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In real life, Roto, Boromid and Ah-Dol are average kids with average problems, but in the virtual world of Lost Saga, they're heroes. They might even become legends... if they can stop bickering long enough to level up. Whether it's werewolves running rampant or a gorgeous pair of troublesome thieves, our boys must be ready for anything, because in Lost Saga nothing is what it seems and murder can happen with a click of a mouse.
The series centers on the main character Jang-Gun and his friends along with their virtual reality avatars in the computer game world called "Lost Saga". When Jang-Gun logs on as a different character, he "Creates" an AI with a personality from the hacked disk he found when renewing his appearance for his once a year renewal process. Yureka is a flutter-brained, but advanced, AI with powerful stats and a real-life doppelganger. It is his turn to see just how deep his immersion in the virtual world goes.
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Read it for Rotto
Come on, a selfish, smart, and sly SHOUNEN hero? I was hooked. Normally you have the main character who is as dumb as a block and probably with a head as hard as one. He will jump in front of a bus to save his friends, nakama, family, etc. Not Rotto. Oh no, this guy will gladly throw his friends under the bus. And then laugh. Luckily, he is still likeable when he shows his nice side. Which is hidden deep, deep, deep, deep, down. You'd probably need a team of miners to dig that deep but still. I really liked the first arc but the second one is sort of...blah. Rotto doesn't improve at all, in fact it seems as if he has gotten weaker, and the funny Yureka is gone. Replaced with this "assassin" or hunter, killer, whatever girl. I think more than a volume is wasted with her moans about how she can't kill someone and how she wants Rotto to suffer because now she has a crush on him. Yeah. Stick to the first arc guys.
... Last updated on April 23rd, 2010, 4:46pm
A fun manga that seems a bit long
Probably the best thing about this manhwa are the characters, particularly the main, Rotto (or Lotto). After a while you just get tired of your classic shounen justice focused leads and Rotto is about the closest thing to a cure as you'll find. You wont hear a "must save everyone" speech from this guy. He'd probably sacrifice his friends for a power-boost if he could-without asking first. He's pretty evil, and maybe not the brightest tool in the shed when it comes to interpersonal relations, but he's actually relatively smart, which is a plus. He's one of those character that even if everyone he crosses in his world will hates him after, you wont.
All of the characters are pretty extreme, but it helps to keep them unique from each-other. Although the art might not be to everyone's liking, its really quite good in its own way. Particularly in that the artist is able to differentiate her characters in ways other than hairlenght. This is a rare manga that even if a you haven't seen a character for volumes chances are you'll remember them (even if your character/person remembering skills are as bad as mine). They're all "endearing" in their own way and the story would feel like its missing something if they weren't there. Even the extremely minor ones.
The biggest problem I find with this series is that its a bit slow. It can spend volumes on something that could have been substantially compressed. In particular, the series spends way too much time (I find) twiddling its thumbs between major events. You can expect volumes of interlude material between the conclusion of one major issue and the start of the next. Admittedly its during these times a lot of character information is released, but it makes things feel choppy and a tad tedious. A battle of epic proportions is looming on the horizon and you'll be continually informed of this, but you'll have to wade through 3 volumes of characters talking and hypothesizing (and mauling each other). You just start thinking "get on with it already, I want to see something get smashed other than Boromir's face (which is still amusing 25 volumes later)."
Overall I'd give it and 9. The art is pretty nice: the characters are recognizable and if you shaved everyone you'd still be able to tell them apart, action is clear and fluid, and I find the style to be pleasing. 9/10 Characters: Rotto is awesome and rest are all memorable. However, other than maybe Rotto and Yureka there isn't a whole lot of character development and they're all pretty flat. They're who they are and they stay that way. However, they're all interesting enough and don't follow flat archetypes so you don't get bored of them. 9/10 Story: The overall plot (once you get there) is pretty cool and takes on vast proportions. Due to the extreme nature of the characters the plot isn't as predictable as most other shounen, though you may have a vague idea of where things are going. Unfortunately its a bit stop-go in nature. 8/10
I don't really want to talk about how "hackers" are portrayed in fiction, and it's best if you ignore those parts too.
The series is overall a solid shounen series and I was drawn into it because the protagonist was said to be a selfish and calculating one. He didn't turn out to be the heroic uncaring sociopath like I'd expected (while he wasn't a crybaby either), but the quick pace, nicely-done fights and the ever-increasing level of absurdity (in a really good way) just keep pulling me back to the series. That's always been a strong point of fighting manga, and this series probably nailed it.
Judging from the last chapter I read, it looks like there's still a lot to come. I was literally glued to my seat for the latter half of the first arc, and if the author can pull that off again, I'm all for more.
Wow. Just fantastic. I love reading game-mmporgs based manga and this one did not leave me disappointed. So far, the action is all fast paced; leaving my breathless. I found this manga today and I've been reading nonstop until 4:50 A.M. Plus, this is so good that I'm not even going to the bathroom although I really need to pee because I decided to review and hopefully persuade others to read this. Although this manga has pretty much no girls with half naked dresses barely covering their top, (lack of fanservice) but the action makes up for it. Definitely recommended for fans of 1/2 Prince and .hack.
Ah yes. I forgot to mention that Rotto, Lotto, however the hell the translators feel like spelling his name, is QUITE evil. He will manipulate friends and allies to get the desired goal. However, for some reason the reader sympathizes with him because although he has a bad personality, his passion for winning is tremendous and garners a lot of respect.
... Last updated on August 11th, 2009, 1:59am
At first I thought it was just another stupid RPG manhwa, so after reading a couple of chapters I dropped it. Recently, while looking for something new to read I noticed it had many releases, so I decided to give it another try. 24 volumes later I can tell it's a really good piece of art. Most of the events take place in a game, so you can enjoy the fantasy world, but every once in a while you get back to the reality, which adds a whole new world and set of characters (not many though, it's weird how all characters from game meet in the real world) to enjoy. Some characters are a bit naive (genius hacker who sometimes acts plainly stupid), but I really like current development, so I can forgive author for that. It's not on the level of One Piece, Claymore, Kekkaishi or Alive, but a good read nonetheless. Strong 8
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Have to agree with most of the post here. Really a good Manwha and has a nice story. Like how it shifts from Volume 16-19 to a different plot as far as I can tell. For anyone who's been eager to read the latest chapter of Yureka, there seems to be a underground translator group that only uploads their chapters to mangafox dot com and seem to have up to volume 30 ready for translation. Can't wait to read more =) Enjoying it to the fullest
... Last updated on November 24th, 2009, 9:57am
Started out decent and was even funny at times, by the time I got to volume 25ish I lost all interest in this series, tried continue reading in the hope it got some of its original vigour back, but alas even 4 volumes later nu such luck. Pretty much all the characters became very tiresome and the antagonists are uninteresting, annoying, and make no sense. Every last bit of humour has left this series and there is no solid story to make up for it.
This manhwa is definitely suffering from a heave case of cerebus syndrome.
Will not rate it because I enjoyed about half of what I've read, and disliked the other half very much.
love the series it takes a few ch to get into though but afterwards u will fall in love with Yureka's naivety its just to funny combined with our Evil sadistic Main char Lotto. After you finish the first arc i reccomend to continue onwards. Everything in perspective will come together concerning Yureka. It truly becomes a conspiracy /love triangle anyways cant wait for next chapter!!
love the strategy!
I am familiar with those strategy since I love playing rpg. The protagonist is quite evil and funny ^-^ I am now in chapter 39 and I will finish this amazing manga first-time reading this kind of manwha that is base on morpg. Read it and you'll love it.
... Last updated on February 7th, 2010, 6:20pm
faulty good manhwa
for a game that supposedly replicate reality perfectly, Lost Saga and it's evolution is shallow
first of all, after 33 volumes of translated part, Lost Saga only ever show 1 city I don't know whether the game really only has 1 city (what kind of MMORPG is this) or the author just simply don't bother mention any other (i think this is the case). The same with all the dungeons, hardly ever mentioned before (except land of dragons) and only mentioned when they already arrived on the spot.
The Lost Saga universe seems so empty, there were never any clarity about how wide the game world is, skill tree, game functions and limitations. All the information only shown when it's convenient for the plot. Dungeons and skills are seems to be pulled from someone's ass.
world settings aside, the best thing of this manga is the characters, all of them are alive and unique. There are so many recurring characters in Yureka, but they all leave deep impression and one can hardly ever forget them.
the plot is also quite interesting and the continuity is amazing. it's just very unfortunate that it's not perfected by a good world settings.... it has the potential to be the best online game related manhwa, but it failed to achieve that. Still, this is a good read.