For this list, these are Webtoons that not only have beautiful and unique art styles, but are unique and innovative and would be something fresh to bring to the animated or fandub world. And something that goes for all of these; I’d like to hear the character’s voices, of course! I will probably make a part two in the future, once more Launch Week comics are launched.
Winter Woods, Cosmos and Van Ji
Outside the Box, Momo
Space Boy, Stephen McCranie
Dragnarok, KPJ and Magmi
My Dear Cold Blooded King, lifelight
Here’s the list:
10. Catharsis, ahniki:
Catharsis has a soft, gentle art style that can sharpen in a moment. It has a dream like quality, which is fitting for the story, as it deals with nightmares. Sometimes, it appears to be a beautiful dream, but can turn horrifying in a heartbeat. The story may be a little slow, but the character development is good; Leon feels like a realistic protagonist. Over all, while Catharsis’s idea may not be completely original, its execution is interesting to watch unfold.
9. :Rebirth, 69erocento:
This also has a soft, dream like feel to it…for a while. Until the zombies come. As I said in my Spotlight, :Rebirth is a unique zombie apocalypse story; it focuses on other things that don’t usually fall into the genre. Its main relationship is not romance or friendship; it’s about the damaged relationship between a father and son. It has time travel, humor, and a lot of mystery and intrigue concerning The Eclipse, the trigger for the apocalypse. And the art would be amazing on screen.
8. unOrdinary, Uru-Chan:
Fast, clear fight scenes! Awesome coloring! Cool effects! unOrdinary would be a fast paced feast for the eyes. It may be superhero, but the setting and power effects would make this stand out from other superhero shows. The super powers would make people interested; the two likeable leads would make them enjoy it. And the mystery and intrigue would draw them in and become addicted.
7. S.I.D, Sadaham:
What people notice in the first chapter alone is the amazing coloring. But slowly the effects begin to fall into place, and you start to realize just how beautiful and intricate each panel is. S.I.D is a ghost story, but the coloring is typically sunny and cheerful, quite a juxtaposition to the story. But in each suspenseful climax, the colors can change to blacks, blues, and reds. Overall, this is a stunner that would be a new take in the classic paranormal investigation show.
6. Nightmare Factory, Snailords:
Link: Nightmare Factory
The detail! The detail! Each scene in Nightmare Factory is carefully drawn, a true feast for the eyes. Each scenery is different and utterly unique, and my jaw drops each time I read a chapter. Not only is the art some of the best on Webtoons, but the story is a gem; it may not seem like anything remarkable at first, but it proves to be totally unique. I can never guess what’ll happen, but in a good way. And the dialogue can switch from funny to moving.
5. Siren’s Lament, instantmiso:
Link: Siren’s Lament
How could I NOT put instantmiso on here somewhere? This one has a lot of underwater scenes, scenes that would be total eye candy. There is so much detail in everything that I sometimes just want to look more at the picture…until my screen goes dark. And the music is so beautiful! It would have to be the soundtrack if this were to be anaimated. It has a creative storyline too, which skews clichès or avoids them completely. This would be a unique romance to put on screen.
4. Bastard, Youngchan Hawang and Carnby Kim:
You can never get enough good animated thrillers, am I right? And Bastard could become as much of an underground hit as anime such as Monster, or even as popular as Death Note. It has all the right elements; suspense, intrigue, a cat and mouse game, emotional connections, and mind games. While the art may be merely all right, nothing special, an animation could add new things to it and make it surprisingly stunning.
3. American Ghost Jack:
The art! The coloring! The story! Everything about this could be simply perfect for an animation. This combines thriller, mystery, drama, paranormal, and romance flawlessly. It’s not just a paranormal romance, it is so much more. It’s incredibly creative and makes for a twisty ride. The Dunn mansion and its inhabitants would come to “life” and invite the viewer into something that can only be called magical. The viewers would become utterly invested in not only Go-Eun and Jack’s story, but their characters as well.
2. Dr. Frost, JongBeom Lee:
Link: Dr. Frost
We also need more unique mysteries on screen lately. Anyway, this would appeal to Sherlock and House M.D fans, as it is like both of those shows, but deals with psychology. The art, style, and overall composition and pacing would draw in mystery fans and wouldn’t let them go. Each of the characters, including the two leads, the sides, and the patients would cause not only interest, but emotional attachment. The mystery behind not just the mental illnesses but behind backstories and motivations would be amazing to see unfold in animated form.
1. Annarasumanara, Ilkwon Ha:
How could this not be number one? The art is some of the most innovative and creative on Webtoons, the characters are beautifully written, and the story develops so well. The splashes of color would make this a feast for the eyes, and the symbolism in the art would be creative and interesting onscreen. This story is also relatable, especially for those who feel lost. It deals with societal expectations, mental health, pressure, and magic. It starts off feeling like a Disney movie, but begins to feel like a Ghibli movie as reality sinks in. It has the most magical vibe of any Webtoon I’ve read, and would be incredibly powerful on screen.