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    07.02.07
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    A story of two high school girls, Yooi and Lida, who look identical but are not related, switch places. Yooi coming from a poor background while Lida has wealth. Lida makes a deal with Yooi to switch places for money. Unbeknownst to Yooi, Lida is a target for assassination. Add in Lida's fiance who begins to like Lida, when it's actually Yooi, you get a romantic element thrown in.

    It is a familar story where two people switch places with one being poor and the other rich. It is now told in a modern day setting in Korea. The first volume does a nice job of introducing the main characters. Yooi and Lida have different personalities and hairstyles so its easy to tell them apart. The story has a good mixture of romance and comedy with a little action thrown in at the end. It's Wann's artwork so the drawings uses clean and pristine lines. There is no shading other than zipper tones. The women are drawn really attractive with clean lines and pouty lips. However, the men are like women just with short hair, facial hair, no pouty lips, and obnoxiously tall. There is only one chubby character that is one of Lida's bodyguards which makes a brief appearance and adds a little contrast to the world of models. I liked the story where it can be romantic at times and others when Yooi is sometimes chibi-sized. It lightens the mood. Plus, it helps that she's pretty cute. The story drew me in to see what's Lida's ulterior motive for Yooi in the next volume.

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    06.17.07
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    The story begins when Korean, Chunhoo Kang, Japan's number one hitman of the Yakuza, leaves the organization to return home to his family in Korea. However, the Yakuza have other plans and send assassins to kill him. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to him, his son, part of the Korean mafia has been framed, and the mother died under mysterious circumstances. Okay, the story isn't inspiring, but the action and artwork is worthwhile to look at. The violent action is reminiscent of Fist of the North Star and Berserk other manga titles that have blood flying everywhere. This is strictly a no nonsense action title which involves martial arts and no comedy. It is pretty well drawn and detailed in terms of line weight, shading, and proportion. While reading, there is some confusion with the main character, Chunhoo Kang, and his son looking almost the same if not for the scar on his eye. It's true that some of the backgrounds are B/W photographs, but its better than having absent backgrounds like in some other titles. Anyway, it's not that distracting to the story where you might lose your place. The title also has nudity and sexual situations to mildly put it. Defintely not for the younger audiences. However, it is done in a way that it's not gratuitous fan-service. Sungmo Kim's artwork initially drew me into the book, but the story of a man switching from hitman to family man grows on you.

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    5
    06.15.07
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    Another funny comedic book by JTK about an inept government agency that specializes in solving a bunch of myths and mysteries like the lockness monster or bigfoot. The story begins when the agency is relocated to a dilapidated bar, employs a woman with amnesia, and serves its first customers, being three heavy bikers, milk. The story is chocked-filled with funny references to American pop culture. It follows a main plot and not just aimless short stories like some other comedic manga. The agents led by, Tom Anjery, have a familar cast of characters from JTK's previous work, Hotel California. However, they only retain their appearances and not their personailties. They are diverse enough to create a funny, but interesting motely crew. The artwork is simplistic and linear which suits the comical nature of the story. It is an easy read from panel to panel and it's in COLOR!! One of the few manwha that's in color. The simplistic color schemes gives story rich whimisical atomosphere. If you are looking to laugh or even smile a little, then this is the book.

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    06.15.07
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    DOKEBI BRIDE, June 8, 2007

    A story of young Korean girl, Sunbi, who can see spirits that other cannot and living with society that does not accept it. As she grows older, she learns more about shamans and Dokebis from her grandma. She also becomes more isolated from society as she is the subject of ridicule from her classmates. The story is interesting adding a mixture of fantansy in a modern day of life in Korea. It is simple to follow each page as it leads to the next without being lost. The artwork is clear and concise as characters are distinguishable from each other, especially the beautifully drawn Sunbi. The Dokebis are spirits that may look scary, but are actually quite comical.

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