Under the Oak Tree

Alt title: Sangsurinamu Arae

Ch: 73+
2020 - ?
4.135 out of 5 from 2,707 votes
Rank #1,419
Under the Oak Tree

A flawless love story of the flawed. Stuttering lady Maximilian is forced into a marriage with Sir Riftan, but he leaves on a campaign after their wedding night. 3 years later, he triumphantly returns, ready to cherish her. As life with her husband finally begins, she only has one question — does she deserve this love and happiness?

Source: Manta Comics

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I guess it was just me but I did not like this at all. The ML has the personality of an angry tube sock and the  FL's only really distinguishing trait is her stutter. Which I thought was kind of cool, normally with manwa and manga if a character has a stutter going on, or any kind of mental disorder or disability goin on, they're given some mcguffin potion and wham it's cured and that's the end of that. Like I've literally seen that exact thing happen in other manwa, with a character having a stutter and then drinking some magic juice and then being 'cured', so it was kind of cool to see a more honest portrayal of a speech impediment, as having it portrayed as something that's just kind of different about our FL, rather than some kind of heinous problem to be cured with a sip of the magic go juice. As somebody with an auditory processing disorder, I thought that was kiiinda cool to see.Anyways that's all the praise I can give it, so back to my complaints, the ML looks like human shrek and I think you could fit roughly 5 of the FL inside of him. I'm sure that's an art style thing, but there's a few moments where the FL looks either 2 feet tall or the ML has gotta be at least 15 feet tall, and I'm not really sure which of those I'd prefer. The ML's general personality is blushing and then swearing, and that's roughly all there is to him. Don't get me wrong, that is a lot of personality for most fantasy romance manwha, so maybe I've been spoiled by reading manwha with actual characters, but I just can't really look past it. The FL, aside from her stutter, is really kind of average. She reminds me of FLs from older manwa, where her personality is just being submissive and that's it. All the cliches you think are gonna happen do happen: The evil dad guy is evil, the ML is nice and misunderstood and never has or could do anything wrong to have created such a misunderstanding, the FL is of pure heart and soul, and everyone in this new castle is just full of good vibes, and they're gonna beat down everyone in that stinky old castle, because those people have bad vibes. Aside from those cliches, nothing happens, aside from the sex. The chapters are about 4% interesting plot point that has some effort behind it, and 96% the FL just awkwardly wandering around apologizing to people, and then the ML goes "aww F@#K" while blushing, and then they bang. Sometimes it's under a tree, sometimes it's in a bed, sometimes it's in a bath. Now that I think about it, that might be something the plot does differently, the sudden random banging of the two leads that takes up at least half of the story thus far. Each time it comes out of the great blue no where though, the ML is just like "AWWW F(#K HORNI" and then the FL is like "sheeeesh that's all you had to sayyyy." which could be kind of neat if done differently, I've read some manwa with a lot of sex between characters that've been really interesting and well written, because they build up to it, and it has some meaning behind it... but this is more like sex as a high schooler would imagine it: There's no buildup and they just start going at it. Generally during it the FL will weep uncontrollably because she's realized that she enjoys jumping the ML's bones, but after the 4th time that happens it's not interesting any more. Oh it does sometimes lead to character development, but it's not "Wow based on _____ things the person is saying and ____ implications I reach ___ conclusion." It's more like "Wow he wouldn't be screwing me if he didn't like me! guess I'm loved after all, thank's god!" and that repeats pretty often, the author really likes having his cahracters thank him for creating them. So for recap, plots are roughly 1 chapter of interesting things, 4 chapters of FL wandering around doing nothing, 3 chapters of the FL and ML bumping into each other, awkwardly and the ML going "Aw F@#K. S#$T" and then like 3 chapters of sudden sex. occaisonally between this, someone will run in and 'plot' will happen, but it's always copy pasted moments from better manga and manwa that are pretty transparantly recycled into this.In coclclusion, maybe I'm being a little harsh, I probably am. I just don't see anything special here, and there were a few moments that I really disliked, The FL has no spine at all, her 'confidence' is just becoming more reliant on the ML, and doesn't translate to actual growth, their first night together was ssssuper rapey, although it gets excused by the FL, and the ML is honestly a huge creep. If the FL didn't always mental-monologue about how sweet and adorable he is, and you just look at his actions, yeah, huuuge creep. And if you liked the story and are mad at me. please read the following, and know that I am blushing as I write this: "Awww f(*k"See, now you can't be mad at me anymore, and you're also in love with me. So what do you think about that?

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