Due to my liking for my first post like this, I have decided to list my ten favorite Webtoons for each genre!
10. Four Quarters, Kurisustinah, ongoing:
Link: Four Quarters
I recently started this one, but this is a Discover Webtoon I’m keeping an eye on. It tells the story of Nana, an ordinary woman who is tired of the world…until she wakes up in a “dating” game. Suddenly, life is a lot stranger.
9. The Stories of Those Around Me, Omyo, complete:
Although Salty Studio is the more well-known of omyo’s comics, I prefer The Stories of those Around Me. It tells the collective tales of Mira, Jung-A, and Summer, and each of their experiences in romance. It comes across as less of a romance, and more of a character study in some parts, and each character is interesting.
8. About Death, Sini/Hyeneo, complete
Link: About Death
This is one of the most thought-provoking Webtoons I’ve ever read. It’s not exactly a continuing story, but it tells short stories about people’s experiences after death, and what lead to their deaths. The depiction of God isn’t exactly part of any existing religion, but this Webtoon is interesting and incredibly beautiful.
7. Aisopos, complete:
The only historical Webtoon I’ve read (other than Lackadaisy), it tells the story of Aesop in his life. I’m not far, but this is very interesting, and Aesop’s story is incredibly moving and touching. In season 1, he’s just a sweet child trying to survive.
6. Bastard, Youngchan Hwang, Carnby Kim, complete:
This is more of a thriller than a drama, but it has dramatic elements. A rift between parent and child (a pretty dang messed up one), feels, romance, misunderstandings….all taken to the max to keep you on the edge of your seat. You will become incredibly drawn into this, and it’s the perfect binge-read.
5. Split, Kae and Dahae, ongoing:
An interesting version of DID: not a thriller at all, but more of a rivalry where one is unaware of their adversary. Indeed, it is Sakuya’s (the main character) unawareness of Haruka’s (his split personality) existence that makes this interesting; she is messing with his life, and he has no idea.
4. Space Boy, Stephen McCranie, ongoing:
Link: Space Boy
This may be science fiction, but it is definitely a drama. It has a girl moving to a major location from a smaller one (space colony to Earth), friendship problems, a love interest, adjusting to a new life, and underneath it all, a strange mystery that our lead character, Amy, is tempting to solve.
3. Cheese in the Trap, soonkki, ongoing:
Link: Cheese in the Trap
This is less of a romance and more of a drama. We have an over analytical main character,a shady love interest, school troubles, and small twists that happen in real life. Overall, this is truly a character study that analyses how and why people behave the way they do; every character is explored in depth, even the vexing ones.
2. Annarasumanara, Ilkwon Ha, complete:
This starts off similar to a Disney movie; poor, cynical girl is swept into a magical world (amusement park) by an intriguing stranger, all while discovering her old dreams. But as it goes on, reality creeps in, and it begins to even give off a Ghibli vibe; magical, yet realistic. Again, characters are studied in depth, and we see how society and pressure shape people into who they are. It shows how different people change, and the variety in how they do so; some adapt, and some break.
1. Dr. Frost, JongBeom Lee, “complete?”:
Link: Dr. Frost
This is NOT completed. Trust me, season 3 HAS to be on its way. Anyway, this is the ultimate character study! This follows the story of Dr. Frost, a psychologist who cannot experience emotions like sympathy and affection. Yet he is still able to find the roots of his patient’s problems, all while having his own mystery unraveled. If you want to see amazing character development, understand about why some people act the way they do, witness interesting relationships (friendship, parental, adversarial, and a unique Holmes and Watson team), experience one of the greatest character studies ever, all wrapped in a mystery show vibe, this is perfect for you.
My next genre recommendation will be fantasy!