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Unbalance x Unbalance
by Ambience Blue on January 8th, 2007, 10:33pm

Rating - 9.8 / 10.0

User rating of this review - 5 out of 5
Story/Plot - 5 out of 5
Characters - 5 out of 5
Drawing Style - 4.5 out of 5
Enjoyment - 5 out of 5
Overall - 5 out of 5

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Though it may seem somewhat biased, I figured I'd just write up a quick review of the series, since I'm not translating it anymore ^^.

The story centers around Myung Jin-Ho, a 19-year old High school Senior. A rebellious, free spirited youth, Jin-Ho prefers doing things his way. His gruff attitude and loud mouth have earned him the disdain of many of his peers, but also the undying respect and friendships of others. In addition, he believes that as a man, he has a duty to stay true to his word and see things out. This sturdy dependableness (despite his boyish stubbornness) has allowed him to create a film studies club at his school and attract the attentions of some of his female classmates...

The other main character in UxU is Nah Hae-Young, Jin-Ho's homeroom teacher. Due to unfortunate childhood consequences, she has had to grow up too early, and has lost her ability to trust men. At 25 years old, she is cold, uptight, and strict, taking her job extremely seriously. In contrast to her modest job and tight personality, Hae-Young is extremely attractive. This has lead many to wonder why she chose to become a schoolteacher instead of a model or actress. Due to a surprising mishap, Hae-Young finds herself in a multitude of compromising situations involving Jin-Ho. The two of them continue to run into each other in awkward events, as Hae-Young slowly begins to wonder if she has feelings for her spunky, upstart student...

Supporting characters in the story include Ha Ji-Soo, the bubbly class president; Lee Young-Gi, Jin-Ho's best friend since middle school; Un Ami, a shy, enigmatic loner; Park Jae-Kyung, Jin-Ho's upperclassman (in college now) who he apparently dated in the past; and Caroline, a mysterious foreigner who has returned to Korea to settle some unfinished business.

Unbalance x Unbalance (also known as Unbalancex2) is a rather odd amalgamation of multiple romance/ecchi plots. At first glance, it seems most similar to Onegai Teacher in that it explores a romantic relationship between a high school boy and his teacher. The similarities end here, however. Whereas Onegai takes a more lighthearted, comic turn with its aliens, explosions, and absurd marriage proposals, UxU takes the progression more seriously. Characters act more realistically and rationally, while romantic elements are far more strained and conservative. From a broader perspective, UxU appears to be a classic harem story-- multiple girls fall for central character, but upon closer inspection, that's not at all the case.

Readers more acquainted with writer Im Dal Young's work (Zero, Black God), however, know that he is not the kind of author who usually writes lighthearted romances. UxU is not an exception. As the plot is more serious, it's clear that the underlying theme is that of exploring a relationship considered "taboo" by society. Hae-Young is a teacher-- Jin-Ho's teacher, no less. For them to fall in love with one another should be wrong in all ethical and scholastic contexts. Underneath the social barriers, however, the reader begins to wonder whether that is indeed the case. Jin-Ho, who lives his rambling youth to the fullest, finds a role model and life guide in Hae-Young, due to her strong persuasions and self-sacrifice for her ideals. Hae-Young, on the other hand, discovers a second youth (a la Never Been Kissed) through her escapades with Jin-Ho, perhaps coming over her age-old fear of rejection and the close touch of others. In short, a couple, claimed to be the worst coupling by social norms, may actually be the best possible combination for each other.

Drawing Style
The drawing style seemed a bit odd to me at first since this is a Korean manhwa, not a Japanese manga. As such, character designs seemed a bit curvier and broader than I'm used to. Comparisons aside, however, one must note that Korean and Japanese comics come from completely different origins, and as such, it is only natural to see a difference in character modeling. One aspect certainly stands out, though-- the curves. There are plenty of them on the female characters, and my, what curves they are =D. I'd elaborate, but let it suffice to say that the gravitational field generated by the busts of the leading characters could support a small solar system ^^. To note, the wider frames actually make the art somewhat more believable, since it avoids the "melons on a stick" style often seen in Japanese art. In addition, the landscape artwork is also well done, and key dramatic moments are certainly emphasized by appropriate city elements.

Enjoyment/ Overall
Overall, I feel that UxU appeals to most readers because it can be enjoyed on multiple levels. Most superficially, there's some great fanservice, since the girls are all really cute and Jin-Ho occasionally runs into some hilarious ecchi scenes. In addition, there's a soap opera-style drama that runs in the background, since multiple (many, many) love triangles develop and connect many characters (while still coming out as believable). At the bottom of it all, though, there's a certain charm in seeing Jin-Ho slowly melt the frozen heart of the teacher. UxU evokes many emotions, and should not be missed!
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No Subject by flamefire28 on July 3rd, 2010, 5:08am
Rating: 5

i heard that UxU is getting back on track in japan when they finish releasing the japanese version of the manwha and after they are restarting it back where they left off sometime in october 2010
Its on Hiatus by Spearsmen620 on November 28th, 2009, 7:31pm
Rating: 5

Unbalance X Unbalance is currently on Hiatus becuz of the korean publisher becoming bankrupt and no other publisher wants to publish this (i say wtf? why not?) and the author says that it may never be continued. <- (Cries at this news)
Hi by Mizore~ on August 20th, 2009, 3:49pm
Rating: 5

I really like this UxU.
i waiting for the chapter 73 releases.
when it will be releses? does anyone know?
and is there going to be a anime for UxU?
i really like it.
No Subject by manaka91 on December 26th, 2008, 4:52am
Rating: 5

I just love this manhwa .. I cannot wait untill the next chapter will be released .. i really recommend it to those who also like mangas like i''s or ichigo 100%
too good by debmit104 on August 18th, 2008, 3:14am
Rating: 5

i like got addicted by the plot and is in no way similar to onegai teacher very good read but tends to be abit slow towards the end but all in all a very interesting manga
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