Let’s just get to the review...
STORY - 7/10
Orange Marmalade is a story about a vampire girl living in vampire-hating world that catches the eye of the most popular guy in school. Sounds like an overused plot, i know.
You see the thing is, the element that enhances this cliche-sounding story to the heights of a good one, is the execution of the story itself. Look at the very first page of the the first chapter and you'll know what I mean. While reading, I personally loved the atmosphere it created, made me feel at ease. The pacing of the story is just perfect. It
lets the reader soak it all in before moving on.
The mangaka managed to set his work apart from the rest with the help of beautiful art and interesting characters.
ART - 10/10
The art is what first captured my attention and brought me to this sweet piece-of-a-work. The characters, shadows, shades, backgrounds (ohhh the backgrounds >\\\<) were all outstanding! Beautiful & elegant. Since it is a webtoon, it is in a long, full-color format, kinda like a comic strip. While reading as you scroll down, its like watching an anime with the exception of sound. The author did a great job with making the emotions and expressions of the characters clear to the reader. Arguably, among the best manga artwork out there.
CHARACTERS – 7/10
Characters are pretty believable, if not completely realistic. The chemistry between the leads is real good and the supporting characters do their jobs well. There is enough character development, mostly in Ma Ri’s character.
Ma Ri – Baek Ma Ri is definitely one of the most likable female protagonists in the romance/drama genre. She isn’t the usual whimpering shoujo lead who always falls for the hot popular guy for no reason at all. Quite opposite actually. In fact, she’s been named the “Ice Princess” by the guys of her school since she rejects them even before they are done confessing. Since people hate vampires, her family moves to new places often. She’s been struggling with being alone for so long that she’s not ready to trust any human at all. It was quite fun watching her come out of her shell.
Jae Min – Jung Jae Min, our male lead, is good at his job of melting the ice princess and helping her out of her shell. He’s NOT a conceited bastard or egoist, which seems to be a trend these days in romance manga. He’s the nice guy! He's great at basketball and plays drums and also happens to have a gynophobia of sorts. Interestingly, oblivious to the fact that Ma Ri is a vampire, he doesn’t seem to be a vampire optimist himself.
Side Characters – 1.) A pair of supporting gals who help Ma Ri take her mind off things when life seems way too heavy to bear. CHECK!
2.) An Alpha-bitch who keeps throwing herself at Jae Min & continues being ignored like hell. CHECK!
3.) A "third-wheel" guy who.... well you know what a third wheel is, so CHECK!
ENJOYMENT – 9/10
I read all the chapters that were out at the time in one go, without feeling like taking a break even once. Enjoyed reading it for sure!
OVERALL – 8/10
Good romance, great art & characters, lovely subtle humor with some drama. All in all, it’s a good read and recommended for anyone who wants something heart warming and nice.
(P.S. this series has 120 chapters.. don't know why MAL keeps showing 66.)