We trust professionals with our money. We also trust professionals with our bodies. We even trust them with the most meticulous tasks, like decorating our homes and educating our children. Even marriage decisions. We could trust professionals with so many things. However, what about our minds?
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.
Since this doesn't have any review yet, i decided to give one. This isn't your typical manga like love comedy style or action fantasy but if you are more into realismc, or have enjoy psychology class or quite curious (like me) to know more about psychology like meaning of gestures, hypnosis, personality disorder etc., then give this manga a shot you can really enjoy reading this while learning so much from it.
I just want to give some emphasize on the genre, the proper genre for this is psychological, comedy, drama, seinen and slice of life. A psychology based manwha, so from there you can expect
what this really is.
The overall asset of this web cartoon makes it completely different of others on it's style.
I first saw the dorama based on these series, and I was astounished with the writer's ability ro make the story fluid, without being too obvious about the crime scenario. Then I went to read the comic version, and it was pretty much the same.
The characters, the plot and the environment of the whole story makes this a unique piece, that makes you eager for more from the first chapter to it's last one, and wonder if there is more besides the obvious in each chapter.
Dr Frost is ....... a pretty interesting webtoon .
Unlike many other psychological manga/anime which deal with the MC and his pals trying to outwit their adversaries with genius tactics and batman gambits Dr Frost is different in the sense that it 'actually' deals with psychology .This is a story about a psychologist and his cases .
Story - 9
This webtoon(I'll shorten this to WB) is told in the format of arcs i.e each case usually takes around 4 - 8(some times 10 ) chapters .Minor additions to the overall plot occur at the end of each arc so worrying about stasis is unnecessary .Actual psychological
terms are used as this WB is made in partnership with the psychological department of a certain Korean university .In terms of how interesting it is I think this deserves credit after all it's likely that as long as you enjoy the first few chapters you should enjoy the remainder .Plot twists in cases also occur .
Art - 9
I won't waste time on this .It's colored and neat so stop hesitating/worrying .
Character - 6
This is a bit tricky .The characters aren't bad but they're nothing special either unless you count Frost( I don't want to spoil this for you ) .The patients obviously have issues but they aren't what I'd call 'lovable' .Character development occurs if you are bothered by the lack of it so no need to worry though it is slight (for reasons well put out by the story) .
Enjoyment - 8
A solid good read if you ask me .Not a masterpiece or mediocre but reasonably higher than the in-between point .If my review has interested you even a little bit then I don't think you'll regret reading this .Psychology became a whole lot more interesting for me after and I got a copy of 'Psychology For Dummies' .
Overall - 8
I don't think anyone should dislike this series if they gave it a proper chance unless they really have something against psychology .