From the manhwaga of Trace, this manhwa is a love story about a manhwa artist who loses his eyesight due to his job, and a deaf woman who falls in love with the artist's manhwa, and then with the artist himself.
This is a beautiful story. Although there are many stories out there that have a similar theme, I think this one has its own uniqueness and beauty. I'm not a big fan of webtoons/manwha, because I've been growing up reading too much manga. Up until at this point, when I read western comics I still get confused reading from left to right. But I have to say, webtoons are more convenient to read since you just scroll down (ignoring the occasional left to right reading). Even though I find it inconvenient reading this sort of thing; it's a sacrifice I have to make, because the story is just so darn good.
One of my biggest pet peeve when it comes to manga (call me shallow),is the art. I just can't stand reading manga with bad art (or messy art). If I was to criticize this webtoon, I would pick the art. Throughout the story, the characters are drawn in chibi form most of the time, which was annoying for me at first. But then I realized, during crucial events in the story--the art would change. At that point I understood what the Manwhaga was trying to do. I looked beyond the art, because it served a role in influencing the meaning of the story.
The main theme in this story is finding happiness in the relationship each human being has with one another. I praise this webtoon for sharing such strong human emotions--it brought me to tears. This is where the art comes in; in simple moments where the characters are happy, the manwhaga draws them in chibi form; it conveys the message of how in our everyday lives we can find simple and little things to make us happy. But moments in the story where it involves amazing emotions, the art changes into a more serious version. I thought that was true for all mangas/manwhas/webtoons, but in the case of this webtoon it was special.
Seriously, this is a beautiful story. It talks about how everyone how human relationships are important; and the beauty of how we all can depend on each other. Although the drawing lacks detail, the story fills in the gaps.
When it comes to melodrama, how much is too much, and how far is too far? Can't See Can't Hear But Love (CSCHBL) answers those very questions as an ill-conceived exercise designed with the intent of making an audience shed a tear at every turn but never actually succeeds in doing so, except for perhaps only the most emotionally fragile and unstable of readers. It shamelessly goes to ludicrous, farfetched lengths to elicit emotions from readers, primarily by employing outrageously misfortunate characters and spawning preposterous plot developments. When everything is portrayed to be profoundly sad, the genuinely heartbreaking things become supremely difficult to distinguish from the superficially tragic ones.
Everyone in CSCHBL has an inconceivably somber past and an equally unbelievably gloomy present. Meet boy: he is a blind manhwa artist with a sad backstory. He struggles to pay the bills while caring for his only family, a mother who never approved of his life decisions and who now suffers from severe dementia. He also harbors a very distressing secret. Meet girl: she is a deaf orphaned janitor with a sad backstory, too. She has a heart of gold and only wishes to live out the rest of her days with the boy she loves but may never have that dream realized because of evil monsters who only want to tear them apart. Meet other boy: he is a 119 emergency worker with a sad backstory, as well. He has mommy issues and desperately seeks to atone for his past mistakes by helping those in need whenever possible. Meet other girl: she is a manhwa artist's assistant with--you guessed it--a sad backstory. Her obsession with manhwa has alienated her from her family, and she has major love, jealousy, and self-esteem problems, which inevitably creates conflict with the others. As if all that were not enough for the main cast, they are also scarred from attempted suicides, attempted rape, and homicide in the story somewhere. To briefly revisit the question posed at the beginning of this writing, when even the pet dog has an absurd three-chapter backstory that culminates with the canine itself crying, that is probably when a work has done too much and gone too far. It reaches a point where readers may be half-expecting CSCHBL to spend a few chapters spinning yarns of how the manhwa artist's pencil was forged from the blood, sweat, and tears of underage slave laborers and traveled an arduous journey on a leaky boat with starving migrants before finding its way on to store shelves and eventually into the manhwa artist's hands.
Even worse, the fantastical cast is consistently placed in situations that only further ravage the suspension of disbelief. When properly executed, love polygons should allow the audience to care, at least to a certain degree, about every character involved. This is not the case in CSCHBL, as the antagonists of the story have remarkably frivolous motivations for their desires. The reasoning behind their needs and wants essentially boils down to, "I saw him/her first, so he/she is mine," as opposed to, "I am more deserving because of reasons A, B, and C," or, "I can be a better partner because of reasons X, Y, and Z." The story at no point makes any attempt to present the antagonists as credible threats or in a manner that would make readers question the relationship pairings they have formed in their heads. Instead of injecting love polygons of no value into the narrative, CSCHBL could have instead focused on the internal and external trials and tribulations that a blind and deaf couple would likely face in a relationship. When that much fascinating material begs to be written about, there is no need to incorporate cartoonish villains purely for the sake of generating additional drama.
Furthermore, the characters always seem to find themselves in the midst of contrivances that conveniently advance the plot in unnatural ways. In the world of CSCHBL, if a character is in desperate need of a substantial amount of money, somehow a lucrative, once-in-a-lifetime dream job opportunity awaits in the following panel. In the world of CSCHBL, the idea of coerced marriage with respect to legal contract enforcement is actually taken at face value. In the world of CSCHBL, serious medical conditions are impossible to treat one minute but entirely possible the next. Devices such as those would usually not be too destructive on their own; however, taken cumulatively, readers become increasingly aware that they are being used only to extort more emotions, thus making the story feel cheap and artificial.
And that is the crux of the matter: melodramatic elements must be carefully and thoughtfully implemented in a work so that when they do hit readers, they hit them with resounding force. To be clear, nothing is inherently wrong with melodrama, but when it is utilized in the way that it is in CSCHBL, readers may easily become emotionally exhausted. It portrays everyone and everything of every panel of every page as sad and tragic, and it has no reservations about obliterating logic, reason, and sound storytelling to achieve that. Put another way, when everything is depicted as sad, nothing is sad; after all, there are only so many tears that readers can realistically shed. In the end, CSCHBL is not so much an engaging story with tearjerking moments as it is a patchwork of loosely related sad events that professes to be an emotional story. read more
I often wondered how a deaf and blind person would communicate and when reading this touching story about these two people I learned that for some love is not about looks, the way they speak, what they do, or anything other than the complex yet simple feelings of love that these two people have for one another. This story is a masterpiece and is to me an instant favorite and I would highly recommend that you drop everything and read this manga this very instant don't argue just do it trust me you wont regret it for this is a what I call a true masterpiece not because of the art but because of the touching story of these otherworldly like people who love each other despite all odds where anyone else would falter this is truly a masterpiece. (my first review by the way so I'm sorry if that wasn't very helpful but nun the less I urge take some time and read this amazing story)read more
To say I cried my eyes out while reading this manhwa is an understatement. From chapter 1 I was glued to this. The story was INCREDIBLY deep and hit home big time! Some characters were rather annoying...BUT HEY! You need an annoying character or two somewhere along the line! Before reaching the halfway mark of this manhwa I felt as if...I myself...as a person needed to change, to be someone like Sori...To be grateful for everything I have and take NOTHING for granted(Which is incredibly hard to do...as we always take things for granted). Make sure to keep plenty of tissues in close proximity. It's only natural to sob your heart out with this manhwa(webtoon) and have the urge to start feeling more grateful towards the simple things in life. This IS my favorite manga/manhwa to this day. You're missing out if you don't bother with this manhwa or drop it halfway through(Why would you even?!?!) The feels train is going to be overcrowded by the time everyone has finished this.read more