dragons.

and asks Yona with a serious tone about what she plans to do next since she has gathered all four dragons. He asks Yona if she plans to run away forever or if she is planning to take back the throne from Soo-won. At this, Yoon responds that it is impossible to take back the throne with the amount of people the group currently has. Zeno tells the them that it is possible for them to take down one castle if the four dragons use their powers seriously. [16] He suddenly switches to his usual cheery tone saying that he, however, doesn't have that type of power, throwing everyone off.

The group follows Yoon to Katan Village and helps him distribute rations he has brought with him. Zeno helps Kija carry the firewood and when Kija's stomach grumbles, Zeno tells him that a way to stop it from grumbling is to "firmly focus strength around your belly button"[17]. When the fire tribe officials arrive to collect taxes, Yoon tells them to hide. As the situation grew worse between the officials and the civilians, Jae-Ha gets himself involved and eventually Hak, too, gets involve. From that point on they form a bandit group call "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch"

The new form bandit group eventually made a name for themselves among the fire tribe people. A few days later,

Zeno, tae jun and ginger soup

Zeno lunging forward to save the ginger soup that Tae-Jun spilled.

while Zeno was playing with the children of a village, Kija comes up to him with a disguised Kan Tae-Jun. Kija describes Tae-Jun as a sick old man and Zeno agrees to take care of him. One of the kids offers Tae-Jun a bowl of ginger soup. Tae-Jun, not please with the color and smell of the ginger soup, spills it. Zeno quickly rushes over and using his hands, saves the ginger soup and puts it into a bowl. Later on Zeno tells Tae-Jun that the ginger soup will be the first meal that the children had that day. He calls Tae-Jun "young lord", revealing that he saw through his disguise, while telling him to understand and that it was a good opportunity that he came[18].

Later on that day, Shin-Ah spots fire tribe soldiers marching toward the village. Zeno heads to where Hak and Yoon is to warn them about the soldiers. Upon meeting Hak and Yoon, he meets Tae-Jun and regards him as the "ginger soup guy". When Tae-Jun begs to know if Yona is alive or not, Zeno answers him and tells him that Yona is the liveliest one out of all of them which leads to Tae-Jun crying out of happiness[19].

Tae-Jun decides to help Yona. He commands the Fire Tribe army to go to Enri Village to make it their new headquarters. Tae-Jun and Kil-Sung tries to move a old man to his house, but he wouldn't budge. Zeno suddenly appears and juggles for the old man which made the old man happy. Zeno then offers to wash the old man and moves him to somewhere else. Because of this, Tae-Jun calls Zeno amazing. Zeno tells him that is not the case and that people are like mirrors. Tae-Jun responds by saying: despite Zeno's appearance, he can say some wise things. Zeno, smiles and tells Tae-Jun that he will become someone important for Kouka Kingdom[20]. Eventually after all matter is dealt with, Yona left the fire tribe to Tae-Jun's hand and the group heads to the Kai Empire to find a crop that will help the Fire Tribe.

The HHB arrives to Senri Village; there they disguise themselves as travelling entertainers to avoid suspicion. Yoon

Zeno performing

Zeno performing for the Fire Festival.

finds Iza seeds in the village that will help the Fire Tribe. In order to get the Iza seeds, the group performs for the villagers of Senri for the Fire Festival. As they stay at the village, they learn that soldiers from Sen are passing through their area. Zeno stays at the tent whereas the others went outside to inspect.

The HHB heads to Saika, the Fire Tribe's capital, where they gather information. They stay at a tavern where they receive words that the Sen army has already invaded Kouka and is advancing towards Saika. Yona decides to stop the army. Through the secret passage that Zeno found out, they casually walk into the enemy's encampment and attack them. Shin-Ah notices another army but notes that they are not heading toward Saika but to Hiryuu Castle. Hak eventually comes up to the conclusion that the Fire tribe and the Sen are cooperating together to get Soo-Won's head.

They heads toward Hiryuu castle to stop the army and engage in a battle but left when Soo-Won shows up. Afterwards Yoon heals the injuries that they got from the battle. Jae-Ha states that he is surprise on how little injuries Zeno and Hak got. In response, Zeno says that he was just cheering everyone on to which Kija scolds him and tells him to act a bit more like a dragon. Yoon defends Zeno saying that he protected him and Yona who couldn't fight. Zeno blushes and thanks Yoon[21].

Many chapters later, Zeno remembers the times when he visited the current dragons when they were still children. He comments to himself how much they have grown as Zeno looked at them, all grown up and travelling with Yona.

Abilities Edit

Zeno Abilities

Zeno's true ability revealed.

Immortality: As the possessor of Ouryuu’s power, Zeno has an infinite life span. Due to this, he has stopped aging –giving him the same appearance as when he drank the dragon’s blood two thousand years ago– and can’t get sick even if he is away from the Hiryuu Castle unlike the other three dragons warriors.

  • Regeneration: Zeno can regenerate quickly from the injuries he receive, which cause the dragon scales to form on his body after he heals. Depending on where the dragon scales form, these parts of the body cannot be hurt any further once they regenerate.[22] This explains why Zeno did not appear to have an indestructible body and can be easily hurt like a normal human in the beginning[23] as it was necessary for him to be hurt deeply on certain areas of his body. Furthermore, even if a part of him is cut off, Zeno can still control it at will and reconnect it back to his body. However, after a while, the injured parts of him that turn into dragon scales return to its normal human form.[24][25] Even though he doesn't get sick from being far away to the Hiryuu Castle, his regeneration slows down.[26]

Melee Combatant: Despite looking like a person who doesn't train his body, Zeno can handle fights against numerous soldiers, armed or unarmed. This is further enhanced if Zeno gains the dragon's scales on his arms and feet which gives him immense strength similar to Kija's dragon claw and Jae-Ha's dragon foot. He mentioned in a later chapter that he once gouged out his eyeballs (probably in an attempt to test if his eyesight would improve to Sin-Ah's level), but all that did was make his eyes stronger. Nevertheless, he mentions that he has always had good vision.

Relationships Edit

Yona Edit

When Zeno first met Yona, he did not receive the initiation like the other three dragons.[27] It is later on revealed that he is the first generation Ouryuu, thus he wouldn't receive the initiation due to his previous loyalty to King Hiryuu. Throughout the series, he's also seen to not pay any special attention to Yona, while the others did. He treats her just like a normal comrade of his and never called her by her name, usually by 'Miss'. However, he seems to find Yona extremely cute and tends to protect her a lot when they are on the battlefield or in danger.

Later on, it is revealed by Zeno himself that he has been following Yona around ever since she left the castle.[28] He knows that Yona is the reincarnation of King Hiryuu and has been watching her gather the dragons and overcoming obstacles. He stated it was because he wanted to know if Yona was capable/worthy of using the power of the four dragons. After watching her leave Awa, he thought it was alright to entrust himself to Yona like he did for King Hiryuu and went out to meet them after that.

HakEdit

Like with the others, Zeno also treats Hak as a fellow companion. Zeno considers Hak as a man who's incredibly strong, claiming that his power is not normal for a human. He also seem to worry for Hak when he warns Hak that his lifespan might decrease if he kept worrying about the princess and puts his own life on the line just for Yona. He assures him that as long as the four dragons are around, he need not worry about Yona, as nobody can replace him if he dies.[29]

YoonEdit

One of the main reasons Zeno joined the group is most probably due to Yoon's cooking as he's attracted by the smell of tasty food when he met them, and was then revealed to be an excuse he use to meet Yona without rest of them getting suspicious. He also claims Yoon to be a rather scary boy[30] and later starts to respect him. He also shows concern for Yoon and has the habit of calling him "kid" (sometimes also translated as "lad").

Shin-AhEdit

Shin-Ah is probably the closest to Zeno aside from all other dragons as they are always seen together (mostly because Zeno loves to snuggle in Shin-Ah's fluff) and Shin-Ah seems to feel calm around Zeno.

Kan Tae-JunEdit

Zeno knew Tae-Jun's identity right when he first met him despite his disguise which worried Tae-Jun for a while.[31] Tae-Jun said that Zeno, despite his looks, could actually spout some really wise things. Later on, Zeno predicted that Tae-Jun will be a really important person to the Fire Tribe[9] and is seemingly surprised when Tae-Jun reveals that he does not desire to be somebody important for the tribe.[32]

King Hiryuu Edit

Zeno respects King Hiryuu deeply because of the dragon blood and calls him "Lord Hiryuu". To him, Hiryuu was the one who brought all the dragons together and made them feel actually connected to each other whenever he was around.

When Hiryuu found out about Zeno's powers, he seemed upset and gave him his pendant as proof that he will be with Zeno, even when everyone is gone. He treasures the pendant that Hiryuu gave him a lot, so much so he was afraid that Kaya had accidentally thrown it away when she's cleaning his wounds and even in the present, he still picks it up from the ground after it was cut off.

Gu-En Edit

Zeno saw Gu-En as a wild boar that acts recklessly and deeply regrets not visiting the Hakuryuu village even once after they were all separated, even though Gu-En said that he'll wait for the day Zeno comes to visit him(even if he's an old man then), he never did. Thus, when Zeno realized that Gu-En had passed away, he was extremely upset and screamed, begging, King Hiryuu, and his dragon brothers not to leave him alone.

Zeno also remarked that Gu-En and Kija are similar to each other.

Abi Edit

He viewed Abi as one of his dragon brothers, and was very upset when Abi passed away. He was also the one who protected Abi on the battlefield when his dragon eyes backfired on him and was paralyzed.

Shu-Ten Edit

He viewed Shu-Ten as one of his dragon brothers and a guy who is strong and reliable even though the latter doesn't seem to recognize Zeno as a dragon warrior. Zeno was very upset when Shu-Ten passed away.

Kaya Edit

Kaya was Zeno's wife.

Zeno first meets Kaya when she rescues him from the snow and cleans him up. Later it is reveal to Zeno that Kaya has an incurable disease which is why she lives secluded from people; to prevent people from getting infected by her disease. He then offers to take care of her for a period of time until she recovers as a favor to her for rescuing him.

Zeno slowly falls in love with Kaya as they continue to live together. However, Kaya's condition gets worse and she couldn't leave her bed because she was too ill, so she asks Zeno to leave before he gets infected as well. However, Zeno reminds her that he won't get sick and carries on to propose to her which touches Kaya and she cried tears of joy. Unfortunately, in the end Kaya couldn't make it through and dies holding Zeno's hands. Her last words to him was "May we meet in Heaven again." which the latter nods gently, upset. It is later shown that he stays with her till she is no longer a corpse but a skeleton, hinting that he wouldn't leave her even after her death.

Even after her death, Kaya's impact on Zeno is great. She made him a more casual and lively man and even taught him to speak in third-person speech to prevent himself from forgetting his name which the latter laughed and commented "I feel just like a kid." She was also why he started to treasure food and the people around him, as living with her made him realize how hard life could be and made him more appreciative. Putting his hands up in the air when he's happy is also a tic he copied from her. He even wears a scarf in a similar fashion to how she wore her's. Even when he told the dragons he was once married with a very light-hearted tone, it seems that Zeno himself still misses her greatly as she had a big role in his life.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Yona) "Well miss, that's splendid. But everything that lives, will return to heaven one day."[33]
  • (To Tae-Jun) "People are mirrors. If you smile a smile will be reflected."[34]
  • (To Hak) "Even if we dragons die once, we will be replaced someday. But no one can replace you big brother, so you must treasure yourself."[29]
  • "I might be the odd picking of the dragons, but I'll make sure that I'll protect all of you with all my might."[35]
  • (To Yona) "I am the dragon that was born to be your shield. If Ouryuu, your shield, protects you...You will never...be injured."[36]
  • “No matter how many times you tear me apart...I will be everyone's shield.” [37]
  • (To enemy soldiers) “What will you do? Unlike you, I have no limits. I can go on fighting for hundreds of years. Come at me, I have all the time in the world."[38]
  • (To Jae-Ha) "Stop talking about my age already."[39]

Trivia Edit

  • He ranked 8th in the character popularity poll conducted by Hana to Yume in December, 2014. He scored 439 in total.[40]
  • Apparently, Zeno seems to dislike getting teased for his age.
  • In earlier chapters, Zeno's eye color was brown, however, in later chapters, it has been recolored to blue.
  • Amongst the four dragons, he and Jae-Ha are the only known dragons who were known to be able to see the spirits of dead people.
  • After the fact that he is capable of cooking was discovered by Yoon, he became the second chef of the group.
  • In the past, Zeno has already gouged his eyes out but all that happened was they became "super-strong", but according to himself, his eyes were good to begin with.
  • It has been shown that Zeno can never lose the crest Hiryuu gave him. When he gave it away, it magically returned to him.
  • Zeno is the one that adds "The Happy Hungry Bunch" to the name "The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch".
  • According to Zeno, he can ride a horse while standing up.[41]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 7
  2. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Volume 17
  3. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 103, Page 6
  4. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 102
  5. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 101, Page 6
  6. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 3
  7. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Pages 15-17
  8. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 62, Page 24
  9. 9.0 9.1 Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 59, Page 14
  10. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 101, Page 22
  11. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 103, Page 18
  12. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 103, Pages 6-7
  13. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 103, Page 14
  14. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 103, Page 19
  15. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 101, Page 8
  16. ch 43 pg 17
  17. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 48 Page 16
  18. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 54 Page 30
  19. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 55 Page 14
  20. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 59 Page 14
  21. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 75 Page 24
  22. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 100, Page 21
  23. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 42, Page 22
  24. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 100, Pages 8-10
  25. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 100, Pages 17-18
  26. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 99, Page 30
  27. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 42, Page 19
  28. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 101, Page 12
  29. 29.0 29.1 Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 62, Page 26
  30. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 43, Page 5
  31. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 54, Pages 29-30
  32. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 59, Page 15
  33. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 42, Page 10
  34. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 59, Page 13
  35. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 97, Pages 28-29
  36. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 99, Page 32
  37. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 100, Page 20
  38. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 100, Page 27
  39. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Extra Chapter 02, Page 7
  40. Hana to Yume (花とゆめ), 2015/1 edition
  41. Akatsuki no Yona Manga: Chapter 70 Page 10

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