Ranked #249

The One (Manhua)

The One

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 獨領風騷


Type: Manhua
Volumes: 18
Chapters: 110
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1, 2005 to Feb 5, 2014
Authors: Lee, Nicky (Story & Art)
Serialization: Star☆Girls


Score: 8.371 (scored by 5150 users)
Ranked: #2492
Popularity: #369
Members: 11,163
Favorites: 645
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Cane Lele was born into the fashion industry. Her mother, Ye Feii, was Taiwan's top model, and her father was also a model, until a tragic airplane crash left Lele without parents.

Therefore it is no surprise that Lele hates the industry, thinking it superficial and unnecessary. Raised by her paternal grandmother, Lele reaches seventeen before she is sucked in by her mother's sister, Ye Feihung, a fashion agent (and former model) who "convinces" the reluctant Lele to pose. Lele is adverse to the whole idea, until she sees a photo shoot of popular American model Angus Lanson, and she begins to see modeling as an art form.

When Aunt Feihung's magazine editor invites Angus Lanson to a meeting of all the top fashion ambassadors, Lele is invited along and is curious to meet Angus. She does not know that Angus' twin elder brother, Eros Lanson, is secretly accompanying his brother. This obviously leads to confusion and is the start of a charming story of Lele's goals: Fashion in New York city, becoming a top model, and love?

(Source: ShoujoMagic)


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Lanson, Eros
Lanson, Eros
Cane, Lele
Cane, Lele
Lanson, Angus
Lanson, Angus
Ye Fei Yi
Ye Fei Yi
Ryde, Feidna
Ryde, Feidna
Cane, Night
Cane, Night
Lanson, Gloria

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May 9, 2009
Okay, I admit it, I love The One but when it first came out and I read the beginning I quit of the 5th page. It was only after I have read everything else I wanted to when I decided to pick this up again.

Story: The story isn't that amazingly unique and original in terms of a girl being forced to go into the fashion industry and finding hardships and love on the way, etc. However, this type of story is usually very well received by the general population therefore the story should (and is) quite good. I gave it a 8 to balance read more
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Apr 2, 2010
The story in "The One" is neither boring nor slow-paced, which makes it very interesting and stimulating to the reader; although the underline theme is "life in the fashion world", it does not fall in the cliché category.

The main character escapes from the typical lead female in anime/manga, which makes the reader curious, because you don't easily predict what the character's next move will be.

The artwork is very good, nothing over the top, but captivating and very pleasant.

This manga turned out to be a surprise for me, I never expected to be this devoted.
Although it's not finished yet, it's interesting to re-read the read more
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Mar 3, 2015
"The One" is manhwa that I stopped reading few years ago. I dropped it after few volumes thinking that story is kind of slow. Thanks God I came to my senses :)

Story 8/10
I find this manhwa best point is it's story - even tho it lacks originallity. Story is very well based on real time hardships and life events. Combine that with little bit of shoujo aspects and you get the One. Towards the end the One is becoming more and more realistic and less and less shoujo-like.
I would give 10/10 points if there wasn't an ending. Ending is kind of rushed and even read more
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Jun 9, 2012
The One is my all time favorite manga since Dazzle... I adore the story and art. Miss Cane is the most amazing character I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. There are many bishie characters that most will enjoy. I recomend this incredible story to everyone unless you can't get over (very very slight) bisexual situations or implied relationships. Either way one of the best mangas I've ever read!!
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Manga: Skip Beat!
If you've read Skip Beat and liked the concept I think you'll defenitly like The One.
Both are about girls entering the entertainment business,(Skip beat-acting,The one-modelling) and how they struggle to make it, falling in love a long the way aso.
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Manga: Paradise Kiss
They both revolve around the world of modeling. Paradise kiss is more dramatic and realistic, while The One is really hilarious..it's really hard to stop laughing. But still in both mangas the main chars have a unique personality and they're really something to enjoy. 
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Manga: Love Celeb
kirara and lele are both girls that are trying to be celebrities. in the process they find someone rich and famous and they fall for him!

lele-> the one
kirara-> love celeb 
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Manga: Mars
Male leads are very similar, with their backgrounds, traumas and all. The One and Mars both have more realistic approach to relationships unlike other shoujo series out there. While leads in the Mars are high-schoolers, the ones in The One are older. Especially the male lead of The One has a more mature attitude towards his past and present. They both give the same heart wrenching feeling most of the time except The One is hilarious as well. 
reportRecommended by _mAgy_
Manga: Nana
maybe the storyline isn't so similar..although it's about showbiz (music-nana, fashion-the one)..BUT! the art is so similar!!! lele in the first volumes looks like nana o. but her personality is very similar to nana k.( the hachiko style)!! and eros looks like takumi!! i would have to appreciate more the one for the sexiness of the male protagonists...hehe:))) 
reportRecommended by zibibba
Manga: Nousatsu Junkie
romances including models, designers and fashion 
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