The beautiful Yurim Lee has a secret—she can tell when people are hiding dark intentions. To her, the people's faces appear shrouded in a black cloud. The darker this cloud is, the more villainous their thoughts. But this power has done her more harm than good, and she was ostracized because of it in her youth. Now in college, she is a loner who struggles to trust others.
One day while walking home, Yurim is assaulted by a man covered in darkness. Soon she is rescued by Jooeun Lim, a man with hair the color of cherry blossoms. Their brief encounter brightens her lonely world ever so slightly, and the two become friends.
My Beautiful World follows Yurim while she copes with her unique ability and begins to meet new people with Jooeun's help. As she seeks to regain the trust in others that she lost, she must face a past which she has tried to forget.
There don't seem to be any reviews for this series so I'll give it a go.
"My Beautiful World" was my first foray into the Korean webtoon scene. While many of my friends read webtoons I never really found the motivation to read them. Then I met "My Beautiful World". The beautiful art was what first reeled me in, and up until the midway mark for the series the story wasn't half bad either. However, the reason I can only give a 5 is because the later chapters completely oliberated all of the goodwill the author had developed. No spoilers but everyone isn't completly truthful from
the beginning. Honestly with one plot twist I seriously considered dropping it. But alas, I stuck to it and I got something very disatisfying.
So the story was fine until that big bombshell, which completely ruined the series, the art was outstanding, the characters were likable enough, especially the main girl character, and the enjoyment I felt at first was replaced with the WTF feeling I got at the end.
So in the end, the only score I can give is a 5; mediocre. This series had so much potential but the author unfortunately threw it away.
My feelings when it comes to this series are quite complicated which is quite funny with how its actually a rather simple premise. The story, to me, feels like a jumbled mess that was built as the author drew the chapters with little forethought. The art is okay, at times I would call it good looking while at others I contemplate skipping the chapter because I feel unnerved by the stiffness. The characters themselves are... Okay... I guess... Partially insane but I suppose that is meant to build on the theme of the story which is at least more than I
can say for other stories with psychotic characters. What I think the story lacked was flow. Everything in this story was rough, the pace, art, characters, and I would say my enjoyment. So if you want to read a cheesy romance novel then you should probably go read something else. But I mean if you already read everything else then why not this?
To go more in-depth about what I didn't like about this novel is that it tried to do something incredibly average and in that vain doing average... well... average. The story just keeps on shoving random, unneeded plot threads that do not do anything, in my opinion, to keep the ball rolling on the story. So we this side girl is insane and involved in a pyramid scheme. Nice. Was that necessary? No.
This story suffers from trying to be really innocent, but also really edgy and dealing with trauma. Its message is simple but I would say is too in your face about it. Hey, look! These people who are shrouded in black are bad! Wow, aren't we clever for talking about trauma in this way! We are so original with our concepts! If they hadn't been so blatant with its idea, I probably wouldn't have been interested to read this any more than I am now but still, it's the thought that counts. Even when the story ends they briefly talk about how she has "overcome her fear of the black people" (I'm not racist). I want them to show rather than tell me that Yurim has grown. They literally had no reason to say that, if they had just removed the text from the panel where she states she has overcome her fear of the black aura, it would have been fine.
I don't want to have this review just be a long jumble of words but I have a few thoughts on the ending. I simply want to ask the authors why they thought that this was the optimal way for their story to end. They didn't need for Jooeun to get stabbed in the leg because it didn't matter. We literally see him walking and for the premise behind him getting stabbed is that he can't walk again then why have him walk. It's so infuriating to me when stories have such a serious plot point be glossed over because haha xd everything ends happily ever after. But who am I to judge, I like shitty isekai light novel stories. Thank you for reading my review.