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  • Bisan (Manhwa) Review

    Bisan Manhwa Review


    Written by Park Hye-rim
    – Drama
    – Historical
    – Shounen
    – Supernaturral
    Status: Completed
    Chapters: 8


    Not only is this a Manhwa, but it is also a webtoon. And for those who are unaware, a webtoon is typically Korean and is a manhwa style webcomic that is published in chapters similar to manga but online, rather than through a magazine or etc.


    Bisan, is a moving tale and told from the point of view of an old man, now hold up you rascal, don’t lose your attention yet. Bisan is told from the point of view of an old man, but the actual story is basically a retelling of the man’s experience as a child. It is a moving tale that encompasses the feelings of loneliness, comradeship and human nature. it appeals to the senses, and despite being a relatively short manhwa,it is what one would describe as short and sweet.
    This is a pure and innocent tale, almost folkstory like ahah. Either way I enjoyed it’s simplicity and small attention to certain details.
    [THERE WILL BE SPOILERS] – I shall put this ~ [SPOILERS] where they appear, but will try and keep it relatively mysterious, probably won’t be many in this review.
    Bisan or it’s alternate name ‘The Flying Mountain’ possesses a simplicity and beauty in it’s natural form, the overall mood is quite clean cut and straight to the point. Not surprising as mystery is not one of its genres.
    But hey it is supernatural, what I can say is that in a way it is quite a strange manhwa, but that’s its charm so do read on.


    Plot of Bisan


    Bisan, is about a young boy who meets a giant turtle, as he runs away from the troubles of a mass drought (see what I said about it seeming a little strange?), that isolates this young boy from other parts of the general population is his ability to be able to witness this enormous turtle that carries a mountain on his back. Bisan is essentially a story within a story, as the main character is the grandfather of the first appearance of a child, which in some respects makes it a cyclical story. Starting and ending with a child.


    Characters of Bisan


    As I may have mentioned, this manhwa is rather refreshing, and somehow diverges from normal shounen character qualities, the little boy is neither OP, sure of his path in life, and is actually a rather lonesome character. Throughout the whole manhwa only two characters have significance, reinforcing how the storyline completely revolves the boy and the turtle. Despite the cropping up of minor characters – which are never named – the story centres around the journey that the turtle and boy go through.
    But the turtle is mightily significant, it is the dramatic device that pulls the story along, the major turning point in the young boy’s life.
    Or is journey the wrong word? I guess not, this manhwa is about two lonely souls that find a companionship that is not based on physical attraction but the bond that overthrows discrimination of species. There is the apparent genuine bond between two characters and beings.
    However, it also highlights how a young child can feel alienated and how a child has to mature or grow up beyond its years to suits those around the said child, whilst receiving nothing in return from the ‘adults’ and ‘family’.


    Art of Bisan


    In terms of art, being a Manhwa and a webtoon every page is coloured and illustrated. But there is a exquisite feeling about the simplicity of the art, colours are generally quite subdued with gentle hues. The art is neither extravagant or lacking, and has a very individualistic vibe, that put me at peace.

    The character designs are also simplistic, whilst retaining a certain depth, the wave of emotions are easily conveyed, be it tears, smiles or the hardships There is a certain benefit to having a story revolving around only two MCs as there is more of a journey between the character developments and as the two characters, the little boy and the tortoise travel together. We see the boy’s tears and anguish that the feels for the ‘invisible tortoise’. Perhaps being the only one able to ‘see’ the tortoise the two are tied by more than a accidental meeting but fate, and all good things come after a bad event. You could even say that hope is a major theme of this Manhwa.
    It’s up to you whether or not to try this Manhwa but what I can say is that this Manhwa is great for a chilled short break from a action manga.


    Reviews by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98

  • Otoyomegatari (Manga) Review

    Otoyomegatari Manga Review


    Love is like a storm, it rages through the clearest sky when we least expect it. Whether we want it to or not.
    Prepare to leave for the nineteenth century silk road, the greatest Eastern trade route of the world. It is home to many nomad tribes and their lavish life, rich in traditions and history. You will follow the chronicles of Amira Halgal, a 20 year old woman. She is betrothed to a 12 year old boy of another tribe. The girl will strive to find her place in the new society as stories of love and life get intertwined under an exotic sky. Will this manga be worth the whole journey in these far away lands? Let us find out.

    What follows is my exotic review of this unknown gem, Otoyomegatari (aka Bride Stories). A historical/romance/slice of life seinen manga by the artist Kaoru Mori. It’s my intention to make this a more known work as it does deserve that. We’ll analyze Art, Characters, Immersion, Story and Personal Enjoyment of this work


    Art of Otoyomegatari

    Score 10/10


    I wouldn’t normally need to explain this point as it is more than self explanatory. I feel very sorry for this guy because he goes insane on all the details and everything beautifully drawn…everything. Kaoru Mori is an artist not a mangaka, only one or two manga I know can compare with such magnificence. Every single human being shown in the series has ethnic robes with unique motifs and patterns, the character design is various and includes what is probably the best diversity of faces I’ve ever seen. I’m not one who values graphics and art too much but in this manga is serious business.


    Characters of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10


    It’s painfully obvious how Otoyomegatari should also have excellent characters right ? Yes Indeed. Even though we come across archetype characters at times, the way they are developed and characterized is generally likeable. You feel attached to the characters and their stories, their lives and what they are put through. We are not talking of absurd psychological profiles, no it’s the simplicity and realism that the manga fares excellently once again.


    Immersion of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10


    If half of Otoyomegatari is about the relationships between the characters, the other half is about the immersion in the places where these lives are experienced. We’re talking about one of the most original and inspiring setting I have ever seen, an unspecified country not too far from Turkey. The tribal customs and traditions, foods, robes and artistically production of those people living in nothing more than a group of tents surrounded by an colors and decorations with kids playing, women hunting down the animals for dinner, the husbands trading and managing their families. Everyone is an irreplaceable part of this micro society, in a time and place where simplicity was the glasses they looked at the world through.


    Story and Pacing of Otoyomegatari

    Score 8/10


    Otoyomegatari is still ongoing and there is no hint that it’s gonna end any time soon but there is enough stuff for a general estimation. Although it’s more character driven, the story is about the life of the people of the nomad tribes situated somewhere in the Silk Road. As a seinen there are some controversial and mature theme (like the age of male protagonist) but it’s never vulgar or fan service. The way the romance is dealt with is lovable and intriguing, it never bores. Those times were never pacific and the various tribes usually had military quarrels, people died of illness and accidents, love was often a matter of interests and business


    Personal Enjoyment of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10


    Otoyomegatari is one of those undiscovered gems we can rely on when we we’re out of good stuff to watch/read. It’s overall a unique and highly educational work that gives us a breathtaking art and environment, characters and stories that are pretty easy to get into in their simple yet rewarding progression. If you look for something different and watching Fairy Tail/SAO is not what you think is quality time, then it could give some surprise. I’d like to see more works of Kaoru Mori in the future with his brilliant art and pretty unique stories.

    Overall Score 8.5/10 (Waiting for it to end for the real score)

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)