This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a Korean Manwha I stumbled across recently. It’s The Concours by Jeong Seol Hwa!
Plot Synopsis: Ho-Kyung likes the violin, but born to a normal family, he has no intention of pursuing it as a career. When he was young, it was the small violin given to him by his friend Uiju that created the small passage connecting him to music. Now as a high school student, one accident destroys the precious violin and leads Ho-Kyung to an encounter with the violin repair workshop…
Plot: First let me say that I was only able to find a single chapter translated into English and as I have no clue how to even begin to read Korean I didn’t go take a peek at the untranslated material. That being said I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit and it was interesting. I won’t say more because of spoilers, but I am hoping to continue reading this series in the future.
Characters: Ho-Kyung is a pretty interesting main character. While he doesn’t particularly look or act like a musician he seems earnest in enjoying his hobby of playing the violin. Uiju his friend is an interesting character as well, I’m hoping we get more from him in future chapters. The rest of the cast was also interesting, but the focus was definitely on Ho-Kyung.
Art: The art is very good, and while it’s doesn’t reach Shueisha levels it’s not that far from that point.
Overall: A very interesting series, worth a look at by anyone who loves Music. Hopefully additional chapters are translated in the future.
For those who like: Music, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.