In Jushin, there once lived secret government agents called the amen osa (or angyō onshi in the Japanese version), who traveled the countryside in disguise. They were charged by the king with finding and punishing corrupt government officials, and bringing justice to the country's citizens.
Shin Angyo Onshi is a Seinen, Historical, Supernatural, Action, Adventure manhwa that takes a piece of Korean history and turns it into a superb journey for the characters and the readers to experience.
The story follows the adventures of Munsu, an Angyo Onshi, who were special envoys of the king of Jushin. However Jushin is all but destroyed, leaving Munsu on his journey to continue his duty of ridding corruption and bringing about his own form of justice. That’s the setting of this epic Korean manga and sure, in the beginning, there’s a very episodic nature to Munsu’s travelling that frequently pays homage to some of
the great classic Korean literature. Yet as the story progresses and the number of involving characters increases, it becomes clear that Munsu’s travelling has a purpose.
Munsu is an interesting main character, who’s portrayed as an anti-hero with some very questionable methods to fulfilling his goal. Munsu isn’t overwhelmingly powerful or reliant on special power ups (unless you include his Mahai) but rather he is incredibly cunning and skilled in combat. He’s fairly complicated and can come across as cruel or ruthless, when it comes to deceiving people. However he is still entertaining and fun to read, depending on the situation. Later on he is joined by other characters (Chun Hyang & Bang Ja), allowing either the dialogue or the overall journey to become far more interesting than it already is. Not to forget the vast amount of remarkable characters that appears throughout the story; each with their own tale, purpose or goal.
The artwork can be described in one word “breathtaking”. Personally I think the artwork is the best aspect of this manga, with an immense amount of detail put into each panel. The environments are superbly drawn with no corners cut whatsoever and the character designs range from realistically defined features, to some very imaginative appearances.
Overall Shin Angyo Onshi is an epic manhwa, following the lengthy journey of some great characters. It’s able to portray some of the cruel ugliness of the corrupt world in such a manner that will get any reader to think. However the story is fairly incoherent and certain aspects of the story can be difficult to comprehend. The same goes for the extravagant fight scenes. Being such a mature, gory and gritty story I can only recommend this to fans of similar mature manga.
Shin Angyo Onshi is a great manwha.
It took me a while to find this manwha. It is not the typical popular manga that will just pop out and attract your attention. I saw it in the top and give it a try. I remember reading the begining of this manwha, a couple of years ago but it was still in translation and in that time there was only a couple of chapters. Now that I can get a hold to all the chapters (with the extra pages in the forum).
Shin Angyo is about a long adventure of a our hero, Munsu. He is similar and
at the same time very diferent from other main characters in other mangas. His past is full of glory, sadness, illusion and love. His mission is to bring "justice" to the land and to eventually end up fighting with his enemy, Aji Tae who destroyed everything he had fight for.
However, the word justice and the difference between right and wrong is one of the themes that keep me engage reading chapter after chapter till the end. Two different aspect of justice battle against each other. I personally like the ideology of Aji Tae but Munsu's ideology is the one that can set peace and order in a chaotic word.
The characters are something I really end up loving. Good or bad, everyone represent a twisted side of this word. Good people turning into bad, bad turning into good. I know that in many mangas, bad people sometimes turns out to be good ones but in this manga, it really fits the story and ideology behind it. "No matter how bad someone is, the truth never changes."
I really enjoyed reading this manwha. The art was pritty outstanding. I loved the way the story is told: the story of General Munsu.
I will always remember Munsu ideology with the words, "However much it is soiled by the earth, snow is still white."
Shin Angyo Onshi is the greatest Manhwa i have ever read hands down and i have no problem or somthing else even close to its spot i would say that it is the 2nd greatest behind berserk overall and with this review (ill try to keep it short) i hope to convince you to read this spectacular story.
I was told that this was alot like berserk so a guy like me who loves it (and has been waiting like 9 months for the next realease) was drawn to it. And i was not disapointed but let me not pass this off as a berserk
wanna be or even a different version of berserk no this deserves to be reconized as a original piece of greatness. I will say that the thing that both share and one reason i treasure both is the fact that in my mind right now the only ones (anime or manga) to make me feel these emotions while reading it and that is.......hopelessness......no salvation...vain..and yet strangely the main characters march forward and have a rightouessness about them when it seems they go up against God himself. The story of Shin is a 10 easy i wont go to far into it as i dont want to spoil anything and that is what the top of the page is for. But i will say one of the VERY few storys ive watched or read were i was completly satisfied from begining to end no holes or things left undone. The art was a joy as well each character felt very defined and the horrors and beauties you see are very moving. Characters was a 10 and i will say this the only reason i think berserk is above Shin is due to there female leads but not to say Shin has a bad one just not amazing but overall this is a must read for everyone it is truely a emotional roller coaster and one worth the trip
This is manga is about Munsu, who is the last Angyo Onshi, peacekeepers from the fallen kingdom of Jushun who wander the land defeating corrupt lords and generally being of benefit to the people. However Munsu is an asshole, and stands out greatly from a wide spectrum of other protaganists even in the anti-hero classification. Angyo Onshi do not have any special powers or special skills, in fact Munsu's superhuman abilities are nonexistant compared to not only antagonists but even less relevant side characters. He is however, very smart, and also has an amulet called the Mahai, something that is his badge as an Angyo
Onshi. The Mahai is a magical device that allows him to summon a legion of Joker faced phantom soldiers, who will slaughter at command. Munsu uses this ability and a few rather ordinary pistols to take care of ordinary enemies. He cannot use the Mahai all the time, and it is generally ineffective against skilled enemies as the Phantom Soldiers dont have any special powers, and are completely ineffective against non-human enemies. Munsu later gains a companion of a young woman named Chan Hyuang, who possess superhuman fighting strength, and makes her the official servant of an Angyo Onshi, called the Sando. They have a rocky relationship. Munsu continues to travel and complete his duties as an Angyo Onshi, all while chasing down a man named Aji Tae who is believed to be the one responsible for the destruction of the kingdom of Jushun, although the past is mysterious.
The story is the best part about this manga. You will notice some parallels with Berserk, although order of events are completely different and of course the story itself is original. Both possess a mysterious past of a destroyed kingdom, betrayal, angelic antagonists that go above morality who are inherently demonic, morally gray decisions, demon fighting, revenge etc. Munsu is the most interesting character and despite the Berserk relations he really isn't similar to Guts as all. Munsu is very cunning and not actually powerful, and tends to use a bizarre mix of assholish philosphy, disguise, and tricks to beat opponents. He is however, very likable and will grow on you quickly. The story is episodic in the beginning, which is completely dropped in the second half. Many of these episodic adventures are based on Korean folklore. It lets you see more into Munsu and Sando's character and is just overall entertaining. It's not really filler but if it was it would be very entertaining filler. The OVERALL story arch, concerning the mysteries of Munsu and the kingdom of Jushun's past, is paced perfectly, executed perfectly, and ENDED perfectly. It is a somewhat short, fantastic journey that will leave you thinking about it for days. It is the epitome of an low fantasy plot, with unique characters and lore and a very mysterious protaganist. It's plot is a mystery itself which can at many times be solved before fully revealed if you pay attention, which is a rewarding experience akin to beating the pace of a Sherlock Holmes novel. You'll find that characters can die at any time especially towards the end, and many unexpected things can occur. It is interesting, but never cheap. I can only think of one part that seemed like an asspull when a particular side character survived a seemingly fatal blow, but this oddity never stopped me enjoying the rest of the manga because it was molehill to mountain. Every twist or backstory has depth to it not originall shown, which makes it a joy to read.
This manga ran from 2001 to 2007. As a result the art in the beginning is not fantastic, and somewhat offset by absolutely horrendous scan quality if you are downloading it or reading it online for that matter. However both improve drastically long before the second part begins. The art is able to portray a great style which suits the several different tones of the enviroment and mood, with notable art influences from Trigun for some western scenes. The action is very cool, showing a vareity of different stuff going on. Choreography is great, gun fights, explosives, bladed weapons, and tae kwon do prove to be a crazy mix. While I was usually not blown away by the aethstetics, I did see quite a few very cool scenes, particularly towards the end but also in the flashback part and the Hwangdo arc. Bottomline is that the art is by no means the best of the best and one might often come to mind with a manga like Berserk, but it does in no way hinder the story. On a side note they seem to have put every single kind of character design archetype in this manga, everything from angelic sexy man to Vash the stampede sunglasses guy, to Victorian Demon Gentleman, to muscley ninja woman, and of course rugged wanderer dude.
I wish I could forget this manga and read it again as with most of my favorite manga. If you are still questioning why exactly I thought it was so good because I didn't explain it properly, let me just reiterate by saying it is extremely good. I can't promise you will like it as much as I do, but I gurantee it will be one of your favorites if you read it all. It's a tall order but I think you'll find yourself often surprised by how concisely executed this manga is.