Girls of the Wild’s

158693lGirls of the Wild’s is a Manhwa fully colored and published online. It’s about Jae Gu Song, a poor guy who has to take care of his younger siblings after their mother left them due to personal problems regarding the recent death of their father.

So in other words: he’s head poor and needs to go to school while working. After Middle School he decided to go to a formerly Girls-only-School nearby, because he was given a scholarship simply for being there and ended up as the only male student in the entire school.

This school is special, though. It’s all about martial arts and the students are ridiculously strong – mind you, they’re all girls, except our main character, who feels terribly out of place, because he can’t do any fighting at all. He’s even been bullied during his Middle School days and meets his bullies again, getting nothing but a beating out of it.

He befriends the president of the Taekwondo Club and S-class-student, Dal Dal Choi, a cute and small girl with deadly kicks. At first she wanted to befriend Jae Gu, because it was said to bring her points for her grades, but she developes a huge crush on him and follows him around everywhere.

Another friend of his is Moon Young Lee, president of the Boxing Club and S-class student, as well as close friend of In Gyi Yoon (“Queen”). She has a crush on him at first, but later moves on to another guy.

The third and last of his main group of friends is Queen Yoon, she’s not in a specific club, but an S-class-student as well.She’s close friends with Moon Young and the strongest fighter at Wild’s high and won last year’s “Wirld’s League” with no problem at all. She’s very cold and starts out on the wrong foot with Jae Gu, but later develops romantic feeling for him.

In an act of revenge, Queen chose Jae Gu as her first opponent in this year’s Wild’s League, however since she doesn’t need to go through the prelims, Jae Gu would need to win those first. His initial idea was to simply forfeight the first fight and therefore get out this dilemma unharmed. He eventually decides to take the prelims seriously and learns basic fighting moves in Boxing and a few simple kicks from Dal Dal and Moon Young.

This is the basic overview. Interestingly, though, MAL lists this manga as a harem, 80467lsomething I don’t quite agree on, because it’s more a love triangle than a real harem, especially since Moon Yong drops out, what leaves only Dal Dal and Queen. Sure, the rest of the school is still kind of interested, since they get points for being close to him, but the story doesn’t really care about that at all.

I usually don’t like harems. I have a soft spot in my heart for Love Hina, because it’s the mother of all harem manga, but it’s not just random girls throwing themselves onto the main character. It does have a very clear main pairing and above everything else, is really fun to read. I don’t see this manhwa as a real “harem”, even though the set up smells a lot like it. It’s really not.

So if you don’t like harem, don’t worry, there’s not much harem in here. Would I recommend this Manhwa? Sure, why not. It’s fun seeing the girls being the strong ones for once and Qeens younger brother is really funny. It’s a good read.

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Akagami no Shirayukihime (Manga spoiler chapter 68)

I have a new obsession. Yay. And… SPOILERS for the Manga

giphy4I wanted to try reading Akagami no Shirayukihime for a very long time and I finally did (thanks to the anime), but I’m usually not much of a fan of these historic love stories. This one is awesome, though. The main pairings are pretty obvious: ZenxShirayuki and KikixMitsuhide. I didn’t expect KikixMitsuhide to be that obvious, since it’s just a side-pairing, but since Kiki already said she wants to propose to Mitsuhide when the time calls for it… I take it.

Talking about proposals. This is where this manga took a turn to the… worse, I guess. For a while the story was going into the direction of facing the proposal-problem. What I mean is, Shirayuki doesn’t possess the social status to marry a Prince and Izana is very aware of that. This is the reason he wanted to send her away at first and when he couldn’t get rid of her, he tried to force Zen into meeting with other more suitable marrige partners. He did warm up eventually and doesn’t really seem to mind her that much now that he knows her better.

This might be cliché, but who cares? It’s cute. Here’s what I don’t like: Suddenly Shirayuki is being sent away to study, after she just very recently moved into the castle. Basically, all the proposal-build up has suddenly vanished, because marriage is off the table for at least 2 years. On the other hand, the plot twist to send her away was so sudden, especially since she’s only started living inside the castle recently, I’m positive this was not planned that way and was initiated on very short terms due to reasons unkown, but possibly has something to do with the publication. You know, the manga is successful and is being made longer or rating have gone up/down/whatever. Stuff like this. This is me guessing.

Either way, the current arc feels too abrubt and we’re skipping a lot of time right now, it doesn’t really seem to very well thought out, too. From reading, it feels like Shirayuki has been living in the castle for what? A few weeks maybe? Well, it’s been nearly a year and after she went to study with Ryuu it’s already been half a year as well. We do know now, that Zen wants to move away from the capitol and support his brother from a different place, most likely Wilant Castle, where Shirayuki intends to go next.

Great, we have them together again soon! You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to this, the current 2-year-apart-arc is not very climatic, it doesn’t really build much up, it’s just there. The good news is, at Wilant Castle we have Zen’s Mom who will hopefully breath a bit fresh air into the entire thing. Would be funny to have his mom loving the idea of a marrige and his brother hating it. Even though Izana doesn’t really “hate” Shirayuki anymore, with him out of the picture Zen certainly has more room to act – if his mom let’s him, that is.

You know what I’d really like to see? There’s an old german movie trilogy about the austrian empress Sissi and I don’t know exactly how historically correct this was done, but I know empress Franz was supposed to marry Sissi’s sister, but instead fell in love with Sissi and married her against the wishes of his mother. In the movie, he basically used the ball/birthday party to simply present Sissi as his fiancé in front of all these royal people and overruled his mother’s influence this way.

I can totally see Zen pulling something like this off, maybe getting the idea thanks to the incident with Prince Raji who assumed Zen wanted to marry Shirayuki in front of Izana and everyone was dead shocked, even though it was wrong at that time and Zen corrected it. That would be fun! 😀 However, it’s probably not in Zen’s interest to get on his brother’s bad side, considering their relationship, I guess Zen won’t do anything without Izana’s approval. I can see Zen proposing and then later seriously talking to his brother without him knowing about the proposal, though.

There’s quite a few options they can take now. Personally a scenario where Shirayuki honestly doesn’t want to marry Zen, because it would limit her study time and her time she can spent on her job in general. A proposal will mean she will have to decide which is more important to her: the job of her dreams or the man of her dreams. This has to happen, even more so after she willingly left his side for 2 years and then decided it would be fine to move away for him for an infinite amount of time. Her work is very important for her, but as the wife of the second Prince of the country, she will has to be more careful what she does, where she goes and she will have to show herself at representative meetings and stuff.  I think they will end up married, but I want to see this conflict. It’s begging to be done.

I hope we get the rest of the 2 years done and get back to where we left off.