I was curious what other people had thought of this series, but was disappointed at the low rating reviews. The only reviews I saw were from those who haven't finished the series, which really doesn't give this manhwa an accurate review of it.
And I don't really write reviews..like ever..but I want to give my opinion of this piece as someone who has actually finished reading it.
Story - 8 - There isn't exactly a plot besides the whole theme of the MC working in that insanely huge bathhouse as a scrubber (lol) where all the other scrubbers there act like scrubbing someone's back is a sacred
act. It's pretty slice-of-life-y. The score is that high because of the last chapter. The author really drew back to his underlying theme in his masterpiece, Annasumanara, of society's views of what's a "good life" or a "good job" vs. a person's own perspective of it.
Art - 8 - It didn't accentuate the entire series the way Annasumanara did, but the author's art was all right to begin with.
Character - 8 - It's a slice of life manhwa..characters will be exaggerated at times, but the author still gave them some backstories.
Enjoyment - 11!!!! - It's hilarious. I stayed up until 3 AM reading this (and Annasaumanara. I marathoned both of them in one sitting. That's probably why I keep comparing the two of them..lol) and multiple times I laughed so loud I was worried I was going to wake someone up and had to put my phone down before I dropped it.
Overall - 10 - I don't judge the story or character as harshly with slice of life, but more by how much I was entertained by it. Since I clearly enjoyed it very much, it deserves a 10.
First of all, this manhwa is so underrated. I enjoyed this series a lot so I came to sites to know what others feel about it, to see if others feel the same way I do. The characters for this manhwa are likeable in their own ways and to my surprise I didn't come to hate a single character unlike in other series that I've read; their own flaws made them lovable. I swear this series is funny (mostly when they get angry and grab skin due to the absence of clothes to grab). All of Ha Il-Kwon's series give life lessons and God
of Bath isn't an exception; it teaches you to follow your dream regardless if people think you're crazy or even if you're being looked down. This masterpiece isn't a waste of time so hurry up and check this out. I read this just within a day. But I'm warning you: you'll feel somehow incomplete after reading the end. Ha Il-Kwon wanted the readers to interpret the ending themselves so I guess that's why. And also because this is great but short in chapters (only 30 chapters) you'll find yourself craving for more. Nonetheless, you won't regret. Ciao.
This review is based upon the first 9 chapters, the only 9 that have already been translated. Based on who the author I predict the same kind of catharsis and ending in other manwhas like My Heart Is Beating.
Story: This doesn't really deserve a long review. It is a nonsensical story that by the middle evolves into the past of the main character who in the end of the day learns something and becomes a better person, through friendship and hard work and all that.
Art: If you enjoy the beautiful art style of Il-Kwon Ha then you'll enjoy this, although since it takes a more
comedic turn you see less beautiful shots and more exaggerated faces and expressions. Again like in My Heart Is Beating there is some very nice swimwear.
Character: The characters are exaggerated with very little personality to speak of. At least in the first 9 chapters there isn't really anything memorable about anyone.
Enjoyment: It's funny, well drawn and short! What else do you want? Read it! (After reading Annarasumanara and My Heart Is Beating that is...)
My overall rating is lower than the individual ratings for each category because I'm not sure how God of Bath will be in the end, but I predict it would at least be "very good" :)
Story: On or near the level of comedic ridiculousness that is Transfer Student Storm Bringer, but if you look past the comedy, there are serious life issues at hand (i.e. how to lead your life). I'm not sure how the story develops past chapter 16, but so far, I haven't noticed any plot holes or discrepancies.
Art: Beautiful, like Ha Il-kwon's other works, but leaning more towards a rough, but expressive
presentation many times when portraying the protagonist's feelings. If you expect every character to look "perfect" all the time, you'd be missing a lot with Ha Il-kwon's art style.
Character: Hilarious mostly, but like the story, a character has his/her serious elements if you look closely. Although most of the characters lack depth because they're not really main characters, they don't detract from the story, nor are they annoying stereotypes or stock characters. Even the side characters aren't really stereotypical despite the roles they play. The protagonist, and a few other characters around him, are portrayed with more depth (you have to pay attention though). Everything hasn't been explained about the main characters yet, but this should probably be remedied in later chapters.
Enjoyment: I couldn't help but laugh out loud! I'm glad a group picked up this series again, and I can't wait to read the rest of the chapters.