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Bride of the Water God Vol. 1 by Yun Mi-Kyung 
14th-Nov-2007 02:55 pm
Yun, Mi-Kyung. Bride of the Water God. Vol. 1. Trans. Heejeong Haas and Philip Simon. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2007.
          Summary: To appease the water god Habaek, Soah's village offers her up as a sacrifice. Now a resident of the realm of the gods, Soah must unravel its mysteries...and learn the fate of those Brides who came before her.
          Comments: Do mine eyes deceive me? A shoujo manga (or sunjeong manhwa, if we must quibble about things) from Dark Horse??? Over a full decade after Sailor Moon debuted on the toxic yellow pages of Mixxine, Dark Horse is at last caving in to the realities of the US manga market. And while from the perspective of the States, this may look like little more than crass tokenism, make no mistake: Bride of the Water God is a big deal in the South Korean sunjeong manhwa milieu right now. As big of a deal as, say, Gung was a few years ago in the way that it effortlessly welds Korean culture onto a medium of foreign origin.
          And while I'm by no means a slavish booster of anything and everything popular, I should note that this title has all of the components of a successful girls' comic: luxurious yet ethereal artwork, beautiful men and women, gorgeous period costumes, and forbidden romance. The storytelling, moreover, is as strong as the art, resonating with the timeless, mythical power of a fairytale; think "Beauty and the Beast" or its Korean variation, "Shimchong, the Blind Man's Daughter." (Not even Fushigi Yuugi achieved that level of grandeur.) Kudos to Yun Mi-Kyung for what I hope will be the start of an auspicious career in comics creation. Kudos as well to Dark Horse for releasing the title. (You do a better adaptation job than certain other publishers who shall remain unnamed!)
          Notes: A5 paperback, 1st American edition; first published in Korea by Seoul Munhwasa in 2006
          Rating: 7/10 - Though not as necessarily addictive as other Wink sunjeong manhwa, this is a more than solid title worthy of a wide audience.
16th-Nov-2007 08:48 am (UTC)
The cover is sooo pretty^_^
17th-Nov-2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Order it. ^_^ It's "only" $9.99.
17th-Nov-2007 07:22 am (UTC)
I might. Problem with US manga is that it's heavy. Just 2-3 vols adds considerable weight to the Amazon box I order.
17th-Nov-2007 07:22 am (UTC)
The weight's an Amazon sticker shock. The book itself is like air. ^^;;
17th-Nov-2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Do you mean the story is light or that the book is light?^_^
17th-Nov-2007 07:25 am (UTC)
The book as object doesn't weigh much.

The contents are pretty. :P
17th-Nov-2007 07:24 am (UTC)
*checks clock*
And whya re you still up?
17th-Nov-2007 07:25 am (UTC)
17th-Nov-2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Ouch. I slept at 2 am myself last night. This morning my eyes are bloodshot^^
17th-Nov-2007 07:27 am (UTC)
A mixture of pneumonia, PMS, and generalized angst, I guess, keeping me up. >_< The usual.
17th-Nov-2007 07:28 am (UTC)
How long does it take for pneumonia to fo away?
17th-Nov-2007 07:29 am (UTC)
I don't know. A long time? ^^;;;

I've had this for two weeks already.
17th-Nov-2007 07:30 am (UTC)
I'm asking because I've never had it^^ But a bad case of flu does stick for 2-3 weeks.
17th-Nov-2007 07:31 am (UTC)
Pray you never get it. Fluid in the lungs means that you become chronically oxygen-deprived.
17th-Nov-2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Err... with my asthma, I'd probably be hospitalized^^

Have you seen a doctor yet or gotten meds?
17th-Nov-2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Twice. Hopefully the second time's the charm.

But if I don't get better, I may end up in the hospital...
17th-Nov-2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Enforced bedrest and antibiotics?
17th-Nov-2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Not much of the former happenin', but the latter, well, I'm one a heavy third course (first two didn't work).
17th-Nov-2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Are you resistant to antibiotics?^^
17th-Nov-2007 07:37 am (UTC)
Not me. The bacteria. T_T
17th-Nov-2007 07:40 am (UTC)
Huh. Pretty tough strain of it. The lack of rest might be making your recovery slower. You've got a schedule anyone would feel faint at^^
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