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!
Let me start this review by saying that I was just on the the final chapter of Bastard literally one minute ago and closed the MangaBlaze app only a few seconds ago. And now I'm here writing a review about it. So here goes.
Overall the story was Fantastic. If you used MangaBlaze to read this then you will have already read the word 'Horror' in the description. However there is much more to Bastard than the single word horror. Even if it was purely a horror it wasn't scary or freaky and the gore was quite mild (in my opinion). So don't go saying when
you read the description "Awww it's a horror story, looks like i'm not gonna read it" etc, because it is not only a horror genre. The story is quite gripping and as each chapter goes by you want to read more and more of it until you become obsessed and don't want it to end. Well this is how I felt about it anyway. The plot takes place in Korea were a teenager is forced, by his dad, to commit murder. Well in fact his dad does the killing, he just lures in women and knocks out the victims with a hammer. The boy (Jin) has been doing this since he can remember so he just thinks it's natural. That is until he meets a girl in his class named Kyun. His dad starts targeting her, and as you probably suspect, he starts wanting to protect her. There is a lot more to the story however out of fear of spoilers I won't continue any further.
Now here's the interesting part. The art is very strange and unique and i've never seen it in any manga before. Nowadays manga is done on computers more often than by paper, so the pages have full colour. But the weird thing is the fact that the layout of the page is around two panels a page! This is definitely done for affect because of the dark themes that this series contains. However I can't help but think that this may also have been done to take up space for the lack of content. Probably not, and I hope not, but still i'm just putting it out there. The art is solid and at times may seem a little simplistic but that doesn't really matter due to the fact of it's outstanding story.
Well the characters in this series were great. They showed stunning emotion and were really unique. Sure Jin is the shy quite kid that we've seen countless anime/manga but he had his own personality and lack of common sense and knowledge which wade this series humorous at times. Jin really was an amazing character and I was rooting for him throughout his whole journey (except for the first few chapters when I thought he was a psychopathic mass murderer). Jin's dad was also an outstanding character. His two sided personality of crazy psycho killer and nice kind man were really strange though started to make more sense as the story goes on. Theres not much to talk about Kyun Yoon considering she's kind of the cliched anime girl, except she has a bit more personality.
Welp, from reading this review you probably get the picture.
If you haven't read Bastard then go do it now, you won't regret anything.
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.
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.
While writing this review I find myself in a position of affliction. Every limb of my literary body tears and rends its bones separate from the whole, in a combative wave of dissonance Bastard is wonderful. Bastard is awful. Bastard is ecstasy. Bastard is Bastard.
I am here to set the record straight on this series. The most unfortunate and unnecessary problem with Bastard is its ever-present reliance on bad writing tricks and hypnotic acts dependent on the ignorance of the reader. Yet, the irony is that this utilization of plot conveniences and literary evasion grants the series a delectable dynamicsm that one cannot help
but indulge in. To be conscious of the series flaws is by no means difficult. On the WebToon app, you can see via the comment forums that the audience is fully aware of its qualitative misgivings, but rather than criticize they hold a banquet of praise for its disregard of rationality and admiration of chaos. Indeed, it is a sinful indulgence, but an indulgence nonetheless. The writing is at times unbearably bad and thrives on concept alone. Any renowned writing aesthetic would find Bastard to be an impermissible display of lazy writing that must face every munch and nibble the critic enacts upon its weary neck.
But do not misunderstand. Bastard remains a unique work of art that any reasonable folk who does not find himself obsessed with a conceited sense of the written word will enjoy. What I have learned from my years of digesting literature is that sublime writing is worthless if not founded on an engaging concept. It is the concept that interests us, it is the concept that drives the story, and it is the concept that infests our minds until our perceptive glances are no longer compelled by Earthly diversions, but the enchantment of phantasmal dreams. I can say with assurance that Bastard is a win in this department.
Quick Summary: Bastard is an enjoyable thriller with poor and absurd writing that could be easily fixed. Yet, it is this use of the absurd that opens the gates to so many narrative pathways making it engaging and unpredictable. The four main characters are well developed and the end leaves the reader with a real sense of fulfillment. Although Bastard has many chapters they are structured with brevity and there are few pages and panels to observe. It is a quick and simple read, that any and all should have no difficulty reading.
Read it on the official site: https://www.webtoons.com/en/thriller/bastard/ep-0/viewer?title_no=485&episode_no=1
Ok what's Bastard? A Korean Comic with a simple plot synopsis that says, "My dad is a serial killer" (if you are reading on LINE WEBTOON). It sounded pretty cliche and non interesting after reading such a vague synopsis like that but then I still decided to give it a try and after few days of nonstop reading I can gladly say that it is the best manhwa I have ever read!!!
Even simply reading the prologue will get you HOOKED on this work that you will even forget how simplistic and dull the art is. Yes, the art is as simplistic as it could
to be, there is almost little to no detailing, but that isn't the strongest point of this work obviously. What makes Bastard are its characters, each and every one of them, they all exist in the webtoon for a purpose, neither once did I question the existence of any of them nor it felt like they were just added to give the story a meaning, no. What gave meaning to this masterpiece was the overwhelming emotions the characters display over the entire course of this comic.
There is no boredom in any of the chapters, they are neither too fast nor too slow and the story progresses and the characters develop just at the right time to keep you mesmerized and intrigued.
It's a masterpiece to me because it managed to DELIVER an emotionally overwhelming story because of the epic dialogues and the characters.
Bastard has a fantastic premise that gets you hooked and the characters & story make sure you stay hooked until the very end.
It was an amazing ride from start to finish. It had comedy, romance, mystery, gore and thrill. It had me on the edge of my seat, so much so that I binged the entire series in a single sitting.
Art (9/10): Don't be mistaken by just a 9. Even though its art may not be as good as the best, it is certainly good enough for this kind of story and the character expressions more than accurately capture what they're feeling. The backgrounds
and settings are well drawn too. There isn't any too much side-by-side panelling, so it's easy to read even for those who are newcomers to reading manga or manhwa.
Story (10/10): The premise and early chapters set you up for a potentially great read and the rest of the story delivers. There is a central story that runs throughout with events and actions of characters circling around. It is easy for this kind of story to get stagnant but, Bastard just keeps on moving and it never feels like the story isn't going anywhere. I have heard a person say that there are too many coincidences that happen that drive the plot. But I can recall only a couple. They still remain in the realm of possibility and could absolutely happen in real life. The others are actually driven by the characters themselves.
Characters (10/10): Here is where Bastard's strength lies the most. The stakes are high for the characters and this keeps you invested in wondering what will happen next. The MC himself has been given a great personality of being weak yet brutal, clueless at times to cunning. This is perfectly complemented by the way he has been living his life. The characters have been given depth that explains why they are the way they are and why they do the things they do. We come to grow attached to them which only makes us more worried about what happens to them.
Then, there's the villain of the story. He/She (no spoilers remember?) is one of the best villains I've come across in recent times. Cold, manipulative, calculative, obsessed. We don't know why he/she does the things he/she does. And that just adds to the mystery and tension. His/her ideologies are opposite to the MC's yet similar in certain ways. The former creates the MC's conflict with the villain while the latter creates the MC's conflict with himself.
Overall, there aren't too many character relationships in the story, but the ones that are there are beautifully fleshed out enough.
Overall (10/10): It is just a great read with a unique premise, characters and a story that help create a fantastic thriller of a manhwa.
Short list of reasons to read Bastard (spoiler-free):
- is relatively short and fast-paced;
- grabs your attention with the first chapters;
- contains so many plot twists, that if you try to model them, you'll end up making a roller-coaster (a really breathtaking one - from the start to the very end).
- provides you with the feelings of hopelessness and fear throughout the whole reading thanks to the darkish colors;
- immaculately conveys the terror of the most intense moments with the help of various drawing techniques;
- satisfyingly bloody and gory when needed.
- are easy to empathize with;
- some of them are really complicated;
- once you dive in it, the manhwa becomes so addicting, that you'll devour every chapter until nothing is left.
Overall, you definitely will not regret reading Bastard, so don't hesitate and leave your doubts aside. It's worth giving a try.
Well let me begin my review with a piece of caution: Once you start reading this you are not gonna be able to stop! It has been a while I binged on any story like I did with this one. I read the entire webtoon in a single sitting! The writing is super, and I can't emphasize this enough, SUPER SMART- like outrageously so. The characters are so lifelike and sinister in their own way. The art is near perfect in being able to convey the gravity and intensity that lingers in certain situations while also pulling off the light hearted moments with equal poise.
The plot is meticulously constructed, arguably at an even par with (if not better) Monster. There is air of realism and authenticity in the plot and characters, that is quite hard to find in the medium of manga/comics these days. Sure it does falter here and there, and if you look close enough you can poke a few holes here and there but that would be just petty nitpicking. This webtoon is guaranteed to keep you at the edge of your seats almost all the time. There are hardly any mundane moments and it only gets better towards the end. If you are still reading stuff like Hokuto no shinken, Naruto, One piece or Dragon Ball and feel like your brain needs a breath of fresh air, do yourself a favor and read 'Bastard'. Even the pirate king would acknowledge this as a treasure had he come across it.
It is quite interesting honestly, I don't really need to talk much about it considering that the synopsis that MAL wrote on Bastard tells the story in a nutshell perfectly. It isn't a confusing story and you'll pick up on it easily.
Quite unique, it isn't the usual art style you'll find on other manhwas and it fits in perfectly with the visualizations in the manhwa.
Characters are quite realistic. They have opposing morals, own
goals, own philosophy; their attitude and how they present themselves are captivating and, I think the word I'm looking for that truly fits it is "immersive", they're just outstanding!
As I said, if you enjoy/aren't troubled with these types of manhwas, then your enjoyment toward this is going to be grand! I might be raising the standards of this manhwa way too high, but for me, it is actually this amazing.