Boy-crazy Jae Yoo is willing to go through any underhanded means if it means living in the boarding house full of hot guys… Even if it’s going out on a blind date with the dorkiest boy in the school. When she dumps the guy immediately after, she pisses off his handsome best friend Ji Hu and from that point on, the two are constantly going at each other’s throats like cats and dogs. When Jae Yoo finally accomplishes her dream of entering the “boarding house of hunks,” she thinks that nothing could go wrong. An amazing house, a kind landlady, and even a cute guy who seems to be interested in her… What’s this?! Ji Hu is the landlady’s son?! And how is it that he knows about Jae Yoo’s most embarrassing moment in life? What kind of life will the two lead under the same roof? Will they be able to live together at all?! (Source: Esthetique)
Halfway through this manga I couldn’t help but voice a loud, “Why the heck am I still reading this?”
I’ll tell you why, because it’s more or less entertaining. At least that’s the conclusion I made when ten more chapters went by and I was still reading. Either that or I am definitely a masochist.
“..it’s a misunderstanding…”
Summary (Skip if wanted)
This is the story of a girl, who didn’t cry a river and drown the whole world. Instead Jae Yoo got drunk and confessed to the guy she liked. He rejected her and feeling defeated she started telling her problem to the only thing that will
surely not walk away from her, a pole. Somewhere a long that conversation she bangs her head against the pole and knocks herself out. Like all embarrassing scenarios there is always someone watching. In this case it was Ji Hoo, a random guy just passing by. She won’t give up on love just yet and her friend sets her up on a bind date. The boy loves her she doesn’t share his feelings and rejects him. Still having no place to live Jae Yoo wants to live with “hot guys” and is determined to get into a boarding house that is famous for it. And she does and thus her story really begins. How will Jae Yoo deal with living with Ji Hoo, who happens to be the best friend of the boy she rejected, a gang leader, and all his friends?
If I could use one word to describe the main characters it would be, annoying. I’m not kidding. They are immature and constantly hitting each other, fighting and then ignoring the other person. I felt like the author wanted to put depth in them but it didn’t come out that way. There are some that make it worth while like Soo Bin and Eun Jan, the male character that appears towards the end. Just because they add a little something extra to this cliché of a manga. Though they themselves are a cliché, confused yet?
In my opinion, it lacked realism. The way the relationship was portrayed was cold and aloof. Not true for their age. But then again they aren’t experienced in relationships either. The ship could go both ways in this sea.
Jae Yoo was what kept me reading at the beginning just because she contradicted herself. She was brave but pathetic at the same time. She confronted the bullies in a mocking way but she couldn’t tell the guy she liked that she liked him. Not to mention that she is hardheaded as can be, too many hits to the head if you ask me. Her role was a monotony of; get drunk, fall, eat, say things you don’t mean and eat. Not in that order.
Ji Hoo’s character kept steady throughout. He barely shares information but his action speak more of him than any words can. Between him and Jae Yoo I really wanted to set the manga on fire and watch it burn.
The art is nothing impressive. The fighting scenes, though not many are pretty bland. The way the characters are drawn is common. Now, with color like the manga covers, that looks way more impressive. Maybe because of the freely use of color. With most Korean manga I have read, I have the same issue, the eyelashes are blonde sometime. I have no idea why it bothers me so, maybe because it makes the characters look unattractive? Also in this manga whenever they blush or get embarrassed the way that was drawn made me think the manga was dirty. See for yourself.
If you’re wondering why I chose the words, “It’s a misunderstanding,” as my quote. Honestly it’s because the whole story felt like a big misunderstanding and was said by more than three characters throughout.
If they would have gotten the time to explain things instead of just turning their back and walking away maybe it could all have been avoided and I wouldn’t have less IQ points. :D
A girl, wanting to confess to a guy tries to become more courageous by becoming excessively drunk. In the end she gets rejected and out of frustration, bangs the telephone poll with her head and then faints.
And who's there but a gang leader who, after a year of this incident, miraculously remembers the girl and falls for her.
Of all the most repeated story lines, this has to be atleast in the top three.
I would have liked it better if there was an original twist, however you don't find this in Boarding House of Hunks instead you find yourself thinking if it's deja-vu that the story
line is exactly the same as the other stories about a gang-leader/member who looks great and falls for the main character girl.
The art, you could say, mocks the title. The guys in the story actually look a little plain, a major mistake. When the story is a little lacking, you have to put a lot more emphasis on the illustrations. If this doesn't happen, it will lead readers, like me, to drop the story.
I didn't enjoy it, not at all.
I can be a little flexible about the story line but when I find that there is little effort put into the story,
I don't think that the story deserves an effort from the reader to continue.
First of all this is my second review (so bare with me). I've been reading Boarding House of Hunks for the past few days and I'm totally in love with this story. Who wouldn't like a girl who's loud and straight forward. Also standing up to a bunch of hot guys that makes you want to drool. It's refreshing to read about a leading lady that doesn't just cried, the art is very good.
The story revolve around Jae Yoo who's really boy crazy and wants to live in this boarding house full of ... (you guess it) hunks. To live there she has
to trick her way into the house by going out with the dorkiest kid who happen to have a handsome guy as a friend. Enter Ji Hu, the best friend of the guy she happen to dump. After that all hell break loose, they are constantly at each other throat. Calling each other names and hitting one another. Slowly but surely they are drawn to each other and who know's someone else might have an eye on Jae Yoo.
I love this manhwa because the characters are always showing their emotion. Whether hitting each other, chunking things at one another, or calling names. The story keeps me entertain and smiling all the way through.