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.
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Beautiful criticism of (Korean) society
Ha Il-Kwon has done it again. A coming-of-age story with a lot of veiled criticism regarding the world of children vs. the world of adults, portrayed through beautiful stylistic art. The art is absolutely gorgeous, and it's worth reading for the style of storytelling alone. Theme revolves around adults/children and the creative imagination of "magic" vs. practical adult matters (e.g. finance).
If you do read it however do make sure you read it on the correct website, as some versions actually make significant changes to the original art (the pictures, not just text!!) which can quite affect your experience without you even knowing it.
It's a fantastic story illustrated perfectly. The author/artist uses visual elects of the story to get some point across such as use of color and character design which I found brilliant. The plot was somewhat hard to dive into however by the end I ended up loving it. This webcomic felt like it was written in a way to make you actually feel like the main character. Like her you want to believe in him(the magician) yet you are as skeptical as she is due to the realities of life and by what society dictates. Usually I hate endings but I wouldn't have wanted a better ending for this, it's just perfect in its mystery. The final thing I have to say for annarasumanara is that it's a beautiful work of art and imagination with easily relatable points.
the suspense was great and kept me reading although the story was ok. it ended somewhat confusing, although i do get a gist of what it's trying to tell. i guess i was looking forward to romance but there wasn't really any. it's very subtle nonetheless.
I've read this 6 times. I still tear up every time.
I, too, want magic in my life.
This webtoon was the first series ever to make me cry because I realized I was stuck in a similar situation as these characters who don't have the magic in their lives. It was the one story that made me say, "If only I can meet a magician like that." (it gave me hope too). I think many people feel the same as I do.
This manga tackles the question that everyone asks at some point in their lives: Are we really living? Do we believe in the magic of living as who we truly wish to be? Are we happy? Are we free? is our world a world of color, or has it been stagnated by reluctance and fear? ... etc.
Even now, I think I'm still in awe with this series. Kudos to the author. If there is one series that reached the depth of my soul, Annarasumanara is the one.
P.s. This story also manages to be magical with its refreshing art style and heavy symbolism.
... Last updated on April 25th, 2015, 11:14pm
It was pretty deep. I would give this one a 8.5 at the very least. I actually found the asphalt road suffocating rather than cold, always having to be told and listen to my father as he tells me what to become and what no to become, always endless talking, and IT is suffocating. dam this manga it really really digs way too deep.
first of all the art is really pretty. so pretty. like it was a person that you saw in passing in the train and you dont know why but you just cant take your eyes off of him/her even though there is nothing particularly catchy in their appearance. i dont know why. the art is simple but really pretty.
storywise, it was really refreshing. i thought it was going to be one of those feel good stories at first when the colors started coming but i was wrong. it would make you feel like you are with the characters as well, the magician would want to make you believe too. but circumstances are put inside the story that would make you question everything and it was made in a sense that everything is designed to make you feel for yourself and the characters. i love them all btw.
This made me want to believe in magic too.
This is such a beautiful webtoon with so much meaning behind it. This story makes me cry every time I read it (3rd time now)
It really struck home for me because I live just like the boy in the story: trapped on an asphalt road that speeds to no where... I want to enjoy life more after reading this story! Life isn't just about following social conventions!
... Last updated on November 9th, 2014, 2:09pm
Cool it was~
I thought it would be scary but it turned out to be so extraordinary, so different, well webtoons Korean manhwa usually have a different feel
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I knew that Il Deung and his parents having a loooong neck symbolises them having much pride and arrogance, and when Il Deung lost it, he became that really handsome dude everyone was saying, at first I thought it was some inside joke about him being handsome when he looks like a sausage ==, hah, well I'm glad to see he turned back to normal(?) after that :) Oh! And so happy to see Ah-Ee and Il Deung performing magic, never giving up their dreams after the magician left, uwah that's awesome
All the way I enjoyed reading this, and how the manhwa was drawn out so differently, the mangaka really left a touch of his magic in it, beautiful~...to me it mainly was the magician's life, kept me thinking is he a real magician or not, but thinking back he truly is REAL by influencing and saving the two kids' lives, live how they should want to live...well social standards really pressure us kids, don't they? Can't wait to see a short sequel of this, the magic hasn't end yet XD Add-ons: I think this is my first time being intrigued by a manga/manhwa that does not have romance as the major theme. And how the female lead can still keep her cool while facing difficulties all the time really amazes me, guess she knows that there's no use whining or getting angry about her circumstances, it will not change anything, most important thing is to take action!
... Last updated on August 24th, 2014, 4:07am
Great story, touching AND funny.
I sure got a kick out of Na Il-deung's head. Especially when the girls were saying he was so handsome.
But it's a really good story, with something as short as this, it's either rushed or has a beautiful ending, I have to say it's the latter. And the art is great too, not just "the art is pretty" kind of way but the ingenuity and composition of his artwork is great too. Overall it's a great read and I'm sure I'll read it again sometime. Definitely worth a reread.
(I got to admit I almost fell out of my chair when I realized he also wrote God of Bath)
It's bittersweet and wonderfully poetic. The story is also accompanied by beautiful visual symbolism: the scene where she is literally running on money; the house of the "big headed" family which is unnecessarily gaudy with massive diamond and all, yet simultaneously fragile (literally "2 dimensional" and flat) compared to the surrounding houses. I agree with another reviewer here saying the plot is essentially the modern day Peter Pan. It does have quite a bit of angst associated with it, a dark, despairing mood and is a tad melodramatic (only for my tastes though), but you're really missing out if you don't read his masterpiece at least once. It's surprisingly complex.