Since I don’t read enough webtoons or Manhwa to warrant a special month, I decided to include my favorites in my anime and manga month! For any with available printed copies, I’ll leave a link for potential buyers!
Let’s get started.
Kay D.’s Oddity Woods (2019-?), Serialized in Webtoon
The Art of Oddity Woods is available for purchase on odditywoods.com, Oddity Woods Issues are also available
After her father disappears, 12-year-old “detective” Marietta is spirited away into a woods between the living world and the dead. Mary, alongside a strange boy named Wyatt, learn to work together to survive the ghost-infested woods, and find a way to escape. But with the monstrous Conductor following their every move, as well as the chance her father could be long gone, the truth behind Oddity Woods begins to look grim…Webtoon Overview
I’m a big fan of Steampunk Fantasy and Over the Garden Wall-esque East Coast folktales. Kay D.’s story is altogether charming and beautifully drawn. I liked the vibrant Autumn colors and rounded designs for her characters. Also, I am always up for spirit trains traveling to the underworld.
Truuuue’s The Gentle Way (2020-?), serialized in Webtoon
Jun is not your average judo athlete… actually, she’s below average. Despite being awkward, shy, and timid, Jun continues to practice judo with a fiery goal in mind: to defeat her greatest childhood opponent. After meeting a mysterious and handsome stranger with outstanding judo skills, will Jun be able to convince him to teach her? A story about loving oneself and falling in love… Come watch an insecure fluffy lamb transform into a fierce queen.Webtoon Overview
I like this author’s passion for Judo. They take the time to flesh out Judo’s rules and present the characters in a meaningful way. I also like the pencil-like quality for the drawings. Its has a more of an artist’s touch. I’m curious to see where this series goes these upcoming months.
Tri Vuong’s The Strange Tales of Oscar Zahn (2016-2019) serialized in Webtoon
Follow the journey of the world’s greatest paranormal investigator – Oscar Zahn. Friend to lost souls, enemy of evil, he may lack a body but that doesn’t mean he’s missing a heart!Webtoon Overview
This would be higher on the list if the author had plans to continue this story. I loved the mysterious character Oscar Zahn and the three tales portrayed in this webtoon. The art style speaks to my darker German soul, who loves creepy stories that test characters’ grit and courage. Also, Vuong is an incredible artist! Again, I really wish they had plans to continue this story.
LambCat‘s Cursed Princess Club (2019-?) serialized in Webtoon
Meet Gwendolyn – living proof that princesses don’t always have it all. See, although she lives in a castle and her father is the King, Gwendolyn isn’t like a movie princess, or even a fairly-tale princess. She’s got a big heart, but isn’t particularly attractive and doesn’t have a Disney-quality singing voice. But one night, she accidentally stumbles upon the twisted world of the Cursed Princess Club, and her life will never be the same. Hexed and cast out, the ladies of the club are just the people Gwendolyn needs to show her that just because she doesn’t “fit the mold” does not mean she’s any less of a princess.Webtoon Overview
More than being one of my favorites, I’m simply curious to see where this story goes. Gwen’s troubles, catalyzed by her potential fiancé Frederick, are ones I could identify with. Watching all the characters blossom and grow with each other is a delight to witness. Also, it’s hilarious.
HONGDUCK / NEMONE‘s Seasons of Blossom (2021-?) serialized in Webtoon
Oh, to be young and in love. Oh, to be wild and carefree. The springtime of life is intense, tumultuous, and at times, oh so confusing. Spring, summer, fall and winter — love blossoms in all seasons.Webtoon Overview
I stumbled onto this webtoon a couple of weeks and it surprised me. It has thought-provoking pacing and character development. I’m also a big sucker for romance stories featuring supposed ill-fitting protagonists. The pacing and feel are most like traditional Shoujo Manga I’ve come across over the years.
Rachel Smythe‘s Lore Olympus (2018-?) serialized in Webtoon
Buy on Amazon October 5, 2021
Witness what the gods do…after dark. The friendships and the lies, the gossip and the wild parties, and of course, forbidden love. Because it turns out, the gods aren’t so different from us after all, especially when it comes to their problems. Stylish and immersive, this is one of mythology’s greatest stories — The Taking of Persephone — as it’s never been told before.Webtoon Overview
Lore Olympus is the first Webtoon I ever allowed myself to get into. Smythe’s artwork is dazzling, especially how it has a watercolor feeling to it, and an airbrushed flourish. The one thing I don’t like about it is the language at times and the more heavy sexual themes that pop up. What I do like is how these scenes are downplayed nicely, especially considering it’s sourced from traditional Greek myths.
Ha, Il-Kwon‘s Annarasumanara, (2010) Serialized as a Naver Webtoon
There is a rumor that a magician lives in the tent by the abandoned theme park; some even say his magic is real. However, before he starts his show, he always asks his audience: “Do you believe in magic?”
For Yoon Ah-ee, magic seems like a distant memory. Faced with the harsh reality of poverty, she spends all her time studying, working, and taking care of her younger sister in the absence of their parents. She no longer believes in the wonders of magic, just like her skeptical classmate Na Il-Deung, who has been brought up to believe that a good education is the only way to approach life.
When Ah-ee stumbles into the abandoned theme park and has a chance encounter with the magician, her life is changed forever. Annarasumanara reveals a philosophical, heartwarming, and thought-provoking story of what it means to grow up into the person you want to be.Myanimelist Overview
I didn’t even know what a Manhwa is when I found this. I figured it out after a while when I realized the names were spelled differently than I’m used to reading Japanese Manga. This story is a tear-jerker and full of beautiful symbolism. It made me question the type of adult life I wanted to lead, especially considering the mechanical feel school life and job finding has.
Han Xu,Yuanqi Gongchang‘s Love Like Cherry Blossoms (2016-2018) serialized in Manwhatop
He knows her secret. She knows his secret too. He is the coolest guy in school. She is the curve wrecker of class. They make a deal in exchange to keep each other’s secret. They should be strangers after that promise. But he offers to help her confess to her crush at the same time. Is that true? Is he just teasing her? Or…?Manhwatop Overview
This story is sort of about the main girl Sakura crushing on a popular guy, but more about her and other characters evolving as people and accepting life changes. What really popped out for me was the artwork. It has such a soft, glowing feel to it.
Han Xu L-Mo‘s Once More (2019) serialized on mangasy.com
Two people who missed their chance to be together in high school because of some misunderstandings, return to teach at their old school after graduating from university. After seven years, however, the male lead doesn’t realize that the female teacher standing before his eyes is the girl from back then!
The two-faced math teacher and the stern female gym teacher meet again. Even though some things may stay the same, the people themselves have changed. Can the feelings that died back then return once more? The secrets from their senior year of high school are slowly revealed…Mangasy Overview (I fixed some grammatical errors but not too much too detract from what the site did(.
I’ve been following this series for about a year and I love seeing the romance develop. What I really appreciate is how the characters communicate with each other. They don’t just sit and let their feelings fester. Overall, this is one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve found in a while.
Dazzingly Bright (2019-?) serialized in Manhwatop
A webnovel author, 28 years old Yeonsoo, is immersed in developing her new work. But the plan that she had been working on diligently turned out to be unsatisfactory, and she collapsed while being on the phone with her editor. When she woke up, she was in a hospital room. Apparently she collapsed because she hadn’t been eating or sleeping well. The doctor advised Yeonsoo to walk for ten minutes a day as an exercise. And while she started to exercise on an impulse with the man with a limited time(?), ‘Han Gyul’, who was admitted next to her in the hospital, Somehow she felt her heart flutter…?
Enjoy the freshness of an older female lead that unexpectedly gets her heart bombarded by a younger man!Manhwatop Overview
I’m also a sucker for love stories like Dazzlingly Bright. Yeon-soo and Han Gyul’s relationship unfolds really slowly, much like the chapter releases, in a way that’s heartwarming and genuine. They are sweet to each other, rather than adopting more toxic tropes I have often seen between couples with larger age gaps. Yeonsoo’s job and life situation are very similar to my own. Much like her, I don’t want to fit into the office job or business culture people are caught up in.
2. Han kyoung chal‘s Spirit Fingers (2019-2021) serialized in Webtoon
What do you do if you’re going on 18, totally awkward and lacking in self- confidence? You could just sit in your room all day and all night and study and wonder why you never get asked out…OR, if you’re Amy Song you could join up with the Spirit Fingers – the strangest, hippest, coolest (yet most welcoming) art club ever. But as Amy is about to learn, discovering your TRUE colors is about more than just painting.Webtoon Overview
Spirit Fingers is completely finished and I loved following every second of it. It doesn’t just feature characters from one age group or background. All of them are of varying ages, with unique life circumstances and stories. This story is about allowing love into one’s life and embracing ourselves for the wonderful people we are. It’s the perfect story for anyone lacking confidence and life direction.
1. Stephen McCranie‘s Space Boy (2015-?) serialized in Webtoon
Available on Amazon for Purchase
A girl who belongs in a different time. A boy possessed by an emptiness as deep as space. A story about an alien artifact, a mysterious murder, and a love that crosses light years.Webtoon Overview
Space Boy is special. Stephen McCranie’s goal is to write comics that heal and this one definitely does that. I love every aspect of this series from the evolving art, the multidimensional characters, the way relationships develop, and the underlying truths on finding meaning in life despite tragedy. I recommend this story to everyone I meet! It’s truly beautiful and heartwarming.
Thank you for reading! See you tomorrow.
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