There is nowhere that Seon Jin can find solace. At school, he is ruthlessly bullied due to his unsettlingly quiet nature and weak appearance. However, this is not the source of Jin's insurmountable terror: the thing that he fears more than anything else is his own father.
To most, Jin's father is a successful businessman, good samaritan, and doting parent. But that is merely a facade; in truth, he is a deranged serial killer—and Jin is his unwilling accomplice. For years, they have been carrying out this ruse with the police being none the wiser. However, when his father takes an interest in the pretty transfer student Yoon Kyun, Jin must make a decision—be the coward who sends her to the gallows like all the rest, or be the bastard of a son who defies his wicked parent.
I've just finished this, it's 4 in the morning and I need to express the immense enjoyment I had whilst reading this. Over the 3 days I've read Bastard, it has literally prevented me from doing revision as the story has just kept me glued to page after page, thinking that I'll finish reading at a certain time but ending up spending hours reading.
The overall story is very simplistic yet very surreal, as the synopsis doesn't give away that much, I don't want to give away spoilers as to who the serial killer is but you find out straight away, so the action happens fast.
This is why it was so good to read as nothing is meaningless for the progression of the story, everything has an effect on either the actions/development of the main character or the plot itself.
The fact that it mixes in so many different genres that wouldn't normally be together, such as horror and romance makes the story even more interesting, as there are different aspects to the plot which keeps the story from getting tedious or boring. One moment the serial killer is up to no good, while at the same time the MC (Jin Seon) is having fun, which shows very different sides of people who are close to each other.
The best points would be the suspense, the unpredictability of the story and the compelling interactions between the characters. These interactions are made better by the art, as it's all in colour, which helps to show vivid emotions on the characters' faces, whether it's sheer terror, embarrassment or complete sadness.
So yeah I would definitely recommend Bastard to anyone who wants to have an enjoyable read!
Note: English is not my native language, I apologize for possible mistakes.
What happiness! Bastard finally in MAL, I was hoping to see him here for a long time.
I would have liked to review it just when I finished reading, but at that time the file was not here, and well I can say about this great Manhwa I suppose I could sum it up in something: You can not stop reading!
Each chapter kept me in suspense and wanting more, I spent 2 days reading and reading ... I remember that I said I would only read about 10 chapters a day and without realizing
I would arrive until 4 in the morning reading, this story was well done in the genre of suspense, mystery and murder, the synopsis of the story is simple and even the plot is really simple of a serial killer, but it was done in a way that catches the reader with each chapter.
The most prominent point? the antagonist, I think that almost everyone who has read this Manhwa will agree on this and that is that our beloved serial killer, our beloved villain of this story, is not only Bastard's best, but I would venture or risk saying that is one of the best evil characters and antagonists I've had the pleasure to follow, one of the best villains traced in comics, manhwas or manga ... makes you hate it, love it, praise it, it's amazing if something made this story made me To continue and to continue without stopping was undoubtedly thanks to his antagonist.
The art of drawing I liked a lot, joins very well to the atmosphere of suspense and darkness of the story, combining dark backgrounds and a somewhat dead coloring if you could say, but I really loved it, the best thing is that it is in color and that makes the expressions of the characters in many moments as well as situations feel or see more vivid.
His other characters are also well made, the protagonist Jin Seon is the most one who evolves over the course of the series, maturing and going from being someone plunged and controlled by fear to a person who accepts their responsibility, looks at it in front and faces as we can see at the end, another character that I liked was his friend Manny Kim like the antagonist this is a character you can hate or love, sincerely you have the doubt of whether he was a friend or not in many senses, but I liked the character enough and suffered with him in a shocking moment for him in history.
To finish this is a reading that I would recommend without any doubt to anyone who wants to have a nice time, its suspense, its history, its unpredictable moments I'm sure it will please the majority.
Que felicidad por fin subieron Bastard en MAL, estaba esperando verlo aquí desde hace tiempo.
Me hubiera gustado reseñarla justo la termine pero en ese entonces no se encontraba la ficha aquí, y bueno que puedo decir de este gran Manhwa supongo que podría resumirlo en algo: !No puedes parar de leer!
Cada capítulo te mantenía en suspenso y con ganas de mas, pase 2 días leyendo y leyendo...recuerdo que dije que solo leería unos 10 capítulos diarios y sin darme cuenta llegaba hasta las 4 de la madrugada leyendo, esta historia fue bien hecha en el género del suspenso, misterio y asesinato, la sinopsis de la historia es simple y hasta la trama es simple en realidad de un asesino en serie, pero se hizo de una manera que atrapa al lector con cada capítulo.
¿El punto más destacado? el antagonista, creo que casi todos los que han leído este Manhwa estarán de acuerdo en esto y es que nuestro querido asesino en serie, nuestro querido villano de esta historia no solo es lo mejor de Bastard si no que me aventuraría o arriesgaría a decir que es uno de los mejores personajes malvados y antagonistas que he tenido el placer de seguir, uno de los mejores villanos calcados en comics, manhwas o mangas...te hace odiarlo, quererlo, alabarlo, es increíble si algo hizo que esta historia me hiciera seguir y seguir sin parar sin duda fue gracias a su antagonista.
Su arte de dibujo me gustó mucho, se une muy bien al ambiente de suspenso y oscuridad de la historia, combinando con fondos oscuros y un coloreado algo muerto si se podría decir, pero que realmente me encanto mucho, lo mejor es que se encuentra en color y eso hace que las expresiones de los personajes en muchos momentos así como las situaciones se sientan o vean más vividas.
Sus demás personajes también son bien hechos, el protagonista Jin Seon es el que más evoluciona durante el transcurso de la serie, madurando y pasando de ser alguien sumido y controlado por el miedo a una persona que acepta su responsabilidad, la mira de frente y la enfrenta tal y como podemos ver al final, otro personaje que me gusto fue el de su amigo Manny Kim al igual que el antagonista este es un personaje que puedas odiar o amar, sinceramente te queda la duda de si era un amigo o no en muchos sentidos, pero el personaje me agrado bastante y sufrí con él en un momento impactante para el en la historia.
Para terminar esta es una lectura que le recomendaría sin ninguna duda a cualquiera que quiera pasar un rato agradable, su suspenso, su historia, sus momentos impredecibles estoy seguro que le encantara a la mayoría.
You know those manhwa/manga that people say they just can't put down? Yeah, Bastard is exactly this.
It starts off kinda normal, throws you into the crazy life of the main character, and proceeds to get better from there. The twists and turns in this manhwa are amazing and leave you shocked but you just want to read more of it because it's so interesting. That especially goes for the end of it. It makes us believe the same things the main character did and then surprises us with the actual truth. It doesn't leave you with an unsatisfying ending. All important questions are answered at
the end and everything is clarified. There's little to no rushing with this series at all.
The art matches the dark and psychological content. The color scheme is darker, limited, and more muted than a lot of other series which definitely adds to the atmosphere. The faces the characters make sometimes are pretty intense and maybe even chilling at times. The overall art style doesn't seem or look weird in my opinion.
The characters are pretty good. Jin is a boy whose environment and way of living has clearly effected him in many ways. His actions are pretty understandable but he may shock the reader every once in a while. Kyun is a girl with more to her other than appearing to be usually happy. The character development is good. Also, most of the characters are pretty likable, especially Jin and Kyun. Manny, on the other hand, wasn't so much but he became a better character as the series went on.
This is a series that, despite being longer than a majority of the things I've planned to read, I finished relatively quickly due to its interesting plot. Overall, Bastard deserves a 10.
The Bastard Manhwa is absolutely amazing, it blends elements of horror and drama and tells a very compelling story. At its core it is a Horror/Thriller/Mystery series so people who enjoy series of the same nature must read Bastard, it is like a dream come true for a horror manga fan because of its mature elements and even has some romance to top it all of.
The basic premise of Bastard is that the main character wants to escape from his father who murders people for pleasure. Now this is definitely not one the best stories out there however it has a great setting. The
story starts of simple but when new characters are introduced the story dwells deep into the psychology of these characters and gets much more interesting when we hear their backstories. The story moves at a steady pace, not too fast and not too slow and will almost always keep at the edge of your seat through most of its run, it also manages too maintain its overall level of quality quite well.
This is probably the best part of the series, the art style on itself is very attractive but where it truly shines is its ingenious page layout, in each page there are always a few panels that moves the story forward, but all these panels are surrounded by a black background rather than your standard white or colored background, this may not sound much but it helps create an atmosphere that really matches the tone of the series well.
For example there are a few death scenes where the Manhwa stops moving like a regular Manga/Manhwa but moves like a piece of slow motion animation, showing each and every subtle movement until the death occurs, this really helps build up tension and suspense and makes these death scenes shocking and more intense and makes you feel the true horror of them
and not to mention the way that the death is presented and drawn is extremely detailed as well and the black backgrounds just enhance this experience.
Each and every main character in this series all have some complications or things that are causing them to hold back and not be independent. We see them slowly changing as people as the people around them become more honest with them and they in turn become honest as well, we see them slowly getting past their complications or the situation they are in.
The main character also starts to understand himself better and because of the help of the other characters and figures out what he really wanted out of life and we see him grow as a person. Overall the characters are great and they keep things interesting although I will say that they are not the greatest characters I have ever seen because sometimes a few of the side characters get a bit annoying but the main cast is still pretty good.
Intense psychological scenes and death scenes that build so much suspense and drama that it is hard to put down once you start reading it as well as some romance elements mixed in to make it more enjoyable and constantly throwing curve balls to keep things interesting and best of all completely unpredictable, you will never be able to guess what will happen until you see them and even when you see them they will be completely different from what you imagined.
I wouldn't say its perfect or the best thing ever, it does have a few flaws where the story just isn't as good, its not that bad because the story always gets better but I felt in the middle that it was a bit slower than the rest of it, it is technically supposed to be the part with a lot of character development but there is not much action there, Nevertheless it is an absolute must read for any horror manga fan and even if you aren't I would still recommend this because it is still very enjoyable.
I also truly hope this review was helpful for you.