Oct 11, 2013
Personally, I've made it a goal to hate all manga/manhwa that is associated with gender-bender or shoujo. Yet, I am about to say a lot of good things about this manga.
In my defense, I would like to argue a few points:
1. I don’t usually read any gender bender work, I really don’t. However, this work is not strictly classified as gender-bender since the main characters possess the one another’ body, or known as soul swapping (unlike numerous manga where a boy dresses up as a girl). Furthermore, this is a pure romance story, containing no “extra” stuff.
2. This is definitely not a typical shoujo plot
that bores male audience to death. I guarantee that both male and female readers can find satisfaction in reading this.
3. Once conditions 1 & 2 are satisfied, the Korean-drama-fever just grabs one’s emotions once in a while (even for a male reader)!
4. There are only 46 chapters to this romance story, and it is completed. It is neither repetitive, nor does the story feel rushed.
Now that the main points are said, I'll just briefly comment on each category.
Don't remember the fine details of the story, since I've read this a few years ago. What I can tell is that any plot in properly made Korean drama becomes godly plot once you are sucked in. Good thing that this manhwa starts in an interesting manner so that it is easy to become engaged to the story.
Must have been quite damn good art if a guy like me can read its shoujo styled art and not being tempted to close the browser. Unlike numerous other shoujo with "good art", the manhwaga in this one actually bothers to draw out detailed backgrounds in most of its panels. This is something rarely seen in shoujo comics.
Where this manhwa shines. The entire character cast mainly consist of two people (guess who?), but the development of relationship between our main male and female protagonist is superbly done. The interaction of characters is not shown through shoddy and blunt comedies, but rather through a solid story and plot twists here and there.
Enough said. Whether you are a guy or a girl, just read this manhwa.
~Note about author: Hwang Mi Ri isn’t a person. It’s a pseudonym created to published numerous Korean Shoujo works under one name.
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