Webtoon Recommendation: Sidekicks

Title: Sidekicks
By: IRON Shin
Genre: Super Hero, Action

About:
Sometimes people are born with incredible powers. Sometimes they want to use these powers to do good. However, before you can become a Hero you must first become a Sidekick. Lamia fights alongside the hero Darkslug as his sidekick. She has the power to make people fall asleep and thus is appropriately called Dream Girl. A sidekick must follow the orders of the hero for only their hero can approve promotion to the status of Hero. But the life of a sidekick is not easy, especially when you are the sidekick to a hero as questionable as Darkslug.

You don’t often see very many super hero stories from the point of view of the sidekick. Sidekicks makes it a point to show the reader just that; the life and adventures of a hero’s sidekick. Of course not everyone who discovers that they have super powers wants to become a hero. After all, where there are super heros there are bound to be super villains… and the only thing worse than a super villain is a super hero who acts like a super villain.

So why should you read this webtoon? Well the first and most obvious reason is because SUPER POWERS! Seeing the different kind of powers that the characters have and the creative ways they are used in both ‘saving the day’ and everyday life is always entertaining. Honestly, the story might not have been all that interesting to read if it had followed just ANY super hero and sidekick pair. The combination of Darkslug and Dream Girl is what really drives the plot forward and keeps you guessing at the motives of every character introduced.

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

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Webtoon Recommendation: Dead Days

Title: Dead Days
By: DEY
Genre: Thriller

About:
It’s been four days since a mysterious virus outbreak infected the masses around the world. It spread suddenly and quickly leaving no time to prepare. 16 year old Jingook Yeo was one of the few lucky enough to avoid getting infected but now he’s stuck in his room with his infected mother trying to get to him through the door. With the world rapidly turning into zombies just how long will the survivors last?

With Halloween approaching fast I figured I’d give a recommendation more on the spoopy side this time! At first glance Dead Days comes across as your typical run of the mill zombie apocalypse story; Zombies suddenly rampage through the cities, nowhere is safe, the uninfected people left doing their best to survive against all odds. As you read you begin to notice a few things that start to make the series drift from your typical zombie stories, things I’d rather not point out so I don’t ruin the story for potential readers. The best part about it all? There is a lesson to be learned at the end and the author makes it a point to spell it out for those who missed it.

So why should you read this manga? Other than the obvious reason (zombies! Yay!) one of the things Dead Days did that really captured my interest was having characters with disabilities as survivors. Not all uninfected people were completely able-bodied and those with disabilities were not completely useless either. Even better yet, these characters with disabilities were not just characters you come across in passing. They all played vital roles in the story and to me that made all the difference in how Dead Days separated itself from your average zombie story. The icing on the cake is the fact that the art is absolutely breath taking! Everything is drawn and colored in such incredible detail that each individual panel could be considered an art piece on its own.

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: Super Secret


Title: Super Secret
By: eon
Genre: Romance, Super Natural

About:
Emma is an ordinary girl with some not-so ordinary neighbors. She has no idea that not only does the boy next door have a huge crush on her but he is also a werewolf! She’s clumsy and a bit of an air-head but that doesn’t make the neighbors any less fond of her. It’s a strange neighborhood and its starting to look like everybody’s got a secret!

I’ll admit, the first thing that drew me to this webtoon was the extremely cute art style. What kept me hooked was the equally cute story! They story is still only a few chapters in (for the English translation) but it has easily become one of my favorites as of late. Artist eon has a subtle humor that fits the flow of the story well and I find it to be a lovely change of pace from the usual manga and webtoons that I read.

So why should you read this webtoon? Honestly, I was a little worried this was going to come across as similar to Twilight. I was pleasantly surprised that it was far from that! Super Secret is a great story if you’re looking for a fun light-hearted and cute series to get into. The characters are each quirky in their own ways without feeling awkward or forced. I’m excited to see where this webtoon leads up to!

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: Newman


Title: Newman
By: Josh Ulrich
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

About:
The Creature Removal Department (CRD) employs profession monster hunters like Newman and Gwen. Newman, a sword-wielding gnome, and Gwen, a drow with a preference for archery, end up becoming more than monster slaying co-workers. Killing is easy compared to their complicated relationship!

Newman was everything I hoped for and more! When I first stumbled across this webtoon I was having scheduling trouble with my D&D group (because life happens, you know?) and this was a nice way to get my fix when no one could make it. Gwen and Newman’s relationship is far from typical yet they make it work, sometimes literally. From your typical relationship disagreements like what to wear to a party down to family traditions these two love birds somehow make it through. Although the focus of the webtoon is their relationship there is still plenty of action and monster slaughter to boot with a nice big dose of comedy as well.

So why should you read this manga? If Dungeons and Dragons interests you I think this webtoon just might be something worth looking into. Newman is set in a modern fantasy world that throws tons of recognizable creatures that any D&D player should recognize; Minotaurs, Orcs, Vampires, Dwarves and even Zombies to name a few. Throwing all of these fantasy-type creatures into a corporate modern world is both fun and refreshing to read.

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: Cheese in the Trap


Title: Cheese in the Trap
By: soonkki
Genre: Drama, Romance

About:
College life can be rough and sometimes students take breaks for one reason or another. Seol Hong has returned to college after one such break but no matter how much hard work she puts in she can’t seem to get a full scholarship thanks to Jung Yu, the top student who always seems to get it instead. Her partial scholarship helps but it just isn’t enough for her to keep going without taking another break. Suddenly Jung Yu’s assignment goes missing and the full scholarship is all hers! Jung Yu has been hanging around her lately and she can’t help but feel like her luck has gone sour since then. Is it all just a coincidence or is Jung actually behind it?

I picked up this webtoon out of sheer curiosity one day. I was looking around for a story that focused on young adults as opposed to teens for a change and I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I found a lot of the situations Seol ‘Dog Fur’ Hong found herself reflected situations that I’ve experienced at some point of my life or another as well as some sticky situations that left me wondering what I would have done had I come across the same thing. Blind dates, jealous classmates, stalkers, and spiteful co-workers… with troubles like these you’d think homework would be the last thing on her mind.

So why should you read this manga? If you enjoy Asian drama series this webtoon is definitely going to be of interest to you. Cheese in the Trap has been so successful as a webtoon that there is even a drama adaptation of it! The English translation is already well into Season 2 and poor Seol is, as usual, stuck in the thick of it all. The characters are well written too; Seol is smart and cautious but naïve and not it that ditzy way people often like to portray naivety; Jung is also smart, clever, and a bit mysterious; Inho is brash and a more than a little eager to pick a fight. The list goes on and on yet none of the characters feel generic. When life gives you lemons…right?

Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: Girls of the Wild’s


Title: Girls of the Wild’s
By: HUN & ZHENA
Genre:  Action

About:
Wild’s High School is an all girl’s school that specializes in Mixed Martial Arts. But Wild’s High just started a co-ed policy in an effort to help the young, strong, competitive girls of Wild’s High become more ‘delicate’ and ‘innocent’ instead of the weapons they have become known for. The only problem is that there was only one male applicant, Jaegu Song. Being the only male in a school full of women wasn’t exactly a dream come true for Jaegu since he grew to fear women after being abandoned by his mother. Will Jaegu be able to overcome his fears and fit in or with the girls of the Wild’s eat him alive?

Why would a boy even apply to a school that was known to be an all-girl school in the first place? A full scholarship regardless of your grades is a pretty good deal. But is it worth it? Jaegu struggles with this idea as he attempts to balance his education, a job, and caring for his two younger siblings in their missing mother’s place. Life isn’t fair and no one knows this better than he.

So why should you read this webtoon? If you are looking for a webtoon that has pretty girls, action, and fan service then our search ends here! Girls of the Wild’s has all this and more! The webtoon is updated every Sunday in full color! With well over 200 chapters there is a lot of content that has yet to get dull. If a story focusing on strong beautiful women isn’t enough to hook you in then you also get to watch as Jaegu struggles through a lot of issues in the story that will keep you rooting for him; his fear of women, bullies, and even feeding and protecting his younger siblings. Jaegu truly starts to learn that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade and you get to be there to witness the entire thing all in one gorgeously drawn package!

Interested in reading Girls of the Wild’s for yourself? You can check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: Duty after School


Title: Duty after School
By: Ilkwon Ha
Genre: Drama

About:
When the world is suddenly in a war against unknown, slime-like, & possibly alien objects entrance exams would be the least of your concerns. Yet high school students all over Korea are being pressured into joining the arm reserves with the promise of accumulating ‘bonus points’ for their entrance exams if they join and participate. If they want to go to university they MUST participate. What is a student looking to further their education to do? Most is class 3-2 are eager to earn those bonus points. After all, it’s JUST the reserves… right?

This webtoon covers some dark themes and although the gore is kept on the lighter side those who are sensitive to seeing harm come to others may want to find something else to read.  This is a story about a war after all and teens are being thrown right into the center of it all. No need to worry about cliffhangers here! Duty after School has already reached its conclusion after 50 intense chapters so you can enjoy the entire thing in one sitting if you really want. Plus, it’s available to read in multiple languages including but not limited to English, Spanish, & Russian.

So why should you read this webtoon? Duty after School is a hard hitter. The story doesn’t forget that the characters are all teens who were suddenly thrust into the middle of a war without much motivation other than these so-called bonus points for their entrance exams. There are no superheroes here. There are no chosen ones, no special abilities, and certainly no favorites. All the students have is a gun, a few rounds, minimal training, and some luck. With a casualty rate that would fluster George RR Martin, this is a series that will keep you reading until the very end.

Interested in reading Duty after School for yourself? You can check it out HERE!

Webtoon Recommendation: DICE

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Title: DICE
By: Hyunseok Yun
Genre: Action, Fantasy

About:
Dong Tae was always getting bullied by his classmates in school but the popular and handsome Tae Bin now sits next to him. One day Tae Bin invites Dong Tae to play a little game, one that can change everything about his life. Sounds too good to be true… but when you’re at rock bottom what have you got to lose?image002DICE2

Despite the title, you don’t need to be familiar with games that involve dice in order to enjoy the series. The art is fantastic, the story is interesting, and the updates are consistent. It takes your typical high school manga background and throws in a dash of Shonen action! This webtoon is currently being translated into many languages including French, Spanish, and Italian. For English readers the available translations are already on Season 2 so there is plenty to catch up on.

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So why should you read this webtoon? I stumbled across this gem one day, being nit-picky about anything new that crossed my path, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The story is simple yet intriguing enough to keep my attention. The art is crisp and beautifully colored. The protagonist has struggles that many can relate to which makes you want to cheer him on. The lead female is generally so sweet I think I developed cavities. Overall, I found the webtoon to be a refreshing treat among a clutter of mundane comics.

Read it here!