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Love in the Mask  
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From Tinte:
Suh Hyun-bin grew up under the cruel hand of street gangsters, but after her little brother dies, Hyun-bin runs away and is taken in by a rich family to be trained to become a bodyguard. However, she must hide that she is female, and pose as a man. And so, for eight years, she grows up as a cold, male, bodyguard. It looks like she'll be this way forever--until a fateful encounter with Lee Yun-ha shakes her very foundations, and leaves her conflicting with herself, as her feelings of love clash against her feelings of duty.


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v.32 c.131-134 (end) by Lila Wolves (1222d ago)
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves (1222d ago)
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves (1246d ago)
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32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (471 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.55 / 10.0
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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. 771 days, 21 hours, 49 minutes ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 772 days, 5 hours, 17 minutes ago
ch86 1572 days, 15 hours, 29 minutes ago
Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) 1714 days, 6 hours, 58 minutes ago

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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by meljus3
February 18th, 2012, 5:50am
I really love this story. And I thought the ending was okay too (all right, I got depressed over BiRak's death). I especially loved how the last part showed HyunBin and BiRak's kids together. It's as if they would be there to continue the love story between their parents that was never realized. On the other hand, the story was a bit too long. I mean, why drag the story and add characters that won't really add much to the plot? (I'm talking about the american guy here) Also, I hate how Lee Hyunha somehow lost his character at the later part of the story. He was really cool at first but he just seemed like a wimp toward the end making me sympathize more on BiRak and wish that he could be HyunBin's partner instead.
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Disappointing and Boring!   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by ffleur
January 4th, 2012, 4:00pm
Seriously?!? I mean... the ending was soooo annoying!
This story was SO BEAUTIFUL at the beginning... and because I loved the main characters and the plot, I pushed myself to read till the end.
But what a disappointment... to think that such a great story ended up like like. =/ I mean, there is a point in the story where they drag the plot endlessly, the suddenly, at the last few volumes, we rush through the story so fast that I couldn't really keep track of the story anymore. I got bored and lost. The last chapter was plain stupid and confusing... I wish we could hear more about the kids in the last page, though.
Still, it's a story worth reading. I just wish the artist would have granted us a better ending since we were dragged through 134 chapters. =[
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I'm confused o___o   
Rating: N/A
by seth_alucard
December 28th, 2011, 2:14pm
Love in the Mask was unrealistic, but I really liked the concept that a girl had to be a guy and fell in love with another, cool-looking guy. And then that love was like romeo and juliet. I fell in love with around the first 70 or 80 chapters, a little after she is in the gang. I was okay with the concept that her lover would be waiting for her. Those two were so in love, and I really liked watching them overcome obstacles with one another.
But as more chapters were released, the plot became too dirty. I didn't understand what was happening. I knew she loved Yunha (if that is his name o-o) so much, but why would she say she loves Bi Rak? I know she loves Bi Rak as a brother, or a family member. But did she really fall in love with him? I'm really confused x-x I thought she really loved Yun Ha, and once something happened to Bi Rak and five years passed by, she didn't remember Yun Ha? i know it's explained, but it seems really stupid that she would ever forget Yun Ha. And why wouldn't she stay true to her feelings? saying she loves Bi Rak? I'm so confused x-x
But the ending was really nice, but I kind of didn't want the oldest daughter to end up with a reincarnation or the son of Bi Rak o__o It's just....alittle strange because I don't understand the relationship between Hyun Bin and Bi Rak.
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My first Korean manhwa... got me hooked   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by KuroiTenshi
November 21st, 2011, 4:16pm
At first I loved this series, as Hyun Bin was a strong, no nonsense girl that packed a punch. I thought it was going to be one of those rare stories where the heroine actually sorts her life out without a breakdown of her and the people around her, but it wasn't quite it. Don't get me wrong, it is my favourite ever story that got me away from cutesy Japanese moe, but at some points I felt like banging my head on the wall. Firstly, the author knew it was going to be a long story, and frankly she could have done it in 5 volumes, because she fitted in every drama scenario possible. We have the false shounen-ai, rivals, evil foreigner, fights between corporations, miserable past, lost parents, lost memory, death of a friend, school bullying, rich girls and gang wars. In other words there is 3 different manhwas material and all of them would be of a better quality with no changes made, purely because Love in the Mask felt a bit of a mess. I loved Bi Rak and Hyun Bin, but other characters were just a pain. This is one of the most annoying ever comic, because by the time you realise it is going to be rubbish, you are already hooked and finish it in tears of sorrow for really well written comics that you should be reading. One last point to make, this is one of the worst drawn comics ever. My proportions are wrong when drawing, but this is a professional! It looks as if she had pre-cut eyes and blank faces and just added hair with a biro. If you can't draw make up for it next time with a more realistic story.
By the way, I still like it and the cover of volume 1 is my computer background.
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Do yourself a favour and don't waste your time   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
November 21st, 2011, 1:00pm
I admit it: I got totally caught up at the beginning. That feeling dragged me through all of the scans that were out without complaint - I loved it, I wanted more. Then, as the scans came out one by one I gradually lost interest. I reread the beginning and found it to be totally unrealistic and stupid. The premise was good, but this story was ruined by the characters and the cliches.
The girl (whatever her name was, the one Hyun-bin was protecting) started out as though she was actually a semi-decent human being, but all that stopped when she fell in love with Yun-ha. She cried, she was spoiled and the worst thing was her pseudo-apologises after which she repeated the very thing she was apologising for. The love between Hyun-bin and Yun-had was totally over the top and would never happen in real life. The evil girl (the one with the black hair)'s parents were totally unrealistic.
The ending was confusing. There were massive time skips and things were very rushed. I will say that I did like the very last pages where they showed what happened after the happy ending.
There was no character development and basically no plot. Do not waste your time.
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Brain Dead.   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by alex3510
November 21st, 2011, 10:12am
This plot was so confusing that I cannot even comprehend what is going on. At fist the plot was okay, then mediocre and last but not least it dropped off of the scale around chapter 75, as the plot flips so much it would make you vomit if it was a rollercoaster. Honestly, what was the author thinking while writing this? I would also like to add that the art is terrible and the women look like men, and vice versa. The main character leaves alot to be desired, as does every other character in this manwha. Also their expressions are like zombies. Their Crying faces = :I Their Happy faces= :I Their angry faces= :I Their shocked faces= :I . Honestly some scenes went like this:
:I - Oppa, I love you.
:I - I'm so sorry *cries?* I can't return your feelings.
:I - I hate you. I will KILL myself :I
Wrapping it up, it made my head hurt to follow along and I am certain that I lost brain cells trying to do so.

... Last updated on November 21st, 2011, 10:22am
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not that good.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Emilee0The0Strange
May 8th, 2011, 12:15am
im not finished with "love in the mask" im at vol. 3 and personally i think some one shots are better then this at the beginning it was unreal and was trying to hard and this "pig" person seems never talked about again. it seems a little i think rushed? but the fact those people die and that chick gets raped just seemed thrown in there to back them have a background i mean that rape was really just thrown in there for fun....and i know this is a manhwa but there acting sucks or the writer didn't put much anything into it, im still reading it to hope it gets better but i really wish it was better it's not even good to get me to stay up reading it in fact its a little boring so it makes me tired
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Another bites the dust   
Rating: N/A
by shakiya
May 3rd, 2011, 12:40pm
And thus ends another mass produced manhwa(if u can call it that) that Yu-Rang churned out. My best suggestion is that she will stop and think carefully of decent plots and characters before she acts on impulse and draws up another disaster. Yes, I said disaster. She has a habit of thinking up seemingly excellent plots but mucks them up until they are as murky as my mother's gumbo. Seeing as this is her 60+ manhwa I would expect some massive drawing change. I'm not saying her style is bad because I respect every mangaka's artistic style but when the style totally impedes one to draw up emotions in the readers and instead makes one reach the point of tearing off hairs or guffawing, you know lines have been drawn. Having said that, this, like ALL her works, suffers from the "everyone looks the same except hair" syndrome. Even when angst moments occur, the badly drawn facial expressions (same barbie doll eyes) just can't make me empathize these characters.

Some manhwa have terrible drawings but make up for good plots but this also have fatal flaws. Like many people that commented before me, disasters and disasters come consecutively after the other like a bad soap opera and all Hyun-bin goes is go"hyung hyung hyung". Shojo is a sensitive genre because I understand teen's romanticized notion of love, bf, etc but I have to wonder what is to be gained from reading works where these teens don't approach sensible adults for help, scheme scheme scheme, beat each other up to settle matters, and liking characters just because they are, I quote from many fans, "he is just so HOT!!!!!!!"
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Is Love in the Mask Good or Bad?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChadaseXP
April 10th, 2011, 3:09pm
This is the whole reason I took the time out to make an account here... Why all these bad reviews about Love in the Mask?? O_O

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT ITS REALLY LIKE (i'll try not to be too biased....)

First, I love how it's different from other Shoujo, where the girl only has half a brain and as soon as she falls in love decides to dump everything and act like a reatard. Hyun-bin is the strong kind of girl I like, she does get softer over time though. recently I was kind of shocked like,, "IS THAT REALLY HYUN-BIN??" But its just one of the ups and downs of her life.
She gets stronger, then gets to a weak point, but remains her dignity, I like that. (then strong again and continues like that)

Most of the characters are really good, and make sense, and I like the art for the most part, I've seen way worst.

Plus the fight seens are pretty good for a manhwa (when comparing them to a manga that focusing on fight you kind of are taken aback, but, you get used to it)


Okay, in this manhwa as youre reading you can really connect to the characters, and get a feel for what there like, which you really never get too much character development in mangas usually. So I like how EVERY character gets a background in this.

Now the bad news....
It's good, but you will hate some characters right off the bat, like.. You're just WAITING for there downfall the whole time! DX And um... Sometimes.. They use the same lines too much, you get that its hard for them to get over, so you pity the characters but still. And the only other bad thing I can think of was

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There is a random time skip, and some of the characters look different after it, so it was confusing...

and LEE YUN-HA!!!
He can recognize Hyun-Bin dressed in girls clothes while wearing a mask yet he cant recognize her when she's in a car FOLLOWING HIM WITH A HAT BARELY OVER HER EYES?!?!

EVEN WORSE RIGHT AFTER (same day, same time!!) THAT HE COULD TELL SHE WAS THERE BECAUSE OF HER "SMELL" YET CANT TELL THAT IT WAS HER WHO WROTE "i love you, oppa!" Cmon, shouldnt he at LEAST know her writing??
Even I know my FRIENDS AND FAMILIES writing, even some ex-bf's I can recognize there writing!!

Yup.. SO yeah... It's a really good story that draws you in!! And pull you to the end of your seat wondering whats gonna happen next, a few flaws, but all manhwa have them.. (it kinda slow sometimes but) All and all...

IF YOU DONT READ IT YOU WILL REGRET IT!!! (honestly, I should have said more good things, but there are so many I woudl have ran out of room)
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BL masquerading as Gender-Bender   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
March 13th, 2011, 4:23pm
Starts with some pretty good ideas. A tragic childhood, a strong but powerless character, hiding ones true nature, gangsters, blood-feuds, etc. The beginning really hooks you and and at first its a bit addicting. Hyun-bin, the main lead is an interesting and sympathetic character, placed in very difficult and challenging situations.

However, all this good stuff gets killed midway thru with over the top melodrama. It just becomes too much with the main leads pining after one another page after page. The author needed to show a little restraint and unfortunately didn't.

Another thing is that this is really a Yaoi/Boys Love manga masquerading as a gender-bender. Notice that we almost never see Hyun-bin dressed as a female. In 100 chapters we only see her
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3 times
briefly feminine in looks and action.
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The first is a gender-bender play where she is Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), and 2 other times when she is forced to wear women's clothing at a guy's house who knows her secret.
She is mainly limited to being feminine with her emotions and often its in her head not on display as much as other girls in the series. Basically 99% of the time Hyun-bin looks and acts like a slightly effeminate guy, who is desired by a whole menagerie of pretty boys. This is pretty smart by the author (intentional or not) as it ropes in different audiences from those who like their syrupy romances, those who like gender-benders, those who like boys love, etc. However its not sustainable, as this has gone on for a very long time and starts to become unrealistic. There are a few times when Hyun-bin could reveal that she is a girl to those important to her and where its kind of obvious that she is a girl, but no one of course recognizes it. If the author where to fully reveal it then it wouldn't be pseudo-boys love anymore. All of this becomes annoying, distracting and too unrealistic.

The final thing is the art which I overlooked at first because the story started off pretty well. As others have mentioned it suffers from the "everyone looks the same except for the hair" syndrome. Yea, and old guys are characters with young faces but have mustaches or beards, which is supposed to make them look old. It gets worse, as there is supposed to be a fair amount of action with rival gangs fighting one another all the time. However, the artist cannot draw a fight scene to save their lives. Its pretty awful, almost comical in how bad the fight scenes are drawn. Most artists get better as the series goes on and they get experience, but I have only been able to detect the most minimal of improvements here.

This series for all its good points has some serious flaws that make it hard to recommend. It is now heading into the final volumes, I doubt that the art will improve which is a shame cause it would remove a serious stumbling block. However, how the author wraps everything up story wise will determine my final score at the end. For now its a 7 maybe if it finishes well it will move up to 7.5, a 10 it is not no matter how good the ending and a 1 or 2 is too unfair imho.

Update: After reading another 15-20 chpts, the story and art actually got worse! Words cannot express how frustrating this series has become. Its kinda hard to drop after putting so much time into it, but its really difficult to keep reading too. The few good ideas it had early on are no longer enough to save it from the garbage it has turned into. So, now I'm dropping it to a 5 and I'm in doubt if I'm going to continue.

... Last updated on October 13th, 2011, 9:47am
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