A young man finds and returns a lost wallet and cell phone to a beautiful young lady, thus begins the destined relationship between two strangers. Sound typical? Well then, how about making the young lady the young man's future homeroom teacher, and give them both a twisted sense of right and wrong. And just for kicks, let's have the young man help himself to a self proclaimed reward from the lost wallet before returning it… but of course, this scenario wouldn't be complete unless the young lady was very unforgiving when it came to teaching one of her students a lesson on morals.
Unbalance x Unbalance (UxU) is a Harem, Ecchi, Romance manhwa dealing with what will become some interesting love affairs. It's remarkable how this manhwa portrays this sort of forbidden romance, however for a title that had so much potential, I'm not too please with how it all turned out.
Enter Jin-Ho Myung, a seemingly regular guy, coasting through his High School life. That is until a new homeroom teacher, Hae-Young Nah enters the picture. It is by some amusing coincidences that the two have several run-ins with each other and it were these unusual circumstances that sparked an interest between the two. From there the story for this harem is rather exciting in the way that it is not so straight-forward, when compared with most of the childish harems, in the familiar High School setting, as there are plenty of twist. Another thing I appreciate is that it doesn't focus on trying to find as many ludicrous opportunities to show some panties, but rather just dealing the main issues at hand. However as the chapters go on and a lot of the romantic ties remain unsettled, the story tends to drag and actual progress occurs at a snail's pace. Also there were some very questionable moments throughout the duration of its serialization, especially towards the end.
Yet just like with some of Dal Young’s other works, the artwork is pretty much perfect for this kind of manhwa and it is really hard to find any major bad points to it. There are well drawn environments but of course your attention will be on the characters. Sure there are plenty of well-endowed, attractive young ladies, which is what makes this an ecchi romance in the first place; however the guys also look appealing and that’s a rarity within the genre. Though one thing that irked me from time to time is the perpetual blushing. Once you yourself notice it, you'll struggle to un-notice it.
Well like in any romance, the story and artwork mean nothing without the characters to help bring it all to life. UxU does that well, with some very intriguing character personalities that do not follow the usual criteria (well not always). The male protagonist is a welcome change from all the typical "loser-kuns" or the incredibly "nice guys" we find in harems, however it’s easy to have mixed feelings on Jin-Ho because of how he operates. In short, Jin-Ho can be a bit of an a-hole. Then there’s Hae-Young, who is an attractive and nicely portrayed heroine and has plenty more appealing traits. Together they make some interesting chemistry, something that's needed to make any couple or potential couple interesting, which is where I think the title fell short. Not all the girls had interesting chemistry with Jin-Ho, so in the end they felt more like side characters, than the main characters they were meant to be.
Overall UxU is one of my favourite harem titles, which really doesn't feel like a harem title, because it shows a relationship not hindered by typical indecisiveness but by society’s judgement. Yet at times it does feel like the mangaka it constantly trying to impede on any real romantic development, with some indecisiveness on the female-front. Jin-Ho can be a bit of an a-hole and his action's may irk some, but he is still a refreshing change from the norm and it was nice seeing him persevere, in his own way. It's a shame the author couldn't do the same and persevere with the quality of the story, as the story took a turn, in the final volume and degenerated into what cannot be described better than a generic Korean soap opera drama. The ending just felt cobbled together turning UxU into one of those titles that had so much potential, but screwed it up towards the end. So if you enjoy your harems or romances then be sure to check this one out, even if the story ends out of balance. read more
one of the reasons that i began reading his manhwa would definitely the gorgeous art. the other would be the complications between forbidden romance.
to lose oneself over love means to give up ones' dignity in the eyes of the many. i guess that would be the lesson that unbalance x unbalance is trying to tell the reader. the dilemma comes in the form that a student, jin ho, is in love with his teacher, hae young.
will love prevail over morals or the thoughts of other people? for a teacher that lives on morals and abides by the rule, hae young is troubled by this dilemma. should she give in for her love? but if she does, what would other people think? on the other hand, jin ho thinks of his resolve. that he loves his teacher no matter what. that he doesn't care about what others think and that all that matters is his love for her. in the end, how will the two ends meet? if one always keeps on pushing the other while one insists on moving forth.
a good manhwa that focuses on a love that continuously defies time, opinion, and reason.read more
Let me state this right now: UxU had potential to get a really high rating, a 9, but just no.
Unbalance x Unbalance is school based ecchis romance comedy with some drama. It looks like every other average title with same genres and cliche ideas, but then it hits to your face with the characters, good pace and out of blue moments making it enjoyable to read.
Myung Jin-Ho, our mc, is a lazy fuck, like me, but extremely kind yet a total badass. His life philosophy is superior, it's twisted and fucked up, someone could say unbalanced, yet interesting more than anything. If someone hurts his friends, he goes to berserk and fixes the situation. He doesn't care if that's just a little girl, he kills that bitch and moves on. Gosh, I love that guy. Most of the situation he is in, are intense, emotional and hooking. Could say something similar to Great Teacher Onizuka's appearance. Everyone knows Onizuka is the best character ever, right? The atmosphere makes even hardcore readers sweat.
Hae-Young Nah, isn't meh or nah at all, unlike my jokes, but very interesting female character. Moreover, she has huge breasts. She goes trough some intense and dramatic shitz, showing how many sided character she actually is. Her character development being pretty awesome. What makes UxU unique is the way 2 totally different characters are building relationship. How author manages to connect them life together and show how much they effect to each others.
Unfortunately the awesomeness stops before the manga ends. The point where UxU fails is the last volume. Mangaka started also being lazy fuck like me and the MC guy. Writing goes fully retarded during last chapters, characters start to act out of them character, ending is rushed and forced. The manga is not satisfying with the ending and reader is never rewarded. Higher rating would feel like I'm fooling myself and others.
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This is my first Manwha/Manga review so please be patient and bear with me. Onwards we go!
Now, have you ever thought to yourself what it would be like to have feelings for a teacher, and on why it has such a controversy? Or why it isn't accepted in our society? 'What's' so wrong with such a relationship? Well, some people might say age, so lets say this. A boy is 7 years younger than the woman he loves, (19 - 26) his friends start to find out what they're relationship is like, and all of a sudden seem to think that such a relationship is wrong because others, such as normal society, a relationship like that is unacceptable, as when he is in his 30's the woman is in her near 40's but when time continues to press on such things like age end up being a trivial matter.
You might have seen it and you could have already gone through such controversy, you could even be someone going into such a relationship now. It's mainly when (for example) an 17 year old dates maybe a 13 year old, and people seem to frail, curse and even alienate the two couple thinking that the relationship they're in, is either just plain disgusting or totally unacceptable like it's some kind of sin. But what if, let's say, 10 years down the line they are still dating, now it's only a 23 year old dating a 27 year old. That's only a 4 years difference, now is there something wrong with that? I will think you will find that is expectable. They could have just started dating at that age, but I bet no one would say that kind of relationship is wrong, would they? But if it was the ages I mentioned then somehow all of sudden its just, wrong? That just seems a little unjustifiable, the facts are there and in my mind stated probably only a few of them. If you love someone, love them! Why hold back on something as petty as that? If that's the case, ask yourself this question, do you really love them? Actually no that's not right question to be asking, more like, could you still love them that you can't get over a simple obstacle like age, when there is going to be much tougher and harder times than that down the line?
Some people may say their status, for example student and teacher. But then again here is my argument, they are still in a man and a woman who are single with hormones flying all over the place and their hearts looking to be cared for and loved. Just the fact she is a teacher and likes a student all of a sudden makes it wrong? But if we were to take her status as a teacher away, would we still be saying their relationship is wrong? Would we still be finding the couple unacceptable? However way we ought to look at it, it's just a simple problem of ones status or age difference, yet changes ones mind on how they think and perceive things.
Unbalance x Unbalanace (UxU) is a Harem, Ecchi and Romance manhwa that deals with such controversies and along the line deal with some very interesting love affairs. When I started reading it, I just couldn't help myself but to continue till the end.
Story (8/10) - Jin-Ho Myung a regular, ordinary human who just seemingly sites back and walks through High School life. But the day comes when he decided to return a wallet to a woman for what seemed to be from the courtesy of his heart, but as it turns out he really stole some money so he could really buy a book that he really wanted. Unfortunately for him the woman wasn't having none of it, and thus wanted him to pay her back. Funny thing is, this woman, Hae-Young Nah will become his and the classes new home room and maths teacher. The hand of fate seems to of brought them together or was it just fate messing with them both. Anyways, the hate relationship goes on but over time things start coming apparent.
Now I won't say anymore on it, because the story is quite brilliant, well thought and put together, so the story of a teacher and her student, normally you see relationships like these in Hentai's and even if they are an Anime, the scenarios just tend to be fake, the progression races or the story just feels off and rushed. But this Manwha, no! The story is very well done, and you kind of see what it could really be like. The story takes it step by step and shows you all sought of problems that this boy will have to go through and they are some real tough problems. The story is brought together beautifully, each problem they went through progresses the story more and help bring it to its finale. I will however say, the ending did come a little unexpected like the author had to end the illustrations or something all of a sudden, it just felt like it had to speed up all and in the end kind of left a cliff hanger, but still a lovely wonderful and suited ending nonetheless. Some bad points about the story aren't easy to spot, but they are there for example the ending, and at times the problems that the characters were enduring went on more than they should have, also some characters that were introduced and progress the story suddenly just up and disappear from the face of the manwha (you know what I mean when you read it).
Art (9/10) - The art was simply magnificent, the characters designs really fit their personality. The teacher and the girls, were all beautifully drawn and looked sexy, gosh, especially the teacher if I had a teacher like that I wouldn't mind falling for her. But I don't... so... yeah... the background was very well detailed, even the fighting scenes was very well portrayed, and yes there was a fighting scene. I don't know what it was but it really felt like you knew what was going on with a little imagination, the art really gave you a sense of understanding of the situations, if it was emotion the characters were going through, the fighting scenes, love, betrayal, all of these you had a sense of what was really going on and in the characters minds. You understood what was going on due to the art. It's nice to know what's going on instead of being lost and having to use your imagination more than you need to, the art and the story should be able to portray itself. Also where there was coloring done, it was done beautifully, bring you a sense of reality, and damn how they colored the teacher, bufff, man is she fit. Moving on.
Characters (10/10) - What can I say, the characters is what made this manwha a whole. Just simply brilliant how each character had a role to play and they played it to perfection. The teacher not knowing what she really wants, coming to terms with her feelings, the high school boy stepping up to the plate and not backing down even when it got tough. The main character really took the initiative and stood to it, didn't start having second thoughts or thinking that this relationship is wrong or it wouldn't work, no! He knew what he was feeling and acted accordingly, although he still didn't really experience true love and knowing what it was like to be in certain situations, he did sometimes be a bit dense and feeling helpless. That's normal, the situation with Ji-Soo Ho, although to be portrayed as some real asshole and you might end up really hating the character but it won't be long till you contradict yourself and really finding that you fricking love how awesome Jin-Ho Myung is. Plus he wasn't even self denial he accepted what he did was wrong and did what real men might not of done. In the end every character they ever entered the story really end up becoming rememberable throughout the whole story.
At times the characters were dense and were dwaddling about with their feelings but yet not doing anything about it, so some aspects of the certain scenarios of the story continued longer than it had to, but still I guess I understand if you were all in this situation and the person you loved is in fact in love with the classes home room/maths teacher, I guess you wouldn't know what to do or how to act. Furthermore to add is that some characters were introduced through certain scenarios of the story and then just disappear, I did feel like something more could have been done with them, although saying that probably would have made things difficult and awkward, but then again they seem to have importance. Each character had their distinctive marks and really shown as characters and brought everything together. Even the newly introduced character Caroline Pendleton even though short, had impact, and in the end even she was a memorable character as well as she compelled the characters to accept their feelings and help them through situations and when times got though, how lovely is that? There were minor problems and the fact of how most of the important stuff was done to what I think perfection, then I think I can overlook them and give this a 10. If it had a .5 system then it would be 9.5 if I was to include the certain things mentioned above but there isn't so deal with it. I still think it deserves a ten.
Enjoyment (9/10) - Now this being my first manhwa, I won't say much because I honestly think I like to have experience reading these kinds of things before really telling you if it was enjoyable or not. Because its like first getting into the anime, the first anime you watch usually ends up being one of your favorites because it was the one that got you into anime in the first place. Thus, it was probably more enjoyable that it probably actually was. If you was to say, watched 100 animes then go back to it, would you still be saying the same thing?
Nonetheless I could say it was very enjoyable. Reason being is you just have to keep going just to see what the turn out would be, and how characters were going to deal with the problems they were faced with. You don't end up reading just 5 chapters and be done with the day, no! You really sit back and take the environment in and while sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the outcome. You will experience being, annoyed, angry, hatred, love, happy, sad, frustrated you will feel all kinds of emotion and thoughts as the story progresses, and I think that's right! Because you're getting into such a relationship with a teacher, it isn't going to be just lovey dovey and be done with it. There is a lot more to it than that, and to be honest there is going to be more bad feelings than good. But like the title implies Unbalance x Unbalance, and if you know your maths minus x minus equals positive and all of those bad feelings together really ends up giving it a positive feel to it. Also the unbalance becomes balanced. Tehe, I like how I explained that.
Overall (9/10) - This manwha, for when you start, will blow your mind (it did with me). Your on the edge of your seat in each scenario wondering what will happen. While other times let you just sit back and enjoy. The story really works well and becomes a whole by the end and still leaves you to think what becomes of them. Art you will be amazed by, how well everything is detailed from emotion to the background and just how sexy and good looking those girls are and damn those oppai's were awesome! Let alone the boys alone really did look good and suit their character. And finally the characters themselves make this a whole and manwha to enjoy. If you're not into such relationships because it always turns out a little fake give this a shot but if you hate this kinda thing fullstop then don't bother. Although if you got this far and still on this page and looking through reviews then that must mean your interested, right? Also if you're a person you just can't stand when friction and hard times be fall the main characters or with their friends then don't bother with this as this could get heart wrenching, although not much it still tugs at it. Other than that, I recommend it to everyone else. Certainly is a manwha you should read and shouldn't leave in your plan to read list. Though I wanted to find something really ecchi like To Love-Ru Darkness and this is what I got and in the end it wasn't really that all ecchified. The ecchi was where it was called for and for some reason the ecchi that was done helped the story or help make up a new scenario it was quite fantastic.
That is my first manwha review, I hope you all liked it. I might be doing more in the future. Because this really got me into reading Manga/manwha now. See ya all in the next review.read more