Cane Lele was born into the fashion industry. Her mother, Ye Feii, was Taiwan's top model, and her father was also a model, until a tragic airplane crash left Lele without parents.
Therefore it is no surprise that Lele hates the industry, thinking it superficial and unnecessary. Raised by her paternal grandmother, Lele reaches seventeen before she is sucked in by her mother's sister, Ye Feihung, a fashion agent (and former model) who "convinces" the reluctant Lele to pose. Lele is adverse to the whole idea, until she sees a photo shoot of popular American model Angus Lanson, and she begins to see modeling as an art form.
When Aunt Feihung's magazine editor invites Angus Lanson to a meeting of all the top fashion ambassadors, Lele is invited along and is curious to meet Angus. She does not know that Angus' twin elder brother, Eros Lanson, is secretly accompanying his brother. This obviously leads to confusion and is the start of a charming story of Lele's goals: Fashion in New York city, becoming a top model, and love?
"The One" is manhwa that I stopped reading few years ago. I dropped it after few volumes thinking that story is kind of slow. Thanks God I came to my senses :)
I find this manhwa best point is it's story - even tho it lacks originallity. Story is very well based on real time hardships and life events. Combine that with little bit of shoujo aspects and you get the One. Towards the end the One is becoming more and more realistic and less and less shoujo-like.
I would give 10/10 points if there wasn't an ending. Ending is kind of rushed and even
tho it explains briefly all the actions of characters it's not what you would expect based on previous chapters.
Art is absolutley beautifull. You should wait few chapters for mangaka to reach his final design of characters, but after you've reached it than art is absolutley amazing. After all this is manhwa about fashion industry and art is very important for manhwa to be this good.
Characters are very well developed. Lele Cane is one of best heroines to follow. Why? Because from beggining of the story till the end she is developing. Or you could call that growing up, learning how to face with difficult situations. What I like about her the most is the fact that she doesn't turn back to her "old self". There are many characters in various manga pieces that are showing sign of development but characters suddenly turn back to what they were before... they remain same from beggining towards the end. Lele Cane is totally different than that - she grows from confused kid to a fullfledged persona. Eros and Agnus are also in rang with Lele Cane. But aside from main characters I am kind of dissapointed in supporting ones. There is Lele' s Aunt that's basically the same over entire story, Leo too.
10 it is, I will only say that I read entire manhwa in only few days. Brief humor, many wtf moments, and totally unpredictable in various aspects! :) But I wouldn't re-read it so fast, it's kind of read only once manhwa or try again in a few years
It's really great manhwa, fun, tense and beautifull. But ending is dissapointing, not because the way it ended but only because it was rushed. Rushed a lot.
This manga is all about fashion, love, failure, success, loss and gains. I think it is unique because it takes some interesting twists and turns that are a bit unexpected. For one thing, the story itself is darker than you would expect in terms of exploring the characters pasts and present. I think that is what makes it a bit unique in comparison to all other fashion and love only type of romance mangas.
The characters develop pretty well throughout the story, there are layers added with each chapter and I like how the relationships develop. It does not start with two people just falling
in love. In fact, they have time to develop their relationship. There are moments in the story where they are even separated for long periods of time but instead of taking the cliche route where all they do is think about each other in agony, it actually takes a more natural route where it starts small and grows overtime.
At first the ending seems a bit predictable but it also has elements that take you by surprise. I will say though although it wasn't bad, it did seem a bit rushed on some parts. However, it is not to the point where it destroys the overall story.
Okay, I admit it, I love The One but when it first came out and I read the beginning I quit of the 5th page. It was only after I have read everything else I wanted to when I decided to pick this up again.
Story: The story isn't that amazingly unique and original in terms of a girl being forced to go into the fashion industry and finding hardships and love on the way, etc. However, this type of story is usually very well received by the general population therefore the story should (and is) quite good. I gave it a 8 to balance
out the good with the bad.
Art: Right, at first glance the art kind of turned me off. Maybe its because I don't enjoy the type of eyes and body that the mangaka uses but once you get into the story, it's much easier to ignore and/or grow to like it. I gave this a 10 even though I initially didn't like the art is because when the fashion industry part came in, the art turned absolutely SPLENDID! It's beautiful really and definitely worth a 10.
Character: Cane Lele is probably just like most other manga heroines. She's ditsy, clueless, hates something (in this case the fashion industry), denies that she loves someone (coughcoughyouknow!cough), etc, etc. But even with all the regular cliches, there are some quite enjoy parts to her character. You do end up sympathizing with her and you'll definitely laugh at her remarks and responses. This is simply because most girls (and not being sexist here, guys can read shoujo manga too but the MAJORITY is girls) will react in the same way as her. She's just one of the characters that you'll met along the way and like Lele, you'll also laugh and sympathize or maybe even hate the other characters as well.
Enjoyment: A definite 10. The humor in this manga is one of the best aspects. Lele's stupid clumsiness, Angus's brother-complex, the love hate relationships between Feihung and her "boytoy!" The list goes on and on. You'll laugh, cry and get angry throughout the whole story. That's the sign of a great manga.
Overall: 9. It's great but for something to be OUTSTANDING there has to be more. Right now, I've only read 37 (because it's not been finished translated yet) so I can't say for sure how the story goes after. I heard it's much better. If it is, I'll return to this review and rewrite to give it another shot.
The story in "The One" is neither boring nor slow-paced, which makes it very interesting and stimulating to the reader; although the underline theme is "life in the fashion world", it does not fall in the cliché category.
The main character escapes from the typical lead female in anime/manga, which makes the reader curious, because you don't easily predict what the character's next move will be.
The artwork is very good, nothing over the top, but captivating and very pleasant.
This manga turned out to be a surprise for me, I never expected to be this devoted.
Although it's not finished yet, it's interesting to re-read the
story because there's always a little detail that you miss, or simply because there's such a fast development that it will seem that everything happened "a long time ago...".