Sep 10, 2012
Evyione is a josei manhwa which has the premise of "The Little Mermaid" in reverse: the king of the sea falls in love with a princess and makes a deal with the seawitch to become human. You might think that this is no different from the countless adaptations of the story. However, this one has its own charms. It is not as touching or heartbreaking as the fairytale, but it is excitingly appealing; almost every chapter will make your heart flutter.
It is filled with characters who are mysterious and intriguing. The queen, for example, is introduced as a scheming woman, but it's not easy to hate
her despite her shady character. Yashin, though mute, will charm you with every movement he makes. It's just unfortunate that Evyione is the least interesting of all. She is charmless and her facial expressions are not very pleasing, so it's not easy to symphatize with her. Because of this, it is quite unconvincing how she managed to attract the sea king.
The art is beautiful and neat. Every frame is elaborately drawn. However, I just wish that the characters didn't look alike. It's irritating how you sometimes can't tell them apart. My other complaint is that Evyione, who is supposed to be exquisite does not stand out because she just looks like everyone else. Everyone is beautiful; even her ladies in waiting are as pretty as she is. Also, I'm somewhat distracted with the overly protruding lower lips of the female characters.
In terms of the plot, I like how fresh it is and how it doesn't feel predictable even though it follows the story of The Little Mermaid. When you get past the first few chapters, the story begins to deviate from the original. The only thing I don't like about the plot is that it does not explain how easily Yashin was able to leave the sea as if he didn't have any subjects/responsibilities there.
I recommend this manhwa to female fans of romantic fantasies. However, it's not for young readers as it doesn't have the innocence of the fairytale, but is heavy on intrigues and sensuality.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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