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From Tokyopop: Lang-bee knows the value of money. After her mother runs a vitamin drug scam and goes on the lam, Lang-bee is alone to fend for herself. Lang-bee repays the people scammed by her mom with the money she makes working for her fellow students. When she pursues her love interest in Dan Won, the rich, emotional heir to a corporate empire. Lang-bee competes against Yuka Lee, her nemesis, in the chase for Dan Won. Who will he choose?
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this began as one of my favourite mangas, it was funny and unique according to plot and characters. I really likes the artwork and splash pages too, very cutesy. Being only 3 volumes long, I expected a dramatic end... instead... it just cuts off, tying no lose ends. It was disappointing, I didn't even bother reading the one shot at the end. But i still have good memories laughing, though the translation is pants... =__=;; I didn't get what was with Jimmy too ~__~;; I'm guessing he was dumped... but... it doesn't explain well into the story... nothing does T__T!!!!
... Last updated on March 10th, 2008, 12:30am
What shocks me is that two people would give this a 10. Were those pity votes? To quote others here, this series is a "hot mess." Overall, the plot is more like a collection of events, rather than a coherent story which attempted to build towards anything. And the so-called ending! For a 3 volume series, the number of major unresolved plot threads (kapuppy does a nice job detailing them) at the end is staggering.
Even worse, the characters are just as undeveloped as the plot: Lang Bee doesn't evolve at all through out the series and ends up being a one-note character, memorable only for her steadfast love of money. Jimmy was written as a total enigma--yes he was entertaining and mysterious, but without understanding his motivations, he was difficult to really care about. Dan had some potential (his bad poetry was awesome and I felt bad for how desperate he was to have some friends), and could've been a character you rooted for, but he got treated more like the punchline to a joke, rather than a character we were really supposed to care about. How on earth it got licensed is a mystery. Save your money for something else.
... Last updated on March 9th, 2008, 3:01am
The whole story was good... until the end.
The plotline was ok, Jimmy was cool, Lang-bee was ok, but I hated DanWon!!! Yeah, I was rootin' ferr him to get the girl, but man was he annoying!!! And the ending? Does that even count as an ending?? I'm hoping there's a sequel or something to this 'cause it was downright empty for me. I mean come on! Actually thought it was pretty decent until the ending, but i don't suggest yah read it. Just leaves you empty.
... Last updated on February 20th, 2008, 8:22pm
I liked it, but way too many loose ends.
I actually liked the idea and characters (I thought Dan Won was dorky and cute and was totally rooting for him), but this series should have been at least twice as long. It sort of wanders around and sets the stage for fun stuff and then just stops. The main romance is resolved I suppose (but although you can guess, you never actually KNOW how she really feels) but dammit I want payoff cuteness like an epilogue with the world's most retarded date or something. And more development! What was up with her lesbian buddy? What happens to Yuka? WTF is Jimmy's deal? How did he meet her mom and why does he like her and why is he alone at his age and how is he such a badass? And what about the closure and reconciliation Lang-Bee clearly needs to have with her mom? And why did that one chick give Lang-Bee her card and then it never got mentioned again? Argh
To me, stories are like hiking up a plot mountain to the climax. As you go, you pick stuff up and take it along, because you'll need to use it at some point. Authors, don't give the reader a bunch of crap to carry and then never do anything with it!
As an aside, am I on drugs or is Leedo in the last story a dude? I mean, okay, we never have barechested proof, but this mangaka knows how to draw cute girls and, uh, that's a dude, I swear. (I'd need to see the original text to be sure, but come on, just look at it! Were the translators afraid of a little hint of gayness or something? >_>)
... Last updated on February 8th, 2008, 12:44am
First ever that i actually forced myself to read. The plot itself would have been fine, the comedy was good but the characters aside from Jimmy and sometimes Lang Bee totally sucked. Not to mention that ending, i mean can that be even call an ending and so confusing to no end. Honestly this one is certainly bad for me but not the worst since at least i read it.
the ending was totally bad. maybe lang-bee's mom died and jimmy was the reincarnation of the mom coz at the end it shows of the field that the mom & lang-bee has some dramatic scene at the beginning of the story... grrr i thought i was missing a last volume and i started looking here but it was really the end.
... Last updated on January 3rd, 2008, 7:02am
Ok but sad ending
I like that manga. I know the ending was to quick (i think it should have one more volume) and maybe not fair for Jimmy, but I think it would be not fair too if the things go bad for Dan. In my opinion Jimmy was very selfish in the last volume. I was keeping my fingers crossed for Dan. It's sad that it ends like it, but I like it too. However It's a pity that some problems weren't resolved.
The story was okay but the ending was awful. It wasn't even an ending. I never knew what was going on. What happened with her "stepfather"?? But then again, I wasn't expecting much because it's the same author as "Kill Me Kiss Me" and that manhwa was such a mess. The only thing I like from her manhwa is the artwork, but she isn't good at making stories.
... Last updated on October 21st, 2007, 5:36pm
it did seem to be going somewhere with plot developments which were full of opportunities, but it failed to satisfy with its ending. It's like Sister Red, too many questions left unanswered, like the author suddenly got tired of it and dropped it out of the blue... I gave it 6 for being entertaining while it lasted, and it lost 4 for its ending. Thanks to [Purple Innocence] for scanning it.
Tokyopop licenses some of the most.. gah.. series like these are just not worth being licensed, there are so many more out there that are better off being licensed. Though i guess it's not so bad cause if they were licensed, most of the time they will be dropped by scanlating groups, and we have to read tokyopops bad translations.. and other companies like Viz that are just.. they dont even redraw and there are many faults..