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City of Dead Sorcerer  
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Description
The year is 2014, a new substance, SDE01, commonly referred to as "Mana" is discovered by a group of Russian scientists. The world plunges into a development race to find uses of this new seemingly unlimited source of energy that cannot be seen or felt.

16 years after the discovery, it's now the self-proclaimed Age of Magic, where you can download an App to your very phone and cast magic. However, heavy restrictions have been imposed over the available spells, and the required paperwork to even use a high level spell are astronomic.

Among the citizens of this new world, a red robed mysterious man seems capable of wielding extremely powerful magic in a way that should not be possible. It's unknown what his aim is or what he wants to accomplish. All that's known about this mysterious person is that he has been using forbidden level spells to kill evil-doers throughout the city.

But detective Kim is in charge of catching this murderer/hero. And he doesn't plan on giving up.

Original webtoon

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
죽은 마법사의 도시
City of the Dead Magician
City of the Dead Sorcerer
Dead Sorcerer's City

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
116 Chapters (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (209 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.11 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 8th 2014, 7:21am PST


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Year
2011

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #398 decreased(-69)
Monthly Pos #334 increased(+12)
3 Month Pos #349 decreased(-1)
6 Month Pos #272 increased(+21)

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On 1494 reading lists
On 459 wish lists
On 23 unfinished lists
On 181 custom lists

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Funny, Different, and Intriguing Read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ultimate.dreamer
April 30th, 2013, 8:55pm
I've been following this one on Naver every Tuesday Korean time, and really enjoy it even though I don't understand it. EGScans has picked this one up and it is now being released regularly.

The plot is a bit confusing at first, and the main character is presented in a bad-guy sort of way, but there is a lot more to him than meets the eye. I'm not really sure how to describe this webtoon other than the mystery behind the "crimson robe" and the random old guy and grandson showing up just really grabbed my attention.

It is sci-fi, but really not so much in the future. It's kinda like technology has truly taken over, which is kinda like how it is now, but in this story the technology is like "magic". It's a mix between not-too-distant future and not-too-unbelievable-fantasy.

I think "comedy" should be added as a genre tag because I laughed quite a bit reading this, even in the Naver raws. Humor always draws me in a story. The characters have some really funny expressions.

edit: I see comedy has been added. Thanks!

... Last updated on January 18th, 2014, 10:18am
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wut?   
Rating: N/A
by bludvein
October 16th, 2012, 9:41pm
I wonder, did you even read the series crazy? Your review/summary is just plain wrong in several parts.

Anyway, the protagonist is the "Crimson Robe". This is readily apparent before this first arc is even over. Hell, he even has his picture on the series page.
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Thoughts so far...   
Rating: N/A
by crazyboutcute
June 26th, 2012, 10:30pm
I stumbled upon the webcomic by complete chance and was instantly pulled in by the first chapter's introduction of this story's take on magic. A lot of sci-fi series that I've read have tended to be uncomfortably overwhelming at the onset, so I enjoyed and appreciated this series's "how we got here" approach to showing the gradual changes the world has undergone in order to reach the place it is at in the story. Though the idea of controlling magic through apps sounds ridiculous, the author has managed to make it believable and even conceivable by depicting sequences of cause and effect, introducing problems that arise with the free use of magic and then showing how the government remedies them by creating restrictions. This is all done in the first chapter, ensuring that the reader is relatively comfortable with the physics of this alternate future before heading into the story. Suffice to say, this whole setup felt very real to me, and so I have to give the author props for that.

As for the actual story, it's intriguing and high-tension but also thought-provoking and psychological, asking the reader to think before judging. This series presents a beautiful example of "grey and gray morality," as even the characters admit that they are merely doing what they believe is right as opposed to acting in accordance with some universal ideal of good and evil. It's this dynamic that makes the story so interesting. In essence, this comic is everything Death Note should have been but wasn't. Whereas Death Note floundered under the direction of a bad writer (who even admitted in an interview that he didn't care about the issue of conflicting moralities despite basing a series around the concept), this manhwa flourishes under that same principle (there's even a Death Note reference within the comic).

The protagonist of this story, Detective Kim Hyunook (who, for those who are curious, looks very much like the lovechild of Roy Mustang and Lin Yao from Fullmetal Alchemist ^.^; ; ) , dismisses the idea of real-life heroes, postulating that the desire for power and a pull towards absolute justice are entirely incompatible. He himself pursues justice - this is obvious in his devotion in revealing the truth behind a schoolgirl's alleged suicide. However, in that same case, he fails stop himself from using his power and status to verbally and sadistically torment the culprit, revealing a very human part of himself in doing so - that he is so enraged by the girl's murder that he inflicts unnecessary suffering on the man despite having "served justice" by apprehending him. Furthermore, the story's antagonist, the serial killer Crimson Robe, is shown to have a sensitive side - and is, in fact, very broken - despite what the ruthlessness of his crimes projects about him. In particular, his guilt at
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having brutally murdered the young man he thought was responsible for the schoolgirl's suicide before realizing that the video that supposedly drove her to kill herself had never been spread after all
reveals him to be an actual human character with genuine emotional disturbances rather than an idealistic sociopath. These two characters seem to be incomplete yin and yang to each other, and it'll be interesting to see how they develop and change in the coming chapters.

So yeah, TL;DR: So far, this manhwa has an intriguing premise with likable, complex characters and a suspenseful but quite profound plot. The art is beautiful, a pleasure to see in full-color. I also must admit that I liked all the references to Korean pop culture that were thrown in (i.e. one of the characters' fathers is seen watching the k-drama Boys Over Flowers and a case is named BEAST after "that old idol group" xD). For now, I definitely recommend this one!

Edit in response to bludvein: I would like to ask you the same question. Also, could you kindly direct my attention to the errors in my review so that I might go about correcting them? I follow this series as the chapters are released, so there may be some inaccuracies with regards to particular details I may have forgotten between waits, but really, if there is something I wrote that is "just plain wrong," I would very much like to know what it is. In regards to your question about who the protagonist is, the word "protagonist" is defined as "the leading character." As the story is mainly told through Detective Kim's POV, I think it's safe to assume that he is the main protagonist. Of course, a work can easily have more than one protagonist and be told from multiple POVs, as has been demonstrated in certain chapters of this webtoon, but I don't think I'm at all wrong in what I said.

... Last updated on October 25th, 2012, 6:49pm
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MOOOAAARRR   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by frostmachine
February 15th, 2012, 8:48pm
Read till ch08.

This is seriously good.Within the limits of webtoons, it got a decent pace n a good flow. The story is engaging. Good effort in creating the story world. Artwork is good. Stories like this makes you asking for "MOOAAARR!".
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