Running on Empty
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Running on Empty

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Synonyms: Running Through the Sky
Japanese: 허공의 질주


Type: Manhwa
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: 2008
Genre: Boys Love Boys Love
Serialization: None
Authors: Kim, Jea-Eun (Story & Art)


Score: 7.731 (scored by 21962,196 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #15782
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3993
Members: 4,913
Favorites: 52
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ManhwaKim, Jea-Eun (Story & Art)
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Volumes: /2
Chapters: /12


Hopeless about the future, 18-year-old Han Soo-Bum prepares to jump off a building. Suddenly blinded by a flash, he notices an unfamiliar man taking pictures of him. As he is about to complain, police officers storm the rooftop, declaring the stranger, Lee Hyuk-Soo, as the prime suspect in a murder case.

In the midst of the chaos, Soo-Bum is taken hostage and finds himself on the road with the 25-year-old fugitive. A fearless captive and a falsely accused man on the run, the polar opposites begin to ignite hope in each other's pitiful yet complex lives.

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In 2009, Running on Empty won a Silver Award at the 3rd International Manga Award.



Jul 18, 2010
I just happened to come across this manhwa and I was really surprised to see the whole thing was in color. I'm already comfortable with reading yaoi so the shounen ai genre didn't scare me away. But for people who are scared of becoming "gay" just by reading yaoi or start complaining that it's disgusting just because it's shounen ai, this manhwa has very light boy/boy interaction, nothing hardcore. You would think they were merely friends. For those who are homo phobic, I wouldn't advise you to read this then, if any slight insinuation or if you misunderstand easily then all I have to say ...
Jan 5, 2010
Yes, this is the first time I say 'there isn't really room for improvement'. Hence the 10's. The story is truly wonderful. Two young men dealing with hideous life events that 'happen' to cross paths. Afterwhich a journey both literal and esoteric begins for each. Two ppl finding themselves while learning slowly about each other.

The art for me was a first time experiance. It was the most interesting blend of actual photographs and hand drawn images, mixed with every degree of combining the two. The color of the hand drawn to me brought a vividness of events and the characters that made them stand ...
Aug 5, 2018
'Running on Empty' has been quite a mixed bag. On one hand, it's almost a decent manhwa, both in the story and in the characters. On the other hand, the dreadful art makes it impossible for me to give it any sort of positive score.

Both the story and the characters were nothing exceptional. Fortunately, they weren't utterly terrible either (most of them at least). So, I'm not gonna say anything about them beyond "they were bearable".

Let's talk about the terrible art:
In Korean manhwa, the artists often take real-life locations and re-draw simplified versions in their works. This author goes beyond that and uses real-life pictures ...


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