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.

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Manga Monday: Yureka by Kim Youn Kyung

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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.

Sensate Saturday: Immortal Regis by Ga On-Bi

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series that is pretty awesome. It’s Immortal Regis by Ga On-Bi!

Plot Synopsis: One day, suddenly on a night where the moon shines like never before, a boy meets the otherworldly Serin, a denizen of Chaos, only to die and become the undead. This is his story

Plot: Pretty great, although there are some pretty bloody moments in the series. That’s to be expected though when you have a main character that is Undead.

Characters: Jae Hyuk Chae is a great male lead and Serin is an even better female lead. The rest of the cast is great, although my favorites are the lead characters. I just enjoy them a lot more than the other characters.

Artwork: Fits this series to a T, it’s detailed for those action scenes almost perfectly.

Overall: This isn’t a must read, but it’s definitely not far from being one.

For those who like: Romance, Horror, Fantasy, Action, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

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

Manga Monday: Witch Hunter by Cho Jung-man

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a Manwha instead of a typical Manga. It’s Witch Hunter by Cho Jung-man!

Plot Synopsis: In a world where witches have declared war against humanity, causing two-thirds of the world to fall apart, the surviving human population has gathered specialists with the power to hunt and destroy witches.

Tasha Godspell, also known as the “Magic Marksman,” is one of the best Witch Hunters there is. Along with his sword-wielding Jack-o’-Lantern partner known as Halloween, Tasha puts his magical training and weaponry to good use, in his constant battles against witches.

Plot: The plot’s fairly dark, but it’s still pretty good. I wish it was being translated more regularly, but that’s just my personal nitpick.

Characters: Tasha and Halloween are excellent main characters and the rest of the cast is quite good. It is a fairly large cast as well, which is nice.

Art: The artwork is quite good, as good as any Japanese Manga of a similar time period.

Overall: This is a great read, if you don’t mind the absolutely sporadic translation speeds.

For those who like: Shonen Series, Action, Urban Fantasy, Drama.

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

Manga Monday: Gaussian Blur by Park Seein

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This week I’m covering another Korean Webcomic for Manga Monday. It’s Gaussian Blur by Park Seein!

Plot Synopsis: Day after day, honor student Hwang Dong Wook gets called out by the bullies in his class to serve as their punching bag. Day after day, the last-ranked student Choi Yool is shunned by her classmates because of her beauty and her grades. As it happens, the sullen boy and the carefree girl sit next to each other in class. When the top student is asked to lure her into the bullies dirty schemes, their lives take an unexpected turn…

Plot: The plot hook above got me interested enough to read this, as I’ve said before I tend to stay away from Korean Webcomics because I don’t enjoy scrolling down to read them, but I’ve made exceptions before and this series is definitely one of them.

Characters: Hwang and Choi are incredibly interesting lead characters, if only because of their faults. I connect with them because I used to be bullied myself in school. The rest of the cast is also fairly interesting and I won’t get into it because of potential spoilers.

Art: The art is a lot like Looking for a Father, which isn’t surprising as they are both Webcomics.

Overall: Worth a read, if you can get over the odd reading style.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Korean Webcomics.

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

Manga Monday: Looking for a Father by Dong Bi

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This week for Manga Monday I’m doing something a little different, I’m covering a Korean Webtoon (read comic) that I found wasn’t hard to get used to the style, which can be very different compared to traditional comics, Manga or even Manwha (Korea’s version of Manga that reads Left to Right like Western Comics). It’s Looking for a Father by Dong Bi.

Plot Synopsis: Hyun-Su Jung (29) was scammed by Jung-Mi Kim and is now in debt for $900,000. He is being chased by loan sharks and ended up kidnapping Jung-Mi Kim’s daughter, Ha-Yeon Lee (17). The story starts from there.

Plot: What starts out as a somewhat creepy beginning is a rather heartwarming comedy about a girl who is looking for stability in her life and the guy she is relying on for that. I won’t go into the why, as it’s pretty hilarious to see why she ends up that way, but I’ve been reading it and I love it. It’s heartwarming, depressing and makes me feel a little better about the human race in general after each chapter is done.

Characters: Hyun-Su and Ha-Yeon are the two main characters and from what little I’ve read I really like their interactions, as it feels natural and not at all fake.

Art: This being the first Webtoon I’ve ever read for more than a page without giving up in disgust at the layout I really can’t speak about the art all that much, except to say that I enjoy the artists style.

Overall: If you don’t mind the somewhat creepy plot synopsis, trust me it gets better I promise, this Romantic Comedy is a heartwarming story of two people looking for stability.

For those who like: Romantic Comedies, Heartwarming Stories, Believable Characters.

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