Bibi Manhwa Review
Written by Choi Kyung-ah
– School Life
Chapters so Far: 32
Ok, so despite the title stating that it is a Manga review, this is actually a Manhwa review. Manhwas as I elaborated on in the past is the korean equivalent of a manga, despite some obvious differences. Despite my most recent reviews being about shonen or seinen, BiBi is actually shojo, so I get this was a rebound from my little adventuring with the different genres.
BiBi focuses on the journey of a girl Nabi, her childhood dream was to be a fashion designer but due to her single mother their financial circumstances put them in a difficult situation. Nabi possess a special talent, in that replicate any clothing design, and she and her mother gain their income through selling these replicas in a imitation store. Her mother who has a special fascination bordering obsession with fashion, makes Nabi enter the Seoul Fashion Show, going up against some of the most talented designers of the country. At the fashion show, Nabi who is the model for their design meets Jehu a talented designer who attends the prestigious Baekje Art School.
Through a chain of events, Nabi gains the confidence to embrace her childhood dream and attempts to enroll in the prestigious school.
BiBi Manhwa does not bave matur scenes, so far yet, but the latest cliffhanger does address something quite controversial or should I say against common human morality
[THERE WILL BE SPOILERS]
In terms of the manhwa on the whole, (I usually do this at the end, but let’s mix it up a tad) it was enjoyable and attention grabbing, however the plot is not entirely easy to understand, and actually requires a lot of thought since although it is a Shoujo it does border some aspects of mystery.
Plot of Bibi
BiBi, introduces the reader to a world of the competition in the fashion world, and the grit and jealousies that most people have encountered. As forewarning for those who do wish and hopefully you will try out this manga, the first chapter is slightly confusing and leaps straight in with brands such as Chanel and Gucci, as well as confronting the social divide between those who have more power and those who do not. And in some ways everything revolves back to this human eccentricity called money.
However, before my mind drifts off into other thoughts lets get back on the train. Nabi and her mother are basically kicked out of a ‘luxury store’ and after this, the reality of their situation really hits them, at which point Nabi’s mother enters them into the Seoul Fashion Design Show, at this show Nabi meets Jehu, their meeting is sponatneous and memorable, but brings controversry to the show. The arc with the fashion show is important as it introduces the reader to the charactes that are most likely going to play a large role in the story. Similarly, this refuel Nabi’s goal of becoming a fashion designer. She tries to enroll in the famous art school, but to do so she first has to take a series of tests to prove that she is worthy of entering as a student.
But moving on, to a major factor of the shoujo which revolves around romance, if you haven’t already guessed, Jehu and Nabi do have a spark, but it does get more complicated hence the cliche love triangle. But what defines the difference with this love triangle is the actions that the love rival commits against the heroine. It emphasizes how love can be both a fickle path as well as manipulative and causes happiness and hurt. But love can be a familial and romantic love and both these groups are fused to produce a explosive result in the plot.
Characters of Bibi
Character development is slow but it does mean the reader is able to experience the same as what the MC goes through in terms of hardship and betrayal. Although the author has not revealed much about the characters’ pasts it does seem like they will further down the plot, as there are major gaps and hints that reveal some tiny bits at a time. Similarly, something that captured my attention was how realistic some scenes were, issues such as divorce, marital disputes and hardships were represented and conveyed.
Art of Bibi
The art is in the manhwa style and again is drawn beautifully but does require some getting used to at first, it has a fragile and delicate feel to it, but also incredibly powerful at the same time. Conveying both the strength and weaknesses of the MC in particular devastating scenes.
To conclude, the story is quite fast paced but also slow at the same time, a bit of a contradiction but it is true, so if you enjoy shojo and want a different taste of feel, I would recommend this manhwa it is incredibly interesting and I personally look forward to what the future chapters have to offer.
Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.