Menga is simply known as the vice rep and is bullied. Hanako has moved to Korea but was robbed the first day and has nothing. Na Hong Soo is known as a troublemaker and is in constant trouble. And Eechan is the student body president, very popular and known as Bacchus. It seems they have nothing in common but this will change soon.
The thing I found the most interesting with this manwha was, that instead of following one character and that persons view and life, in this you get to follow the lives of six different people. Some more then others but still all six of them.
Myunga and Taek and their characters and relationship reminds me a bit of Seung-Hoo and Nan-Woo in You're so cool. But it's not something you get bothered by or anything.
The story holds a lot of serious issues but can also get really funny and sometimes out right crazy.
The story is not one of those who tends to spin
out of control, it stays on track and that is one of the many great things about H2O.
The art is beautiful and I really enjoyed this serie, maybe the ending was a bit abrupt but since the serie was so good it's okay.
The name H2O can be a bit missleading and leave you to wonder what it has to do with the serie, but the reason for it is presented in the beginning, it's just that it rarely comes back to that explanation and one tend to forget it.
To sum it up, this serie is worth the read and defenitly something to check out.
I was reluctant to read this manhwa in the beginning but after a few pages i just couldn't stop reading.
The story is about six people with their fates interwoven. The beginning starts off as a typical shoujo plotline would but evolves into something new and original. While fairly predictable at points, it was very beautifully crafted.
The art was nice but nothing outstanding. While there wasn't anything particularly extraordinary about it, i liked the way the expressions were drawn because they all fit the personalities of their characters. Some characters ended up looking alike
but their expressions distinguished them from one another. When one character was kind, their expression would be gentle. if another was arrogant, their face would show them as haughty and condescending. Overall, while the style of the art was not noteworthy, the mangaka got her message across fittingly.
I ended up loving each of the characters except one which is why the score is a 9/10 although that probably isn't good justification. In the tangled web of love that this story weaves, each character ended up being completely different from one another which was great. Each had a strong personality and are linked by the fact that they dont quite fit into their society as they are. This is the factor that ties all of these misfits together. Furthermore, not one character was completely onesided but all had depth and a story behind them. As the plot progressed, each evolved and changed upon meeting new people. they work towards their goals and discover what they want in life which is the best part about the characters because they are realistic and their experiences are tangible.
On this surface this wasn't a particularly outstanding or memorable story but reading it made me feel like I was a part of each character's life, not just like an outsider reading a story far from my own reality. Each character was well done and the story is definitely a must read.
“I didn't want to wake up. When I was asleep, everything was white as if my mind was blank. Reality has too many colors...”
- Na Hong Soo
H2O at a glance has characteristics of a typical shoujo high school romance manhwa or manga for that matter but what makes it stand out is the fact that it deals with the lives of six different people who although in the beginning don’t seem to have anything to do with each other but their paths cross soon enough.
Yoon “Menga” Myunga is an aloof and timid girl whose only identity at school seems to
be that of a vice representative and becomes an easy victim of bullying because of her ‘goody two shoes’ personality; Moriyama “Hana” Hanako was a former model in Japan who ‘runs away’ to Korea and bears a dark secret; Eechan, popularly nicknamed Bacchus, is the friendly and good looking student body president on whom Myunga has a crush; Na Hong Soo is an aspiring gamer who falls for Hanako; Choi Taek Gang is a violent delinquent who attends school only once in a while and is feared by everyone; and Kim Yeo Won is the pretty school nurse who is in her mid twenties and is labelled ‘immature’ due to her childish behaviour and extreme interest in gaming.
This manhwa for one makes the readers wonder who the actual protagonist is for which there is no definite answer. While it may seem that that Yoon Myunga is the protagonist considering the (silly) fact that the manhwa begins with her and ends with her, this is still not true as the other characters too have a fair share of their role. And this is what I liked about H2O. It was refreshing to witness three relationships developing consequently instead of focusing on only one relationship with the clichéd obstacles in the form of love triangles and love rivals thrown in which majority of the shoujo manga out there deal with. That said, we can’t deny the existence of a love triangle in H2O. Scratch that! It has a love square actually. Luckily it doesn’t get much infuriating or draggy for me to punch my computer screen.
As far as the story goes, I won’t say it’s brilliant but it’s definitely something you’ll like after you read the first few chapters (unless you don’t have a grudge against the high school romance genre). Although a bit clichéd and predictable at parts, it was still likeable for me. On the other hand, there are a few plot holes that were a turn off. The author, I felt, didn’t want to waste time on those little details resulting in their deliberate omission which made me instantly spit out a ‘huh?’ Another turn off—and a big one at that—is the ending. Hell yeah, the ending! It was abrupt, rushed and didn’t have much of an impression as the beginning and the climax had. There were a lot of unanswered questions and overall it was not satisfactory, for me at least. It could have taken another two or three chapters for a proper pack up but I guess, the author didn’t want to spend any more time on it and hence the rushed ending. If the ending was at least a bit better if not the best, I’d have increased the overall rating by one point.
The characters of H2O are more or less a typical bunch. However, I couldn’t help but like them. Kim Yeo Won was annoying at times and probably most of you who have read the manhwa will agree with me on this. While her childishness was amusing in the beginning but the same turned into an annoyance when she began meddling into things. Keeping Yeo Won aside, I loved Taek Gang (Thugs, FTW xD)! Also, I wish the author had shown more of Hanako and Hong Soo. I felt that it was Yoon Myunga who was under the spotlight most of the time which once again drags me back to the doubt of whether or not she is the intended protagonist of H2O but whatever! Speaking of Eechan, I didn’t like his character much. I didn’t feel any sympathy for him like I did for the other characters. His character seemed to be somewhat bland and it seemed as if his only purpose of existence was to fill the spot of the ‘model student’ which every manhwa/manga with the high school theme has…well, majority of them.
The art is pretty good. It suits the manhwa and it’s neat without too many panels crammed into one page. The characters look more or less the same. Their hairstyles are what differentiate them from one another. The expressions, on the other hand, are pretty well drawn in my opinion which many manhwa out there lack. And oh, I love the covers of the volumes!
Now that I’m concluding this review, I’m not sure whether I should be recommending H2O to you. All I will say is, this manhwa is refreshing to read. So, if you’re tired of overly dramatic romances and looking for something light hearted, you may grab this one but don’t expect anything ground-breaking out of it.
This is my first time writing a review for a series so go easy on me^^
Story- Kind of a cliche story, good girl meets bad boy but what's interesting about this manhwa is that it ties in 3 different relationships all at once. It was really interesting seeing how each story tied in with each other.
Art- Some people don't enjoy manhwa's art but I'm one of the people who thinks it's truly beautiful; I feel like manhwas sometimes have more depth in their drawings and sometimes along with that even more feeling.
Character- What I really liked was how a few of the characters changed after
meeting each other and to me, the characters weren't dull at all they were all pretty interesting.
Enjoyment- All in all I honestly enjoyed reading H20, it is a relatively short manhwa (at least to me) that is really fun to read. The only thing that I was disappointed about was the ending, it felt a bit rushed but despite that H20 is a good read. It's not one of those tragedy manhwas either or the open ended so that's a good thing too! One more thing, I guarantee that the couple(s) you're rooting for will be together in the end ;)