17 year old exemplary student Bae Sugu lives alone with his father, the vice principal of his school. Weighed down by his father's expectations, Sugu has to hide his one true passion: swimsuits. He does not know where it comes from, but his passion is pure and genuine - and often misunderstood. But one day, when Sugu is secretly taking pictures of swimsuits by the pool, he is caught by his homeroom teacher who forces him into something ridiculous. Can Sugu find something to get out of the standstill his life has come to? Can his heart beat again?
It's always very interesting to read manhwa, in which we have only 3 volumes and 30 chapters, as well as a huge number of genres.
So "My Heart Is Beating" published by Ha il Kwon in 2009, which is now known for such works as the Annarasumanara and although Annarasumanara published later than MHIB, it is most popular. "My Heart Is Beating" see into teenagers problems, which in turn consist in understanding between father and son and a strange fascination of swimsuits.
The story begins from the face of high school student Bai Sugu, it is a excellent student in the past has always listened to his
father. He has a strange fascination (or fetish) with on swimwear that inadequately perceived by other people, confirmation of this was in the school.
Later he learns what assemble a women's water polo team, where he can watch the swimsuits and even photograph them, and the story begins from this.
From the above it can be concluded that this manhwa is intended primarily to the teen group of people (14-15 years), after this retreat, Let's look more closely at the idea.
Each of teenagers trying to find their place in life, based on the interests and priorities. But what happens if no one not understands his interests? That's the problem faced the main character. Such admiration of swimsuits, causing resentment of others.
The protagonist will experience abrupt exit from the comfort zone of the unexpected changing into a girl, new friends, a new favorite hobby, first love. All this exposes the self-awareness is not only a main character, but also the reader. In Manhwa raises questions over the actual problem for teenagers, self-challenge themselves in a society that can not understand you.
In general, I remained satisfied throughout the reading manhwa, but since here we have a huge number of genres, there are drawbacks. A lot crammed into a small story in 30 chapters, and of course the characters, involved here, smart beyond his years. Children say clever phrase, in 17 years they have more problems than adults. Lost hope, death of loved ones, complexes and much more. I do not trying to say that it's all bad show, I am only to the fact that in my opinion, not enough length of manhwa, for so many genres.
This manhwa shows itself as a story that will suit everyone. The manhwa was introduced a lot of different characters, so everyone can find their favorite. It have a nonstandard story, some interesting characters, romance, sports and a bit of humor.
"My Heart is Beating" leaves a pleasant precipitate, which promote teenagers to move forward and to open itself to the world, despite the difficulties that they will face.
Before i start, sorry if my english not that great. bear with me here.
Have you ever felt the weight of expectation and hope by the people around you? If yes, you know how it feel. This manga represent that feeling of expectation and pressure that we face in our daily life. I feel how this manga is a bit realistic (other than a guy who is cross dressing).
First of all, to make it clear, this is a Korean Manga, or know as Mahwa. Second of all, for me to call this manga a gender bender genre is quite heavy for me it is better to
known this as cross dressing. I know most of people (including myself) try to skip any manga related to gender bender, but anyone who love shonen romance manga should give the manga a chance.
~.It has a bit of spoiler but i will try my best not to expose to much.~
STORY (8) - My Heart Is Beating story revolves around our MC, Bae Sugu an average student who has a father as the vice principal of his school. He weight the expectation of his father to be the top student and enter a good college after school. This cause his life to be in a standstill. He doesn't know what to do with his life. Until he met a girl with tears on her eyes. This where his life changes. Due to certain circumstances he was force to enter the school Polo Team while cross dressing and teaming up with the girl. This manga tell the story of HIM, HER AND THEIRS expectation. It really hit a nail on that side. Well, it has some comedy in it, and it is enjoyable.
ART (9) - Its beautiful. That the only thing i could say. Well, i could say more because i love how mahwa (korean manga) draw their character. Its beautiful in colors and drawing. It draw in a 1 page long with beautiful coloring and scene plot.
Character (8) - There are a few characters and each character will leave an impact on you, even thou they story are told in short scene. Each character has their own weight of expectation on their shoulder and this really make the story really interesting as it foretold the story and how they outcome their expectation.
Enjoyment (8) - I really don't enjoy much a genre with gender bender in it. But come to my surprise really enjoy this manga. Because it doesn't focus much on that genre as it more to show slice of life genre and romance.
Overall (8) - One of the best manga/Mahwa i read that should have been given much credit for it slice of life realistic plot and with that romance and comedy.
(BTW- The mahwa has a manga remake called Water Cube. Well it Basically the same plot, just the name are more to japanese name as maybe the mangaka want to tackle the japanese manga market)
When the expectation doesn’t meet, it has a lot of burden. The boy named sugu has a passion in swimsuits, he like swimsuits but he always hide his passion to his father. His father, the vice principal of his school has a lot of expectations in him like competing over the grades. Their teacher forces him to join in water polo sports unintentionally and dress as a girl because he needs one player. He will stop wearing swimsuits and fake boobs until the teacher has already found a real girl player but that not would happen. They still playing water polo team to
compete with the other school. Then sugu realised that it’s much more fun than competing over grades.
At first, I thought sugu was a girl but when I read the next page he was totally a boy. It is also funny because he is trying hard not to caught in a team. It is also have a deep meaning relationship between the father and the son. No communication except about his grades. Everyone in the character has a different reason why they love the sport. Has a different passion and expectations to their parents on how they can handle the pressure.
In this manhwa, i learned that working with a team and having a passion cannot go by her oneself but helping each other. Two heads is better than one head. And a passion is to do what you love. You can’t become good and it must be frustrating if someone force you what to do.
So, while i was browsing through stuff i have yet to read, i ended up stumbling upon this extremely underrated jewel.
Illustrated by the same guy (Il-Kwon Ha) who did Annarasumanara (go read it!), it's a very heartwarming story of a guy with a swimsuit fetish living with a strict asian parent and, due to certain circumstances, forced by his teacher to crossdress as a girl and play in a girls water polo team. Kinda generic and uninsteresting, right?
Well, while the premise may not sound that exciting or unique (it isn't), the way the story was handled in such a short albeit suitable run is
truly remarkable and worth praising. The comedy, the relationship between the two protagonists, the extremely likable side characters (and a special shout-out to the teacher, whose backstory was surprisingly touching) and even the more serious parts, everything was handled with the dignity and quality of a good writer, which is what Il-Kwon certainly is.
And even though the story as a whole is fairly simple and straighforward, it's also quite meaningful and the deeper themes the artist manages to explore here (things like loneliness, child trauma, the pressure of having to meet expectations imposed by those around you, etc.) are elegantly incorporated in it thanks to Il-Kwon's charmingly artistic artwork, which makes it for a rather satisfying experience, because you can clearly feel the kids you've grown to like becoming more mature and overcoming their issues. And that's what makes a coming of age narrative compelling. You end up feeling happy when they feel happy and you get sad when they get sad. It's that sense of progress that makes the whole thing enjoyable, imo.
All in all, it's only 30 chapters long (kinda wish it was a bit longer) and it's a really sweet and satisfying read, so i highly recommend it. Oh, and don't let the gender bender tag turn you off - even though the main guy crossdresses, the people who should know his true identity know it from very early in the story, so it's never annoying. So yeah, don´t waste more time and go read it, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.