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For the other character with the same name, see Ao (Dragon)

Who's this little creature with swollen cheeks? She's stuffed too much in there!

Yoon, to Yona

Ao (アオ Ao?) is Shin-Ah's squirrel companion and friend, who is named after the previous Seiryuu by Shin-Ah.


Ao has light brown fur with pink ears, big black eyes with white cheeks and belly.


Ao eats Shin-Ah's food.

Ao is a goofy and mischievous yet adorable squirrel, often playing around and making poses that match the person she is riding on. She likes to eat a lot which makes her bite on random things, like Yona's earrings or Shin-Ah's finger. She tries to make people (specifically Shin-Ah or Yona) cheer up if they are feeling down or sad by rubbing their face or acting cute. She also likes to stuff food into peoples mouths.


Shin-Ah covers Ao with a leaf during a rain.

Ao met Shin-Ah before the events of the story. Shin-Ah was trying to cover a very soaked Ao from the rain with a large leaf. Ao just stared at him and then suddenly started to eat the leaf.[2] Ever since then, she seems to have stayed with Shin-Ah, keeping him company even underground in the darkness, riding on his shoulder, proving that she is committed to being Shin-Ah's companion.


  • Ao ranked 7th in the character popularity poll conducted by Hana to Yume in December, 2014. She scored 550 votes in total.[3]
  • Ao has a habit of stuffing an acorn in the mouth of those who are sick or injured.
  • Ao is usually sent by Shin-Ah to comfort Yona, or to be a stand-in for his presence if he can't be with her.
  • Since the previous Seiryuu (Ao) shared the same name as her, Yona mistook the person who taught Shin-ah swordsmanship to be Ao (squirrel) and had a shock.
  • Help that she offers to her companions other than sentimentally is chewing ropes.


  1. Mizuho Kusanagi's Twitter
  2. Akatsuki no Yona Chapter 38, Page 3
  3. Hana to Yume (花とゆめ), 2015/1 edition


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Kouka Kingdom
Royalty King HiryuuJoo-NamMeiYu-HonYong-HiEmperor IlKashiSoo-WonYonaYak-Shi
Generals Han Joo-DohKan Kyo-GaAn Joon-GiTae-WooLee Geun-TaeHak (former) • Kan Soo-Jin (former)
Others Kye-SookMin-SooIk-SooKaya
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Fire Tribe Kan Soo-JinKan Kyo-GaKan Tae-JunYoonHeuk-ChiKil-SungMi-RaeAro
Wind Tribe Son MundokHakTae-WooTae-YeonHan-DaeAyameSaki
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Current KijaShin-AhJae-HaZeno
Previous AoGarou
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Kai Empire Li HazaraKalgan
Tully Tribe Ying KuelboYoo-LanTitia
Sei Kingdom KushibiTuvaluTsubaru
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