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God of Bath (Review)

Title: God of Bath (목욕의 신)

Written and Illustrated by: Ha Il-kwon (하일권)

Genre: Comedy, Drama

My Rating: 7/10

Synopsis:

Heo Sae (age 23) a person overdue in debts for various reasons finds himself trying to hide from loan sharks. He happens to find refuge at a bath house. The owner of the bath house buys off his debt but in turn is indebted to him. The bath house owner believes that Heo Sae has a talent he himself isn’t aware of. Could he be the man with the Hand of God? The scrub battle to become the best bath coordinator is about to start.

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God of Bath is the first Korean webtoon created by Ha Il-kwon that I have read. However, I finished reading Annarasumanara first since it was completed earlier than GoB. Line only released the latter’s last chapter in December even though the Korean version concluded years ago.

The story is actually simple and doesn’t involve any intricate plots or lingo. It didn’t fail to provide comical relief in each chapter which is the main reason why I enjoyed reading it. Despite its seemingly shallow plot, the story actually has a more profound meaning and moral lesson to it. It teaches you to follow what your heart dictates and not let society chain you from doing what you think is the norm. The happiness and satisfaction you feel from doing what you really desire is far more important than what other people will say about you.

God of Bath is hilarious and inspiring at the same time. It lets you find the hidden meaning behind its comedic setting. I am certain that employees will be able to relate to the story as it tackles the issues about money, colleagues and the society as a whole.

The story only has 30 chapters, which is short compared to other manga/manhwa that I have read. But the good news is, there will be a live-action film adaptation of this webtoon which will be released in summer this year. I have doubts whether the actors will give justice to the comical scenes but I am hoping that they will not be disappointing. I am definitely looking forward to watching this movie. But before you watch it, make sure you read the webtoon first!

©하일권/Line

©하일권/Line

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Annarasumanara (Review)

안나라수마나라 (Annarasumanara) by 하일권 (Ha Il-kwon)

“Do you believe in magic?”

SYNOPSIS: A rumor goes around school about an abandoned amusement park and a magician who lives there that can make someone disappear for good. Yoon Ai, a very smart girl in her class, struggles to feed herself and her sister everyday. She just wants to become an adult faster so that she can escape from the poverty and the reality of her current situation. One day, her life changes as she meets a childish magician who asks her: “Do you believe in magic?”

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I have been into Korean webtoons these days right after I got obsessed with Noblesse. They are officially translated into English though there aren’t a lot of them on Line. Each manhwa is updated every week on the said website, though I believe they are not translated immediately compared to some other online manga sites. In fact, this webtoon, Annarasumanara that I am about to review, has only been completed recently on Line though it was already published on Naver way back in 2010. Now moving on to the webtoon, I must say that it is not your typical story. The story mainly focuses on true-to-life situations especially in the phases of childhood and adulthood. It addresses the stress and pressure that most people experience just to be able to fit in the society, disregarding their own dreams and happiness just to comply with the norm. It also reflects how most people tend to discriminate and judge others who are different from their standards. The message it conveys to its readers is priceless, as it teaches them to reach for their dreams to achieve true happiness and to not let others dictate what they must do. Each character is in a realistic situation that would most likely resemble someone else’s state. As for the art style, I think it is much better than the author’s style in God of Bath. Considering its genre, it’s understandable why the art in the said webtoon looks  more eccentric (if I may say) than in Annarasumanara where the story is on a much more serious note. Unfortunately though, it is not colored unlike most webtoons. But that doesn’t matter that much because the art alone is striking enough. If I have any complaints about it, that would most certainly be the ending. I mean, the story only has 27 chapters which I think is too short. (I wanted more! T.T) On the other hand, I think the author gave the story a beautiful ending even though there were still a few more questions that were left unanswered. But the invitation at the end of the chapter was enough to wrap things up. It maintained its mysterious feel to it up until the last part. It is definitely a must-read story.  

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©하일권/Line