After having read so many serious manga/manhwa, I was looking for something funny and lighthearted. M.A.X was the perfect solution!
I was a bit tired of reading heart-breaking love manga. Although M.A.X does have some romantic moments, it's mostly about secrets, adventure, and money.
Don Namu (which means money tree in Korean, btw) attends an elite school crawling with rich students. One day, a new transfer student named Taehu arrives. He's smart, handsome, and has a secret -- he's looking for a secretive organization called M.A.X. Namu, unlike Taehu, is lazy, clumsy, and poor. She also has an unhealthy love for eating meat and
buying whatever she likes. Everyone, including her family, friends, and Taehu, thinks Namu is failing at life. Well, that is until she unknowingly stumbles across M.A.X.
I enjoyed reading this manhwa not only because of its funniness, but also because of its originality. To be honest, the synopsis provided by MAL wasn't that intriguing. I was expecting some typical shoujo...But as I read more and more chapters, I was hooked!
However, I can't give M.A.X more than 8 points in this category because it was too short! The story could've -- no, SHOULD'VE -- gone on for at least 5 more chapters. I was really disappointed with how it ended. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a BAD ending, but it was just...lacking.
I won't say much about the art, because I'm not really good at describing things like this. I thought the art was really pretty (See?! I suck at describing art). It reminded me of Julietta Suzuki's art (she drew Kamisama Hajimemashita).
While some characters could've been developed more, overall, I thought that the characters were unique, quirky, and interesting. They were also realistic, cute, and not too dramatic.
The girls in this manhwa are also strong and independent. They also have distinct personalities. I really liked this because most female characters tend to annoy me with their stupid worries over boys, confessions, and beauty.
I highly recommend this manhwa if you're looking for something different, short, and funny!