Japanese: ZEN 마경 무인학원
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SynopsisZen is a type of inner power energy that is essential in Martial Art World. The amount of Zen everyone has is different. Mingyum is a person without Zen who wishes to become East Asia's Strongest Martial Artist. Due to an argument with his sister on what Major she wants him to take at school and what he wants, he leaves, wandering around only to end up in a bad neighborhood. He ends up saving a girl, but gets himself beat up in the process because he has no Zen. Then he gets saved by a foreign girl who suddenly appears and announces that she is his fiancée. What will happen next?
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Zen Martial Arts Academy is yet another shonen manga (Manhwa in this case) with high potential, but an utterly disappointing conclusion. Actually, to call the final chapter a conclusion would be a crime because the series was cancelled JUST when the plot was beginning to unfold. This is particularly disappointing given the main character was just beginning to show signs of progress. Nevertheless, ZMAA was a somewhat refreshing read while it lasted, and I wish to reflect back on all the things that I enjoyed reading.
The main character is your typical shonen hero, but also unique in other ways. Minkyum Kang is brash teenager with high energy, yet he's a complete weakling. He occasionally will show flashes of potential, but in most cases he gets shown up by better fighters. At some point, watching him get his ass kicked repeatedly may cause you to sympathize with him. (He has no favorites on MAL, maybe you could be his first!).
The art is nice, nothing extraordinary but it gets the job done. There are a few hilarious inconsistencies, but for the most part the author does a great job drawing fighting scenes.
The only reason I could possibly see myself recommending this to anyone, is the romance aspect of the story. Romance-category lovers will find themselves gushing more than a dozen times at some of the cute, intimate moments some characters share together. It just saddens me to look back on all that could have been with this manhwa.
ZMMA isn't exactly the worst series out there, but 29 chapters of good storytelling, will not make up for the 100+ chapters we miss because the mahnwa was dropped prematurely.
Both interesting manhwa with high school protagonists.
The theme of fighting, action, and drama are all present in both of these manga series. In fact, fighting becomes a main component as the main male protagonist masters and perfects his skills of being an martial arts specialist.
Both series takes place at similar settings. As the series progresses, the main protagonist encounters individuals who rivals his own skills. He also has a female friend who has a curious interest in him in both series.
Violence and rivalries are often developed in both series as the characters strives to become the best.
Both manhwa that have protagonists in a somewhat similar setting, both entering a school known for it's martial arts.
Both are set in a martial art school in Korea. There are two factions confronted with a third faction playing in the shadows. Both have epic battle scenes and the artwork is pretty similar. Both begin as shounen but Veritas turn into a seinen through the serie. Zen was cut without an ending and Veritas has a rushed one.
Highly ambitious main characters that love to be the center of everyone's attention. Both male leads get into situations that guide them into becoming stronger to somewhat impress the female lead character. The two manga's are exceedingly funny and at times can be very addicting when trying to figure out what the protagonist will do next.
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