Hyun Lee lives with his grandmother in poverty, working part-time and trying to make ends meet. One day, he enters a virtual reality game called Royal Road. Why? To earn money. Though he wants to earn money through the game, he is only a sculptor that makes very little. From getting free lunches by flirting with NPCs to grinding day and night to level up his skills, he is determined to create an avatar that can save his family from hardship.
I don't write reviews, but for the first time I felt it necessary. No spoilers. The art is absolutely superb, it blows my mind looking at some of the scenes and imagining how much time and effort went into them. The artist is very good a portraying the general 'atmosphere' and 'feel' of a fantasy environment. There were times when I would pause my reading simply to revel in awe at the detail and creativity. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the artist decided to cut ties with this work at some point and it really shows. What were once highly detailed environments are replaced by uninspired 3D renderings with characters drawn into them. The artist who took over while somewhat faithful to the original decided he needed to express his individuality by altering the characters clothing and other somewhat minor differences. The end result is that it changes the whole wonderful 'vibe' that the series had going for it by feeling lackluster in comparison. I won't really speak to the story because I think that's for you to decide; other than to say I think it's worth the read but it probably won't be the most mindblowing thing you've ever seen.
I have read through the entire first season of the Manga. I have to say that this is like a PG-13 manhwa. Yes it's more of a Korean style art then Japanese. But I think it would benifit if this were produced into a full feature anime. The show has a lot of popular culture within VRMMO's. The idea of being sucked into a Robinson Crusoe adventure without going through that character's struggle's and haslte of actually leveling up an MMO chracter is enticing. What I mean is who want's to level up?This story balances crafting and action. There's never a dull moment. The story does suffer from reading attrition where some readers might want to take a break each season and simply wait. The other factor is that this Manhwa has a lot of scrolling. Art.I actually have to say the art is impeccable for the message that they are trying to portray. There's complete color, something that's hard to find in a lot of comics these days. The characters in their comic-like state are in a refreshing style that's well..different. They seem to feel human how they're drawn, but cartoonish at the same time. While the author does incorporate humorus scenes they are not overdone.Characters. Characters are well thought out.
The art is special but if you overcome that "barrier" you will find it quite beautiful at times. This part of the manhwa is very funny especially because of the hilarious drawings. The story is not depth at all. If you are looking for a serious isekai then do not read this. It's definitely more focused on comedy. The pace is a little bit fast too. Overall the story was decent, neither good neither bad I guess just decent is the good word. It's a VRMMO isekai so you have all the cliche that you can find in this. Leveling system, perks points, classes, quests, chain quests, dungeons and more. The quests are not very interesting but it's not bad either. The end of the part was more serious but too fast paced to have a real impact on the reader. There are some interesting things : what will happen in real life for MC, what will happen for 2 other girls for instance. The characters are simple. MC is extremely skinflint. It will leads to some funny moments. The group of MC's friends occasionaly seen is simple too. The energetic girl (the only one that I was enjoying), the plain white haired guy, the yellow haired girl that never talks and the red haired girl that was plain too. The end of the part will present an another character that will be more interesting but it was to fast paced to say something about it. However, even if she appears for 5 chapters she's still more interesting that the group of friends. Yes the group of friends is totally empty. To conclude, this part is simple and funny and that's all. There is nothing to say about the story and almost every characters are bland. I'm not exactly sure of what the author tried to do. This manhwa is special amongst the isekai genre but not especially for the good reasons. If you are seeking for a refreshing adventure, skip this. If you are seeking for good characters, skip this. Overall it's a 6 for me because it was funny (even if it's miles away from Konosuba) and because some little things are promising for the other parts.
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