Webtoon Recommendations

Webtoon Recommendations

I’ve done a list of LGBT+ comics on Webtoons mainly, but there are plenty of comics I love that don’t necessarily fall into that spectrum. So, here’s just a few of the mass of webcomics I read. I’ll almost definitely do another one of these.

Also, all three of these have absolutely gorgeous art, and I will most definitely be gushing about all of it.

Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur

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This was one of my very first webtoons, recommended to me by a friend, along with the second comic on my list. I’d say it’s honestly my favorite Webtoon, but my favorite web comic overall is Heartstopper, which I talked about in LGBT+ Representation in Comics.

This comic follows twin witches, Dani and Dorian, who have been enrolled in a magic school, but end up missing the bus. Hence the title of the comic. But this small event ends up spiraling into a mess of problems among witches and those who are unable to use magic. The twins’ parents aren’t all what they thought they were. The twins are being pressured into choosing between their parents’ ways or finding their own place in this world and abandoning their family.

Along with this, the twins meet a princess, Monica, who finds that the prince she’d been engaged to her whole life has been captured and imprisoned. When she’s travelling to find her prince, she finds the twins, and they agree to help her in finding him.

That’s the very basic premise of this story. So much more happens, all that I can’t even think of how to explain without revealing much of the plot. What seemed like a cute little adventure story about little witch siblings turns into a snowball of confusion, trouble, and war. And though sometimes it physically hurts me to read it and watch them handle such big problems, when the oldest main character is only roughly my age, I still love it the most out of all the Webtoons I’ve read.

I wish I could go more in depth as to why I like this comic so much, but I’m assuming you’ve never read it, so I just can’t.

I will go on to say that I love the artist’s style. It has sort of a vintage feel to it, but also like a 90’s anime feel as well. Or something reminiscent of Studio Ghibli. I follow her on Instagram just to see more art in that style. And it’s all just so beautiful.

And she’s so good at making lovable, relatable characters. I believe all of it is written and drawn by her alone, since no other name appears to show otherwise. That is incredible. The comic appeared on Webtoon in 2015, and since then, 128 chapters, or episodes as Webtoons calls them, have been released. At least at the point of me writing this. By the time I post this, there will be 129. All of this content, well-written characters, a complex, but still easy to follow plot, and plenty of twists and more than enough feels. I cannot express how much I love this comic. I would love to go on, but I have two more beautiful comics to showcase.

Space Boy by Stephen McCranie

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Another one of my first Webtoons, and one I have almost just as much dedication to as Hooky. They’re two completely different comics, though, so I shouldn’t compare them. And I understand that some people would prefer this one over Hooky, due to genres, and that’s totally okay. Exactly the reason why I’m talking about more than one comic here.

 

This one is a sci-fi comic, taking place in a time where humans are inhabiting other planets and launching missions that take generations to reach their destination. There’s something deeper to that, but I’ll let you find out specifics for yourself.

The story follows a high school girl, Amy. She lived on a mining planet, where her studies focused solely on math and science so she would eventually become a miner like everyone else on her planet. Until her father gets let go, and her family must travel back to Earth to find a better life. Which takes 30 years. She must leave her friends behind, and become cryogenically frozen for 30 years until she reaches her new home.

She has to adapt to the new environment, and the new time period. She has to learn subjects with students younger than her due to the lack of focus on them on her own planet.

It’s difficult, but she makes her way and finds friends. One of which is a strangely distant boy named Oliver. Nobody knows anything about him. He wanders around the school’s campus, only to show up to his art class, but hardly anybody acknowledges his existence. Due to Amy’s overwhelming curiosity, she approaches him and ends up befriending him.

Much of the story is revolved around their growing relationship and why Oliver seems to be so distant from other people. It’s a pretty complex plot as well, taking a lot of twists I didn’t expect in the beginning.

Lumine by Emma Krogell

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This comic caught my eye due to the art style. I love the way it’s colored and it is reminiscent of anime. The characters just look so cute, so of course I decided to read it.

In this world, there are witches, and also werewolves. It’s a very modern sort of world, unlike the one in Hooky.

The story follows a young werewolf, Lumine, who ends up being kicked out of his old home, and he wanders around, getting into fights, until he can find someone to take him in. He meets a witch his age, Kody, and desperately tries to become friends with him so he will have someplace to live. Eventually, Kody’s father does agree to keep Lumine in their home, as long as Lumine acts as Kody’s bodyguard.

Lumine follows Kody to school, but sits outside of the classes since he’s not a student. He meets some of the people Kody knows, and learns that Kody is not treated kindly. He has a special power that is unlike most witches’ powers, so the other witches at his school pick on him. Lumine is trying to investigate who is doing this, and why they would want to bully Kody.

This story is beyond cute, but the bullying aspect is something that is very reminiscent of our society. People who have something just slightly different about them get teased and it’s sad to watch. Nobody should be attacked for something they cannot control. That’s what this webcomic is really about.


I hope you enjoyed this list, and let me know if you want to see more Webtoon recommendations! I have plenty of them, and I’ll be limiting each list to only three, as I think that’s a good amount and allows me enough room to talk about each to their extent. Of course, any LGBT+ comics will be limited to those lists, but everything else will be in these.

I tried to limit these to somewhat popular webtoons, but ones that weren’t plastered all over the main page. I’ve read only a few Discover comics, one I’m putting on the LGBT+ list, and the others aren’t far enough along for me to write about.

Hope you enjoyed this list!


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Review: No. 6

Review: No. 6

I’m not entirely sure where to start on this one. I guess I’ll begin with how I came to hear of this show. A few different things convinced me to check it out. I have a few mangas that advertised it, so there was that. Then I saw some fanart I’d mistaken for Noragami fanart floating around, so I was a bit curious. Then I heard some people get annoyed with the popularity of Yuri on Ice competing with this for a reason I will soon explain.

The immediate win that this anime had was its animation studio: BONES. I love BONES. And you probably do too, as they’ve created such classics as Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, and Ouran High School Host Club, and the overly popular, My Hero Academia.  Hence, they have created a large selection of beautifully animated anime, and this one was no exception. It’s visually very appealing: crisp and colorful. Though it can be dark at times.

The concept was nothing special: government splits up society into walled cities to “protect” their citizens, when in reality the government may not be as innocent as the civilians suspect. A virus is brewing, and will be released full-force on a designated day. Interesting enough, but not anything I haven’t seen before. Though it was more intriguing to me than Guilty Crown, which I honestly forget I ever watched. I apologize to those who enjoyed Guilty Crown. I have my reasons, but now is not the time to explain them.

The characters were engaging enough, though I felt a bit of a lack of development, which I will get into further later. The actual main character was Shion, and the secondary main was Nezumi. (though the subtitles simply say “rat” as that’s what his name translates to. I’m saying “Nezumi” because it’s honestly strange to call a person a rat) As stated before, I will get into the characters later, but I want to address something else first.

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Shion is on the left and Nezumi is on the right

Why I heard of this really: the whole Yuri on Ice thing. The Internet has deemed Yuri on Ice the first non BL or yaoi anime with a gay relationship. According to people who have watched No. 6, this was not the case. So I decided to check it out. I wanted to see if they were telling the truth. While yes, there is a portrayal of an underlying romantic relationship between two guys, I don’t know if it’s on the same level as Yuri on Ice. But I will give it the “first” title at the very least. Only if it’s true, since I’m very new to watching and reading things involving LGBT+ characters. Though in this show, there is no real confirmation of what Nezumi and Shion consider their relationship, there are enough indicators that it was beyond friendship.

At first, when I was writing this, I was very angry about the results of Nezumi and Shion’s relationship, but then I scrolled through Google images and remembered a lot of well-done scenes, and I rewrote what was three paragraphs into that paragraph above. I think I was just focusing on two scenes, and forgot about a few others that were very pivotal and sweet.

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It was mainly because of the ending scene, which I will probably never get over. I could make an entire post just on that, and it would be just as long as this one, in all honesty. Any of you who’ve seen this know exactly why, but I don’t want to explain what it is for those of you who haven’t seen it.

I’m so off track. I need to get back to the real topic.

The characters were the main focus of driving the plot. The first episode takes place years before the actual show. Shion is a student in middle school, and one stormy day, he finds Nezumi seeking for shelter while running away. It’s not explained where he was running from exactly, but it’s stated that Shion should not be helping the likes of him. No. 6 is against people like him. But he takes Shion inside anyway, providing warm food and clothing for him, hiding him away from Shion’s mother.

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They’re both 12 here, the main story takes place four years later

After this, we’re brought to the present, where Shion works for No. 6 in surveillance, and discovers a man who died of a mysterious cause. From here, he watches a coworker die of the same cause: the virus I mentioned previously. Shion’s supervisors find him in the room with the coworker, and they assume he murdered him, which leads him to flee. Nezumi finds Shion while he’s running, and helps him with his escape from No. 6. They end up living in a hideout together in an uncivilized area, where the investigate the true meaning behind No. 6’s strict rules.

I found both Shion and Nezumi to be interesting, though Nezumi’s past was much more complex and mysterious than Shion’s. If I were to choose which one to learn more about, Nezumi would be the one I’d choose. Mostly because I’m always partial to the “mysterious dark-haired guy” in almost everything I watch and read.

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A still from the ending credits

The animation was gorgeous, as I stated earlier, but the soundtrack was, ah, sorta awful. The ending was pretty, but the opening was, to me, screechy and all over the place. The background music wasn’t anything to remark about, so that disappointed me as well. I think music is a very vital piece of an anime.


All in all, this show is probably a solid 8/10. I generally don’t add a rating at the end of reviews like this, though I probably should start doing that.

I did enjoy this show, though I think to truly understand everything that’s happening, I’ll need to rewatch it or read either the mangas or light novel series. If you’ve read either of those, tell me if it’s worth spending money on. I want some opinions before I decide one way or the other.

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Top 10 Anime Openings

Top 10 Anime Openings

I thought this would be a fun post, something I haven’t really thought much about. And let me tell you, narrowing it down to just ten is very difficult. I had thirteen I wanted to include, but that’s a strange number to have for a list, so I had to eliminate three. Like most of my lists, this is not in any particular order, just the one I wrote them down in. I hate playing favorites, and many things I say are my favorite are really just one of many.

Everything on this list I love not only based on the way the song sounds, but also the visuals that are shown when the song is playing. So I’ll show a screencap of each opening and also a link so you can listen to it yourself. And some songs also have English covers I love, all by either Amalee or NateWantsToBattle, so I’ll include those links as well.

So, without further ado, my very favorite anime openings.

Soul Eater: Resonance, Opening 1

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You all know my love of Soul Eater. Between my user image, my cosplay tutorial, how many times I’ve mentioned it in lists, and my first OWLS post, I’m sure my obsession is clear. And like most people, I prefer the first opening to the second one. I think both songs have lyrics that definitely match the show very well, and in a way I feel that the first one is in Maka’s perspective, talking to Soul. And the reversal for the second opening. But I’ve always been more fond of the first song for its upbeat tempo.

Soul Eater [Resonance]

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My Hero Academia: The Day, Opening 1

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I really wracked my brain over this one. I knew I had to include a My Hero Academia opening, but I really didn’t know which one to have on this list. Everyone seems to like Opening 2, Peace Sign, but I really think the first one has a special place to me. Though I feel Peace Sign has better lyrics, this one has better music. Every time I hear it I know I’m about to watch an awesome superhero show. It’s so upbeat and I can’t help but bounce in my seat a little.

My Hero Academia [The Day]

NWTB English cover

Prince of Stride: Strider’s High

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I talked about how much I loved this opening in my Prince of Stride review, but I just love this opening so much I need to showcase it again. This show isn’t spoken of often, as it’s not an impactful sports anime, but I still think it’s worth a watch. I’ve never been a huge sports anime fan, but I really enjoyed watching this anime. At least watch the opening and look at the art, it’s just gorgeous. And the song itself is pretty catchy as well.

Prince of Stride [Strider’s High]

NWTB English cover

Yuri!!! On Ice: History Maker

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Oh, big shocker this one’s on the list. I thought about replacing this one with something else, but I just love it too much. I’ve practically memorized every move of the routine, I love it so much. I just think this opening is so unique and though it gets plenty of recognition I just needed to say it again. It blows me away every time I watch it. As soon as I saw the opening, I knew this show was something special. I realize I’ve only made two posts on this show, which isn’t a whole lot, but I have ideas for maybe one or two in the future.

Yuri!!! On Ice [History Maker]

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Haikyuu!!: Imagination, Opening 1

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I jumped on the Haikyuu!! train, guys and I love it. I really didn’t think I would like it as much as I do. I’m only half way through season one, but I have already fallen in love with this show. Though my rambling about it will be saved for later. I just think the opening just matches the show so well, especially the lyrics if you’ve ever heard or read those. This song was probably what truly convinced me to watch this show.

Haikyuu!! [Imagination]

Amalee English cover

Assassination Classroom: Question, Opening 3

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Ah, Assassination Classroom. Another anime I’ve mentioned on multiple occasions. Though, when choosing which opening to use, I didn’t struggle in the slightest. I’ve always loved the way this opening sounded. I’m not entirely sure why this one specifically, but it just stuck out to me. I love all of the openings for this anime, they always have so much going on and I couldn’t ever skip them because I was trying to notice all of the effects that were going on in the background. And you can tell when it’s an Assassination Classroom opening because parts of the song are sung by different people so it feels like the class is really singing it.

Assassination Classroom [Question]

NWTB English cover

Noragami: Hey Kids!!, Opening 2

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Again, a show I’ve mentioned a lot. And I love the art that they use for the opening specifically. It’s all in black, gray, and white, except for the characters’ eyes, clothing, and the backgrounds. It’s such a unique way to do an opening, making it such a different style than the show. And I chose the second one specifically because of how it sounds, I initially didn’t like it as much as the first opening, but after listening a couple times, I loved this one more.

Noragami [Hey Kids!!]

Amalee English cover

Black Butler: Book of Circus: Enamel

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I’ve recently been having my heart ripped out by the Book of Circus arc of Black Butler. Any of you who have watched this part will understand what I mean by that. But I’m not here to talk about the show itself. This opening is so amazing. The visuals are very eerie and beautiful at the same time, perfect for the show. And the music begins sounding like an old arcade or festival game, and gradually goes into a drumbeat. It’s so perfect I just don’t have enough words to describe it.

Black Butler: Book of Circus [Enamel]

Erased: Re:Re:

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I honestly would forget this show even exists if it weren’t for the opening. This is an anime that I wouldn’t be able to rewatch, due to the element of surprise being so important in enjoying the show. And because of that, it gets lost among the anime I’ve seen and can rewatch if I desire to. But, this is about the opening. I again love the style of it. Some pieces look like they are straight from the show, while other parts are in a completely different style. And though there are a lot of spoilers if you look closely, it’s really just visually appealing.

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Amalee English cover

Seraph of the End: X.U, Opening 1

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I’ve expressed how unimpressed I am with this show in my previous post, which I recommend you read. But there’s something about the opening that I really love. The lyrics fit right into the show, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this song was written for the show. My favorite part of the visuals is in the beginning of the opening, when the vampire queen is spinning and the feathers at her feet twirl around. I’ve always loved the way some animes use rose petals, cherry blossoms, or feathers as effects. It’s so pretty to look at.

Seraph of the End [X.U.]

Amalee English cover

Some honorable mentions are: Ouran High School Host Club: Sakura Kiss, Blue Exorcist: In My World, Durarara: Traitorous Sunset, Fullmetal Alchemist: Again, Death Parade: Flyers, Attack on Titan: Shinzou wo Sasageyo

 

Hope you guys enjoyed this fun little list. I figured I would have something easier to prepare for this week since over the weekend I will be out of town again. I’m trying to post on Fridays, and clearly today isn’t Friday. And next week will be my OWLS “Bloodlines” post so be sure to check that out. I’ll put a link here in case you’re reading after it’s published.

Thanks for reading!

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Review: The Royal Tutor

Review: The Royal Tutor

Right off the bat: this show surprised me, as it did many other people as well. I figured it would just be another show I’d watch on the side, nothing I really cared too much about. But I found myself anticipating the next episode every week. The music is great, the art is beautiful, the characters are lovable. Not much to dislike here. Oh, and it’s set in a kingdom, with princes as some of the main characters, which is my one weakness.

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My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

My Thoughts On: Yuri!!! on ICE Episodes 1-6

Oh, of course. The show that has blown up my Twitter feed, whether it be voice actors of the show, fans, or bloggers. So, many people have exploded over this show. At first, I didn’t understand. “It’s just another sport anime,” I thought. And then I remembered, “Oh wait, this is the one sport I like. I guess I’ll try it.” And, boy was that a great decision.

I’m doing this in two parts because I just can’t wait until I’ve finished it to begin talking about it. I’ll probably have another post in between this one and the second part.

So, I started the first episode on January 4th, and within the beginning bit and the opening, I fell in love with it already. And my god, the opening blew me away. I’ve had the screenshot-42screenshot-45
song stuck in my head since I watched it, and that’s not even really what I love about it. The art style chanscreenshot-44ge is impressive, and the amount of movement for something like that is rare.  Most openings consist of already made footage, still images, and simple running or walking.  They made a whole routine out of it, and that’s incredibly impressive, and adding the fact that they change from one art style to another is really interesting.  I couldn’t tear my eyes away for two seconds to continue the dinner I was eating.

Enough with that, though, I want to talk about the first “competition” we see. And yes, I’ll talk about art again because that’s what I noticed.  If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m obsessed with anime art, and this show’s art is becoming one of my favorites.

What I noticed in the first “competition” between both Yuris, was that they have this distinctive way of movement that is unique to each of them.  And the way they animated it made it very evident to me. Though I understand the tracks chosen for each of them was supposed to contradict their instinct, they still managed to have their own style to it.  Yuri Plisetsky has a more fluid way of movement, making one move swiftly transition into the next.  This compliments the type of body he has, which is more thin and flexible.  I know this seems a bit weird, talking about their body type and the way they move, but I think it was important as to why the animators chose to animate them this way. Yuuri Katsuki is stockier and not as flexible, so his movements are stronger and bold rather than swift.  Which is fine, and it doesn’t exactly mean that I don’t enjoy watching his routines as much as Plisetsky’s.  This makes them very different, which makes it difficult for me to choose who to root for honestly.  They are both incredibly talented, and with being so different, it’s hard to compare.

Yeah that was probably boring, talking about animation style and body types.  But it really makes sense when they did it this way. Though it seems as though Plisetsky would have a harsher way of moving due yuri2to his personality, that’s not the reality of it. And you would think that Katsuki would have a more gentle style due to his insecurities and lack of confidence, but he’s very strong and sharp instead.

I think this was why those tracks were chosen, to reveal they way they truly skate, even if they didn’t think they could do it.  I say this because even when showing their individual practice, their style remains.

I feel I may be thinking too deeply about this, but this was seriously what was going through my head all of episode three.

As for the rest of the show, I think it’s hilarious, along with inspirational and just all around enjoyable.  The dialogue is very emotional when it needs to be serious, and just awkward enough for me to laugh out loud when the rest of my family is asleep.

So, when I wrote the beginning part of this blog, I had only watched up to episode four, I believe. Now I’m through episode six, so things have changed a lot.  Before anyone asks me about “shipping,” I will tell you that, yeah, I think

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that the relationship between Victor and Yuuri is cute.  I’m not generally one who has gay ships, but I like this one.  I believe I have about three in total, so that tells you something about me I guess. And I don’t have any problems with people who only ship those types, in fact, you could ship a character with a wall and I wouldn’t care. I respect your opinion as long as you respect mine.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, on to what I noticed during the fifth and sixth episodes.

For one, I miss seeing Yuri Plisetsky as often as we used to in the first three episodes.  I yurihappen to like him a lot, I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m hoping to see him more soon. I guess it’s because of his impressive talent at his young age.  And he’s actually the closest to my age. Ooh! You now know I’m somewhere between fifteen and twenty-three. But that’s not important.

Oh, and before you go spoiling anything in the comments, please respect my pace of watching the show. I hate spoilers more than anything so please nothing beyond episode six.

I’ll now talk about Yuuri Katsuki’s development from episode one to episode six.

We know that in the beginning, Yuuri is disappointed with his performance at that Grand Prix competition, and how he had practically given up at that point. And once the video had gone online and Victor saw it, things began to look a little better.  We compare that Yuuri to the one at the competitions, and you can tell by the wayyuuri he acts that he’s a lot more confident in himself. He goes into the competitions with ease and really puts himself into the piece, which makes the same routine over and over again still interesting somehow. Even though in his interview he seems so nervous and shocked by everything, it’s still evident that he feels like he deserves the win.

I don’t know if that was evident to all of you, but I don’t really know what else to talk about besides my initial thoughts. I love this show, and it’s the first sport anime I could get into. And yeah, I actually love the sport part of it, unlike a lot of people watching the show. I’ve been obsessed with everything that’s been happening and I was dying to finish writing this so I can watch episode seven. The whole time driving home today I was thinking about the show. It’s bad because all I ever see is spoilers on my Pinterest account, but yet I still want to look at more pictures.

And let me tell you it was very difficult finding pictures for this, most of the pictures on Google were shipping fanart and I didn’t want to use any of that.

But yeah, we’ll see what I think about the ending, which I’ll probably have done by next Friday or so. I’ll have one other post in between these just so those who didn’t like this show will still have something.

Thanks for reading, I look forward to revisiting this weird and fun show.

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All opening pictures from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u3RGhznctE

Yuri Plisetsky skating: randomc.net

Yuuri and Victor: fandompost.com

Yuri Plisetsky: tr.twipple.jp

Yuuri Kastuki skating: karice.files.wordpress.com