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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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Associated Names
الحب في القناع
가면속의 사랑
Mặt nạ tình yêu

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Latest Release(s)
v.32 c.131-134 (end) by Lila Wolves over 6 years ago
v.31 c.127-130 by Lila Wolves over 6 years ago
v.30 c.126 by Tinte & Lila Wolves over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
32 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (507 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.54 / 10.0
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May 25th 2015, 11:21am PST



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Love in the Mask Ch. 87. over 4 years ago
Love in the mask. Ch. 87 over 4 years ago
ch86 over 7 years ago
Hyun Bin as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1st time as girl) over 7 years ago

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Sigh... please stop the high ratings   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Joentjuh
August 12th, 2010, 12:52am
I'm going to be harsh... This manhwa is utter crap. I have developed a general dislike for korean manga over the years, yet this one manages to top it. I don't understand why South Korea can manage to make such good television (especially story wise), yet manage to have this low a level of manga. Most I encounter seem to be either about (school) gangs or epic fantasy stories, both are always way over the top.

Pretty much every character in the manhwa is an annoying brat with a superiority (or inferiority) complex and most actions are pushed to the extremes.
I understand this manhwa is all about gangs, tragic pasts and the whole 'coming of age in a harsh world' thing. I think here in lies my failure to relate, I live in a fairly rich western country, never had a 'violent' school life and there aren't any gangs or the like in the neighbourhood. Also we have a things called police and detention facilities here, they tend to stop this kind of behaviour.
Even then, personal background should be irrelevant when reading, this is what distinguishes the good from the bad writers.

Storywise this manhwa is lacking, a number of decisions are made that just make no sense, everyone is constantly lashing out at each other for no apparent reason (other then unnecessary or undue resentment), romance is portrayed not as love but as obsession to the point of annoying.
Also it's lacking any real progress or feeling of destination. It needn't be realistic, but at least make it believable (logical) within the set parameters of the created universe and offer explanations to how things work in said universe.
I've said this before in other reviews, but using a tragic past as an excuse for undue resentment or (extreme) violent behaviour is a bad tool to use as a writer... Rich (parents) and a tragic past is even worse. Surprisingly, in the first few chapters a pretty good scenario is sketched to be used for the 'tragic past' excuse... Yet for some reason the writer decided to not use it.

I've lasted till chapter 40 and am under the impression that the only reason Hyun-bin is dressed as a guy is to create some situations for blackmail further on in the manhwa... At least give some believable reasons (like needing to hide from the gangsters).

That said, even I thought after the first few chapters that it had a lot of potential and would probably be a rather good story to read, sadly I was mistaken. I most definitely do not belong to the targeted audience.
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It's awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sailorliones
July 27th, 2010, 7:47pm
I strongly recommend this manhwa, and was quite shocked when read some reviews that completely bashed it. I take it that's it's one that you either love or hate. Personally, I love it. Why?

Even though the art is not the best, it works. I've found that although I prefer the art to be my way, a good story has its own art that I need to adjust to... not the other way around. I read good stories with bad art, but not bad stories with good art.

The conversations sometimes are rushed, and some of the actions are a bit unrealistic... I may be a dreamer, but I don't pay much attention to detail. I see the actions and the meaning behind them... if a shirt is ripped or not... who cares? It's about the emotion and the character development.

The reason why I may like this so much is because it's relate-able... I understand how it feels to not be who you are in more than a peer pressure sort of way... Of wanting to be yourself, but at the same time unable to do so. It's the kind of thing where you have to be in a situation like that or similar to understand the feelings... being outside of the situation you're able to think too clearly.

And the manga isn't moving too fast. Yes, thoughts are spoken very clearly with no vagueness about them or VERY long sentences, but that's what makes it good. You know exactly what a character is feeling without having to read too much or think too much. I sometimes get bored reading the text of other mangas which kills some of the emotion I feel for it.

And while I cannot stand Mi Ri's manhwas, Yu-Rang's are bearable. All the time I wonder why Hyun Bin's charge likes Yae Ha... but sometimes you just like someone who doesn't like you... but I still don't get it. However with Hyun Bin... I get it.

I strongly recommend this one and just finished c40.

... Last updated on August 31st, 2010, 6:32pm
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Abuse is love   
Rating: N/A
by Mionime
July 25th, 2010, 9:45pm
When I first started this series I was excited for it. With the first part of the story explaining in some what full dept on the circumstances of the main character this gender bender seemed to have potential, even if I thought that the younger brother was the girl for some time. But as I read on, I started to think otherwise....

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The first part that I did not really like was the fight between the main guy and girl. I mean, she had YEARS of training! The main guy didnt seem to be the fighter type before the 'incident' so it looked to me like he only had 1 year's worth of training to fight. So why the hell did she lose? Basically what this is telling me is that I can go up against jet li and kick his ass without getting hit at all. The second thing I didnt like was the 'love abuse' he gave to her. Hit a person with a fucking bat one moment and blush and ask them if their okay the next and what does the girl do? Nothing! She doesnt care! She still likes him! Its been a couple of times that he's done things like this and she only responds by liking him regardless. I put this manga on hold because of things like this. I just cant get into it anymore...

I do not recommend.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2010, 9:48pm
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This is a good manga for what its worth.   
Rating: N/A
by atomicpunk113
July 12th, 2010, 11:32am
I really do like this series. Its different from other mangas I've read so far. I have read that people don't like the characters personalities and their dialogue. Its true at times you feel like "Really? Did they just say that?" but overall its still a very interesting story. I'm not saying its the greatest of all mangas I'm just saying its work your time. I trudged through a lot of crappy mangas and finally found one that is pretty interesting and catches my attention. Like I said not perfect but there's just something that brings you into it.
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Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by takeva
July 12th, 2010, 10:10am
I don't get why this manga is rated so highly.
I like the plot but something is making me not want to read it.
I agree with razor the characters look like puppets putting on a play.
I think the artwork might be throwing me off idk but i can't really get into it.
I think it might be over dramatic as well. To many characters have so many issues.
But this is my opinion and don't let it stop you from reading it.
Since i do sorta like the plot i do want to know how author will end this.
Edit: I couldn't read it. lol Sorry this just isn't that good.

... Last updated on November 19th, 2010, 3:49pm
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it's GOOD ? in what way ....   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by razornoir
July 10th, 2010, 5:59pm
I think poeple who love this manga should stop dreaming a little and take a closer look a it.
It is realy bad in many way.

I usualy don't like shojo, BUT before reading i have started "skip beat! " who was surprisingly good in many way ( the story, how it's whrited, the humour, how the vignette are used and all ), so i decided after that to give FAR more credit to shojo ( realy this manga was like a shock for me )

But that manga put me back to earth... no below maybe...

I admit the story could be interesting, but the autor didn't think too much beyond that.
His characters are completely lifeless, it's like puppets, no even puppets have more life when moved by the marionetiste. Here you feel nothing, they move stragely ( bad drawing but at least that not realy important, there is good manga who are drawn like shit ), but when they speak you can't stop that feeling " that not right, nobody would said something like that here " and that's maybe one of the worst thing about it, because the caracter have no personality, they just say what the autor whant them to say for advencing faster in his manga ( killing it at the same time ).
This is even more flagrant when you see how advance the story, that go so fast or change so much like nothing that you are left here thinking " what the hell appened ? didn't i miss a chapter ? ".

No joke here but did the autor take care even a little of what the reader whould think ? Of how he could he help them understand a little better it's story ? not a chance, he just don't care for making something like that ( that's a never seen for me ) even in bleach ( yeah that thing ) you see far more effort to be understood.
Here there is nothing, the autor just make it's little story in it's own world and as long " HE " understand it, it's okay. Reader will just have to think at her place to make it understandable.

the autor should have just make an ilustrated book that would have work better at least she could have put more life in her story
( well 32 book and started in 2005 maybe that's why there is no effort in the most important thing, mass producing is ok but you just kill something that could have been good )

i put 1 with no regret because that the worst manga i ever seen it's completely rushed.
That's not manga it's mass producing so 1 is the best note, it's even worst than the stupid manga full of fanservice.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2010, 6:08pm
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Rating: N/A
by Hespia Klarerin
July 8th, 2010, 2:22pm
I think this is a good series. it has been on consideration by many scanlation teams before, since it's one of Han-yu rang's project, but most of us were scared shit out by the massive 32 volumes coverage and the dedication/responsibilities that comes with it. (it'll take decades by normal mean to translate it all.) I'm very glad that Loyal Kiss had the gut to take it in.
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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by purfect_kutie64
June 28th, 2010, 4:22pm
so at first, i was all lovey dovey with this series. big dissapointment. i'm not a huge fan of the chapters after around the 75th chapter or so. i didn't like how the story was all centered around the gang of a company and its activites. it pisses me off when i think that such a good beginning is now crap sad ... i'm going to finish reading the series though--- just cause i hate not finishing.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2011, 9:13pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by thebikernun
June 21st, 2010, 7:43pm
How in the world do the female leads end up falling for the guys that treat them like crap? Hello...there are a lot of unrealistic things in this manga but for what ever reason I still find myself being drawn back to it.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2010, 3:49am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by janelleski
December 24th, 2009, 12:19am
only 1 chapter is available for reading but it can be predicted that it has a good plot biggrin the opening is very strong and dramatic. it's not the usual love scenes wherein the girl will see the boy and fall in love.
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