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Let Dai: v. 7


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In this Korean manhwa in the shonen-ai (boys' love) genre, high schooler Jaehee Yoo tries to save a girl named Yooneun from a gang, and afterward he feels a powerful attraction to the gang's leader, a rebellious, self-mutilating pretty boy named Dai. Yooneun, who develops a crush on Jaehee without knowing his identity, turns out to be the older sister of Jaehee's girlfriend, Eunhyung. When, after Dai and his gang brutally beat up Jaehee, Dai kisses Jaehee and declares his affection, Jaehee feels powerless to resist. The art, more realistic than most shojo work, is reasonably good. Though the abusive relationship is distasteful, the story is not uncompelling-but overmelodramatic narration and difficult passages dilute its impact. This is one of Netcomics's inaugural releases, and the mediocre translation, with spelling and grammar errors here and in some of their other books, does not bode well for its future in the American market. Further, the 13+ rating here is unreliable: at any of the major manga companies, the bloody beatings that Dai's gang hand out (including one to Eunhyung), the harsh language they use, and the homosexual theme would get the book a 16+ or comparable rating at least. Best avoided. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"The art is special... the characters are distinct... It is a very serious story with some touch of humor to break the mood." -- David LeBlanc "Comic Book Network Electronic Magazine"

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