Manga Mini Reviews: Bride of the Water Volumes 1 & 2

Posted September 15th, 2012 by in Uncategorized / 3 comments

Title: Bride of the Water God Vol 1
Authors: Mi-Kyung Yun
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: Nov 2007
Classification: YA Manga Novel
Challenge: None

Summary from Goodreads:

When Soahs impoverished village decides to sacrifice her to the Water God Habaek to end a long drought, they believe that drowning one beautiful girl will bring much-needed rain. Not only is Soah surprised to be rescued by the Water God, she never imagined she’d be a welcomed guest in Habaeks magical kingdom.

 

My Thoughts:

The first thing that anyone will notice about this manga is the stunning artwork. The artwork of this manga far surpasses any of the other mangas that I have read. It is easy to see that the art is the focal point in this manga. While the artwork is amazing it is not the only part of a manga novel. The actual storyline here was really hard to follow because the author doesn’t like to put many word bubbles into a scene because it would cover up the art!

Overall, the story is pretty choppy and difficult to follow at times. There are hardly any word bubbles in this volume and it makes it hard to understand what is going on. The plot finally started to come into play at the very end of this volume and I am interested in reading volume two even though the story was pretty confusing at first. Ultimately, this is a manga that you need to look/gaze at instead of read. The art tells the story here.

Title: Bride of the Water God Vol 2
Authors: Mi-Kyung Yun
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: Feb 2008
Classification: YA Manga Novel
Challenge: None

Summary from Goodreads:

Habaek, the mysterious Water God, is cursed to live his days in the form of a little boy-while he turns back to his true adult self at night. His new human bride, Soah, thinks that she’s been married to a child and has no idea that the attractive “Mui” is actually the adult Habaek. Surrounded by a cast of colorful elemental gods and their servants, Soah is tempted by flirtations from both “Mui” and the rascal Huye. When Tae-eul-jin-in spills Habaek’s surprising secret, Soah audaciously plots to uncover the truth for herself. She has to be careful, though, so she doesn’t anger the moody gods-including her powerful, new husband.

My Thoughts:

I’m happy to say that this volume is much more clear and easy to understand than the first volume was. In the first volume, it was all about the art being beautiful but in this volume the story actually moves forward. Not only does the story progress nicely but the word  bubbles that the characters are saying and thinking are much easier to understand. Things were confusing in the first volume but this one actually makes sense, I could actually understand what was going on. The art was in no way, shape, or form compromised here for the sake of the story. The artwork was just as beautiful as it was the first time around.

Overall, I have to say that I did really enjoy this. I finally got a hang of who each character was and the role they played in the story. I was able to better connect with the story, setting, and characters which makes it just so much more enjoyable than the first volume and the struggles that I had while reading it. Of course this volume leaves off on a huge cliffhanger so now I know that I will be continuing with this series so that I can see what happens!


Alexa

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3 Responses to “Manga Mini Reviews: Bride of the Water Volumes 1 & 2”

  1. Kris (Imaginary Reads)

    The artiwork is certainly stunning. I don’t know why I haven’t read this series, but it looks like one I’d be interested in checking out. Good artwork is definitely important to me, but so is plot. I’m glad to hear that it picks up with the second volume. Thanks for the reviews. I will definitely give this series a try!

  2. Bianca

    Oooh these sound interesting. Tood bad the first one was kind of hard to follow but great to hear the second one was much better at it. Thanks for sharing Alexa 😀

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