Manga Monday: The Concours by Jeong Seol Hwa

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.

Manga Monday: Yureka by Kim Youn Kyung


This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series I read years ago! It’s Yureka by Kim Youn Kyung!

Plot Synopsis: In real life, Lotto, Boromid and Ah-Dol are average kids with average problems, but in the virtual world of Lost Saga, they’re heroes. They might even become legends… if they can stop bickering long enough to level up.

Plot: The plot of Yureka get’s pretty weird pretty fast, but it’s a good thing, as it’s a twist most people wouldn’t think of. The only bummer to this series is that it’s not being translated currently and isn’t fully translated despite being complete in Korea for years, and when it was licensed by Tokyopop they never got close to finishing the series before going bankrupt.

Characters: The cast is pretty amusing, but the interactions between Yureka and Lotto are probably this series at it’s best. The rest of the rather large cast is quite good as well.

Art: Amazingly well done, which makes the fact that you can’t read this in English in it’s entirety a true pity.

Overall: If you like Legendary Moonlight Sculptor, or Ark, or are a Gamer at all, you’ll want to read this series.

For those who like: Action,Drama, Mystery, MMORPGs, Games, Great Plots, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.