Flow (https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/flow/list?title_no=101&page=1)- I cried, loved the plot, loved the ending
A Good Day To Be A Dog (https://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/a-good-day-tobe-a-dog/list?title_no=1390&page=1) - Myth x romance x well-written = favourite (update in 2022: hmm might consider retracting my statement that this is one of my favs because on a second reread 4 years later, I find the characters frustrating sometimes)
Moon You (https://www.webtoons.com/en/supernatural/moonyou/list?title_no=1340) - I suggest listening to Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles during the last few chapters. I did that and the story touched me even more.
The Makeup Remover (https://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/the-makeup-remover/list?title_no=2186) - Realistic, great character development, dimensional characters, good plot
The Boxer (https://www.webtoons.com/en/sports/the-boxer/list?title_no=2027&page=1) - Dimensional characters, focuses on more than just one main character while still keeping the story so compelling, hella great backstories!, AMAZING art -- action is fantastic, made me cry in some arcs, and personal favourite: messages that really resonated with me
The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún - Nostalgic, mythical, magical, fairytales, touching, mind-blowing art <3
I like to read mangas, manhwas, webtoons, and manhuas. I mostly read genres like isekai, romance, fantasy, and action. I realize I mostly write reviews with 9s and 10s, but that's probably because I subconsciously write more reviews for mangas that I really like than for mangas that are mediocre or horrible. I also skim through reviews and summaries of what the manga is about and decide whether I'd read it, so there's already some selection bias there where I would come across mangas I like more.
I'm a sucker for power couples. This post sums up the dynamic I prefer to find in a romance manga.
I absolutely hate reading anything that tries to portray abuse, lack of consent (looking at you, majority of A/B/O mangas), and dominating attitudes (looking at you, CEO manhuas) as romantic. Also, I drop anything with heavy second lead syndrome or harem.
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P.S. After writing a number of reviews, I wonder how realistic (human flaws and all) can a character get without being annoying? I like my characters to be realistic, but if they have strong undesirable traits, which all humans have, I might hate the characters too much and drop the story. When characters have flaws, is the author criticising that behaviour or did they just really give the character no thought? I care a lot about the author's intention and whether they've clearly portrayed the intention.
"Happily Ever Afterwards" (https://www.webtoons.com/en/fantasy/happily-ever-afterwards/list?title_no=2737&page=1) is a good example of a story that balances actual irritating flaws and good gradual development. I think a big part of the story that still keeps me reading despite both protagonists' flaws is that the story is very self-aware of the character flaws. Once I picked that up, I could hang on to the rough ride more as I knew the characters would develop. Indeed, the webtoon didn't disappoint.
Final question: At what point are the characters good to the point that they start to be Mary Sues and Gary Stus?