I've only read the first 6 chapters of this, because that's all I could find, but it's a really engrossing and suspenseful story and I'm almost frantic for the next chapter. I feel like it needs some support on MAL.
The plot starts with a wild, out of control high school boy, Yeon-Ho, who gets into physical fights a lot, these two other guys who are searching for him but don't know who he is because the rest of the student body is too scared of Yeon-Ho to tell them. Then there is this high school girl, Young-Un who is very popular with guys, and has had lots of boyfriends. We first see her breaking up with her latest boyfriend, and we get a false impression of her that's quickly revealed to be slightly off. This makes her character more 3-dimensional than it otherwise would be and levels the field between her and the mystery surrounding Yeon-Ho, and she actually turns out to be a strong and intuitive, smart person (rare in shoujo). She helps him and then he helps her and they become sort of entangled. She realizes quickly how alone this kid is and that he doesn't seem like he has anyone he can depend on. Everything in this story is not rose-colored, and romance is not at the forefront of the action. Somehow, these two people get involved with each other and every time it seems like they are going to drift away from each other, events conspire to throw them together again. It's a compelling read and totally worth your time.
The premise may seem like a classic shoujo type plot but the interactions between the high school characters are a lot more nuanced than other shoujo. Earlier I called the story suspenseful, but it's almost more like the way the story is told is what is really suspenseful. There are mysterious backstories that are only revealed through certain interactions with characters. We meet and see and are regularly reminded of the characters' parents. This is rare and I think should be valued. Updates are sadly not frequent but I think that this is the type of manwha that will gather a larger following later on. The art is clean and conveys emotion with bold dark lines and high contrast for intensity alternating with light greys for delicacy. The artwork actually shows more of an appropriate variation and mirroring of the action it conveys than many other mangas I've read, where it seems like the story planning, drawing, and actually dialogue seem to have been written or planned at different times.
Overall, I totally recommend this to anyone! You should read it!read more
I only found out about this series recently, and I was surprised by the lack of reviews on MAL..so I decided to make this my first review. Go easy on me will ya'? ^-^
Going into "Jidokhage Kkeureoango Jidokhage Kiseuhago" or "Awfully Damn Kiss and Hug", whatever you wanna call it, I didn't really have high expectations for it.. By the setting alone I figured this would be a cliché delinquent/good girl shoujo manga, however, I quickly realized that wasn't the case at all.
As I said, the setting didn't seem all that original when compared to other works of the same genre..Still, it is extremely well organized with very good pacing and the right amount of suspense to keep things interesting.
There's also some comedy sprinkled between the plot, mostly delivered by our heroine Young-Un, and quite a few fight sequences. Despite this, the drama and depth of the manhwa remains consistent, and these scenes never feel unnecessary or forced.
I really, really love the artwork for this manhwa. I'm not an expert in art, so all I can say is that it has a really good contrast and that, despite this being of the shoujo genre, it manages to work really well with fighting sequences.
I don't know what more to say about it..so I'll just say that it was definitely what caught my attention when I found this series. (as the synopsis is nonexistent..)
Now, this might be the reason why I love this manhwa so much.
The characters have a very good sense of identity and none of them seem to lack importance in any way. They all seem to connect in one way or another, and it is genuinely entertaining to learn more about them as the story progresses.
The reasons behind the characters' actions are explained fairly well, and it is obvious that a lot of thought was put into creating a believable interaction between them.
Awfully Damn Kiss and Hug is a manhwa that needs more recognition..
It is certainly a hidden gem in the shoujo genre, the only issue I have with it is the lack of updates..but it is understandable at this point.
I recommend this to just about anyone!
I really enjoyed what I was given so far with this series, and I have high hopes for future updates.
So, overall, I would give this a 9/10, it certainly jumped up into my personal favorites.