1. I, too, have watched Yona more than once and am sorry to see it end. I keep hoping something will change.

    Wonderful lessons on courage, loyalty, and compassion.

  2. Jay DiNitto says:

    This looks like a decent series, from what I’ve read. I don’t mind strong (masculine) female roles, but modern western depictions equip them with obnoxious personality traits or meager character arcs. In anime, people of any sex doing extraordinary things is standard and assumed, so it fits well with the concept.

  3. notleia says:

    I also listen to the OP song on repeat

  4. This review comes at a perfect time for me, as I was just thinking “I really want to watch an anime”.

    Also, marrying cousins was lot more common a couple centuries ago– I believe it happens a few times in Jane Austen. If my rudimentary understanding of genetics is at all accurate, this was significantly less likely to produce disabled children because the total number of mutations accumulated in the human genome was a lot less.

    • notleia says:

      First-cousin marriage was more common, but I imagine it was more about inheritance and property than anything else.

      But it’s the cumulative effect of near-relational marriages that’s the gronk-producing thing. One first-cousin marriage probably isn’t going to muddy the genetic pool that hard, but consistent ones across the generations is what gave us the Hapsburgs.

      You’d actually want MORE diversity in your genetic pool (more mutations and variations) than fewer for genetic stability.

      • Travis Perry says:

        Variations are arguably not always due to mutations. Though that depends on who you ask.

        But “clearly harmful mutations based on a single or a few defective gene(s)” which is what are most things most people call “mutations” (like flat feet, color blindness, type one diabetes, or hemophilia), clearly you want less of.

        Greater genetic diversity in general prevents mutations that people are already carrying from being expressed in the “phenotype,” i.e. what people are like. So one copy of bad genes can be made up for by a copy of good genes but inbred people concentrate the bad genes.

        People without as many defective genes could inbreed with less harm that people carrying a lot of defective mutations. Not that I’m recommending inbreeding–just pointing out a fact.

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