This is the first time I write a review on this website but I'll try my best to include everything that i want to say! (Bear with me, please)
I've just finished reading this Manhwa today and i felt the need to write a review about this piece of work immediately.
When i saw the rating of "Hanged doll" (currently 7.69) I was hesitant to give it a shot, specially that no one commented on this as well so i thought that it might not be worth a read (even though i find this sentence typically cruel and unfair) but boredom got the best of
me and i had nothing else to read so i decided to give it a shot.
First thing I noticed is that it's a "Webtoon" and i usually get turned off by such style so i paused for a second (actually i closed the tab) but i told myself that i had to go through with it and get out of my comfort zone a bit.
The manhwa has a comic sense to it at first , and i've to say that the art is cool the characters look 'normal' (to me anyway) you know they look like someone you could come across in the streets or something which kinda makes me relate to them. After that however it's anything but comic. The story has a fast tempo, it definitely progresses fast which is really good or else you'll get bored if they drag it. When i was done with it I was really disappointed. I felt like i needed some more.
-Story: I gave it a 10. I was really mesmerized by the whole thing, however as i can't reveal anything (and the description seriously doesn't do the story any justice) all i could say is that the core of the story is persistent and it doesn't shift focus to something else. This is what i'm trying to say; you're facing a problem, you try to solve it and someway or another you do it without straying off the path. As i said above, it really is fast paced so you'll have to pay attention to what's happening. When you're done with a chapter you'll feel the need to read the next one. It's sad that i can't say much when it comes to the story itself but that's all the better....you'll have to check it out by yourself ;)
There are also some what i think is called 'side stories' about the characters' past and their mentality however they are brief and conclusive and they don't stray off the main story. These scenes aren't presented abruptly but in relation to the situation so it doesn't feel forced at all.
I have to say that the last chapters of this manhwa is a shock. It was jaw dropping, mind blowing and i couldn't believe that whatever happened and whatever got them in the situation they were in ended up the way it did. oh my god, i really can't reveal anything but you'll understand when you read it. It's a shocker. And when you think you know what's gonna happen in the end you're gonna be dumbfounded (like me, hehe) and then you're gonna get shocked again. The last chapters were a roller coaster of emotions and shock and awe. At the end i was left amazed and i didn't believe it ended so fast. I had to go through some pages again to make sure that what i read was true. I was in a state of disbelief. Everything fell into place and it made a perfect impact. It's brilliant and to me; it was legit and original in a sense.
-Art: 7. As i said I don't like webtoons' art that much but this was really good. The characters look familiar and normal but each has a feature that is limited to him/her....making them unique and special in their own way. The background and the atmosphere are somehow eerie and weird. You just feel anxious all the time. It literally made me on the edge of my seat. Even the rooms look very uninviting and creepy.
It has some sophisticated horror art as well, no gore but there's some really visual scenes and one of them really made me shriek in my seat and other scenes gave me goosebumps.
-Character: 9. The character development is very good along the manhwa. I was satisfied and there's no wimpy characters or mopey ones which is good cause they might have dragged the progress of the story, i dislike these type of characters anyway. I like the fact that the characters have a sense of a subtle humor to them as well, only in the moments that require them to be though. They're perfectly balanced with their flaws as well, i guess i'm trying to say that even though you know that this character has this flaw but you're fine with it. Other than looking normal, their characters are also normal, i'm not saying plain and i don't mean that in anyway i just mean that none of them is "overly confident" or "overly cheeky" or "overly funny", they're not boring though. They're very much composed and i love that.
There are also some side characters that will make occasional appearances but they are there for a reason (as you will figure out later). There were literally NO unnecessary characters.
-Enjoyment: Definitely a 10. I loved every single bit of it. There was never a dull moment for me and i couldn't get my eyes off the screen while reading it.
Even though i gave the art a low rating i will still give it an overall of 10.
It's definitely worth a read and you won't be disappointed.
I hope i did this awesome manhwa a fair review. I hope i see others' reviews soon as well.