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The story set in the contemporary South Korea. Some 30 years ago, unidentified creatures appeared out of nowhere and have attacked people. They have caused massive destruction wherever they go. The monsters are called "Trouble", and get the world have fallen into chaos. Along with the first appearance of the "Troubles", some number of humans were born with or acquired supernatural abilities. These mutants called "Trace" are the only ones who can fight off the "Trouble". The "Trace" are also considered freaks and generally shunned by the community because some of them misused the powers for their own interest.

The plot revolves around two main characters. Sah Gang-kwon, a high school student born as a "Trace" who attempts to hide his ability. The other is Kim Yun-Seong, who acquired his "Trace" abilities during his early 30s. Soon after the acquision, his wife and daughter were taken away from him for experimental purposes.

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Official English Translation


Related Series
Trace (Amematsu) (Alternate Story)
Trace 1.5 (Sequel)
Trace 2.0 (Sequel)
Trace: Perfume (Spin-Off)

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.26-36 by SpotToon over 2 years ago
v.2 c.25 by SpotToon over 2 years ago
v.2 c.24 by SpotToon over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (486 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.38 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 21st 2018, 10:45am PST



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Original Publisher
Pop Toon [Add] (print)

Serialized In (magazine)
Daum Webtoon (Kakao)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #643 increased(+56)
Monthly Pos #1354 increased(+104)
3 Month Pos #2142 increased(+135)
6 Month Pos #2332 increased(+284)
Year Pos #2641 decreased(-231)

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On 691 reading lists
On 765 wish lists
On 1212 completed lists
On 75 unfinished lists
On 361 custom lists

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holy heck...   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
May 22nd, 2013, 12:07am
There were small little plot-lines hidden inside this work that I enjoyed, however, much of the story was so freaking boring and tedious. It took so many pages to tell such small little stories. I wanted to like it more but the boredom was hard to get through.
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Dont expect much   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Meilee123
October 15th, 2012, 3:30pm
I was kind of expecting something above average because of all the recommendations but it wasn't all that good as people make it out to be at all. The only thing capturing you was the plot. The plot was interesting. The characters were typical except the one in the shadows of course.
I don't know why but at first, there seemed to be like 5 main characters and it takes like a volume to talk about one. Once you get settled in with the character and want to know what happens next to that character, they kept switching it. That was really frustrating.
Then, towards the end you realize that the 4 characters they spent so much time developing were barely important. Or at least.. a waste of time.
It wasn't written too well either, most things were confusing and everything you question and wonder about just came bursting all at once causing it to feel rushed. I noticed there was barely any explaining of anything. Like all the characters just questioned it at first then simply accepted the fact that they got supernatural powers and never got to any real scientific explanation of any sort or any attempt at all.
The ending was typical and not good, very rushed as the manhwaka admitted.
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Didn't like it   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
August 6th, 2012, 4:26am
i was pumped up for this webtoon since i heard from alot of people that it's Awesome and blah blah blah

but after completing it i find it to be pretty dull and average at best, Characterisation is OK but i did not find that connection to it like the other webtoon or manhwas

Don't waste your time on this, read Sun Ken rock or Breaker like manhwas/webtoon they are more rewarding than this

... Last updated on August 6th, 2012, 4:26am
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yeah, what tallrice said   
Rating: N/A
by miss hu
July 22nd, 2012, 9:48pm
and tho i liked beggarman's character development ok, most of the remainder failed to reach me. i stalled in the middle of volume three because i haaate on rose. the rage-a-hol girl from volume one missed, too, but rose is heinous. and her story went on and on. whatever glorious things happen after rose finally gets exorcised, there's too much brain pain to get there. it's like a first story from a probably decent, future writer.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by tallrice
April 9th, 2012, 1:33pm
I didn't like this manwha much, on any front. The art looked sketchy despite the colouring and the character designs were either exaggerated in certain ways that made them feel shonen in an otherwise very serious manwha or, in other cases, just made them look strange - particularly the eyes were made to be stark but came across as empty to me, and annoying. I didn't feel that the faces had much emotion either. In fact, I would say that overall, emotion and feelings of the characters was portrayed very weakly. The manwhaga had a lot of emotional moments, but they never really touched me. In addition, the emotions he constantly tried to portray always seemed the same to me: anger, apathy, grief and the occasional 'embarrassment' with a very evident blushing happening repetitively, which was funny but repetitive and not necessary. The backgrounds were also sketchy and there was no particular time that I really thought the panels were beautiful.

Maybe this is just to go with the story he is portraying, and in that case, the art did get the message across. I feel obligated to make some comparisons, since there are other manga/manwha which deal with similar themes in much better ways, with better art:
Orange Marmalade, which deals with 'monsters hidden in society' topic from a cute, slice-of-life side,
Shingeki no Kyojin which deals with the anti-human threat and the monstrosity of protectors, much better.
Monster, which deals with human psychology, modern society and similar superpowers with a similar atmosphere.

If I were to recommend this, it is purely on the response of other people who appear to have come across something I missed...

... Last updated on April 9th, 2012, 1:36pm
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Absolute Genius.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
March 17th, 2012, 6:54pm
If you love a good story, Trace should definitely be in your reading list.
The art is unique and absolutely well done; the characters are each uniquely wonderful and oddly refreshing.
Trace has a original story that is both kick ass and heart wrenching, it is so good that I guarantee you will spend the entire day finishing it. You might think, 'oh another story where some people have powers' well the thing is that these powers are pretty damn unique. Not just your typical, 'I can fly' 'I can create fire!' 'I can read minds!' because that is pretty boring. Instead there's a whole array of different types of power each characters has and even some typical ones are portrayed in a different way. The romance in the story isn't laid thick but it fits perfectly and is very sweet. The action is great, there is a lot of great fighting scenes, that is neither hard to follow or badly drawn. Not just any simple panels of different 'poses' but you can see the actual movement in each panel and follow it easily. Seriously, this is one of the best fighting scenes I've seen in a long time and it's in color!
Like I said before, go check it out NOW!

Oh about the ending everyone is having a BF about, there's a sequel to this series SOOOOO... Enjoy~

... Last updated on March 17th, 2012, 7:17pm
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The ending...   
Rating: N/A
by dancebaby
November 27th, 2011, 2:09pm
This manhwa was sooo good. Well.... the story until the ending, at least. At first I was kind of skeptical about reading this since the plot summary didn't seem all that interesting to me. However, once I started reading it, it was so gripping I had to stay up all night to finish it in one go. If not for the crappy ending, I would rate this an 8 or 9 for sure (point deduction because after the first episode of the story, my favorite characters were not really focused on). But the ending sucked and completely ruined it. The resolution was good, but the sequence leading up to it was pretty lame. It seemed forcibly 'epic' and suddenly was way too 'end of the world' like for me; it just seemed like I was reading a whole different comic. Sigh.

... Last updated on November 27th, 2011, 2:09pm
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Read. This. NOW!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TRMshadow
July 24th, 2011, 12:01pm
One of the most interesting, invigorating, exciting, well-thought-out, and thought-provoking series I've ever read. It's what got me hooked on web-comics and what I hold many other series up to. Definitely, definitely, definitely read this. Easily deserving of its award and should be on any manhwa reader's "must-read" list.
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2 short   
Rating: N/A
by TimeManInJail
April 6th, 2011, 6:39am
great materials and though i agree the cliche its still refreshing cause he put his style so it isn't boring as he has the skill to hold my interest. What i found wrong was the expansion of the story was too fast as it reach the end. Thus leave make thing should be answer, i know what was left to be a cliff hanger but all in all most character did not leave a deep impression.
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I love it! <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by badkittygrl4567
March 15th, 2011, 2:38pm
It was so cool and interesting. The romance was cute and the ending was amazing! I wish it had more parts with Ghang gwon and Tae Eun instead of that beggar! But I really loved it!

... Last updated on March 15th, 2011, 2:47pm
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