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Annarasumanara  
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Description
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A rumor goes around school about an abandoned amusement park and a magician who lives there that can make someone disappear for good. Yoon Ah-ee, a girl struggling to feed her sister and herself everyday will experience her life change as she meets a mysterious magician.

Original webtoon / English Version by Naver

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
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Associated Names
안나라수마나라

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Latest Release(s)
c.7 by LINE Webtoon (6d ago)
c.6 by LINE Webtoon (13d ago)
c.5 by LINE Webtoon (20d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (980 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.73 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 20th 2014, 9:32am PST

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Year
2010

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Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
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Monthly Pos #135 decreased(-13)
3 Month Pos #180 increased(+144)
6 Month Pos #235 increased(+47)

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Insightful and beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForbiddenAngel
August 16th, 2013, 10:49pm
Although it's understandable that the basis of the story may make some people judge that this manhwa is another one filled with cliches, as far as the execution goes, cliche is definitely not it. This story is not fantasy nor romance (even though it's tagged as so, and implied countless times within the story) - it is a flat out coming of age tale that really applies itself to reality, and young adults currently experiencing coming of age is the targeted audience. Let's review based on this:

The main characters are both dynamic and round, showing various positive and negative qualities on top of gradual development. Side characters lack growth, but it is not a story long enough to afford descriptive personalities for the non-essential figures.

Art is without a doubt top notch - it may seem plain, but there is a lot of thought put into each scene. 3D and 2D art are manipulatively entwined together to make not only beautiful images, but also meaningful representations. In example, the fact that almost every location is black and white except certain scenes involving the fairgrounds helps exemplify the overall theme of childlike fantasies vs. reality. 3D art and color is used sparingly as a storytelling device instead of simple illustrations.

Annarasumanara's story, if summed up, is plain and without a doubt overdone. However, one thing Annarasumanara manages to do is not succumb to the expectations of the average shoujo reader. The tale doesn't stray off the path of reality at any point (our characters may, but the tale itself definitely stays true to reality), therefore the ending is only expected to be the most fitting. The messages the author tries to deliver are printed onto the page, which is perfect for a tale like this. If meanings were any more vague, the lessons would have been lost among the pretty images and cute magic tricks. The pacing of storytelling is comfortable, and nothing but. Annarasumanara's beginning, middle, and end never changes its direction from the goal, and it succeeds in taking the reader on a rather magical journey.

Magic isn't the star of the story - it is a story which uses magic to let the reader realize the importance of reality, and how important it is to grab onto other beliefs which may stray from the norm. Do not be disappointed when the ending turns out not to be what you may have in mind, the goal of this story is to show how one may hold a childlike passion while living "successfully" in the real world. As depicted, Il-Deung's daily life is how many children live in many Asian countries - delirious with pressure to do well in school. Irresponsible parents aren't unheard of either. Annarasumanara is depressingly realistic, whilst being so magically wondrous. A great read for young adults.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2013, 10:55pm
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Depressing & Beautiful   
Rating: N/A
by geminigrl016
October 14th, 2010, 12:36am
About the classmate's head, I think it's so that his actual physical appearance doesn't affect our perception of the story. The story's atmosphere is very surreal. The appearance may be an indication of how highly he thinks of himself, how different he may be from Yun Ai and others, or basically just the author's way of setting him apart from Yun Ai.
Sorry, if my explanation doesn't make much sense. I tried.
So far, I'm loving this webcomic and I'll be keeping an eye on it.
I had my doubts but I really recommend this. Happy reading! biggrin
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Contains a deeper meaning...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
February 8th, 2013, 7:49pm
This story really is separate and different, not at all following the normal pattern of clichés that you might expect. I enjoyed the story, but it may throw some people off a little with its.... realistic view of the world. Strange that a story about magic can be so grounded in reality! XD

Plot- Deals with growing up, it's a coming-of-age story and centralizes on that theme. The main character Yoon Ah-ee is very well developed, a normal girl of her age who has a lot of struggles she has to try and deal with. She's mature for her age, studious and feels it is time for her to enter the adult world. However, she also shows a childish and naïve side. The story follows her coming to grips with her world and just who she wants to be. It's a truly sweet story, but I must admit that at first I wasn't expecting how real to life the manga was going to be. (I mean come one! It's about magic!)

Characters- I've already mentions how well developed the main female is, but she isn't the only one. All the characters have depth to them, and you can't outright like or dislike any one of them. They are so dimensional like real people there are many different good and bad qualities in each. There are no archetypes, just well-developed characters.

Art- The art is... interesting. The people are drawn nicely, and I really like the abstract qualities the artist brought into the work that held meaning within the story. It's definitely a different art style, but I truly did come to appreciate all the work and effort put into making the art mean something deeper.

Other- At first when I finished this story I was a little disappointed. It did not turn out at all as I had expected, I was too caught up in the clichés I had grown used to. But in retrospect I find that this story is actually a very well-crafted story and quite worthy of the time it takes to read it!

8/10- Was good
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Wow...amazing life lesson/moral.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by fufufuyen
August 16th, 2012, 12:49pm
A really great read. While the art was good, I didn't like how he reused the same pictures all the time. Even so, that doesn't make me rate it anyless; everything was just very unique, with the panels and the scarce coloring. The background (especially the fairground scenes) was beautifully drawn.

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I loved the metaphor with Il Deung's head as well. It was amazing to see how our opinions of R could change so much: dubious of his sanity, seeing how he was actually much like a child, as Yoon Ah had mentioned before, than the clever hottie we saw at first glance.

Just great.

As for the ending and the story:
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I love how the author played with your emotions on whether or not R was a "real magician" or not. We really understood the confusion in Ah Ee's heart. Of course, he turns out not to be legit, but I think the matter was that in the end, he was still a "real magician" in the sense that he changed both Il Deung's and Yoon Ah's life, as if by magic.

The ending was very fitting in my opinion; it left many open doors, especially in the romance, which I think is not bad at all.


This manhwa was the first I ever read and I think it meant a lot to me. I can understand Yoon Ah, Il Deung, and R very well.
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Adults/society may make you confused and doubt what you are doing, but as long as you hold onto and follow what is precious to you, you will never be astray. You'll also be able to cope also with the harsh realities that result from those around you, so you shouldn't be afraid (like R) of growing up. How is doing something you enjoy, no matter how childish, bad? Even if it seems stupid and odd to other people, it is a form of magic. I think when we start growing up and start looking down on those type of things, what we are in fact doing is narrowing down our scope of what we can see, and thus enjoy. Being a child at heart is an amazing magic trick, and we all can do it. We just have to follow our hearts, as trite and simple as that sounds.


As Steve Jobs has said in his speech to the 2005 Stanford graduates: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma--which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

This manhwa reminds me of Paradise Kiss. R resembles George so much and Yoon Ah with her idiosyncratic, recognizable hairstyle, like Yukari. R also had a similar personality to George at the beginning but of course that changes as you know.

Spoiler if you haven't read ParaKiss:
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The ending was also much like ParaKiss as well.


I agree with the person who says this is a modernized version of Peter Pan.

While we all have the fate of becoming adults someday, what we must learn is to keep a child's heart. To trust your instincts, to never become unteachable, to always go after the things you love and enjoy, and to always believe in magic.
Gassho.

... Last updated on June 29th, 2013, 1:14am
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HEAD?   
Rating: N/A
by farrafella
October 13th, 2010, 10:41am
Great story - love the way everythings black and white cept for her lips XD And the arts beautiful. But i have one question - WHATS WITH THAT GUYS HEAD? Am I seeing things cause his head is not a normal shape & everyones saying hes cute? Its strange....I don't understand!!!
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...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
July 7th, 2012, 12:34pm
I found this an interesting story to read. A small part of me wanted the magic to be real and for R to show them all that he was a real magician, but that's not really what this story's about. Likewise the perceived romance that could have happened between R and Ah-ee. It was never going to happen, to my mind, and therefore I didn't expect nor want them to get together.
The art was quite something. It was symbolic but in an open way: there was no "hidden meaning". You could actually understand what the author was trying to get at rather than having to re-read it many times to get the small hints. The artstyle fitted the story. I particularly liked the changing of the boy when he "stepped off the cold tarmaced road"; it was a nice touch.
I think the full impact of this manga would hit you if you read it all in one go, rather than chapter by chapter as I did. As such, it's kind of difficult for me to rate, because it's not average (5) but neither did I find it exceptional. Rather, it's the kind of manga that, while not difficult to understand, will probably leave you with a message that you'll remember.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2012, 12:36pm
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Made me believe in magic again...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by infinity9001
January 8th, 2012, 12:36am
Holy *#&!, this is so amazing.

First off, the art is unique to say the least. As previous reviewers have mentioned, it has a raw and surreal quality that is perfect for the story. Personally, I adore this weird, crazy art, but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea.

Second, the story and characters. The implications of poverty and its psychological impact are handled extremely well. Also, what seemed like a very cliche story about a poor student trying to make her way through life, turned out to be one of the most interesting and unique stories I've read. While the story does fall to certain cliches, like the super annoying female wanna-be-enemy of the main character, on the whole, the characters are very human, very three-dimensional, and you can connect to what they're feeling and the way their minds work. There's more to some of the characters than is seen at first - simply speaking, what may seem perfect may very well be an illusion.

I personally found this to be a thought provoking and addicting read. And I did end up crying through a lot of it, because alot of what happened was just so personal and I could relate to a lot of it. Definitely read this one no matter what.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2013, 10:05am
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Bad Luck Earth   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by TRMshadow
August 1st, 2011, 12:55am
I along with many others fell in love with this series... but sadly our love isn't enough to support the author. It's an amazing series, but don't get your hopes up about finishing it since the author him/herself contacted the scanlators asking them to cease and desist. I guess our only other option is to start learning Korean...
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Excellent yet equally depressing   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by MatrixM
June 14th, 2011, 7:27am
That's probably one of the things that makes this so work so good, how it manages to thrust these negative emotions upon us. The comedy is quite good when it appears, but the contrast is such that i often forget to laugh.

Beware of this one as it is not completely translated and it doesn't look like it will be anytime soon [translation halted due to translator leaving group]. This means that after ch11 we're left with a melancholy feeling with no clue as to whether the ending will be happy or just as depressing as many of the previous chapters.

That said, it is excellent.
EDIT: The group didn't resume because they were later contacted by the author (or maybe it was the publisher) and asked to stop. They were in talks to find a compromise but that went on for a very long time and another group took over.
EDIT: Ok, it's all translated now and it does lighten up in the last ten chapters, at least i think it does. The final chapter seemed a tad of a let-down but it's a little bit better than if it were to have ended with chapter 26 (which would have been acceptable but when i read it i was thinking 'i hope there's one more chapter')

... Last updated on June 1st, 2013, 10:06pm
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Splendid   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by ejusdemgeneris
May 2nd, 2011, 3:41am
The art is great, with its dark ambience. Since I am not yet used to webtoons, this stands out amongst others pretty much. Also, there is a sense of surrealism, especially how one character who was supposedly handsome was drawn in an awkward way, which reminds me much of Oyasumi Punpun.
Now in terms of story, I find it very depressing at first, but at the end of every chapter, the author makes it a point to make its readers cling to hope. It doesn't take time in building up the story and does not infodump, which makes reading it quite clear.
The characters are very likeable, especially the protagonist, who actually is very realistic. The magician's rhetoric is something, but not unique in comics, but how he ascribes his belief makes the read more worthy of time.

Overall, I highly recommend this webtoon to everyone.
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