Nineteen & Twenty-one by Yohan & Zhena: Korean Webtoon

Goodreads SynposisA 19-year-old boy, Dong-hui, who still wants to stay as a kid. A 21-year-old girl, Yuni, who became an adult still doesn’t feel like one. They met each other through street cats and share their precious things. Beautiful illustration and their sweet love story will make you happy!

Commentary: For one volume, I was highly satisfied with the story. The protagonists were very relatable to me because I am going through a similar experience. I try to be more like an adult, but I don’t feel like one yet. I really feel that being in your twenties is such a confusing transition in life. The relationship between Dong-hui and Yuni was very cute. Their feelings for each other was slowly building up, it wasn’t rushed. Yuni had the most character development. She was in an accident, and she couldn’t attend university as she hoped. She felt bitter about her situation since she considers herself old for starting over. As time passes, she starts feeling less bitter about her situation, and finds happiness in Dong-hui. Dong-hui, I loved him. By the end of the story, he matures a little more, but maintains his childish personality. The story is a very quick read. The animation is beautiful, the protagonists are cat lovers, and the story is really cute!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tomadachi No Hanashi by Kazune Kawahara: Manga Review

Goodreads Synposis: Eiko is something of a plain Jane and a doormat, while her best friend Moe is a head-turning beauty. Despite their differences, their friendship is as strong as ever.
Guys are always asking Moe out, but her answer is invariably “Only if you promise to put Eiko before me.”

Commentary: I wish the manga Tomodachi No Hanashi were more than just one volume. I really felt that the story could have been expanded a little more. But, I have to say for one volume, it exceeded my expectations. The major theme of the novel revolves around friendship. Eiko’s friendship with Moe was the cutest thing ever! I was really sad by the time I finished it because I wanted to keep on reading. It really had potential to be an entertaining read. The animation is really good for me and I love the character designs. I would recommend it because it’s precious, underrated, and adorable. I loved all the characters, and it was funny seeing Moe and Narugami’s rivalry over Eiko.

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Annarasumanara Vol.3 by Ha Il Kwon: Korean Webtoon

I finished Annarasumanra today and I feel really sad, and it was definitely underrated. I really enjoyed this series, it was a fun quick read. It’s just three volumes, 27 chapters long. It’s easy to find since it’s posted on manga sites. I read the story on Mangapark.com.

Vol 3: Na Il-Deung and Yoon Ah-ee are now believers in magic, but others view them as foolish. The final volume was really sad. The magician’s past is revealed and he is blamed for a robbery that he did not commit. The magician is blamed for the crime and is seen as criminal. Na Il-Deung and Yoon Ah-ee are the only ones to believe in the magician and try to prove that he is innocent. Before the final chapter, Yoon Ah-ee performs a magic trick to help the magician escape and it starts to snow in the summer. The final chapter takes place three years later, Yoon Ah-ee is now working as a magician and Na Il-Deung finally gets a date with her. The magician is still gone, Yoon Ah-ee wonders where he has gone off to, but her magic has gotten better. She still writes letters to her mother, Minyeo, and to the magician himself. The final line of the manhwa is “Do you believe in magic?”.

Commentary: At first I thought this manhwa was going to be about a magical love relationship between Yoon Ah-ee and the magician, but it is more than that. It’s a story about being pure, innocent, and childlike. It’s about never letting go of your dream and becoming a conformist like the rest of society. Lee Eul, whose actual name is Ryu Min Hyuk, was exactly like Na Il-Deung, when he was in high school. Everyone expected him to be number one, to become successful, and be like everyone else a conformist. As soon as he kept trying to break out of the norm, people around him kept seeing him as mentally ill or stressed out, but in reality, he was enjoying his new found freedom.  If you can compare the magician to any other ficitonal character, it would be Peter Pan. He never wanted to grow up. He showed up at the right time for both Yoon Ah-ee and Na Il-Deung because he guided them in the right path. Yoon Ah-ee desperately wanted to become an adult in order to solve her problems, but lost gave up her dreams in the process. Yoon Ah-ee realizes that she is more scared of becoming an adult than she thought. I also liked how Na Il-Deung was also important to this short story  because his old life was identical to the magician. Na Il-Deung was able to find his freedom as well. In the previous volumes, he was portrayed with a very long neck and big head, and on the final volume, when he discovers that he is free from his “curse”, he is portrayed as differently

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I really enjoyed the story, it is very memorable. The ending was bittersweet, but I really liked the ending. I would recommend this manhwa because it is realistic. When you’re an adult, people expect you to be so many things that you start losing part of your childlike innocence. It was refreshing and I would reread this manhwa again. The animation is also beautiful!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Annarasumanara Vol. 2 by Ha Il Kwon:Korean Webtoon

Volume 2: I did not mention this in my previous review, but the protagonist  Yoon Ah-ee keeps writing letters to her mother in most of the chapters. I thought her mother was dead the whole time, but it was revealed on the last chapter of the volume that her mother had abandoned her and her family when  Yoon Ah-ee’s father went bankrupt. Yoon Ah-ee still felt unsure about he magician. It is in this volume where the reader finally learns the magician’s name which is Lee Eul and he is thirty years old. He moved into town about a year before the story takes place. He is lonely and likes Yoon Ah-ee, he declares it to her when she wants to give up learning magic. At this point, I am not sure that he likes her romantically, but Yoon Ah-ee does seem to have a small crush on him. Though she doesn’t want to be involved with Lee Eul, she is drawn to him. Na Il-Deung is the comedic relief in this manhwa. He stalks Yoon Ah-ee went she goes to her magic lessons, although she has no clue, and slowly becomes interested in learning magic himself. The best moment from this volume was when he finally met Lee Eul and he declared himself to be the magician’s rival for the love of Yoon Ah-ee. Lee Eul does not take him seriously.

First Impressions: I really like the direction this manhwa is going. I am liking the characters, Na Il-Deung is my favorite character. I really like his character development because in the first volume he cared about his status at being the number one student at school to now being a boy seeking to find his own path in life. I thought it was really cute to see him become fascinated with magic that he slowly stopped caring about his status. He wanted to learn magic at first to impress the girl, but then started to become passionate about it. I really like this volume because Lee Eul finally convinces Yoon Ah-ee that he is a real magician when he takes her back to her past, the specific moment after her mother abandoned her. I felt really sad for Lee Eul when his parrot, Minyeo, died. It was sad seeing his world start to crumble and it turned worst when Hana, a girl that goes to school with Yoon Ah-ee and Na Il-Deung, showed up and caused him to become angry. Though this volume gave a little bit information on the magician, I am hoping for the last volume to reveal more about his past.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Annarasumanara Vol. 1 by Ha Il Kwon:Korean Webtoon

I was browsing for new manga to read since I’ve finished Hirunaka No Ryuusei (it was amazing, I was sad that it ended, but it was a great love story). I’ve never read any Korean webtoons, and it got my interest. So far, I really like it 🙂

Volume #1: We are introduced to Yoon Ah-ee, a high school student living in poverty with her sister. Her father has left her and her sister to live on their on.  She is hardworking, shy, and one of the smartest students in her school. Yoon Ah-ee is financially struggling and tries to provide what little she has to her younger sister. There is a rumor going around in the school about an insane magician who lives alone in an abandoned amusement park. One day, Yoon Ah-ee stumbles onto the amusement park and is introduced to the magician. When she was younger, she loved magic and wanted to become a magician, but as she grew older, she stopped believing in her dream and magic. The magician tries to prove to her that magic exists by  helping her out whenever she asks for her. Though, Yoon Ah-ee keeps telling the magician that magic is not real, he tells her that he’ll continue to wait for her until she is ready to believe. Then there is her rival, Na Il-Deung, sits next to her and slowly becomes infatuated with her. He eventually asks her out, but she rejects him. He doesn’t why she rejected him since he is used to having his way because he lives in a life of luxury. On the last chapter, he pays Yoon Ah-ee money for her to get a score lower than him because she needs the money. She accepts his proposal, but she does it in order to survive her poverty.

First Impressions: I like the characters so far and the artwork is amazing. I can’t wait to continue reading to find out what happens. I really hope that Yoon Ah-ee and the magician get together. My favorite character is Na Il-Deung and I love the way he is drawn.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Manga Review: Kare First Love

Hello readers! I’ve haven’t been writing in a while since school has been stressful this past month, but that has not stopped me from reading. I just finished reading the manga Kare First Love. A very good friend of mine recommended this series to me when I was in high school. I tried reading this manga over and over when I was younger, but always dropped it. It must have been sheer boredom that motivated me to finish this manga. If my teenage self were reviewing this manga, I would have probably loved it, but I wouldn’t classify it as one of my favorites. Karin Karino, the female protagonist, was ridiculously weak for me, for example, she would never speak her mind and there were many incidents where a simple misunderstanding was taken out of proportion…I was really frustrated with her and then her boyfriend was Aoi Kiriya gave me a headache as well in some parts, but he was more tolerable than Karin. Overall, this manga was meh, neither too great nor too bad. I really love the animation, it was really good for it’s time, and the side characters had to be the best part of the manga. The beginning was interesting and I enjoyed it, but the romance developed too fast for me. There was so much drama in this series such as Karin being constantly bullied, Karin’s parents expecting her to focus on her studies rather than having a boyfriend, Karin dealing with feelings of insecurity, Aoi’s guilt over his brother’s death, and the list goes on. There were also random moments in the manga that made me laugh too much since it was kind of ridiculous. Anyways, let’s talk about the ending; I just knew it was going to end with a wedding. I knew it!!! Would I reread this manga again, I don’t think so. Would I recommend this manga? Probably not. At least it’s better than Mairunovich, please don’t get me started on that manga.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️