Feb 1, 2015
Dr. Frost isn't like most psychological manga nowadays. It has nothing to do with using psychological manipulation to win some sort of game or competition. Instead, it revolves around investigating, explaining, and curing psychological problems like obsessive compulsive disorder and multiple personality disorder. Reading this manga makes you feel as if you’re in a psychology class. All the information is well-detailed and feels like it came straight out of an actual textbook or lecture; from, how they know that the person has a certain disorder to how it affects their lives to how they developed it to how to deal with it. Not a single
piece of information is left out in the process. You get to fully understand the situation the person is in while simultaneously, learning about the world of psychology.
I never once felt that the manga was getting repetitive. All the arcs are unique. The problems, the symptoms, the back-stories, the solutions, and obviously the people are all different.
At the end of every arc, we either get a chapter called the Psychologist in the Yellow Room or the Psychologist in the White Room or both.
The Yellow Room story is what you’d call a break or intermission. It is a chapter dedicated to comedy and being light-hearted which makes for a nice change in the atmosphere.
The White Room is about our main protagonist, Dr. Frost. In each White Room chapter, we get to know bits of Dr. Frost’s background, a mysterious and central part of the story.
Psychological isn’t the manga’s only genre. There’s drama, comedy, slice-of-life, and even romance, but I would not expect much if I were you. All these genres simply make the story better and are never blown out of proportion.
The art is great. Its beautifully colored & it has nicely drawn backgrounds, objects, and characters. Also reactions and emotions are portrayed very well.
Now, for the characters. Our main protagonist is Dr. Frost. He is known for being intelligent and having an emotionless and rather blunt attitude. A major question of the story is, why is he like that? We, as well many of the characters around him, all want to find the answer. Every so often, we get to see events from his past, so we're slowly putting all of the pieces together. We also get to see him change because of him interacting more. He gradually becomes more sensitive, caring, and so much more. His character development is just well done and enjoyable.
As for his role in each arc, what he does is always pleasant to read. His explanations, deductions, and the lengths he goes to, never fail to keep my attention and bring a smile to my face. It's cool to see a character who is intelligent, but not wise.
The next character is Seong-Ah Yoon, Dr. Frost's assistant. She is competent unlike a lot of female protagonists. She helps Dr. Frost in each arc and sometimes, takes the lead herself. She's not a cry baby nor some hopeless romantic; she can think for herself and merely cares about those around her. She is what every female protagonist should be.
Then, we have Sang-Won Cheon, a mentor and father figure of sorts to Dr. Frost. Your opinion of him changes frequently throughout the story. Sometimes he feels like the main antagonist and other times, he's genuinely helping Dr. Frost. In a nutshell, Sang-Won is a shady yet kind man who you can't just help, but be wary about.
Lastly, we have the characters that Dr. Frost helps. None of them are one-dimensional. They all feel human. In fact, you'll probably relate to a couple of them because there are arcs about much more common problems such as insomnia and anxiety. I'm sure you'll empathize with all of them.
Dr. Frost is the paragon of psychological manga. It's educational and entertaining at the same time. The art, the characters, and their development are magnificent. You will feel all sorts of emotions from happy to sad to creeped out to disgusted to angry. All in all, Dr. Frost is a psychological story done right.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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