Kang Minhyuk suffers from a rare disorder that makes it impossible for him to stop eating. Despite strict diet and exercise, Minhyuk’s weight is now life-threatening. As a last resort, his doctor recommends a unique treatment—Athenae, a VR game where one can eat as much as they want without consequence. Crispy fried chicken! Scrumptious samgyetang! Inside Athenae, all food tastes real, but earning it is no cakewalk. In order to live, Minhyuk must go on the ultimate fantasy gourmet adventure!
“Level Up, by Only Eating” Is misleading. Homie’s dieting by eating in the virtual world and he’s willing to do anything to get the food he wants which has a ‘side-effect’ of making him stronger and richer. Also, he’s basically a pro gamer and isn’t even new to games or anything, it’s just that he started this one because you can taste the food in it. Honestly, it’s not that interesting, and the original aspects aren’t enough to carry it for very long. I lost interest around chapter 5 but stuck around a bit and no, it didn’t get any better… it went all backstory romance on some NPCs and meandered aimlessly and (annoyingly) added a sudden ‘super attractive irl but hiding it in game’ fellow foodie girl who is 100% meant to be his future love interest. Just another VRMMORPG webtoon, and not even a compelling one. Average, I guess. It’s not like I hated it, it was just boring.
This manhwa is amazing. It is totally one of those stories where a gamer picks a lame profession in the game, but he then turns out to be totally OP and badass. Our MC has an eating disorder causing him to be deathly obese, so he turns to VR where he can have the taste and sensation of eating without any of the calories (tbh wish that was real). Everyone laughs at him because food dictates how he plays the game, but he ends up becoming super strong and unlocking all these rare quests and skills. Our MC is wholesome, the art style is amazing and the story is funny, what more could you ask for? I recommend this to people who like The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor or Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki.
There's food and it's funny. Don't see how you could not love it. I guess those people who love action don't like it, but I'm not a big fan of action and this is amazing. Perfect for someone like me who mostly enjoys food and games. I also think the story is unique. It's not often that you see one of these mcs playing a game for reasons other than money and fun. Well it's possible that I just haven't read enough similar stories to tell. The art makes the food look really good and good food is the main factor of any good art. The main character and the npcs are awesome and that's all that really matters. Great story imo.
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