This webtoon was extremely good and I would have given it 10 out of 10 except I hated the ending. I feel like it was rushed and it didn't give a satisfactory conclusion for me. I thought that there was even a chapter missing.
However, overall it was a great story, art style and I really enjoyed it. The other thing that made this enjoyable and, personally, gave me a breath of fresh air is that they are in a college setting. The side characters could have also been developed a little bit more and it would have been great.
Something About Us. or "Our Relationship Is" or "Woori". A highly rated Manhwa on this website with not that many readers. For me, I discovered this Manhwa when I was just searching for Romance series (I was on a binge. I'm still on that binge. Kare Kano is treating me well). At first I didn't notice the very low amount of users and I didn't notice the complete lack of reviews either. I thought it was a manhwa viewed as the top of it's genre, easy to find and just great. Little did I know there wasn't even 2000 people who've acknowledged it on
MAL. But I picked it up and couldn't stop reading. It was amazing. It was everything I ever wanted from a romance Manga. It had drama, but not bitchy drama. It had some mature characters and some immature ones. It had realistic behaviors I could see myself doing too. And most of all, it was cute as FUCK.
You can tell as soon as the Manhwa starts that Woojin and Gayoung were going to end up together. This ends up being relatively problematic for a lot of romance manga. See: Taiyou no Ie, which was also amazing but not perfect like this. Thankfully however, the Manwhaga manages to spin this out of your trajectory relatively quickly with relationships between the two being very much realistic. People are cut off, and when somebody doesn't want to talk to somebody, they don't talk to somebody. Relationships are shattered and put back together and there's even that one neutral that's there through it all.
What I also love about this strip is that it's not afraid to put its MCs in relationships aside from the main ship and that helps with character development and the relations between the characters aside from the main two as well.
Love is a winding tunnel and while some may race off to see what view is awaiting you at the end, often people tend to forget the tenderness of the journey and just who set them off.
Something About Us is probably the best romance manhwa, or manga in general, that you haven't read yet. It is able to skillfully envelop the reader in this ride and basically forces them to look at every step they take and reminisces on the beauty, not just by the art but admittedly that is a major upside for this story.
The comfiness in watching the relationship between Woojin and
Gayoung morph and change as they grow up is almost more than I can bear. Whenever I look at this manhwa, I am instantly filled with the pleasure of feeling like I am reading it for the first time, despite knowing what is to come, because I love looking at Woojin and Gayoung get together just that much. But that does not mean that this story is without fault, some events that happen really make the reader wonder why they needed to happen, and feel as if they were just added increase the length of the story since the result from them is the same as the beginning.
The stylization of this manhwa only helps to propel this feeling as the drawings are probably one of the closest things to visual sex. Despite in some parts being a little bit under detailed, nevertheless the art is probably some of the best available.
In this kind of story, a romance, the characters need to be likable and that is something that Something About Us excels at. Not only Woojin and Gayoung, but almost every character is memorable to me to look back on and I can definitely say that I liked almost every character, save a few. Although I think some of these certain characters, who I will not be mentioning for spoilers sake, are meant to be disliked, some of the stupidity that relates to the characters is a little aggravating.
Overall, this manhwa was able to enrapture me for the time that I read it and still drags me backs into its warm, soft, claws every now and then for a reread. Absolutely I would recommend this to everyone and I hope they can find the same enjoyment out of this that I did.
Something About Us (Woori) was a real treat to read from start to finish. It hits the right notes in the coming-of-age, slice-of-life, romance and comedy genres. In terms of target audience, the story falls more towards josei, yet you'll also get the sweet, fuzzy feels for shoujo audiences, which is an amazing balance.
Here's my version of a (spoiler-free!) synopsis because the one on Lezhin leaves too much guesswork. Woori is about a boy and a girl who became the best of friends in high school, despite being total opposites in character. The story starts when Woojin enrols in the same university as Gayoung
after serving two years in the military service. With the change in environment, amidst college mates of different values and personalities, at the age when senses are awakened to the opposite sex, the two best friends discover what they truly mean to each other, slowly but surely.
This is the aspect that makes Woori a true gem. The characters are refreshing and hilarious with their unique quirks. I'm all for storylines that are carried along by solid character portrayal and development, and this is one of the better ones out there. The MCs are multi-dimensional and equally likeable in their own ways. It's a joy to read how their clashing personalities complement and collide with each other. Not only the MCs, the side characters are interesting, each of them with their own “colour”. I’d dare say that this work won’t be as enjoyable with any one of them removed, even the most annoying ones are well portrayed to serve their purpose in the story.
A coming-of-age story at its core, the story is somewhat bittersweet as the characters deal with “growing pains” during their college years, like peer pressure, jealousy and then some. However, it doesn’t delve too deep into any of the “pain” that those plot points can potentially be sucked into. Woori is not so much a melancholic and definitely not a psychological trip, it’s consistently light throughout, even the more troubling plot points, thanks to good pacing and brilliant, ROFL-inducing humour. When I say it’s “light” though, I don’t mean to the extent that it’s shallow. The themes Woori explores are current and executed with good depth. The story being told largely from the female POV, proved relatable. In certain key parts, we also get the male POV which is a nice touch, so that we get both sides of the story. Woori also portrays friendship very well, thanks to the sound side characters, their relationships with each other and how they contribute to the main story.
Whilst I personally prefer art with more details and use of darks, the art in Woori works for the mood it aims to exude. It's is easy on the eyes, with clean lines and a largely pastel palette. When a webtoon is coloured tastefully, it’s like watching it in anime format (minus the audio plus some imagination), and Woori gave me such an impression. The characters’ facial expressions are well drawn, the chibi/ugly faces especially funny and emotions really come through (the looks of anger on the male characters, kill me). The character styling and dressing are satisfyingly on point (yay, skinnies!) which is vital in a college setting. I had to flag this because many works don’t pay enough attention to dressing; looking at you, ReLife.
TLDR; but thanks for keeping up with me! Woori is definitely not one to pass up, especially if you are a fan of any of the genres. A reminder to check out all the character side stories, they lend well-deserved spotlight to some side characters that weren’t afforded more panel time in the main storyline. Enjoy!