100 Days Dream

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3.016 out of 5 from 250 votes
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100 Days Dream

A young girl has learned to fly, moving from place to place and meeting interesting things. First she observes a bird and chats with it, after which she communicates with a solemn tree that is rooted in the ground, unable to have the freedom that she has found. But ultimately, the girl will have to return from whence she came...

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Nothing really happens here. You get from the start she's dreaming, so you know that anything happens shouldn't be taken literally but symbolically. Early you already suspect she's disabled (why would she say "I don't even have to move my legs" while flying not for the first time? who would think that?) or she's in a coma and you are about to follow her pre-death travels. You know in the span of 2 pages this ends with her waking up in a sad situation or dying. So the ending is not even a plot twist, because you can see it coming miles ahead. Considering the ending is the major plot point, this says all. About the character, of course there's no development, because the story is stating a situation that doesn't change. The protagonist is stuck. About her, she's nice. We understand she's lonely, needs love, and she's kind. The dream shows us her vulnerabilities and true nature, but it's pointless because the story ends the moment we could truly know her situation. This story just presents a sad trapped person, but in any way talks about mental or physical health. If the purpose was to raise awareness, it's weak at it. If the purpose was to make naive readers say "oh no!", well, good job. And last, there is the inconsistency of the kid with the baloon. Is the girl dreaming, or is she developing superpowers so while she's asleep she interacts in a supernatural way with real wake people? Because if the kid with the baloon is a real person just walking near the hospital, this isn't anymore a story about escaping sadness in your dreams, this is Doctor Strange. The art was generally fine, but the girl's face wasn't great. I admit this is not my favourite style, so I'm not able to be objective about the art.


I once had a dream where I confessed to the girl I had a crush on and fe reciprocated my feelings. When I woke up and was faced with the reality of none of that having happened, I literally cried. But notice how you probably don't care in the slightest about my dream? That's normal. Sometimes, you might care about your own dreams, but hearing about somebody else's dreams isn't very engaging. Likewise, a comic relaying somebody's dream isn't an interesting story. And if somebody says "I didn't want to wake up" (as this manhwa character does), all that tells you is that fe has a pessimistic and escapist attitude about feir life. And while it's true that depression and self-pity are tragic, it's not as though the mere existence of a depressed person is enough to make a story a good Tragedy. You need more to make an interesting plotline. You can't just say "hey, depression exists" or "hey, self-pity exists" and expect that to entertain people. And that's what it feels like this manhwa is doing. The best thing this manhwa could be said to have going for it is that all the in-dream encounters are related to the main character's yearning for freedom, but the encounters don't progress the plot forward or lead to the character having an epiphany or anything--they're just there--so I can't give this aspect much credit. Also, the character's eyes remind me of a snake or reptile eyeing feir prey. And the upper lip looks weird. It's largely this badly drawn face which led me to rate the Art so low.

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