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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)
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1009 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 12th 2014, 7:38pm 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)
Weekly Pos #116 increased(+58)
Monthly Pos #166 (No change)
3 Month Pos #104 increased(+41)
6 Month Pos #172 increased(+110)

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This is very relevant to society today.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
December 29th, 2013, 1:22pm
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 July 25th, 2014, 10:22pm
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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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Makes me want to believe in magic   
Rating: N/A
by Hikari13
March 29th, 2013, 9:44pm
I like this series because even thou one of the main characters is trying to convince you to believe in magic like a child would: the story itself is realistic and tries to teach a valuable lesson.
The characters, their emotions and their actions don't feel fake, over the top or simply ridiculous.
Even thou we have the usual: poor girl, rich guy, murmuring students and a 'magical/unbelievable guy; none of them feel cliched- plus within these 27 chapters you can get to know more about the characters than you would after 10 volumes in the usual shojou manga.
Anyway, I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a realistic story with a magical touch.
Also, even thou the genre list includes romance, the story doesn't dwell to much on the characters romantic feelings; so if you want romance this is probably not for you.
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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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Amazing atmosphere and well elaborated   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LoveMi
February 2nd, 2013, 9:24pm
This was a totally different manga for me. I don't know how to explain it, but the atmosphere is different... The drawing, the display of the story (loooooong vertical page - I've never seen mangas this way before) and the psychological/filosofical meaning of the manga is just MAGICAL. hehehe Even if the drawings are simple, as people said here, this simplicity just makes the story beautiful.
The end is a little bit sad but it just makes you think more, like how society and life works, etc.

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2013, 9:25pm
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***   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 27th, 2013, 3:47pm
     I read this only because a friend recommended it to me. If I have to admit something about this manga, it's that it was almost a complete waste of time to read. I think the point of this story is to follow the simple and creative yet bizarre existence of the girl and the magician; how the magician's childish and innocent belief can inspire doubtful characters into having hopes and confidence again. I loved this moral in the story; however, on another note, the artwork is extremely plain (I believe, to match the simplicity of the story) and almost unbearable. All of the characters are very loveable and memorable, each having their own ways of dealing with situations.

... Last updated on January 27th, 2013, 3:47pm
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Good but with some weaknesses   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by zengoats
January 17th, 2013, 10:57pm
Annarasumanara had all the components of a really great series, but for me, it fell a little short in some respects. First, the art is very pretty. I really enjoyed the artist's use of 3D art as well as 2D art (though this is later abandoned after the first couple chapters). I also enjoyed the idea behind the asphalt road and the discussion of what it really means to be an adult in society. However, I felt as though the writing for the manhwa was too blunt. It just tells the reader what (s)he should think about being an adult. I wish it was more open-ended or at least acknowledged the validity of wanting your child to be a "successful adult" instead of painting Il Jeung's parents as very one-dimensional characters. It's a good idea, but the execution was too biased for my taste. The other issue that I have with this manhwa is the plot. It's slow to a fault, and some scenes just aren't necessary and bog down the work as a whole.
Annarasumanara is decent, but I felt deeply unsatisfied after reading it because it could have been much better. If you have time and this genre appeals to you, give it a look. If not, you're not missing too much.
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Artistic   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
January 6th, 2013, 1:08am
Very artistic work, and in many ways, very beautiful and exquisite. A short, sweet story with a touch of sadness that is worth the read. However, I am not one that is able to rate this a 10 purely based on its artistic value. I have this at 8/10 as I wasn't blown away by the story itself. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read that will give readers something unique to think about.
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Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by secretcina
December 28th, 2012, 1:28am
While reading I felt like I was experiencing the story as the main character, i was confused when she was, mad when she was and I also gradually began to like R as she did. I seriously despised the stupid artistic value and thought that the storyline was slow and a little pointless. I can't get over how stupid that man's head shape was, if you read it I'm sure you know who I'm talking about. The ending was really amazing though and I'm not exagerating. It made me cry a little bit but I love stories like that. smile
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Okay   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by tmthuy
October 8th, 2012, 1:56pm
The art is relatively different from what you usually see in typical shoujo manga. The author has made an attempt to deliver a surreal atmosphere that reflects the mood of the characters.
There are certain life lessons embedded into the story. Readers from Asian countries may empathize with the characters.The story does reflect society in China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore whereby parents place a lot of stress on studying and getting a degree.
Albeit all of these, I feel that the manhwa is overrated, similarly to all other manhwa on mangaupdates (except for Let Dai). Sometimes I feel like K-pop fans and Koreans are flooding the site with positive and only positive comments of manhwa. Frankly, this manhwa doesn't deserve the abnormally high average rating of 8.9/10. I feel that I was not that emotionally invested in the manhwa; it still lacks something to differentiate it from the typical shoujo comics.

... Last updated on October 8th, 2012, 1:58pm
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