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A 19 year old girl with a rare growth disorder that leaves her in the body of a small child meets a boy with a mental disorder, who has the mind of a small boy in a 17 year old's body. A Friendly Winter shares with us the endearing story of their day-to-day lives, joys and tribulations.
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Thank you for this manga
This manga made me cry. I'm a 20 year old man and I cried huge tears. Thank you world for having such awesome manga such as this that moves my heart to such a degree.
Smiles and tears mingle....
I was expecting the story to be more focussed on romance(its been wrongly tagged in mangahere). Let's just say i was pleasantly surprised. While reading this i realised just how many important things happen in our day-to-day life without us even noticing them.
this webtoon is basically a slice of life of two unusual people. though it initially focusses more on their friendship, later it delves deeper into da-jeong's family relationships. I felt that the plot was very realistic in the manner that nothing is resolved instantly. Every conflict takes its own sweet time during the duration of which the characters develop wonderfully. Personally I liked da-jeong the best. she is not perfect but perfect(in a way).
Some people may complain about the lack of humour in the second half in comparison to the first. However the manhwa-ka apologised for that in the afterword. And i hope that future readers overlook that too because this is one webtoon you must at least try reading.
... Last updated on September 28th, 2013, 3:44am
Everything that is needed
I don't have to say much. This is exactly what a romance slice-of-life drama needs: serious premise, nice art, pleasant und diverse characters, heart-wrenching drama, heart-warming scenes, and a slowly expanding plot. Is this realistic? Does this show the typical life of handicaped people? Probably not. But isn't that fine?
Plot. Characters. Art. What else do you want? - 9.5/10
... Last updated on June 16th, 2013, 9:32am
So. F*ing. CUTE!
This is pretty much a really intense soap opera, but it is done in the best possible way. I love all of the main characters and think that they are brilliantly thought out. Da-jeong is by far my favorite (I see a lot of myself in her). If I was a girl with divorced parents and a growth disorder, I would probably act just like her, and a relateable character is something very appealing to me. I think most people appreciate when an author creates a character that seems almost as if it was based on your personality. Min-Seong makes me say "aww" every single chapter and makes me feel proud of him, sad for him, angry at him, and astounded by him. This author is an emotional genius!
Oh! I forgot to to mention the beautiful artwork! I love it. This manhwa has some of the better art that I've seen in a webcomic, maybe the best. If you are familiar with Feng Shen Ji, I would say they are similar, not in style but in quality.
... Last updated on September 24th, 2012, 1:17pm
Warm & cute <3
I've become addicted to this webcomic, it´s so cute TwT and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside ~ I wish the chapters were longer, it seems that there is so much more to the characters that we have yet to discover :') . I recommend it, it's a sweet and fresh read, plus the art is gorgeous ;D
... Last updated on September 2nd, 2012, 12:30pm
Everyone should at least try...
This story presented an interesting glimpse into the lives of two characters that are definitely not commonly found as protagonists. With each chapter I was drawn in by the two mains, and I can honestly say this story has softened my heart more to those with disabilities. It's a sweet story that focuses on the growth of two people who had troubles with just that.
Plot- The plot is quite like a slice-of-life and follows the events of Da-jeong's life primarily. The direction the story takes was not quite what I expected; going down a road centered more on Da-jeong's family. The plot was well paced, and included so many heart touching moments, I thoroughly enjoyed all the messages the story gave about love and family and friends and more.
Characters- The characters drove the story, and so were an integral part of the work. I enjoyed the depth of the characters, especially Da-jeong. She is a good girl, but sometimes she acts in unpleasant ways with her sharp tongue. It was interesting to watch both her and Min-Seong grow as the story progressed. Some people have complained about how much Da-Jeong cries, and I do have to admit that at times the crying reactions should have been lessened, but all in all she reacted in a very understandable and realistic manner.
Art- It may not be extremely pretty or ornate, but it was simple and cute and fit the story nicely.
Other- I enjoyed the story thoroughly and feel it's a story all readers should at least try. It has so many lessons that the world should learn. Selfishly, I wish the ending was a bit more closed. I realize that it's a very realistic work, and just like in reality it ends with the charactersí lives continuing on. I just wish I could have seen more I guess!
8/10- Was good
Thoroughly Enjoyed It
The Friendly Winter is great. I can't really comment on the accuracy of the webcomic's portrayal of people with disabilities, but for the most part, I think the comic is fairly realistic and shows the darker and grittier parts of life, which is pretty admirable. There aren't really any happy endings, and the characters are neither good nor evil; they're just flawed individuals who're trying the best they can to live in an forgiving world. The Friendly Winter's a very honest slice-of-life, and it's definitely worth checking out.
Really touching story
i randomly passed by this series and decided what the heck and read one chapter then that same evening i caught up completely at chapter 42 because of how touching the story is. the story is really sad and some times inspiring at points but really good. plus one commenter below was commenting on the way Da-jeong has no shame when she crys and i think even if she is an adult (barely since shes just 19) she still not 100% mature plus some girls cant control the way they cry, ive seen some who cry loud or fall on the floor too that were older or around her age so yea. Plus damn Min-Seong man he has too many scenes that want to put you to tears man its way too sad, man usually i only feel i like defending a girl or child from a bad situation and think that a guy should man it out but damn his case makes me want to beat the hell out of everyone that bullies or abuses him cause i do see him as a kid too. anyway it makes me think of how much you have to protect a mentally handicapped kid from the world and how much worse its gonna be once he gets old cause there will be less sympathy and more misunderstandings and judgments man like of course chapter 42
... Last updated on September 23rd, 2012, 5:14pm
Too much crying
This series was good but there was too much crying, also it was a little melodramatic. It seemed like the author wanted there to be drama but the drama was kind of mixed in together in some what of a mess. I would have enjoyed more conversations between the characters and also I thought there was
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romance? When I first looked at this series it had a romance tag, but it is not there now. I am glad because romance would have not worked out with the two main characters at all.
Overall it was a good concept that just needed a little bit of work.
Warm and Fuzzy and Cold
This webtoon is adorable, a veritable roller coaster of crying and giggling (more crying) as you empathize with the emotions of the characters and how they deal with prejudice, family tension, bullying and other issues or how they grow to value each other, their loved ones around them and slowly grow up.
Note that despite the intended gravity of the subject of disabilities, Lee Jun actually focuses relatively little on the intricacies of these, which might chagrin some readers who were looking for a more realistic portrayal of life with disabilities. As Wotonito mentioned, there might be some superficiality on certain emotions as well. I'm still a bit confused as to how exactly Da-jeong is supposed to behave, considering she's a 19 year old but looks like a 9 year old. She often acts like a child, despite her experience and perhaps her supposed rejection of being a child. Nevertheless, I often find myself thinking that that's not innaccurate, considering that most of us, as we age, don't necessarily feel all that much more matured, and considering that hormone levels and other factors of a child's body would play an important part in character.
And, whatever the extent of the realism or incomplete depiction of disabilities or the full range of emotions, where Lee Jun's crafstmanship really shines is in bringing together the different elements of our empathy, the characters' moods and very natural events to propel the human drama, making the series so touching and unique.