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 Legendary Moonlight Sculptor This is my favourite manga I have ever read. I like the VR (Virtual Reality) genre and leveling/evolving systems. I read these type of manga only. I enjoy Douluo Dalu, Douluo Dalu 2, Douluo Dalu 3 (Short), Re:Monster, The Gamer, and many more of this genre. I have found The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor to be the best in this genre, whilst the beginning is confronted the secrets and different quests completed lead for an intersting story. I feel that it has combined other manga I have read mainly, Douluo Dalu, Toaru No VRMMO Kadatsuki (Probs butchered that name), Xian Ni, The Great Conquerer and The Great Leader. I would seriously recommend this manga to all people!
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