Jun 1, 2010
Story: This one is definitely to my liking. It has a very interesting plot, a girl being dragged into the past because of what happened in the past, trying to find seven blades to a historic sword, unaware she is a blade herself. Then it gets into a woman who wants to make a new sword, and a man who wants the sword in order to be free from his 1,000 year old cage, and it just gets very intriguing. I'll admit that the story can get confusing at points, but all that needs is for the previous page to be read. As of
volume 8, the story has gotten so tense, it pains me to wait until September for the next book. The battle scenes and suspense have reached an all-time high.
Art: It's got a bit of everything. The chibi's are to die for at times, the girls in it are cute, pretty, or drop dead gorgeous, nothing else. The boys are all great too (except the "mad monk" but he wasn't made to be a main character). What I found interesting though is the lack of toning in the characters, not one has toned hair, and only a few have toned clothes. The lack of shade is balanced out though with the ink Kara enjoys putting in her pages.
Character: Eun-Gyo is a peppy rebel, No-ah is an easily irratated bishie, Ho-Dong is a wise-guy adult trapped in an kid's body, what's not to love from the three main characters? Poong is also another character I adore, since he brightens any mood with his carefree attitude and playful actions, and he's also one of the more shifty fellows. I also enjoyed Sook-Chung's very brief presense, and I was sad to see his untimely fate. Finally, I hate Hwa, since she's a bit of a crazy lady in deadly love, but I'm looking forward to seeing her more. I believe she shows a good amount of character development. To round it all off, all of the characters have something to make them special, but they all have their part in the story, and all of the have their own turmoil that relates to the plot.
Enjoyment: Every volume it takes a step into harsher battles, more revelations, and more questions, so it keeps the reader anticipating the next volume. Once you see one turmoil unfold, you are getting ready to see a new one. I literally had to buckle myself in for the ride this manga gave me (since I was in the car XD ). Some of the pages in volumes 7 and 8 I can't stop looking at since it's just so tense and exciting. The excitement isn't just put in there for fillers either: all of the scenes flow nicely with the development of the story.
Overall: This series is my first manhwa I read, and I must say it's got to be the greatest "first" you could have with something like this. This series is just so gripping, I'll be going to Borders later only to cry to see that volume 9 isn't there. If you want a great fantasy with some romance but a great focus on the story, this is THE manwha for you.
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