What is a sweet, soft-spoken girl (Ha Li Kang) to do when her brothers, having just learned fencing and martial arts, decide to test some moves out on her in order to "tame her" and make her into their "little slave?" She runs to her knightly friend (Te Hu Kang, not related to Ha Li) for protection, of course. However, what happens when, instead of comforting her, he tells her that she is a coward for running away like a puppy who needs constant protection? No, she does not break down and cry like a weak girl. Instead, she resolves to grow stronger. With rigorous training everyday, Ha Li goes from being a scared girl who cries for help to becoming the Jjang (boss of a gang) of the Doberman gang. However, events lead to Ha Li getting in an accident with a truck. Afterwards, she is reborn into the body of a beautiful, but weak, rich girl Aram Han.
Before I begin, I want to state that I haven't read any of Hwang Mi Ri's work except for Hot Blooded Woman and I bloody won't judge this manhwa based on the similarities between her stories.
I believe all of you who are saying that after reading 19 HMR manhwa, the twentieth sucks, because you can predict every twist.
BUT not having read anything like this, I pretty much enjoyed everything.
As for the story:
Lots of dead girls, lots of guys blaming themselves for their deaths, soul-transfering situations, love triangles, hate triangles, almost-rape situations, fighting, cruel stuff.... just the usual.
Although it was surprising in one way.
Almost every manga I have read or every drama I have watched turned dramatically at one point and it became sad or full of misunderstood situations and grief.
BUT it was my first time reading such a comic story like this which actually turned out to be the cruelest manhwa I have ever read. It's not just full of sorrow, but real cruelty and sadism. Most of the characters carry psychopathic traits.
At the beggining of the story, all we get is embarrassing situations and lovely scenes. Then, with the introducing of new characters or old ones we don't really know yet, the whole story turns upside down.
I think that's when you become completely addicted.
I especially like the way HMR drew Jang Han Seo, one of the main guys. He can be charming, funny, human-like, beast-like or all these at the same time.
I also like Ha Ji, the heroine, but I must admit she isn't anything special. All the other characters are stereotyped and really similar to each other. I guess dear Hwang Mi Ri's only capable of drawing 6 or 7 different faces and 3 different body types in each gender.
In my humble opinion... No, not in my opinion: This story's main point is DEFINITELY its characters.
Ha ji, our heroine loves nothing but eating, fighting and eating after and before fighting.(No kidding.)
So if you expect a girl who becomes cute at a point in the story and can actually behave well or look beautiful, don't be mistaken. Well, she can be stunning in her own way, for some of the characters, but most of all she is just an eating-burping-machine.
Sin Uoo is your tyipical protagonist, who goes through some serious character development. In the beggining he is that cool-headed sort of guy, who appears confident, but really, he is just unable to say what he’s truly thinking, so when he says „I hate you! You are an ugly bitch.”, he actually means „Marry me, love!”.
Another main character, who is like the other half of the love(and hate) triangle, is the antagonist of our story. And let’s be honest: Jang Han Seo is the evilest of his kind. For him, love is possessive and jealousy equals destruction. He goes by the saying that „If I can’t have it/her, no one can.”
He is a complete madman. If I could describe him in any way, it would be by listing the traits of a SOCIOPATH:
„The greatest weakness of sociopaths is that they don’t have empathy. As a result, they tend to be successful in everything they are doing, since their goals are generally ruthlessly achieved. At the same time sociopaths are often appealing, have a spontaneous personality, and persuasive speaking skills. They get bored quickly, they can’t stand monotony and they need impulses which often go with irresponsibility. They are skilled at lying and manipulating others. They have no remorse, poor emotional life and insensitivity. They are impulsive. They are good at hiding the fact that they only follow their own purposes, and they can lull suspicion.”
I should add one more thing to this title: don't believe any of them. The characters, I mean. They will fool you... None of them is what you think they are. Ha ji, most of all;)
As I’ve said before, this story is really enjoyable. Even though it can be stupid, or overly dramatized, even cruel, action is always there, with love and fun. What else do we need?
(sorry for my english i'm not native)
I'm an avid fan of Hwang Mi Ri's manhwa, so yes, I am biased. I've read many of her works, and if you become familiar enough with her story preferences then yes it can become pretty predictable and repetitive.
But lets say you had never read any of her works... or weren't soo quick to pass judgement. I think this manhwa is a must read for everyone.
Story - 8
While I'm not too big on anything fantasy, the story remains pretty realistic except for the beginning part in which Hali's spirit is inside Aram.
I was furiously reading this as soon as I started it.
Never did I want to break from it. There were various moments in which proper development between the characters occurred. And, its ability to captivate with various emotions throughout the story... I think it does its job well.
Art - 7
If you're more used to manga than manhwa, then you might think Mi Ri's drawing style is old fashioned or 'bad', but I find her art easy on the eyes. It's pretty good. So I give it a seven.
Character - 8
The characters don't change easily just because of 'love'. I like that the characters stick to they're given traits and hidden emotions and thoughts are slowly revealed as development occurs. I don't feel like I came to like or hate anyone I wasn't supposed to xD
Enjoyment - 10
... very much. I think the 10 explains it.
Overall - 9
I would give this manhwa a 10... but as almost every piece of writing out there, there is room for improvement. That being said I think its fine as it is all things considered :3
(You won't stop laughing when you are reading this manga)
As usual for the mangaka 'Hwang Mi-Ri' the main character is a violent athlete girl, who is going to do some adventures, and for sure that she will fall in love.
Although it was a long story, you won't get bored of it even for a moment, because there are always new interesting events.
And because she likes having her readers surprised; she kept the greatest surprise at the end.
i read the translator review at the last chapter, it blows my mind. but i'll give honest review, i don't know the author's other work, i haven't read them. my friend that not usually read romance and really like action adventure dark type-story recommend me this manhwa.
and honestly, it's really awesome. i smile a lot, and it really does has interesting story. because a lot of romance i read mostly just so-so, it's good yet it ends there, but this story really giving me chills along reading it.
*may contain a bis spolier!
the plot and story are somehow classic and simple, kinda remind me of hana
yori dango but in more extreme way. i like the female MC so much, and the psychotic love between the characters..
eventho the art is really not my style, the big sparkly eyes shojou-style, but i stick with it because the story is good..
i think it went bad around the half near ending, because the first half super exciting but the later half became calmer, like psychologic-power-war of chaebol. the ending also not satisfying enough. well from the start it's not a melodrama-type tho, but still somehow it ended just OK.
conclusion: the first half just so damn exciting, if you like the MC well maybe you can stick til the end, but if you find the MC is NG then i think it will turned plain and dull.
+ the funny moments is OK.