Having returned to college after a year long break, Hong Sul, a hard-working over-achiever, inadvertently got on the wrong side of a suspiciously perfect senior named Yu Jeong. From then on her life took a turn for the worse and Sul was almost certain it was all Yu Jeong's doing. So why is he suddenly acting so friendly a year later?
This is actually my first review, so don't expect much.
I'm not really a big fan of mystery, but this one takes the cake...or something.
Almost the whole story is being told by Hong Sul, the main character's point of view. The things she encounters, the trouble she goes through and the people she meets. There isn't any fantasy or anything supernatural in this story, yet it is by far one of the best things I have read.
Give this try, even if you're thinking it'll be boring. In the end, It doesn't hurt to try does it? I actually thought about not reading this at first,
and I thought it wouldn't be interesting, but goodness was I wrong! I absolutely do not regret picking up this story!
The art isn't absolutely gorgeous or intricate, it's quite simple, yet I just love the art. The characters' expressions actually have emotion. You can feel the emotion being expressed just from a simple stare or glare from the characters. Even the occasional chibi style which appears is quite amusing.
I just love all the characters, I can't even bring myself to hate some of the arrogant characters. Another interesting thing is that you just don't know what some of the characters are thinking....especially Yoo Jung, in fact, he is probably most mysterious, which just adds to my interest in this story. And Sul, she is probably one of my favourite female leads (but that's just my opinion), she's calm and smart, sometimes suspicious and cautious. It's always interesting when we discover her thoughts, feelings, and reactions to different people and situations.
The story has probably been encountered before. 'A college student student going through life' sounds like a pretty boring story, but this...this story is simply amazing!
Although there may be those who don't like mystery or psychological stuff, this isn't too dramatic. There is just the right dose of comedy, suspense and drama, simply amazing.
It's quite rare...actually very rare, for me to rate a slice-of-life story as a 10, but this story is just outstanding. There isn't a lot of stories which I have rated a 10. By far the most realistic slice-of-life that I have read.
Cheese in the Trap takes a common shoujo premise: popular, aloof guy who has it all suddenly starts paying attention to a "normal" girl and comes to her rescue in various ways (with bullies, studying, etc), and shows what would happen in real life: Sul is suspicious of how Joon's seemingly randomly decided to become her friend and she's often got more important things to worry about then him, issues of family and friendship that can't just be handwaved away by some random rich guy. The story is funny, heartwarming and full of mystery.
Characters: The cast of characters is amazing! The main character, Sul,
is intelligent, introspective, and very perceptive, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have her flaws. Joon, on the other hand, on the surface appears to have it all: money, good grades, and a friendly personality that has everyone on campus dying to be his friend or girlfriend. Sul's quick to catch on that Joon's not as friendly as he seems, however, and during the first chunk of the series you spend a lot of time veering back and forth between wondering if Sul's overthinking things to wondering if Joon is in fact a villainous sociopath. The side characters are just as fleshed out as the main characters. They don't feel like props used to move the plot around; Sul's friends have their own troubles and even many of the characters that are antagonistic to Sul have sympathetic aspects to them, even if they don't justify their actions. There are characters you hate and characters you love and each one feels like a person you could meet in real life.
Story: With flashbacks being interspersed with the present day, the mystery of Joon keeps you on the edge of your seat, but no matter what you're always cheering Sul on. But while her relationship with Joon is one of the main plot points of the series, that doesn't mean Sul's life revolves around him. She spends just as much, if not more time worrying about her family's financial struggles, her relationships with friends and family, and her school life. Anyone who's attended university will be able to relate to Sul's struggle to prepare for life after college (maintaining good grades and figuring out her future and getting work/volunteer experience? It's a lot to do!) and interact with coworkers and classmates who are sometimes slackers or annoyances or just outright don't like her. Her problems might not be world-ending, but they still have you celebrating each small victory and cussing out the unfairness of the world when things go wrong.
Nothing to say here.
Art: On the one hand, I occasionally feel like the perspectives or proportions are a little off (but that might just be because Sul is so short!). On the other hand, while the artwork isn't necessarily "beautiful" (you aren't going to find sweeping landscapes or intricate detail) the artwork is unique and does it's job: you certainly won't have trouble distinguishing the characters and the facial expressions capture emotion perfectly, showing everything from wry amusement to exasperation to stilted smiles. With everything else about the comic being so amazing, I would say that the artwork seems average in comparison––not bad, but not the reason I recommend it.
In conclusion: Want to know why I gave this series a ten? Because not only is it one of my absolute favorites, but I honestly can't think of a way this webtoon could be improved.
This is by far the most realistic slice of life manhwa (korean manga)/webtoon I have read. I like the character design, nothing is exaggerated. You have a fun time exploring the character, and as the heroin Hong Sul, gets to know other character, you feel that you too are getting familiar. The multiplicity of perspectives helps the story progress smoothly and keeps the plot interesting.
Moreober, the format is really interesting, the story alternates between the past and the present, giving you a better understanding of the situation. Though, I admit it takes time getting used to it. But the constant shift in the timeline is
a unique feature that hooks the reader and helps keep the story at a good pace.
It makes use of suspense as well as humor. You either find yourself bitting your nails or laughing your arse off. The art is also very well done and neat. Overall, I definitely recommend this to everyone.
The audience would appreciate the art if he/she loves Pop art from the 60's.
It has a strong sense of simplicity and minimalism.
Rather than detailing so much, the simple things pops into the viewers eyes.
Its clean and absolutely fantastic.
I was getting tired of unrealistic eyes, nose, lips, etc... but this was FRESH.
Realistic, Fresh, and Understandable and Reasonable.
It has just the right amount of thrill and romance. Past and the Present.
Something I appreciate is...
Even though Yoo Jeong (유정) is Filthy Rich, he lives a normal life... not like all the other crappy stereotype mangas about rich boys or
girls. Also he is creepy in his own ways, and we have to see what his true intentions are behind befriending and dating Hong Sol.
This is my second time reading it back to back... All the cussing and humors are great. All the things normal college students would say.
But do take in mind that this was made by a Korean Artist. All the jokes, humors and cussing are based on the Korean society and ways. Since I am Korean, I read this in Korean. I tried reading it in English, but I had a hard time understanding some of the Jokes even though I already read this in Korean... But still give it a try.
Overall _ 10 FRESH! FANTASTIC... No joke... I laugh so much reading this.