Reputation is everything in a world of icons and popularity contests. So why not score some points here and there by being the nice guy? This is the way Shinghi Kang legitimizes the fake personality he has everyone believing. Armed with his above average looks and a (completely false) angel-like personality, he has every girl in school head over heals, and all the guys looking to him for guidance. With the exception of having a screwed up cross-dressing devil for a dad, Shinghi's life is absolute perfection (*cough* of lies) until one day, Sung-Hae transfers to his school.
While being a complete martial artist freak, she also likes to fib just a little in front of those who know her… you know, like acting like she's just a scared little girl who'd play with kittens rather than break brick walls with her head~! After all, how can anything go wrong when you're as cute as Sung-Hae?
Fate has brought these two masters of lies together and the two must battle it out to see who will be crowned the undefeated heavy-weight champion of fakeness!
"Zippy Ziggy" is an action comedy following the exploits of Kang Shingi, a seemingly perfect high school student who outwardly has it all; intelligence, good looks, and a kind, wise, and generous nature. Inwardly, Shingi is a vain, selfish status-seeker who will commit any dastardly deed it takes to gain status and hijack his rivals. His idyllic high school career is in trouble, however, when Eum Seung-hee, as great a fighter as she is beautiful transfers to his school, and quickly discovers his true nature.
The manga maintains a madcap, gag style throughout, with characters cartoonishly beating one another to death only
to recover a few panels later, constant humorous asides, and several instances of breaking the fourth wall. The latter is done just enough without growing stale, including one particularly clever use, where a characters refers to an earlier chapter of "Zippy Ziggy" and actually shows a tankoubon with the page in question.
The manga also switches art styles based on the situation. For more realistic or romantic moments, Kang Shingi is drawn in a detailed and handsome manner. When the situation is comical, he is drawn either in an exaggerated, ugly style when plotting something evil, or in a simplified, bare bones form with pointy teeth and frowny face.
The other characters work well for their role as broad comedic stereotypes. Kim Dukchill, a giant, immensely powerful delinquent who beats anyone that mispronounces his name into a coma is a particular favorite. He has a heart of gold and strong sense of justice, is absurdly stupid, and painfully shy and subservient around women. Shingi's father, a handsome, middle-aged executive, is even more of a diabolical, amoral pervert than his son, and has several memorable scenes.
One impressive aspect of the work, especially in the earlier volumes, is how one misunderstanding piles on top of another in an increasingly humorous manner, and rather than resolve it, the authors continue to ratchet it up.
Unfortunately, certain weaknesses of the work begin cropping up as one reads further on. Starting around chapter 55, the author runs out of ideas and begins spinning his wheels. Story arcs are resolved in a basic, straightforward manner, contrary to earlier chapters. Character arcs are dropped with no rhyme or reason, most notably that of Ranmee and Jang Hyun. Other overarching plot threads go nowhere. A number of gags, such as Kang Shingi being beaten up by either Eum Seung-Hee or her insane martial arts master mother, get repeated ad naseum, well past the point of amusement.
That last one is especially bad, as there seems to be no progression in Shingi's and Seung-Hee's relationship. And while her reaction to Shingi makes perfect sense at the beginning, by the end, given how many times he has saved her, she comes across as cruel, ungrateful, and stupid. Not a good reaction to what should be a likable, sexy, female love interest.
The final ending was a rush job of the kind that seems common in Korean manwha. Yet, even by those standards, it's disappointing and as lazy as can be. Namely, it's a dream sequence 10 years into the future which the reader will recognize as such a few pages in. Nothing is worse than a conclusion that turns out to simply be a dream.
Don't get me wrong; finale aside, the last 30-odd chapters aren't bad by any means, and still feature some funny moments. But if the first 50-55 chapters were an 8 in terms of quality, the rest is a 6.
Nevertheless, I would still recommend Zippy Ziggy to any manga reader who enjoys action comedies. It's genuinely funny, with oodles of fights and hijinks, and it's hard not to like its manic, silly, energetic vibe.
I'm kind of conflicted as I sit here writing this. The beginning of this was hilarious, and that is putting it mildly. The art was fine, the story was coming along nicely, the humor was spot on. And it just... kind of falls apart in the last twenty chapters.
Without spoiling anything, the ending was most definitely rushed. The final arc was just so mediocre and boring, especially after we had finally gotten something good going on with the martial arts stuff in the previous arc, that the ending just feels like the author was forced to end it as readership must have been plummetting. To
make it worse, the actual last chapter spends about 80% of the panels just.... making what I assume the author thought was a funny joke, but in reality is just a slap in the face to the readers, before finally giving us a "surprise, i was kidding!" moment which falls flat.
As far as the first thirty-forty chapters go? It's great. Honestly, I would recommend reading that, as some of the jokes are really just great. But don't expect anything great from this. There was no character growth (and considering that the entire plot of the comic was about a certain characters growth, this is not something that can be overlooked), and the story just... dies.
First 60 or so chapters - 8.5/10. Last 20 chapters - 4/10. Actual final chapter - 0/10.
Intro: despite the fact that is still being published (11th volume at the moment) and there have been only 13 chapters scanlated by ryColaa, I think it deserves the attention. Also, the only review available here is in German?
The story follows two main leads, Shinghi Ghang and Sung-Hae as their rivalry (and potentially romance) heats up when they find out about the fake personalities each one has created to fool the people around them. Determined to eliminate any chances of being exposed to their fellow classmates, each of them tries to come up with ways of getting rid of the opponent.
The narrative is conveyed through
beautiful art which has a sharp, edgy feel to it and hilarious facial expressions that really add to the atmosphere as the characters are taken through a rollercoaster of crazy situations and wild emotions. The manhwa has a lot of laugh out loud moments, plenty of action and a dash of ecchiness.
So far, it has been an enjoyable read and lets hope that more chapters will be available soon - 9/10
Note: this review might be updated as more volumes become available.
Zippy already has a weird title so many people will most likely overlook it ( just like i did). Its not manga with a plot...its about a female who can kick some ass and a male with a mind to help him out of most situations compete against each other. The two do have some common points like both have facades about who they actually are. Basically they have people worship them for the things they don't do but take credit for.
The comedy is outrageously funny...the art is what adds to the extremely funny and stupid things that they do. So i really love
the art...funny by itself.
I dont know what else to say except if you looking for some stupid but funny to read with great art this is probably the one for us both.