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From Tokyopop: K is a wizard who can grant wishes--all he asks in return is that which is most precious to the wisher... Mourning from a horrific loss, Jin Ryu wants K to bring back her parents and brother from the dead. But when K tells her that a wish such as this can only lead to greater tragedy, he agrees to take her on as an apprentice. Now Jin observes K with his various and sundry clients: A father who wants to put a stop to his son's relationship... A young woman who longs for her lover to remember... A boy who will do anything to be accepted...
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Felt disconnected somehow
It was a very interesting story but the romance seemed a bit disconnected. The ending is dealt didn't have enough *bang* to it as well. Artistry is as usual with manwha's ( big hands, girlish faces; with the men)
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I girl in her jealousy of her families vacation wishes their plane to crash?! Wth?! Then when it actually comes true she is sent to magician that grants wishes. He is rude and abusive but on a promise he made to her brother he looks after her. She then is drawn into his world and sees first and how his wish casting works.. She then starts to meet friends of his and she starts to chane him little by little.. It cuts in and out of the past and present.. Apparently her brother is a sort of god that was cursed to live only till he is 20 and be born again thousands of times... As the story progresses it seems the magician has Fallen in love with her and because of a side effect that comes with his race. When she does his heart explodes. Having a old "friend" come back Into the picture for revenge it puts a bit of a distance between them.. But on the last moment he snaps out of it and saves her from killing herself.. And in his cold times he cast a cruel wish on people.. So to make up for it he chose to die, and apon his death all the things that were given to him as trade for others wishes got returned back to them.. She then thinks of him to be the one she wishes to return to her instead of her family.. And he does.. Her feelings are shown in the end.. But it isn't a progressive story about their romance in my opinion.. Was kinda just rushed towards the end. I also thought the scene could have been more nicely dramatic.
Although sometimes I find Jin very irritating but she's not dis-likeable. She's interesting and I find K MUCH MORE interesting. This manga's storyline is not dark (thank goodness!) and it's very fun to read as well. All of the story seems amazing but I find the one with the mute boy so touuuuching! And that story is the one that I laughed a lot, especially when she said that she fell down with her panties being shown. xD
But overall, it's a good read (and good art!! oh bishies!) You might want to pick this up if you want something that's light and not overly depressed manga!
This manhwa really is a jewel! From the moments I first began to read it I was immediately immersed! It was hard to stop reading it! The story is uniquely fascinating, the plot well developed and the character's all so sweet! Really, this manhwa is a must read!
Plot- The plot, though nicely fleshed out and very intriguing, could have been filled out a bit more and stretched out a bit more to make things (especially the end) flow a bit better. As it is though, the plot is very nice, the pace steady and the story very interesting.
Characters: I LOVE the characters! They are just all so wonderful and make the story just that much better! K is great; he was very interesting to watch grow throughout the story. While there were many secondary characters who might have only appeared once or twice I never lost track of who they were, each was distinguishable and fit into the story excellently.
Art- Very nice, I personally enjoyed the artwork. Though at times things were a bit off, for a manhwa everything was excellent! For the many character's, each design was very distinct and all were neat.
Other- This story really has captivated me. I enjoyed each moment I got of the story! The only slight problem I have was that I wish the last volume had been expanded to two, I feel that would have helped it; but as it is, it's fine. The whole thing with the 'school' was very interesting, and I greatly enjoyed seeing all the flashbacks to those times (I almost wish there was separate story just about that!). In conclusion... READ IT!
9/10- Was great
I've read it 4 times and is still awesome!
This manhwa is soooo good that i read it like 4 times! I never get tired of reading it and i'm going to read it again! It's my favourite manhwa! If you're tired of cliche and stupid mangas/manhwas, you HAVE to read this! This manhwa it's so beautiful, in every chapter you can see really awesome stories that would surprise you and you can see the development of the relationship of K and Jin. The end i think is wonderful! This manhwa would make you laugh and cry at the same time! Really this manhwa is like another world you just have discover! You can't not read this :3
... Last updated on November 28th, 2011, 7:33pm
Not gonna lie..
The art bugged me. But if you can get past that!... Which I somehow did with my pickness of that stuff! ... You should enjoy it greatly. =) All I could think at the beginning was "Wow, I need to stop reading this and continue to look for something good to read." And the next thing I knew, I was on volume 5.... =)
I looooove this manga. At first, I thought I was going to be really dissapointed because it seemed like a xxxholic/Pet Shop of Horror/Tarot Cafe ripoff. But it isn't. The idea of giving up something you love most for a wish is a general idea but I thought they were going to have the same type of storyline as xxxholic. It doesn't necessarily do. Yes, the main character ends up working for the shop. Yes, someone does give up what they cherish most. BUT what they cherish most is something you don't expect. You always expect, "Oh, it's going to be the son" or something like that, but it's something you wouldn't think of. So far the story is really good! I want to find out more about the character's brother and how he's involved in all of this. I want to find out if there's going ot be any romance. I want to find out what the shop keeper's true identity is. So far, it's a favorite!! ^^
I admit I was bored at first..
But believe me, YOU SHOULD READ TILL THE END!! It's really worth it.
The best parts starts at almost at the middle or at the middle part of the whole story. (can't say surely) I admit that I couldn't get into the story at first but continually reading it prove my bad assumptions otherwise.
IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY. K is only one of the three male characters that truly made a mark in me. If I tell this to myself while I was still at the first parts of the story, I would never have believed it. But, it is true. It is.
... Last updated on May 15th, 2011, 2:14am
My favourite manhwa. I love the story and characters. Its one of those stories where the romance comes late but when it does, it comes hard. It may require some thinking to completely understand it, since the depth of the plot and world is (awesome) but complicated/confusing. Anyways, this is highly reccomended !
A strange manwha
I have mixed feelings about this manhwa. On one hand, I enjoyed the side stories, and on the other, I hated the underdeveloped relationship between the main characters. Pacing was this story's main problem.
Anyways, it's about a girl named Jin who had lost her parents and brother in a planecrash. She felt horribly guilty because she was supposed to be on that plane, but her brother managed to convince her to give her ticket up for him. She got mad at him and told him to die in a planecrash, which he did.
Then the story introduces us to magician K - he makes wishes come true, in return for your most prized possession. Jin wishes he could bring her family back from the dead, but he says he is unable to meddle with a person's life, he can do anything else though. As Jin tries to leave, K keeps her captive and demands she makes a wish, because otherwise she can't leave. Eventually she agrees to make a wish someday, and until then, K keeps her as a housekeeper who works for free.
The story is then all about side characters and their love story and how they make their wishes. I enjoyed some of these stories, each does have a happy ending because the author doesn't like unhappy endings. But unfortunately, these side characters had much more meat on their bones than the real main couple. You would barely even see them during one such story, only at the end you can see them comment on the love story for two panels or something. This is supposed to show 'progression' between Jin and K.
Then bam, the last two volumes kick in high gear, desert the side characters, and for some reason,
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makes K fall in love with Jin. It comes out of the blue really, since we barely saw them interact with each other. But it happened, and then there's more background story on the magicians and her brother and it becomes all sinister like and heaps of drama until the end, where K has to die. But don't worry, the author hates sad endings.
Did I enjoy this manhwa? I can't say that I didn't, but I can't say that I really liked it either. It's got huge problems with pacing, and if only the main couple got more screentime then it would have been different. As it stands now, it's not about Jin or K - but random other character, until the last two volumes that is. It's like the editor told the author to hurry up and conclude the story already.
If you got into this manhwa thinking it's going to be a great romance between the main characters, you're wrong. It's about the side characters, and if you manage to hold on long enough, you can see some progression between the two at the end, even though it's completely out of the blue.
Couldn't do it
I read a lot of good reviews, so I went into the series happily and was disappointed (I read through the first one and a half volumes or so.) I couldn't feel any connection with the female protagonist, who never seemed to mourn her parents or brother and didn't show any depth of emotion at all besides typical energetic type feelings (I'd have liked her better had she been a quieter, more serious sort.) I didn't feel anything for the male protagonist, who seemed like he was made for a more slow moving, lots of cool panels sort of style, but got crammed into lots of little panels. I just couldn't get into the story. So I put it down.