Ever felt something was plagued by problems, but could not help enjoying it either way? That is exactly the case with “The Children's Teacher, Mr. Kwon”, hence my high score. It manages to capture your heart and make you turn a blind eye to the abruptness of events.
Seemingly, the story seems as a slice of life about a gangster who somehow managed to become a teacher at a remote school with 5 kids of different ages. You would expect various adventures with the kids and how they slowly bond with Kwon, but in reality there are not that many of those moments. There are some
chapters and generally comedic panels, where the kids just do normal, silly stuff, but the heart of the manga lies in the backstory of each child (and Kwon) and that is where the problems begin. Almost at the very start of the webtoon, it gets into a serious problem where one of the children gets abused at home and the teacher is the one to save the very dire situation, as if the story was waiting for him to get the ball rolling. Very abruptly, the children always find themselves in situations they need to be rescued one way or another and Kwon just does that, which feels a bit disappointing. Towards the last 1/3 of it, the coincidences seem to pile up even more, which can make you wonder.
Having said that, the children are adorable and Kwon, as well, which make such problems seem a bit inconsequential. Even with the normal slice of life scenes being mostly the minority in the grand scale of things, it sets firmly the bonds among the characters and establishes their personalities and way of thinking without force. Albeit the story being riddled with “fated” events, you cannot help feeling for Kwon and his endless trouble as he is between vengeance and a new life, as well as the kids who face pretty amazing things for their age and have to mature. The characters keep their good points throughout the work and you get attached to them easily. The drama is good, but it is difficult to fail when your main cast mostly consists of children, since children are innocent and Kwon, their protector, does everything in his power to help them, while figuring his life out.
Bonus kudos to one of the children who had the least interaction with Kwon (because there was no need to) and managed to solve the arisen problems on their own or with help of another child. Amidst the several adult problems, it was nice to see a child getting through somewhere with only their own power. Extra bonus to the doggo!
If it is not apparent, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and I believe this would have been even better if the things did not dive in right away with serious problems. Not everyone needed to have something that difficult to work on, but I digress. Finally, the art was not spectacular, it is pretty simple and maybe a bit crude with the lines, but you get used to the design easily and while still a bit amateur-ish, it fits the kids to a T. I generally have no problems when it comes to art and so, no problem with this one either.
Since there's no review I'll do a short one I guess.
The story's about Mr. Kwon. He goes to the country to be a teacher just for the heck of it. Because it's the country, the class is real small. The MAL plot says they're unique but honestly the kids are pretty cliche. The whole sad background sob fest, you get it all boiii! But don't get me wrong, their stories are pretty nice, nice in a sad way. And the way Mr. Kwon handles them would make you want to be a teacher too if it was as easy as this manhwa guy depicted. Still
though, you'd think that someone hiring a dude would look more into his background if he was going to be teaching children, you know? Mr. Kwon is a gangster but they still hired him even though he was suspicious as hell. Anyway, the story was nice and sweet up until the end. You get presented with a conclusion that's acceptable but then the author for some reason drew more panels that are basically: "It's just a prank, bro!" I'd just ignore that to be honest. He was just messing around probably, his own way of saying goodbye. Like gag credits. You'll know.
The art was pretty bad, not going to lie. You could definitely see the manhwa author getting better though. It's not bad like ONE's old skills (One Punch Man manga artist), but it's still pretty bad. You could still tell what everything was though. Doesn't mess up the story telling.
Characters go through a tiny bit of change and you can feel it's sincere in a way. Not like it was rushed or anything. Sure it's not complex but it's done alright for a short 83 chapter manhwa.
Overall I enjoyed this. Made me feel the feely feels a few times. Great Teacher Onizuka will still be my number 1 favorite teacher comic though, comedy and drama wise.