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From NetComics: Set in a soulless neo-Seoul ruled by young punks and pleasure seekers, an amoral teenager named Dai is the living embodiment of the city's beauty and cruelty.
As the leader of the vicious Furies gang, Dai seduces everyone who lays eyes on him, only to blind them to his own barbaric nature. When an honest schoolboy named Jaehee rescues a beautiful girl from being mugged by the Furies, he can't possibly realize how this brief encounter will plunge him into a downward spiral of unbridled passion and unfathomable pain.
From his brutal gang initiation to an unspeakable act committed against his girlfriend, Jaehee wavers uncomfortably between revulsion and fascination. And in Dai he finds a tender, caring friend one moment and a heartless sociopath the next, awakening strange and unhealthy desires in Jaehee that he could never before have imagined.
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Worth the time you'll spend reading it.
I just finished reading this, and I immediately plunged myself into the comments section for this story, desperately seeking some sense of closure, which is rarely a good thing.
However, If I'm honest, I can think of very, very few negative things to say about this series. The author managed to keep track of a handful of well-developed characters, masterfully entwining their lives and experiences in ways that kept me turning pages all the way to the end. Her musings on the human mind, though sometimes phrased in flowery language, were often very interesting and insightful, and through her beautiful art and storytelling, I came to understand her characters' despair. I felt like I could know these characters. Not only that, I felt that they were real teenagers mad and illogical and crazy in love, where in a lot of manga and manhwa, the characters are all empty, unrealistic caricatures. I respect that, and treasure it when I find it. Some of the minor characters seemed slightly hollow or ridiculous, but that wasn't too bad.
The story was excellently crafted and the main characters especially were very well developed. The art was beautiful and expressive. I can't give the story a higher rating because of a couple of small faults (namely, some melodramatic dialogue, internal monologue, and contrived events) but I really, truly enjoyed the story and respect the author a lot. She is a masterful storyteller. If you can get past a few small bumps in the story, the character interactions are a joy to watch.
Or maybe I could also say that I just really, really enjoyed all the character analysis and the absolutely gorgeous angst and aesthetic suffering, of which I am terribly fond.
there are rare cases where shounen-ai is drawn realistically, and where you encounter deep complex stories , it's so rare to find these types of shounen-ai stories because usually they're short and right to the point. But in this story, the author really puts everything out there for what really is and doesn't sugarcoated. and this is what makes it a great story.
... Last updated on May 11th, 2011, 11:24am
What I enjoyed most, was this wasn't about trival "love" and teenager things. The imagry used to describe feelings was beautiful. The points the characters made about life and death and moving forward were very strong.
The ending absolutly threw me off. In the last volume, in the beginning, you find out how it will unfold---in that sense you get a sense of relief...because when the climax happends you already know the outcome. But the final page was unexpected. You'll think there will be a poetic last though, or some inspirational (or tragic) quote...but it's nothing of the sort. The biggest cliffhanger. But it's good in a way....it leaves everything up to your imagination.
I've just registered to give my vote for Woon Soo-yeon's work - stunning, touching, exciting and somehow close to me. One of the best mangas I ever read ^^;; (though I haven't finished it yet.. and hope that mangaka will be good to her main characters ^^ pooh~)
Updated: it's been a long time since i've registered here on mangaupdates, and I have been reading a lot of manga since then. But this one will always stay special to me, i really love this manga ^-^ It's really strange, how all other works by Woon Soo-yeon don't resemble this one even a bit. (It's actually the same with another wonderful manga Sakura-Gari by Watase Yuu). For me, it feels like those kinds of manga are created by their authors out of some kind of afflatus #^^#
... Last updated on October 27th, 2012, 4:05am
minor problems, major story
This was a really great manhwa, I mean, it wasn't your typical school-life genre or your typical shounen-ai. Honestly, even a person who doesn't like homosexual relationships would enjoy this I think.
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I mean a person actually dies, and in such a way that it impacts the whole story and the audience. They don't go missing or insane, they actually die, which makes it so much more realistic in my eyes.
The only thing is that the ending is a bitch, and honestly, sometimes Jaehee really annoys me. I love his character, but the constant musings on the world and his INTENSE adoration for Dai is really overwhelming. And I find it difficult to believe that a guy like Dai wouldn't be scared away. This isn't a big problem obviously, and more of a personal thing.
Also, the author sometimes brings in a random character or setting, that has no relevance later on, to clear up the story for the audience. Although it was helpful I feel that it made the story feel rushed in the end, like there wasn't enough time for a proper ending.
All in all, this was an amazing manhwa! Even though it had its short-comings (like everything else) it is probably the best illustrated story I have ever read. It was full of emotion, and the almost end was tear jerking. The art was great and the characters relatable. Obviously the author could have spent more volumes on it, but think of her poor suffering hands and wrists! 15 volumes is a lot for a manhwa, and it was worth reading every one of them! (haha, you can sometimes tell the author was becoming tired of drawing, as she used the same illustrations for certain panels, although, I would have done that too!)
Couldn't stop reading...
I just finished reading this and have got to agree with PrettyAyumi's comment...I'm so in shock right now; to me, the ending felt more like it was increasing loose ends rather than tying them up.
Overall, this story was incredibly captivating and I couldn't tear my eyes away from the characters and the destruction they were pulling themselves into because of their emotions. It was unique in that it had a detailed narration of the characters' thoughts and emotions throughout, and there were certainly parts where I felt like I could relate to how they were feeling.
However, I must say that I also found many parts melodramatic or over-dramatic, as if I was watching a soap opera, and I especially get irritated at Jaelee's constant puking/crying because of his over-sensitivity (even though I do like Jaelee a lot).
Still, that doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed how a lot of events in the story tie together and how all of the main characters are very well-developed, and I was particularly drawn to Eunhyang's character, which is rare because female characters usually play such a minor role in BL manga/manwa.
I really feel like I've gone on a journey with all of these characters for 15 volumes, watching them struggle and change and morph into something else by the end of the story. I fell in love with most of the characters, even with their flaws, and I think that makes the story even more beautiful. It's only frustrating that it ended the way it did.
... Last updated on August 22nd, 2010, 12:18am
really good, just too long
I liked this series a lot, but to be honest, i skipped a lot of parts cause i felt it was going to slow sometimes, so make sure you're in the mood when you start read this. Some people say they hate the ending, but i like it, it gave me hope on life for some reason, the ending of Lucky-kun is much much worse and sudden (i cried like for three hours), so this ending is really ok. The drama is good, some people say Dai changes a bit through the story, but i feel he changes a lot, so it leaves you acomplished feeling. Jaehee is a bit too self righteous sometimes, but is a likeable character all in all. Also, be prepered to totally hate some characters. Somethings are left with loose ends, but they are small and not even at the end of the series. Overall it's a good series with good characters, but sometimes too slow, a bit shorter would ahve been better, like 10 vol instead od 15 (even less :s).
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Omg, I'm so furious and unsatisfied with the ending. The series was good but the ending was, ugh. I was like, wtf?! This could not be the last page that I'm reading right? There has to be more! I'm so sorry, I just finished reading the series and I am still reeling from the shock of it. I prepared myself for a really sad ending but the way the series ended? Totally unexpected.
Some more comments for the series: Sometimes, it was just too wordy. I got tired of reading too much text. I liked the development of the plot and the emotions are very good. Character development was done very well. Naru Hagi is really refreshing. :)
... Last updated on June 19th, 2010, 12:55am
when you see the genres here you can have an idea of what might happen... but even if u think you are ready for it.... like i did... you better dont fool yourself xD
sorry if im not of those who will say something complex in order to give a fullfilling comment cz the manhwa deserves it.. this story has for me No comparation. There are so many things that happened but each one of them are there just to make you understand how complete and special their love was. It makes you think about the reality and how we react in front of a gay couple. And that in life there are things we will never ever understand nor fix but that life itself is worth at some point. geez i kinda got carried away
Anw awesome/excellent/great story "ill engrave it into my heart forever"
... Last updated on January 10th, 2011, 2:00pm
a must a must a must
I was incredibly skeptical of this at first but heard constantly how amazing it was, and, needless to say, it was not a let down. Dai is absolutely cruel to Jaehee at first -- I was horrified by the brutality but it does ease up (slightly) towards the end. It's amazing, and the art is beautiful, a lot more than I originally gave it credit for.
the ending wasn't what I wanted but implied, so I'm happy with it. it's amazing, let dai, and a definite read!