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"I'm pretty sure that the downfall of humans can be completely attributed to their curiosity", such is Ewon Jung's philosophy. Because of his curiosity and his "affectionate nature", Ewon somehow finds himself, after cheating one time too many on Jiho, dumped and threatened into working as a caretaker for Jiho's new boyfriend, Mookyul... who just so happens to be a Mafia Boss.
And it is just the beginning of Ewon's troubles.
Between Jiho, who still burns at Ewon's infidelity, and Mookyul, gang-leader with movie star good looks who starts to take a keen interest in him, Ewon slowly gets entangled in a net more intricate than that of the dangerous underworld, how will he survive it?
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mixed feelings, mostly negative
i am coming off a streak of really excellent manga, and this one is suffering from the immediate comparison. i was mostly annoyed by it for 2 volumes; fortunately it started to pick up. some of the things that bothered other people didn't bother me -- mookyul sleeping with the old man out of gratitude? makes sense to me. ewon cheating on everyone also makes sense once one suspects his backstory; he's very much broken. it would have helped if we didn't get that backstory infodumped on us in the last chapter, but had more reveals earlier -- i expected something seriously traumatic so i gave him a lot of slack. that both mookyul and ewon are hyocritical about their cheating comes with that territory; that doesn't put them beneath contempt for me. also, my feminist heart has long been desensitised to rough dub-con sex and casual domestic violence in BL; it is a different world.
the middle part was decent, and i got caught up in it. the art also got better; i didn't like the character design a whole lot at the start, but around v3 it starts to get good, and there are actually some noteworthy panel designs too. i can't say that the sex ever did much for me, but it wasn't horribly bad either. the kissing is reliably hot. the humour is often quite nice; very cute chibification.
but now that i am finished i don't feel fulfilled and happy, i feel exhausted. my ghods, the melodrama. seriously; too much. it just would not let up in v6; i wish i had stopped reading at the end of v4. i feel manipulated by the extra drama, and not even particularly skillfully (WTF, after all they went through mookyul would just disappear from the hospital without notice? that is supremely retarted and doesn't even fit the character by that time). and seriously, it felt like the author crammed every yaoi cliche in here; childhood promises, blackmail, forced labour, love triangles, cute and fluffy gangsters, etc. but worse, i am not happy with the character development of ewon. he doesn't actually grow through this manga; to the very end mookyul has to do all the work so they can be together. so while i feel sorry for ewon, i don't like him much because of that; i need more effort from even damaged people (hey, being damaged myself i know what it takes, and it irks me when somebody doesn't put in the work). ewon hurts everyone around him every time he gets into a fit because of his baggage -- and he doesn't stop even at the very end.
somebody else said: Oh, if you enjoyed this series, you will adore Loveprize in Viewfinder as well!. i agree. i also think the reverse is true. i didn't care for viewfinder; the art was pretty, but the story was insipid, and to get me to swallow the "rapee falls in love with his rapist" trope, you need to do something extraordinary to make that happen, not just have the rapist continue to rape and claim the rapee really gets off on it. in contrast this manwha has a storyline that at least develops an acceptable plot, it is less blatant about the non-con, and mookyul actually grows into somebody i can sorta like (asami doesn't). so yeah -- if you enjoyed viewfinder you probably won't be bothered by the same things that bother me here -- but if you didn't care for viewfinder, i suggest to give this a miss -- or at least stop at the end of v4.
... Last updated on March 8th, 2011, 11:55pm
Not as good as I expected
It's been a long time since I first stumbled upon this title and waited to read it. Then, it wasn't finalized and I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to read it fully. I know it's been finished and available for a while now, but I haven't read as much yaoi as I did a few years ago recently. I don't know if it's because my tastes changed in this period or because I waited so long and I had high expectations, but I really don't think it was that wonderful. Yeah, it was nice, and Mookyul it's so damn HOT, however I don't find it that good and I think some of the things that happen are a bit far-fetched. It's a bit overrated IMHO. Or I'm just not into yaoi as I used to be :[.
The best yaoi I've ever read.
I can confidently say that this manga is the Best yaoi manga that i've read. i've read a lot of very good ones but this one perks up my interest the most. i love how the seme changes throughout the story for the uke. it's just like a highschool love imo because the seme just loves the uke so much. although we can tell he is VERY possessive, i think that part of him is sweet. there is a lot profanity but i love it nonetheless. And also, the art it simply gorgeous that it makes me come back and read it all over again. i can't count how many times i've reread this manga because i love it so much.
too much of domestic violence...
Well, I love Yaoi but I don't understand how women can fantasize on a story of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ?? I mean, come on, the seme keep threatened the uke, beat the uke (bite,..), rape the uke, and try to make him cut all ties with his friends and school. This is a typical case of domestic violence:::
Fortunately, in the end things are getting better
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even if seme don't move a finger for the housework and continue to restrain the uke to see his friends...
The rest of the story is not bad, the way the uke is strong-willed is very pleasant, there is a decent plot, some action, etc... but this definitely make me worry for the fans of this kind of story ! My feminist heart is hurt !!!!
There is plenty others yaoi with PASSION but consented sex and where protagonists thinks about other's feelings and happiness, not just about possess them. Something which worth fantasm... ;-)
... Last updated on November 22nd, 2010, 11:54am
This is one of my favourite series..and im really encourage other who still not read this manhwa yet,, the characters and plots are very good for me..the relationship between the 2 mains also was hot...!!
It was okay...
I, too, am shocked at all the raving reviews. I don't mean it is bad, because it isn't, but it sure ain't some masterpiece. The drawing is kind of terrible, the characters trite and a plot done to death, but all in all, everything came together well enough.
If you want a strong storyline, unforgettable characters, (just right off my head) check out Banana Fish. The art style is old but still stands pretty well, though it hardly matters considering how robust the plot is.
One of the Best
I don't think I could put it any better than the reviewer before me! This manga had ME "totally captivated" from the first couple of pages into reading it! I loved every moment of it and this manga is the only yaoi/shounen-ai manga that has made me laugh and cry so hard. The characters are realistic and I love them all!
I say you should definitely give this one a go. The beginning had me a little confused at first but after a while you'll get the hang of it (Oh and pardon me if I made a couple of mistakes... English is not my first language either.)
Best manga ever.
I have read a lot of mangas. And a lot of yaoi. All of them were different, all of them were interesting at some point. But I must admit, this particular manga just blew me off ( without any bad pan of words ). Sure, it has its ups and downs : there are things I didn't like at all.
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For example, I didn't like how they had already met before, because this is so cliché from yaoi mangas and appart from this, this manga is all but cliché. Couldn't they just meet now and fall in love ? Though there was some funny things : the awe look on Mookyul face when Ewon admitted it was him, his resentment, the scene in itself, and how it smoothly integrates in the story.
But what I like about this manga, it is that it is not perfect. I'm used to yaoi where the characters fall in love and nothing can tear them apart, and I like it, I really do : but you have to admit that is is unrealistic ( I know that yaoi is, at its core, a very unrealistic and fantasmatical genre ), and you might have some difficulties to get wrapped in the stories and to be engrossed by the characters, because you cannot identify to them ( not that I identify with TC's bishos, huhu ). I mean, just something very basic : in this manga, the characters are gay. That is new. I don't know if you actually noticed this, but usually, yaoi characters live in worlds ( ? ) where being gay is considered as the most normal and accepted thing. I don't say that it's not normal ( or why would I read yaoi ? ) : I say that most people actually think that way, and we very rarely get to see it in mangas ( apart from, for example, Koisuru Bokun, which is a great manga too in a realistic and funny kind of way ).
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Do you remember this scene where one of Mookyul's gangsters actually pulls Ewon off because he's touched his shoulder ? Or the one where he blinked at a heterosexual and received nothing but a slightly put-off look in return ? Or the one where he said that he was gay to the hostesses, just before Mookyul bit him out of his drunk biten fetish ? ( earning this hilarious answer « Are all the men on earth gay or something like that ? » )
I liked that. I also liked the art, of course, but who doesn't ? Beautifully done, mostly faces, gorgeous bishonens ( hey, this is yaoi still ), hilarious chibis ( which is not always the case, far from it ). And the humor. Really, it is not often that you get to see really hilarious manga, with jokes that doesn't fall flat and aren't always dirty ones. And the uke. Although the former situation is quite similar to the one of Okane Ga Nai, Ewon is completely different Okane Ga Nai's one ( whose name I can't remember at the time ) : he is strong-willed, used to be a seme ( ! ), won't let Mookyul have everything he wants, and, although he can be sentimental and cry, doesn't spend his time weeping. Of course, the sex remains slightly unconsensual ( at least from the outside ), but you know that he loves Mookyul, no matter what. And Mookyul being at sex-hungry beast adds to his hilarious side. What's more, Ewon, if you look closer, is the tough one : Mookyul is a gangster, yes, we get it. But who always refuses to be romantic ? Who has issues with being Mookyul's lover ? Who fears that this unrequited love will crush him down to pieces ? Who sets the rules, most of the time ? Yes. Him. And that is a huge step in yaoi. It is actually quite realistic as well : most gay people will try to be both "sides" ( top and bottom ) and won't stick to only one position. And that stresses another point : cheating. I was very shocked with the comment named
"i was struck by all the positive responses"
. So, here is my answer :
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You got it all wrong. Although this clearly is cheating ( and cheating exists ), here is the thing : Mookyul's relationship with Ewon, and his relationship with the old man are different. Very different. What he feels for Ewon is love, affection, desire, whatever you may call it.And what he feels for the old man is gratitude and respect. If he sleeps with him, it is clearly out of respect. Remember that the old man ( and he is a pervert, not Mookyul ) took him in when he was alone and poor, making him one of the wealthier man in Seoul. How could he not be grateful ? That doesn't mean he enjoys having sex with him : that means he has very low self-esteem, and thinks his body is the only thing he can give the old man as a feedback for what he did for him. You also have to remember that we get to know, as one point, that this relationship is going on since Mookyul was a kid : that is child abuse. And it is not easy for him to say "Stop.". Because that woul be ungrateful, plus he has been used to this for a long time : it is almost normal for him. When you are young, if an adult doesn't say to you that incest is a bad thing, how are you supposed to know ? That explains his reaction when Ewon complains to him : he doesn't understand what the fuss is about, and jokes about Ewon's jealousy. However, Ewon sees it as it is : incest. And he isn't okay with it, which is normal. But you can't even be sure that Mookyul finally understand that this relationship is wrong : he breaks it off for Ewon, that's all we get to know. You're saying [quote]"what he did was cruel he knew hed never leave the old man why involve anyone else??? why tell ewon he loves him and tell him he is not sleeping with the old man when its a lie?" [/quote]: because he may be amazing, he is not perfect. He is deeply in love with Ewon, he can't control it, neither can you when you're in love with someone, neither can anyone else. Besides, he is stuggling to escape the old man's grip : it is not easy, because he feels that he owes him something ( which can be considered as true ) and is doesn't want to leave having taken from the old man but not giving him anything in return. You have to remember that the sense of respect is very present in Asian countries : the old man is his "master". But he also wants to lead an free life with Ewon, and stop being a loan shark, and stop sleeping with the old man : it is an inner struggle. You say that he doesn't intent to leave the old man : he does. He says that when he's thirty he'll be three : that was the deal. Therefore, considering what I said before, it is normal that he feels like he can wait a few more time. For him, it is all the better : he doesn't owe the old man anyhing anymore, he can love Ewon and doesn't have to sleep with the old man anymore. You also say that he is cruel : that may be how you are feeling it, but Mookyul obsviously doesn't feel the same way. It's always the same thing : he does not see the situation the same way we do. Then : why is he saying that he isn't sleeping with the old man ? Because he feels inside him that it is wrong, and seeing Ewon's response to it, he knows that it would sparkle a fight, and, later, relationship troubles ( their relationship is already unsteady ). What he wants the less is to fight with Ewon, and lose him. [quote]"ewon has to be pure, but he gets to sleep with an old man?"[/quote] That's true, it's not logical. However, jealousy rarely is. Besides, that's one of the things that make Mookyul and interesting and torn character. What I think is, you didn't understand this story, that's all.
The characters are human. So new ! They aren't perfect, they have fears, doubts, defaults, they sometimes are wrong and often fight, they aren't always right, and sometimes they get pissed at each other. Yes. And they actually develop, which is rare. At the end of the manga, you can actually say that they have delt with issues of their own and improved as characters and as persons. ( That is the answer to the comment saying Ewon is a cheater. Yes, he is. ) Then, secondary characters are to die for. The scary bear, Mookyul's men, the old man, Moon ( you may or may not like him - I don't, personnally -, but he is interesting ), Jiho ( the parody uke. I like his personality, I like his hair, I like everything about him. Another character that turns from cliché to human being. ), and all the others I can't name right now ... beautiful crew. That changes from mangas where you only have the two lovers without any background of any sort. Another thing I liked, it's the soft yaoi. I have read a lot of yaoi, and I like smut, I really do, but sometimes I get bored with it. I mean, most of the times it feels like they are humiliated or raped and I don't feel comfortable with it at all. I wish you could have sex that is wished by the two characters and enjoyed by them ( that's why I like Junjou Romantica - though the sex scenes in the manga can be quite hardcore -, and Koisuru Bokun - because each one is different, new, and brings something new to the protagonist's relationship ). Of course, in here, as I said before, Ewon most of the time doesn't want it ( or at least pretend not to ), but he doesn't run around whining. And you don't get to see EVERYTHING, thank God. Is suggestion so bad ? To me, I think it is far more sensual, and erotic. Pornography doesn't entice me ( well, fact is there is a pornographic dojinshi, but it is so funny while being crude ... I couldn't help but laugh. )
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Still, I was distubed by two things : first one is, when Ewon faints while they have rough sex. Didn't like it at all, it ... yeah, it disturbed me. Second one is : how Ewon always calls Mookyul "boss" while doing it. That's very cliché, makes me think of student/teacher relationship that are a huge fantasy often drawn in yaoi manga. That would be all.
What's more, I prefered the first four volumes. I'm glad it continued, but I would have been okay with it staying four-volumes long because the first four had this something the last two don't have. It's okay, though. I think it lacks the flirty touch, or maybe it is that I don't like the old man too much. I think that I must have forgotten something but it doesn't matter. All in all, Totally Captivated is and stays my best manga ever. I can't understand why it is so unknown ( maybe because it's Korean ). I love everything about it, from the plot to the chapter names ( "My first chocolate had a frightening taste", "Do you want to live in Seoul or to be burried in Seoul ?" are the ones that really struck me, especially the first one ). Wow, very long comment.
Just one thing to remember : give it a try. You won't regret it.
Oh, and, sorry for the language mistakes : I'm actually French ( didn't decide, though ), so there may be a few mistakes, I apologize about that.
... Last updated on August 19th, 2010, 8:36am
One of the most beautiful heart wrenching stories you can find in yaoi. It is not the perfect yaoi story, a.k.a perfect character development and plot. But any person can nit pick and attack at anything. Personally, I distaste any and all love triangles and infidelity, however this story was so REAL that it didn't even matter. Isn't that what any story is? Every story is a roller coaster with twists and turns and if you dislike it, then thats your opinion. Even if you normally like sweet innocent love stories (like me) dont be offset by the infidelity in this manga because it really is gem in what is mostly smut-based others with no plot(: Formulate opinions after you've savored the dish. Personally, what I found amazing about the story is it had an INCREDIBLE amount of plot that wasn't about the main characters. Also, it was articulately laid out, details from the beginning became problems near the end, I have never read such planned writing in yaoi before. Really, need I say anything about the art? Other than it's one of the most beautiful I've ever seen? I think you need a brain check if you don't like it. Strong side characters and a far-fetched story that was written so realistically, i fell in love. Why do you need a perfect cookie-cutter story? Will it make it better if everything was sweet and perfect, and nothing happens? I hated the main characters at points and loved them at other points, and that was what was so great. Its a STORY. With heart, angst, passion, loss, pain, love, and i was totally captivated!!
Watch people yell at me for this: I usually put my yaoi manga in a separate category than any others (my shounen,seinen) When I make a top ten list theres always two: My fav mangas, and my fav BL mangas. Honestly, I think yaoi is of a (much) lower standard than seinen and shounen. HOWEVER, this is one of the few, the verryy few, the others being Doushitemo Furetakanai and Dokyuusei (should I add Maiden Rose? ... perhaps) that have been tempting me to mesh my lists together. While Viewfinder is a good manga, the difference between Finder and TC is storyline. In TC, the characters developed and overcame the past and parents, however the latest chapter of Finder felt relatively the same as in the beginning (running away once again?) Again, this is just my opinion and my taste, and I completely respect others taste in Finder and TC. What I want to stress is, TRY IT.
Gave it a 9.9/10 because I wanted Fox to say those three words ):
... Last updated on June 13th, 2010, 9:05pm
Crazy about this.
I don't know about this being cliched... as I'm not a fan of corny/typical June manga-types, this is the first yaoi manga/hwa I've read that features such detailed a) violence, b) lime-ish sex c) language d) unique and awesome dialogue. If I were translating this from Korean myself, I don't think I could have done a better job with the cultural differences and the swearing and whatnot. I'm also a huge fan of swearing and dub-con, which this title had plenty of. Another thing I liked about this is how deeply rooted in Korean culture this is; because the plot revolves around gangsters, who are, in Korea, sometimes much more traditional than ordinary people, there is a lot of restraint/respect that the characters show each other that helps add to sexual tension. The incest and the infidelities just made this more interesting: as I said, the usual flowery romance just doesn't do it for me and I found the gritty filthiness in this continuously drawing me in. I just found out that this finishes at vol. 6 and am infinitely sad; I'm not much of a reader since I'm a mom and have little time or money, but I would have collected this one had it ballooned to 20+ volumes. I recommend this for seasoned yaoi fans that are looking for something other than pansy-ass June romances with exploding flowers and weeping ukes.
(also, 'gangster' in Korea is <i>ggangpae</i> (깡패, I think is how it's spelled) and unlike the Japanese Yakuza, which is referred to as "one" entity, Korean <i>ggangpae</i> are rarely referred to as such and are usually smaller pockets of organized crime all over the place engaging in turf wars and stuff. Also, since Korea has strict gun laws, there are no gun fights or uzis or anything like that. Just thought I'd clear that up!)