Hyun-Bin has been surviving on the streets by hiding the fact that she's a girl. In a tragic turn of events, her beloved little brother dies and Hyun-Bin runs away from the begging, from the gangs - straight into the clutches of a rich family. Her life might have become better but it's far from rosy: she has to undergo strict training every day and guard the family's youngest member, innocent and princess-like Yae-Ha. There are only two rules, Hyun-Bin has to protect Yae-Ha with her life and no one must ever find out that she's a girl. It's a lonely and cold way of life but a fateful encounter with the delinquent Yun-Ha becomes a catalyst of changes to come, where loyalty and a sense of duty clash with feelings of love...
A love to hate manga, not because it's so horrible but because the characters really piss you off.
Do the characters have their bad qualities? Yes, but at this point I think their qualities are essential to the drama and its unfolding.
[Mild Spoilers but very little]
Suh Hyun-bin. She’s had a rough start in life. Watched her little brother die in her arms without being able to do anything. Was later picked up by a wealthy man who needed a bodyguard for his granddaughter. It was either be a guy forever or be on the streets. She chose what anyone would have chosen. Used and abused by everyone for everything. Even Yae Ha, who is suppose to be her friend manipulates her for her own benefit. Hyun finally falls in love only to be taken away and taught a lesson on the reality that she isn’t suppose to feel anything for anyone.
Yun-ha Lee, a boy with a tragic past. Lost the girl he liked and his brother is in a coma. Only has his dad. Made his own gang and was willing to leave everything for the person he loves. Even though he is mean to Hyun and hate him protecting yae-ha he is still devoted and sincere. I am willing to overlook that he’s the one closest to Hyun and hasn’t figured out he’s a she. His character is the one that has given and given to Hyun expecting nothing in return but to see her smile
Yae-ha, I'm not sure if her character is suppose to be a manipulative, self absorb, rich girl or if that's just the way the mangaka wants her to be perceived. She has no redeeming qualities. Even her good qualities at the beginning were to satisfy her narcissistic personality. She’s spoiled and deserves a beating, maybe I‘ll make a poll to see how she should be beat…
The truth about her was told to her face by no other than Ji-Woong, “You don’t know anything about love or the act of loving another.”
Chi-ho, he’s a follower of Hyun, to the point that he stalked him to the bathroom and harassed the girl out of him. He loves her deeply. Even confessed when he thought she was a guy. He was the top in Lee’s gang before Hyun got there and took his spot as the better fighter.
Kang Ji-woong was the best addition to the manga. Abandoned when a child by the people he cared about. He gave up on love and hates when people love. But somehow Hyun got under his skin. He was the only character that automatically saw her as a girl. He got extra credit points just for that in my book.
Art: The fighting scenes are good. They get cleaner as the manga progresses then reverts to it's former state. There’s no suave way of saying it so here goes, I like knowing how one person gets beat up and you don’t miss anything with this manga. Also, the characters expressions are not the best towards the middle, I’m not sure why I noticed. Just somewhere along the way their expressions were always sullen. It could also be that the mood of the manga shifted.
My opinion on the characters are pretty consistent with my version of their description above. I have to note thought that though Hyun is the protagonist I feel that she would have better off she if she told someone of her circumstances instead of hiding it and suffering in silence.
I can’t say anything else without spoiling (even more) the rest of the story. I know how it ends, I have seen the raw and I am looking forward to it to see the look on their faces!
After all is said and done this was one manga that was worth reading until the end.read more
I absolutely love this manhwa because it really goes in detail of the characters from their childhood to their adulthood. The story is about a girl who is an orphan, but live amongst street gangsters. She conceals the fact that she's a girl so that she can survive. One day she's taken in by a rich family and becomes the family's granddaughter's bodyguard. The owner of the house tells her to conceal the fact that she's a girl to everyone and concentrate on training and protecting the weak granddaughter. Hyunbin is the name that is given to the heroine. She lives her life as a bodyguard for many years and go to high shool with the granddaughter. While there, she meets many different people, and even guys who fall in love with her despite the fact that they all think she's a boy.
The story gets even more interesting because the Hyunbin was taken into the rich family for her use later on when she gets older. She is concealed as the family's grandson and is allowed to be kidnapped by another family, who happens to be a mafia, and the enemy of the original adopted family. She has to contain her secret of being female for 9 years with the mafia, so that they do not know that she's the fake grandson. She also has to give up on her love back at the high school.
The story is really original and interesting.
I love the fact that it has 32 volumes, because I really hate underdeveloped storyline and characters. You'll really regret it if you miss this manhwa.
If you love gender bender and shoujo, this one is definitely for you!
I don't really usually rate something I watched or read, but this manhwa was an exception. This really is one of the best manhwa I have ever read! I strongly suggest many to read it, but if you are as sensitive as I am, be prepared for a lot of tissues xD
Love in the Mask is about an orphaned girl, Suh Hyun Bin, who was forced to live as a guy in order to survive. She isn't just your typical protagonist who lived a horrible life and then just magically becomes one who lives a perfect life. It is way much more than that. This manhwa was pretty long with a total of 134 chapters but I completed all in three days with nights I've spent past 1 am to read. Although long, the story was really well written and just kept pulling me to continue reading.
The art wasn't particularly unique but is enjoyable. In the beginning, Hyun Bin was portrayed as a male but later on, the art changes a bit and readers can tell that Hyun Bin looks more of a female. There were some designs that I didn't really like, but overall, it was beautiful!
The characters are the best feature of this manhwa. Each individual character's past and story were really well portrayed and were strong. There were some characters that I really wished that the author could have shown more though.
Enjoyment was outstanding. I really enjoyed reading every chapter of this manhwa and I still can't get enough of it. It would be awesome if they made a sequel.
Overall, I still give this manhwa a 9. Near the end, I felt that things were a bit too rushed and didn't give enough time for readers to get used to them. I believe that the author could have done more but it is still an awesome manhwa! Truly a beautiful manhwa and one of the best!read more