For the other character with the same name, see Ao (Dragon)
Rōmaji Ao
Gender Female[1]
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Black
Professional Status
Partner(s) Shin-Ah


Affiliation(s) The Dark Dragon and the Happy Hungry Bunch
Personal Status
Status Alive
Relatives Shin-Ah - Caretaker

Yona - Caretaker

Manga Debut Chapter 20
Anime Debut Episode 12
Japanese Voice Nozomi Yamamoto

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


Ao eating Shin-Ah's food

Ao eats Shin-Ah's food.

'Who's this little creature with swollen cheeks? She's stuffed too much in there!' - Yoon to Yona about Ao.

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.


Shin-Ah covers Ao with a leaf during a rain

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.

Trivia Edit

  • 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 pervious 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.


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