Beast – 4U
A beast frontman who has nothing but a body to believe in. A bizarre beautiful white dragon who wants to tame him and get his hands on him. Three pieces of muddy history that began in the late 80’s.
Dispar – 4U
Miha has always felt like an outsider, even within his own family. Sohwa takes full advantage of that, forcing him to do his biddings. However, an incident takes place that helps Miha and Sohwa to reflect and figure out what they are feeling for each other.
A double feature for Christmas with two riveting dark psychological manga about fucked up relationships.
Beast is the prequel, set in the 80s. Korean Jeon Doo-in, known as the Beast, works for a Chinese mob boss, Baek Ryong, known as the White Dragon. I picked this up because it reminded me so much of Captive Prince.
Doo-in does whatever Ryong tells him to do. Their relationship has always been antagonistic. At first glance, it seems like the larger man is some sort of very rude, highly aggressive indentured slave. There was a big scene of him being chained to the wall and whipped. I immediately thought of that scene where Laurent had Damen whipped.
There is a strong BDSM element here. Their sex frequently involves pain and blood play. The power dynamics is explicit with the dominant White Dragon fully clothed and the uke Beast naked. Later in the main story, the Beast gains power and is showed with some clothes on beside the White Dragon.
I really enjoyed the enemies with benefits thing they had going on and how they always gravitate towards each other. As the story progressed, we see stronger, more complex feelings and deeper ties between the two. I liked this one more than the main story.
Dispar is about Doo-in’s two sons. Miha is the older brother, the illegitimate son who is hopelessly in love with his younger brother. He tends to be submissive and passive. Sohwa is younger by 8 years but he’s bigger and more dominant. He’s also the biggest asshole there is. He’s the favorite causing Miha to feel left out. According to his bio, Sohwa loves Miha but doesn’t know it yet. Whatever.
The two are sleeping together, or more like, Miha lets himself get used by his younger brother just so he can get whatever crumb of affection he can get. Their already complicated relationship got even more convoluted when Sohwa was stabbed and had amnesia.
The story has the same vibe as Stalking Killing where the abused one is obsessed with his abusive love interest. I wasn’t really rooting for the two because I wasn’t drawn to any of them as characters. But there was something about the story that kept me reading.
It’s a very compelling manga by itself. Aside from the psychological aspect, we also get mystery, revenge, love triangles, and very intriguing side characters. With the additional motivation of seeing Doo-in and Ryung together again, I finished all the existing chapters up to the part where the mangaka went into hiatus. It’s a testament to how good it is because I normally wouldn’t read anything with more than 10 chapters and certainly not one with 30 chapters and still ongoing.
I won’t go outright and recommend this because I’m pretty sure this is not most people’s cup of tea. Please do heed the TWs: trauma, rape, incest, abuse.
The Light Of Summer – Clove
Sungha is loved by men and women of all ages for his mature and kind character. But he has scars that can’t be shown to just anyone… Woojoo is the only friend he can open up to. The day after the final exam, Sungha gathers the courage to overcome his wounds and try to change. This is the story of Sungha and Woojoo healing each other.
Sungha is a high schooler trying to deal with his biggest fear while trying to keep up appearance as perfect. This fear was rooted in a childhood trauma. His best friend is Woojoo, a neighbor who lives in the same apartment complex. One rainy day, they were trapped in an elevator and Sungha fell apart. What would his best friend think of him now?
The Light of Summer is a short webcomic with only 3 chapters. Even if it’s short, it felt complete even though it ended with the two boys on the verge of becoming something more.
This manga is a tagged psychological. We see things from Sungha’s perspective and we witness the cruel things people around him thoughtless say. He was not bullied. People liked him. Liked him because they know he can’t say no to anything.
It was only his best friend Woojoo who really see how things truly were. His genuine acts of kindness were touching. I think that elevator scene was beautiful. It lit a spark in Sungha.
Ocean By The Forest – Tairou
A story of two people and the bond between them. A story of untold feelings and expressed ones. A story of reaching out and pulling back, just like the ocean waves crashing on the shore.
A dreamy one shot with surreal art, packed full of feels.
Summer’s Curse – Deulsoom
Hyunsoo falls in love with the campus idol, Kwon Jiwon, at the freshman welcoming party. But Jiwon suddenly disappears a week before summer vacation and appears again… As a cat?! A cute romantic comedy of an adorable couple who struggle to change Jiwon back to normal.
Boy likes boy/cat = win!
To the Yesterday You – Kim Yinong
We’ve been together since we were kids…
But then you left me without warning.
“I’m here from the future to save you.”
Cute, slightly angsty time travel, friends to lovers would be romance. It left many unanswered questions but that least they moved things forward.
When The Cicadas Stop Crying – Bopul
Namwoo, heartbroken after finding out his first love will be getting married, bumps into a stranger during a drunken night out! The stranger, Yeoreum, turns out to be a fellow teacher. The most challenging project in Namwoo’s life begins when their books switch.
Namwoo always giving Yeoreum the bigger half of the popsicle ☆ ～(‘▽^人)
What’s Your Name? – 매트
“I have to know his name. It has to be today.” A student volunteered to be a student guide and he aims for a perfect performance until one student ruined it by breaking all the school regulations when it comes to proper attire and conduct, moreover he never tells his student information and left the guide with a kiss?!
I was prepared to hate the seme for being a jerk but then the POV flipped. Turned out to be so…
I’ve decided to trust you. You’ve convinced me to trust you. Therefore, you will be an important part of my life.
One Reason Why He Hates Me – Migab
Jaeshik is head over heals in love with Doyoung, except there seems to be a major problem… Doyoung hates him. After a love fairy visits Jaeshik, he’s given a chance to make Doyoung fall in love with him, but only on one condition- he needs to find out the one reason why he hates him.
We all know why he hates him.
After the Work is Finished – 흑흑이
The freshman Taeyong, who he met at the theater club, believes thoroughly in Korean superstitions (?) He creates unusual situations where he always gets entangled with Seonho.
However Taeyong, who was trying to find marital compatibility through a fortune teller wrote Seonho’s name with red letters.
Has potential but the execution is a mess. It totally skipped the part of how the relationship developed.
Full Moon – Im Hye Shin
A king has a sleeping disorder and calls upon a shaman to help him, but does he really want to see her?
A very intriguing Crown Prince x Swordsman mutual pining that begs for more chapters. Make this a full volume please!