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  • Joined Aug 29, 2019
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A student.

Favourite webtoons:

Flow (

A Good Day To Be A Dog (

Moon You ( - 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 (

Favourite manga:

The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún 


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 biased selection 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, is the author criticising that behaviour or did they just really give the character no thought? At what point are the characters good to the point that they start to be Mary Sues and Gary Stus? 

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vaphelion Feb 19, 2021

I'm glad to hear that, I can promise you it only gets better xD

I also wanted to lyk I thoroughly enjoyed No Doubt in Us; what a sweet, well-rounded story and can't wait for the donghua that's in works! I've also just begun Golden Stage and wow, the translations really are beautiful... I'll be sure to let you know how that one goes! 

vaphelion Jan 29, 2021

gahhh all of your recs were just *chefs kiss* and thank you so much, I think we'll have a great time discussing different manga together with our shared tastes! <33

I actually have started reading Your Throne and The Makeup Remover, I think I must've forgotten to update my list but omg both of them are so well developed. Your Throne, oh my god, I don't even know where to begin; every chapter there was so much happening and it was so intense xD I'm really wishing the best between Medea and Psyche, they both are so strong in their own way. 

The Makeup Remover has such a such a great development and healthy relationship between herself and hopefully him as well. I think the author is one of those promising creators that always deliver (like Lee Hye) so I started checking out her newest story, Survive Romance (shameless plug since I'm translating it lolol). There's only a couple chapters out for now and I'm not sure how inclined you are to read thriller, but the main character was highly intriguing and the pacing was very unique so if you're interested in that kind of stuff, you may want to check it out! ^^

ahh all your recs seem right up my alley, I've added them to my 'want to read' list. I might start with No Doubt in Us though, since I've been looking for some historical and I adore the premise as well. 

ooh yes, I definitely read webnovels and Golden Stage sounds so perfect omg... also the fact that it's complete makes it all the better (these days, I've only stumbled on incomplete ones welp) I'll definitely give these two a shot for now and let you know how it goes!! and not to mention your list, you and I definitely have similar tastes, I'll be sure to check some of those out when I'm done with these as well!!

Thank you so much for all these wonderful recs!! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying the ones from my reviews.. if you're ever curious about a story I haven't written a review for yet but have read, feel free to ask, I can easily lyk what I think (or just write a review bc I suck at condensing my words lol) ^-^

vaphelion Jan 20, 2021

Thank you so much! I'm so glad to see you found it helpful, you'll definitely enjoy it!

ahh I completely agree! Some aspects of a story might not be great, but that definitely doesn't mean it's a bad story.. it's nice to see someone with similar views xD

I also checked out your list and it seems we have pretty similar taste.. I ended up binging both Peach Love and The Best Smell based off your reviews and they were both really enjoyable reads! I look forward to seeing more of your reviews and feel free to offer some recs for me if you'd like!! 

vaphelion Jan 15, 2021

Hi! Thank you for the follow!

You have wonderful taste in webtoons (both Flow and A Good Day to Be a Dog are some of my favorites!!)

ps. I totally get it when you say you write reviews for ones you like, I do the same too lolol ^^

Sanjiii Jan 14, 2021

Hey! Thanks so much for pointing that out!! All my early reviews were set to my profile by mistake and while I made most public I think I missed this one.

Let me know how you find this series!! To date this has been one of my favourites despite the fact that it's not even completed :)