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upsidepenguin

  • Joined Aug 29, 2019
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A student.

Favourite webtoons:

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

Favourite manga:

The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún - Nostalgic, mythical, magical, fairytales, touching, mind-blowing art <3

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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.

[Profile picture: The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún] 

[Cover picture: Flow]

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? 

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sunwine Jan 3, 2023

I don't know where to press read. I can't read tell me

machiabeeli Dec 30, 2022

I've just gotten back to reading some webtoons / manhwas recently over the holidays and saw your comment. I'm not as updated with the manhwa as you are but I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I agree, the way the artist draws their expressions is superb and was what originally convinced me to give this the rating haha 

Curiousmadra Dec 2, 2022

Sorry I'm only properly commenting now!

Reply to your Promise Cinderella response: - I don't blame you wanting to stop reading it, it's just so toxic. I wouldn't have cared if it was a wholesome age gap but it was just so bad..

Reply to your Snowman (Ramjak) response: Even though I've read dark manhwa, now and again I just want something to cheer me up after a hard day. At least there are both lighthearted and dark manhwas in so many varieties but they can super hard to find ><

LailanD Nov 28, 2022

Hello, thank you for your confirmation response!

Actually , as far as I've read through, the story's relationships are progressing really well; there are at least no more dispute and displeasure between the main couple! So I'm really glad the author smoothened the toxic they spread across the plot ಡ⁠ ͜⁠ ⁠ʖ⁠ ⁠ಡ

Tbh and in my pov, it had become a really wide trend of trashy MLs in Manhua and Manhwa especially. So I've quite got used to seeing from trash to gold 😅 and not to mention, it is indeed very infuriating to see the generous empathy of uke/MC towards the clumsy development of trashy MLs. But to me, if the ending is in the Favor of both the uke and seme, that comic becomes a precious jewel in my life.

Have a nice day :)

MadamOtaku Jul 30, 2022

I couldn't agree more. Why should all MC girls either be incredibly gorgeous, or pretty little cupcakes? Why can't they be realistic like Melissa? She's pretty, and funny as hell.