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Let Dai  
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Let 다이
렛 다이

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v.1 c.2b by Seri Chan's Translations over 13 years ago
v.1 c.2a by Seri Chan's Translations over 13 years ago
v.1 c.1 by Seri Chan's Translations over 13 years ago
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15 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (510 votes)
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Clunky, Uninspiring  
by crazyboutcute
June 8th, 2012, 10:42pm
Rating: N/A
I'd had this manhwa on my wishlist for quite some time and finally got around to checking it out. Based on the rave reviews it has gotten, I was honestly hoping for something better. I read only around half of the first volume before dropping it, and I would have dropped it sooner if not for my sincere desire to actually want to enjoy this series. After all, it's not often that you get a thoughtful, well-written shounen-ai manga. However, I found I just couldn't get through this one. The art is fairly dated (1998), but I was willing to bear it for the sake of the story. The story, though, hardly captured my interest beyond the first brutal meeting the protagonist has with the eponymous Dai. Only a few pages after that breathless opening scene, however, the manhwa fell into a montage of classic slice of life genre sequences which reintroduced the male and female leads in much less dynamic settings where characters I honestly couldn't care less about at the moment (the protagonists' respective friends) cropped up like weeds.These "cool down" scenes served only to dull the feelings of suspense and intrigue I had begun to cultivate, for I felt like I wasn't given enough time with the two protagonists to care about their mundane daily lives and abstract musings just yet.

Of course, this wasn't the only factor that killed my interest. What felt really clunky to me were the boxes and boxes of narration and reflection done on part of the two main POV characters. It was a chore to read them along with all of the meaningless dialogue made on the part of the side characters. The prose was hackneyed, insipid, and I felt that the author was using it as a vehicle to tell rather than show the characters' reactions. I do not hold the belief that comic artists must be excellent crafters of prose; good writers, yes, but not in the sense of a traditional prose writer. Therefore, I have to wonder why this author fell on a clear weak point of hers to try and tell the story. Perhaps it was meant to sound profound or meditative, but it came across as the opposite - shallow, a lazy cop-out.

Finally, I did not understand the main character's motivation for staying with Dai when he could have left with the girl. Was his irrational and unfounded decision supposed to mirror some crazy Stockholm dynamic or an internal masochistic fantasy of his? We learn so little about his character that it's impossible to say. I felt as if the author couldn't come up with a legitimate reason for him to stay with the guy who had tortured and humiliated him on more than one occasion and so tried to play it off as some weird, superficial fascination he had developed for Dai after only a few abusive encounters. Honestly, the whole thing seemed incredibly forced to me, and I had to stop reading after that because I realized that I just didn't care about the characters enough to keep on.

I understand that this manhwa is quite popular, and I can believe that it's a lot better than most of the BL out there, so I won't rate it after having read only half a volume. However, from what I read, I found myself bored and apathetic, and so I won't be continuing this one.
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by lylasalwaysme
March 6th, 2012, 12:29pm
Rating: N/A
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This story went far beyond my expectations. I had initially avoided reading it because I didn't know if I could deal with 15 volumes of something that was supposedly really tragic and then offered no closure. I had to force myself to read past the first volume. The plot jumps ahead so quickly that I couldn't quite grasp how Dai and Jaehee even managed to fall in love. After that, however, I easily became entrenched in their story. I think I fell in love with Dai, both his kind love and nihilistic cruelty. I generally have a severe hatred of ambiguous endings but this one didn't trouble me too much. I'm not sure how I feel about the guy in the cabin. Part of me feels that really was Dai despite his denial. Either way Dai definitely seems to be telling Jaehee, with his characteristic lack of straighforwardness, that it's Jaehee's turn to save the wandering Dai. And even though there are no answers given I got a very strong feeling from the last page that Jaehee finds him. Dai swore to him that he'd never betray him. To hide from Jaehee for the rest of their lives, forcing them both to suffer, would be a tremendous betrayal and I don't believe Dai would do that.
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My Favorite  
by alekz
August 21st, 2011, 10:29pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I read the manhwa Let Dai again today. I first read it the during the height of my shonen-ai obsession back in 2008. I even downloaded the full volumes which I decided to delete later on because some of the zip files turned out corrupted. I've been meaning to read it again a long time ago but I kept putting it off because it is quite a long series (around 15 volumes at least). I still am in love with it. And I still am amazed with the manhwa author Moon Soo-Yeon who's surprisingly also the manhwa-ka of "Full House" which I've never read but the korean live action series if which I have watched (and adored). The narrative, the art style, the fashion, the perspective, all the issues... Moon-sama is a genius I bow down to. Why she didn't write another shonen-ai story I can pore over is what I would ask her if I'm ever given a chance to do so. I remembered I cried at one part of the manga the first time I read it though I don't remember anymore which part it was. Today I cried at volume 10. I just love how Moon-sama is able to tug at my heart strings with just a few lyrical words. I would forever give this manhwa the highest rating possible. Love just is. Hope someday I'll also find my immortal lover. >.<
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Worth the time you'll spend reading it.  
by Alaena Night
May 31st, 2011, 6:49pm
Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
I just finished reading this, and I immediately plunged myself into the comments section for this story, desperately seeking some sense of closure, which is rarely a good thing.

However, If I'm honest, I can think of very, very few negative things to say about this series. The author managed to keep track of a handful of well-developed characters, masterfully entwining their lives and experiences in ways that kept me turning pages all the way to the end. Her musings on the human mind, though sometimes phrased in flowery language, were often very interesting and insightful, and through her beautiful art and storytelling, I came to understand her characters' despair. I felt like I could know these characters. Not only that, I felt that they were real teenagers mad and illogical and crazy in love, where in a lot of manga and manhwa, the characters are all empty, unrealistic caricatures. I respect that, and treasure it when I find it. Some of the minor characters seemed slightly hollow or ridiculous, but that wasn't too bad.

The story was excellently crafted and the main characters especially were very well developed. The art was beautiful and expressive. I can't give the story a higher rating because of a couple of small faults (namely, some melodramatic dialogue, internal monologue, and contrived events) but I really, truly enjoyed the story and respect the author a lot. She is a masterful storyteller. If you can get past a few small bumps in the story, the character interactions are a joy to watch.

Or maybe I could also say that I just really, really enjoyed all the character analysis and the absolutely gorgeous angst and aesthetic suffering, of which I am terribly fond.
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good story.  
by ryousaki-sama
May 11th, 2011, 11:22am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
there are rare cases where shounen-ai is drawn realistically, and where you encounter deep complex stories , it's so rare to find these types of shounen-ai stories because usually they're short and right to the point. But in this story, the author really puts everything out there for what really is and doesn't sugarcoated. and this is what makes it a great story.

... Last updated on May 11th, 2011, 11:24am
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The ending?  
by Spartan159
April 26th, 2011, 5:06am
Rating: N/A
What I enjoyed most, was this wasn't about trival "love" and teenager things. The imagry used to describe feelings was beautiful. The points the characters made about life and death and moving forward were very strong.

The ending absolutly threw me off. In the last volume, in the beginning, you find out how it will unfold---in that sense you get a sense of relief...because when the climax happends you already know the outcome. But the final page was unexpected. You'll think there will be a poetic last though, or some inspirational (or tragic) quote...but it's nothing of the sort. The biggest cliffhanger. But it's good in a leaves everything up to your imagination.
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Love it  
by tekiteki
February 17th, 2011, 8:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I've just registered to give my vote for Woon Soo-yeon's work - stunning, touching, exciting and somehow close to me. One of the best mangas I ever read ^^;; (though I haven't finished it yet.. and hope that mangaka will be good to her main characters ^^ pooh~)

Updated: it's been a long time since i've registered here on mangaupdates, and I have been reading a lot of manga since then. But this one will always stay special to me, i really love this manga ^-^ It's really strange, how all other works by Woon Soo-yeon don't resemble this one even a bit. (It's actually the same with another wonderful manga Sakura-Gari by Watase Yuu). For me, it feels like those kinds of manga are created by their authors out of some kind of afflatus #^^#

... Last updated on October 27th, 2012, 4:05am
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minor problems, major story  
by torlogs
February 16th, 2011, 5:56am
Rating: N/A
This was a really great manhwa, I mean, it wasn't your typical school-life genre or your typical shounen-ai. Honestly, even a person who doesn't like homosexual relationships would enjoy this I think.
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I mean a person actually dies, and in such a way that it impacts the whole story and the audience. They don't go missing or insane, they actually die, which makes it so much more realistic in my eyes.

The only thing is that the ending is a bitch, and honestly, sometimes Jaehee really annoys me. I love his character, but the constant musings on the world and his INTENSE adoration for Dai is really overwhelming. And I find it difficult to believe that a guy like Dai wouldn't be scared away.
This isn't a big problem obviously, and more of a personal thing.

Also, the author sometimes brings in a random character or setting, that has no relevance later on, to clear up the story for the audience. Although it was helpful I feel that it made the story feel rushed in the end, like there wasn't enough time for a proper ending.

All in all, this was an amazing manhwa! Even though it had its short-comings (like everything else) it is probably the best illustrated story I have ever read. It was full of emotion, and the almost end was tear jerking. The art was great and the characters relatable. Obviously the author could have spent more volumes on it, but think of her poor suffering hands and wrists! 15 volumes is a lot for a manhwa, and it was worth reading every one of them! (haha, you can sometimes tell the author was becoming tired of drawing, as she used the same illustrations for certain panels, although, I would have done that too!)
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Couldn't stop reading...  
by gloomy_gloo
August 21st, 2010, 11:52pm
Rating: 9.3 / 10.0
I just finished reading this and have got to agree with PrettyAyumi's comment...I'm so in shock right now; to me, the ending felt more like it was increasing loose ends rather than tying them up.

Overall, this story was incredibly captivating and I couldn't tear my eyes away from the characters and the destruction they were pulling themselves into because of their emotions. It was unique in that it had a detailed narration of the characters' thoughts and emotions throughout, and there were certainly parts where I felt like I could relate to how they were feeling.

However, I must say that I also found many parts melodramatic or over-dramatic, as if I was watching a soap opera, and I especially get irritated at Jaelee's constant puking/crying because of his over-sensitivity (even though I do like Jaelee a lot).

Still, that doesn't change the fact that I enjoyed how a lot of events in the story tie together and how all of the main characters are very well-developed, and I was particularly drawn to Eunhyang's character, which is rare because female characters usually play such a minor role in BL manga/manwa.

I really feel like I've gone on a journey with all of these characters for 15 volumes, watching them struggle and change and morph into something else by the end of the story. I fell in love with most of the characters, even with their flaws, and I think that makes the story even more beautiful. It's only frustrating that it ended the way it did.

... Last updated on August 22nd, 2010, 12:18am
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really good, just too long  
by Dagorkitty
July 24th, 2010, 9:55pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I liked this series a lot, but to be honest, i skipped a lot of parts cause i felt it was going to slow sometimes, so make sure you're in the mood when you start read this. Some people say they hate the ending, but i like it, it gave me hope on life for some reason, the ending of Lucky-kun is much much worse and sudden (i cried like for three hours), so this ending is really ok. The drama is good, some people say Dai changes a bit through the story, but i feel he changes a lot, so it leaves you acomplished feeling. Jaehee is a bit too self righteous sometimes, but is a likeable character all in all. Also, be prepered to totally hate some characters. Somethings are left with loose ends, but they are small and not even at the end of the series. Overall it's a good series with good characters, but sometimes too slow, a bit shorter would ahve been better, like 10 vol instead od 15 (even less :s).
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