A Korean Manhwa taking place in an all girls high school.
I know I said I probably wouldn’t review anything other than Japanese Manga, but I haven’t written in a year, I’m running out, and this is close enough.
They are available to download as images here:
Link 2: My Joy – Continuous (100 MB)
Or, the PDF I’ve made so you can continuously read it:
PDF Link: My Joy – PDF (114 MB)
The story is about a girl named “Joy” in a Korean all girl’s high school who suddenly has two girls after her. Namsu, the popular high school track star, and Hyeyeon, her childhood friend who has returned from studying abroad. The story goes through Joy’s relationship with both and the struggles of balancing love and friendship.
In terms of Yuri content, no male/female relationships exist, and any mention of its existence doesn’t last longer than a panel. This is heavily shoujo-ai/yuri.
The overall journey of the story is not bad, but it could be better. Much, much, much MUCH MUCH better.
The art is nice though. Background detail minimal, not that it matters. Story line can be funny, but overall quality I have to dock major points as the plot is not great.
YOU KNOW THE DRILL. MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW
Before I go into what was wrong with the manga. Let’s discuss what went right.
What I enjoyed was the different perspectives of each character. Initially, I was on Joy’s side. Then Namsu, and then Hyeyeon. It was hard to pick between Hyeyeon and Namsu. Who do you choose? A childhood friend who has loved you ever since, or Namsu who has loved you since high school, and both equally deep love. It was a hard choice.
I also enjoyed the humor. Namsu’s giddiness when Joy confesses to her put a smile on my face as well.
It’s also odd that the high school gossip columnist is the one moving the plot forward (whenever she speaks to a character….what’s in it for her?) but…OK I guess.
As I read further though, I did want Namsu to win. After all, Joy had chosen her. I thought the rest of the story was going to see how Namsu and Joy overcome conflict together. Show how much their love progresses. And how friendship blossoms between all three with Hyeyeon gracefully letting Joy go to Namsu.
OR SO I THOUGHT.
When the ending hit, and it was revealed that Joy actually CHOSE BOTH and had been cheating on Namsu with Hyeyeon, and Hyeyeon fully knowing this but not Namsu…
WHAT THE HELL.
It turns out JOY HAD BEEN THE BAD GUY THIS WHOLE TIME. SHE FUCKIN BROKE NAMSU’S HEART.
Understandably, Namsu LOST HER SHIT ON ALL 3 OF THEM. And then FELL DOWN THE STAIRS, BROKE HER ANKLE, AND COULD NOT COMPETE IN NATIONALS.
And worst of all, when joy visits the hospital with Namsu, she just continues a relationship with Hyoyeon, see’s a picture of Namsu for her exhibit, cries, Hyeyeon comforts her.
AND IT ENDS THERE???
So many unanswered questions. Like what happened to Namsu after transferring schools? DID SHE FIND LOVE AGAIN? DID SHE FIND SOMEONE BETTER THAN JOY? And what about Hyeyeon? Did she eventually realize what Joy did to her was NOT COOL? Or did they get married in the distance? Does Joy end up alone? Or does she do the same thing?
So many unanswered questions.
The journey was honestly OK. And so was the last chapter. I guess in the end, you’re supposed to hate Joy. But just leaving it at the end just ruins the whole story, angst or no angst aside.