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Let Dai (Manhwa)

Let Dai

Alternative Titles

English: Let Dai
Japanese: Let 다이

Information

Type: Manhwa
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 75
Status: Finished
Published: 1995 to 2005
Authors: Won, Soo-yeon (Story & Art)
Serialization: Wink

Statistics

Score: 8.461 (scored by 1404 users)
Ranked: #1622
Popularity: #1379
Members: 3,564
Favorites: 250
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Synopsis

Is this desire for freedom the very thing that entrapped us.

Let Dai is a tragic tale of forbidden love and unforgivable betrayal. Set in a soulless neo-Seoul ruled by young punks and pleasure seekers, an amoral teenager named Dai is the living embodiment of the city's beauty and cruelty. As the leader of the vicious Furies gang, Dai seduces everyone who lays eyes on him, only to blind them to his own barbaric nature. When an honest schoolboy named Jaehee rescues a beautiful girl from being mugged by the Furies, he can't possibly realize how this brief encounter will plunge him into a downward spiral of unbridled passion and unfathomable pain. From his brutal gang initiation to an unspeakable act committed against his girlfriend, Jaehee wavers uncomfortably between revulsion and fascination. And in Dai he finds a tender, caring friend one moment and a heartless sociopath the next, awakening strange and unhealthy desires in Jaehee that he could never before have imagined.

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Characters

 Dai
Lee, Dai
Main
 Jaehee
Yoo, Jaehee
Main
 Naru
Hagi, Naru
Supporting
 Eunhyung
Song, Eunhyung
Supporting
 Yooneun
Song, Yooneun
Supporting

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aindah
Jun 18, 2010 6:53 PM
I'm sitting at my desk with my Oxford Thesaurus, because I've realized that I need cool synonyms for 'awesome' in order to write what I think and feel about Let Dai (and to make it clear, I DO NOT take out my thesaurus lightly). It is a deep and pensive story about teenagers growing up in what we have come to perceive as the 'normal' world. It is a story that makes you realize that there is no such thing as 'normal' and that the only way you can experience happiness is to find someone you'll love, a friend or a lover, who will support read more
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lekoweko
Jan 23, 2010 8:11 PM
This manhwa doesn't lie. Love is painful. Love leaves you with a scar- a tragic but beautiful reminder, which is pretty much the very essence of Let Dai.

At first I thought this was just a story of a gang leader who picks up some random guy and makes him his lover to psyche him out. I was so wrong. It is SO MUCH more than that.

When Jaehee first meets Dai he is the leader of the infamous Furies gang and a terrifying yet charismatic monster. But that is the very thing that attracts Jaehee: his read more
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Ilse
Oct 3, 2014 2:09 PM
- Before reading any further into the review, I recommend that if you can't stand (disgusting) rape, (cruel) torture, (disturbing) suicide, and some gay romance, then this manhwa is not the right story for you. This manhwa is not for children, or pure-minded people. (^o^ makes me wonder why I read it) -

This manhwa is certainly a "different" romance story, in the way that it's not a cute, funny and honest romance, but rather a dark, toxic, and violent romance. It’s a series that doesn't make love seem like the beautiful happiness that people often dream it is (Like I dream about how romantic, pure read more
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blushjoy
Nov 18, 2010 3:43 AM
Let Dai is a classic case of 'much better than it sounds'. It's easy to look it over, dismissing it as one of those mangas that romanticize abusive relationships between a violent seme and a docile, spineless uke. Yet to pass it up on those grounds would be to look over a powerful manga about being young, being different, about love and family.

The story revolves around the relationship between Jaehee and Dai, two boys who feel an immediate attraction to each other when they first meet. Their first meeting also ends in Jaehee being brutally beaten by Dai's gang. What immediately sets the story apart read more
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Both have delinquent charismatic main characters that fall in love despite constant adversity and forces pulling them apart. Mars has been my top favorite manga for a long time and i never expected to find a manga that could rival it but Let Dai proved to be equally amazing. Both have beautiful artwork and fully developed characters that take you on a breathtaking journey that stays poignant on your mind long after youve finished the series. Simply amazing stories. 
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Manga: The Flowers of Evil
Both are manhwa dramas that try to realistically examine a "forbidden" love, without getting into anything really explicit. Some intense scenes, and tragedy. Let Dai is about a gay relationship, Flower about incest. 
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Both are fairly realistic (compared to your typical shounen-ai manga, at least) and beautiful portrayals of heartbreaking forbidden love between two teen boys.  
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I have to add that Let Dai is shonen ai not yaoi. 
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The MCs are both horrible people *spoilers*
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