Synopsis: Cute animals going about their daily lives
Review: This is the easiest webtoon I’ve come across (and it’s free!) so I think it would be great for beginners. The sentences are short, the vocabulary is simple, and most of the story is told through images. Each chapter consists of only 4 or 5 panels, so it doesn’t take long to read them. Some words are changed to be more cute (for example, 싫어 changed to 시러), and the second season is a step up in difficulty, but overall, I think it would be great practice for those just starting to learn Korean. I can’t say the entertainment value was all that high, but it certainly wasn’t bad.
Synopsis: A young couple in ancient Korea long to have children, but haven’t been able to get pregnant. When they come across two young girls in the forest (who happen to have tiger ears and tails), they believe the mountain god has answered their prayers, and adopt them as their own. The daily adventures of this family and their friends.
Review: I found this an incredibly cute and entertaining webtoon - once I started reading, I couldn’t stop! (I’ve gone into more detail in my review.) Due to its popularity, the series has been printed physically (and is already in the Natively database), but it’s also available to read for free on Naver.
Just opened my 만화경 app and got a notification that they’ll be shutting down at the end of May 2024 - they’ve already removed the ability to read webtoons on the website, so they can only be accessed on the app.
The vast majority of the titles aren’t available elsewhere (atm, hopefully some will be rescued), so I guess I have no choice but to make a new goal of reading all the webtoons on the app before they’re gone.
Genre: fantasy, action, adventure, comedy, martial arts
Synopsis: The main character is from a very poor family. In order to earn some money, he decides to play a virtual reality game, Royal Road. We follow along his unlikely path to greatness.
Review: A really great webtoon. I’ve already read both the lightnovel and webtoon in English as well, but this is definitely one of my top favorites. What’s nice is that the MC is also new to this virtual reality game, so a lot of game specific vocab is slowly introduced and explained, and it’s used repeatedly so you’re bound to learn it at some point. This was kinda hard for me to grade though because like I said, I read the English version beforehand so I was able to get a lot more from context.
Are webtoons crosslisted on multiple sites? Or are all webtoons on something like Naver Naver-only webtoons?
For Navar Series, it seems to list 권 rather than 화. Do 권 have chapters inside of them? Should each 권 be a separate book on Natively? Or should a Navar series just be one web novel entry? I’m guessing it’s the latter but not sure
It seems like there are a lot of 19+ content for webtoon & webnovel, which is an issue as then I can’t auto parse the data. I also still don’t have good adult content handling even if I was able to figure it out. Is this a significant enough part of Webtoons & webnovels that I need to figure out?
I think most webtoons appear on two or more sites, so there’s a lot of overlap, but even Naver won’t have most of them. Unlike books, I think it’s necessary to have multiple sources to pull webcomics from (not sure about webnovels, though).
I’ve noticed they often (usually?) offer both - I assume the chaptered version would be available first (at least for currently releasing titles), so it probably makes sense to prioritise that.
Unfortunately, I think it is. There’s quite a few books (web origin and otherwise) that I own in both Japanese and Korean, and while there’s no problem adding the Japanese version from Amazon, the Korean versions are all age-restricted…
I get the feeling that unlike in Japan, in Korea 만화 was mostly aimed at children/teens, but since webcomics/novels exploded, most of the content is aimed at adults, and naturally a lot of that is age-restricted. I could be wrong, though.
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