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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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الحب في القناع
가면속의 사랑
Mặt nạ tình yêu

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v.32 c.131-134 (end) by Lila Wolves (1538d ago)
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves (1538d ago)
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves (1562d ago)
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32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (482 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.54 / 10.0
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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. 1087 days, 16 hours, 13 minutes ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 1087 days, 23 hours, 41 minutes ago
ch86 1888 days, 9 hours, 53 minutes ago
Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) 2030 days, 1 hours, 22 minutes ago

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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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Another tale from Marfan World....   
Rating: N/A
by McCamyTaylor
February 21st, 2011, 10:48pm
Marfan's Syndrome is an inherited medical condition in which people are extremely tall and have extremely long, skinny limbs. Every time I read one of these Shoujo-Manwha stories, in which the people are ridiculously tall and skinny with the GREAT BIG EYES and the Maybellene Plus eyelashes (boys as well as girls) and hair that has not been brushed since the day they were born, I have to ask myself....

Are we seriously supposed to worry about their love life? Shouldn't we be organizing care packages to get them food and personal grooming equipment ?

Stylized characterizations are ok to a certain point, but when everyone has the exact same face and the only way you can tell it is an old man is because there is a moustache stuck on below those great big Full Lash Mascara eyes, the story loses some of its impact.
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...Waste of Time.   
Rating: N/A
by ZettaiFujoshi
February 14th, 2011, 4:01am
I will only recommend this for those who don't care if the manga is terrible and just want to read something to pass the time. After having finished this series, the only thing I can think of was, "What just happened?" Oh no, not from my lack of knowledge about the Korean language, but how the mangaka just adds conflict upon conflict, like there isn't enough already. It then, in turn, creates even more loose ends within the plot.

The characters are insipid and uninspiring, not to mention that the reader can hardly connect to any of the characters since they're so unrealistic. Only a few relationships presented in this series are actually believable.

All in all, I can promptly say that I've wasted my time reading this.
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Surprisingly good   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by AnimeMusicLuv
January 27th, 2011, 5:44pm
I've never been a fan of Korean manhwa, but this story sure makes me want to keep on reading.
The art is not wow factor, and sometimes i just laugh at how ridiculous the face expressions are,and well, everything is never perfect. But the plot makes up for it, its very romantic and it gets under your skin, some characters are just plain annoying, but eh, its a good plot and It's interesting enough to make you want to keep on reading regarding how the character is going to end up, because there is a lot going on.
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Too darn long   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Hammie-chan
December 5th, 2010, 8:19pm
All I have to say is that the concept of this series is pretty interesting but it drags on soooooooooo long. Seriously? 32 volumes? I was so impatient I had to read the raws. I checked out the last 2 volumes and I surprisingly wasn't too lost. I liked the main character's ending though. Overall, decent series, but the author could have gotten to her point quicker.

... Last updated on December 5th, 2010, 8:19pm
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love in the mask   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by heyheygirl
November 16th, 2010, 12:21pm
it's different, it's not unique and a bit cliché, but it's still an enjoyable read. I think that it's one of those stories that you either hate or love. There's no in between. The story itself starts out pretty like any other gender bender, but as the story progress I can't help to think that the author first fell in some sort of depression along with her work and then suddenly snapped out of it and changed the roles of some characters making them much easier to sympatize with or to start disliking them. The first 5 volumes are nice and potential, then unfortunally there are 10 volumes filled with crap and then comes the last 5 volumes (so far there are 20 scanlated), which are more than brilliant. But it is and it stays a shoujo manhwa. Still I think it's nice, and my rating is based on 5 volumes that are okay, 10 volumes that are the worst and 5 volumes that are the best shoujo volumes I've ever read.
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I can't feel anything from the art work...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Reika_StaR
November 16th, 2010, 6:17am
I read this series because the style and summary seems similar to Hwang Mi Ri and the plot sounded much more interesting. So I read the first chapter, the art work was okay if you look at the characters individually their drawn pretty well but what turn me off was that I can't feel anything from the drawing, when the characters are angry, crying or sad it just feels dull (I've read lots of series with horrible art work but at least the author was able to portray the emotions of the characters unlike here), even the comedy it so ridiculous that I can't laugh (and I've read even more ridiculous scene in HMR's work but I laugh).

This is the first series I've read where I can't feel any life from the art work (now I know what that feels like) and I've read 20 chapters hoping it will be better but the way the author portrayed her drawing didn't improve and the worse part is that the story became lamer and lamer so was the characters.

If you have read a variety of series and genre of manga then I recommend save yourself the agony and trouble and SKIP this series otherwise if your new to shoujo series then you might enjoy reading this.
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HMR is a freakin' machine!   
Rating: N/A
by zengoats
October 12th, 2010, 9:48pm
I've been plowing through her work for a while now and geez. All of her completed manhwa are 30-ish volumes! Anyways, that's irrelevant. Back to Love in the Mask.
I can't help but love Love in the Mask. This is mostly because of the main character, Hyun Bin. Hyun Bin is a girl who must masquerade as a boy to live as a body guard. But then she falls in love. Oh no!
It's the typical gender bender, K-drama premise. The girl has to be a guy. The lead guy has a troubled death-filled past. Someone's in a coma. There's a mean girl. There's an innocent girl. There's the best friend of the troubled male lead. There are good guys. There are bad guys. Typical K-drama meets gender bender shoujo.
But Hyun Bin makes it special. She doesn't break easily, and she lives to live. There's something admirable about that. Despite the fact that she's very different from the average girl (making it difficult to relate to her), her situation (being forced to be someone you're not and falling in love with someone you shouldn't fall in love with) is so familiar, that it's hard to not sympathize with her. The only thing I have against her is that her undying love for Yun-ha can make her sound pretty angsty.
Hyun Bin aside, the rest of the characters are pretty mediocre. The plot tends to deviate from the original volume, but it's a welcomed change. And YES, some times the plot is unbelievable, and YES, the plot is cliche. It's shoujo manhwa. Logic doesn't need to apply here. The art's sloppy (especially with anatomy and perspective), but that's normal for HMR. Overall, I'd say that this is one of the less comedic HMR manhwa that I've read, but it's also one of the most genuine HMR manhwa that I've read.

... Last updated on October 12th, 2010, 9:51pm
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by StarlightDreams
October 2nd, 2010, 9:42pm
In the beginning, it wasn't that bad, but then it go to the point where it just got so unrealistic. The characters got annoying and just plain silly. Like seriously? How the heck can that be considered brotherly love? And not only that but the main character, how is possible that she can just go "Hyung, hyung, hyung, hyung" like an idiot for about 10 freaking volumes straight. The manhwa is so unrealistic to the point that I just started laughing before dropping it.
It's really just horrible. I don't know how I got to chapter 40 before just throwing it away.
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Tangent time   
Rating: N/A
by x91
September 17th, 2010, 11:12pm
This manhwa is absolute nonsense to the point that it's a parody. The storyline at the beginning was really good and had a lot of potential, but unfortunately, as it progressed, it got worse until it reached rock bottom. It was going at a rate at which it got so silly that it was funny, and made my want to gag most of the time as well as shout out "Really?! Are you effing serious?! The manwhaga uses the character's tragic pasts as a tool to gain the readers sympathy, but it could only go so far as to where a line was drawn. Sadly, she stepped over that line and punched the reader in the face with utter stupidity and no explanation for the characters senseless actions other than the said tragic past.

I got the feeling that the manhwaga was also in her own little fantasy world where senseless fighting could resolve everything as well as create disturbing romances and where there were no such thing as teachers or classes even though they were at so called school. In addition, this manhwa considers guys kissing on the lips and giving each other promise rings as an act of brotherly love as normal... I mean for gods sake woman, could you be any more silly?

In addition, I don't understand how the girl could have lost so easily to a guy who has had no training, after she herself has been training for most of her life as a professional bodyguard. I understand the whole men being stronger than women thing (unfortunately), but there are ways to go around it with proper training, hence she has been able to beat up so many of her male adversaries.. until now, and it had to be a skinny lil pretty boy. In addition, she's a sadist who loves to be beaten up by the guy she likes because that's how it happened... Love at first bash up. I mean really? 0_0 "Oh my, he's beaten the living shit out of me, I think I'm in love, hyung, Hyung, HYUNG!!" Annoying.. painstakingly annoying that I regret not listening to my natural instinct that said not to go near it.

Honestly, I don't know how this stupid series could go on for 32 volumes... someone said character development? Please, these characters are as 2-dimensional as the pages they were drawn on. The only thing that gave them an ounce of life was their past which becomes completely over used to the point where sympathy turns into disappointment.

... Last updated on September 18th, 2010, 12:59am
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