Devil’s Bride

Devil's Bride- The Devil and His 'Bride'

There’s a sale of manga in a bookstores I seldom go to, and i found this manhwa. I’m familiar with the title because of Boy Princess so I decided to buy it. What attracts me to this manhwa is that it has the same ‘vibe’ or ‘aura’ Boy Princess has. The same beautiful drawing and the same not-so-extraordinary-but-surely-there’s-a-twist story. I’d only read the first volume so bear with me.

There’s not a lot to say, really. There’s nothing great with the characters… the Devil wanted to be human, and the human wanted to be with him forever. Nothing stands out. Moving on to the story, I think that creating a living creature has always been enchanting for us, humans. So, with that being said, it drew you in. And if you already read Boy princess, you just know that there’s something in there that will make you regret putting yourself in a situation where you’ll have to think and think about the sadness in this world.

So, I’ll stop with that review first. Since right now, that’s exactly what I’m feeling.

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100% Perfect Girl [Update!!]

100% Perfect Girl- Jarte and Jay

I read Haruka Murakami’s 100% Perfect Girl after hearing about this manhwa. It’s a story about a guy finding his one true love- the one hundred percent perfect girl for him. She wasn’t unbelievably beautiful or attractive… But she was perfect for him. In the end, they weren’t for each other. They didn’t seize the chance to be together and relied on ‘fate’ to do its wonders.

Everything about the story is heart breaking… and even though this manhwa is about that story, it defied and corrected all the ‘mistakes’ the protagonist committed in the story. Jarte never let go of Jay. He never fell in love with anybody else, be it a 80%, 32% or 99%. Never. He gave his all for Jay and in the process, he began to lose himself.

This manhwa isn’t well written. Weird choice of words and cliche storylines. And what’s really annoying is the girl always gets kidnapped and always ran away. And! And! What’s really annoying is every body falls in love with her! Seriously. Unlucky much?!

Truth be told, I would have preferred for them to forget about each other and move on… but then that wouldn’t be true love, would it?

Now, what I love about the story, even though it’s cliche, is that it keeps you going. It keeps you reading and hoping and pleading and crying and just… feeling. When you read it, it makes you want to believe in true love and that you can really love a person so much. I know many people would think it’s a very unhealthy relationship. Hell, I feel the same way. But I guess that’s just love, right? And true, as many people had said, it’s full of drama and all this nonsense really. But I don’t know, if you take Jarte, Jay and the other characters away and look at them one by one, you’re gonna want to puke and kill yourself for reading this coz it’s too horrible (that’s extreme hyperbole people. hyperbole only!). Same goes for the story too. But look at it together… you’re gonna get something good: True love.

The characters are quite believable, even after all the drama and the anguish, the ‘psychoness…’ Still believable. A little more character development for the others I think would be better. I know for others Jarte may seem crazy, but that’s what the manhwa is about. Going crazy because of the fear of losing the one you love.

Over all the manhwa is worth the time, the download, the money, everything. It may not be the best storyline or character development, but the over all feel and experience is a must. It just makes you feel alive and loved, you know?

So, a 7/10 to a 9/10 if I’m feeling really generous. Safe bet? 8/10.

BTW, here’s a link to the story: 100% Perfect Girl

100% Perfect Girl Info:

Gray Sanctuary- Meine Liebe in Tumblr

Gray Sanctuary- Meine Liebe in Tumblr

So, I think I already did this once… but I’ll do it again. I have a tumblr for cool anime pics and cheesy-but-still-beautiful quotes that i would like to share. most of the quotes are from manga and anime. And it’s not always cheesy. Anyway, if you want to see it clearly, just click the pic. It’s actually pretty cool… the site I mean. If you want to visit it: Gray Sanctuary

Tomorrow: One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Information from Manga Fox and Anime News Network:

Alternative Name(s): 천일야화 (Korean)
1001 Nights
Las Mil y una Noches
Author(s): Jun Jin Suk
Artist(s): Han Seung-Hee
Genre(s): drama, historical, shoujo, shounen ai
Plot Summary:

Everyone knows the story of Shahrazad and her wonderful tales in the Arabian Nights. For one thousand and one nights, the stories that she created entertained the mad Sultan and eventually saved her life. In this version, our Shahrazad is a guy who wanted to save his sister from the mad Sultan by disguising himself as a woman. When he puts his life on the line, what kind of strange and wacky stories would he tell.

Review:

Will you betray me too?

1001 nights is definitely one of the best manhwas ever.

Starting with the story, I think many people already heard of the stories from the original 1001 nights, they were good, very entertaining. But I guarantee you, the manhwa’s twists made it brilliant. Though almost all the stories in the manga ended in death, (I can’t say all coz I haven’t read all of it yet) and I really struggled to continue reading it, I am so glad I did. The manhwas just gave the stories a new identity. Also, it questions the different kinds of love that leads to sacrifices and sorrow.

For the characters, since each chapter/volume has different stories, the main characters’ character development is lacking. I don’t mind it much though. Because in between each story, Shahrazad guy version (I forgot his name!) and the Sultan’s story are slowly developing. But still… the others? Not so much.

As for the art, though I still prefer manga style drawings, the drawing in this manhwa is absolutely great! Well, that concludes my very short review!
Tomorrow:

Sometimes, trying to protect someone only hurts them more.

Don’t you think my statement is so true? Why, some people let themselves do thing they don’t want to do just coz they want the person they love to be happy. What they don’t know or what they won’t stop to notice, is that it just hurts those people more.

What if tomorrow they disappear? Leave and be gone forever? And in trying to protect them you just drove them away?

Book Club

Book Club

Book Club

Synopsis
“For those who have courage…for those who do not fear death…open this book and turn the page!” goes the magazine in which this manhwa is serialized in. And for good reason. Peek into the horror within this particular book club. The president Kyungdo is a crazy maniac about books and while Eunsae tries to protect him from them, he is just so crazy about them. His fate in fact is connected to the legendary library of Alexandria, the greatest library that was ever destroyed, and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. (AnimeList)


Review
I first read this at 6:47 am. Wow. I was so scared. I mean, the situation is not that scary, but the face- super scary. After seeing it, I closed the window (computer window, ok?) and then I read yaoi. After that, I attempted to read it again, only to be really freaked out and I just went under my bed sheets and tried to sleep.

Reading the 6 chapters that are available to online readers like me, I was able to understand the story a little. It seems that Kyungdo and Eunsae are a couple ( I just want to say that, it’s not even relevant to the story… as of now). Kyungdo has this book that kills. Yeah. A killer book. It makes your nose bleed and makes you see dead people, particularly a girl who looks a lot like Sadako only with no tongue. A medical examiner is also part of the bigger story. She had a friend who died in the library partly because of her. Her friend’s tongue is cut. Anyway, it seems like something is going on with the Book Club that Kyungdo’s father used to be in… until he died after nose bleeding and stabbing himself with a cutter in the neck.

Story development is a little awkward and what’s the word? … off. I understand what’s happening but the way it’s being shown isn’t smooth… it’s just awkward. Also, the concept of a killer book is a little funny and seriously weird. Oh, have I told you that the book draws dead people to it? Pretty cool, huh? Yeah. For 3rd graders! But still, even with the childish concept, it’s still worth a read and worth my time because I’m curious to why the book can kill.

The characters are not yet developed, considering that it’s only been chapter 6 and a lot of characters had been introduced. I don’t mind, but since I can’t find any volume 2, even in amazon or something, I’m getting a little pissed off.

As for the art, I like it, a lot. Especially because the guy is cute and the ghost is friggin’ freaky! Want to see it?

BTW: R.O.W.= Read Online Website, sites where you can read it online. Self explanatory, right?

100% Perfect Girl

100% Perfect Girl

100% Perfect Girl

Synopsis
Jay Jin is the headstrong teenage rebel, determined to prove she’s serious about making art. J. Max is the tall debonair foreigner, in Korea on business, with more–much more–to his background than he lets on. On the surface, it would seem as though Jay and J. have nothing in common…until a chance encounter in a hotel lobby sparks a mysterious attraction. Will true love prove strong enough to overcome the language barrier, not to mention the thousands of miles separating two attractive people? Then there are the interventions of friends and family who think they know best… as well as a disastrous encounter with spicy chicken kebab! A giddy romantic fable for our ever-shrinking world, 100% Perfect Girl demonstrates the power of chemistry to conquer all. (Source: Netcomics)

Review
Ok. First of all, the synopsis is quite wrong. Jay isn’t in love with J. Max. She actually said that she was only attracted to his face. Ouch.

Now, for the review, the story is somewhat original and typical. Typical because, perfect guy fell in love with not-so-perfect girl. Original because not-so-perfect girl is not in love with perfect guy. Honestly, this twist caught me off guard. I don’t really know why this manhwa is on my list, but I definitely didn’t know about this part. So, anyway, this really kept me going. But aside from that, the pacing is kinda quick and lacking. It’s like: “Whoa! How did that happen?” It’s like things just became that way without the manhwa artist building up a situation to be the cause of it.

The characters are all good looking. J. Max actually looks like Nao in Can’t Lose You, which I find a plus for this manhwa since I love Nao. Anyway, aside from al being good looking, they are also all annoying characters without a specific character/ attitude. Try going as far as Chapter 10, the only things you’ll learn about them are Jay is a very irritating girl who is also a sadist to the masochistic and typical perfect guy J. Max. And J. Max’s assistant, body guard and another weird kid are all characters with free lancing characters. WHat I mean is, you can’t describe how they are. TO explain it more, they all just change. The assistant is a hopeless romantic but he refuses to help his master who is in love and has romantic way of showing. Contradicting… So, what I mean is, with a lot of chapters, there are really a slow character development.

Over all, Can’t Lose You is definitely on a different level than this one. There’s a lot of filler chapters…

Score is 7.5/10 .