Since the Manga, or Manhwa, is far from over right now, I still want to use the opportunity and talk about it, so let’s do another “Let’s talk about…”.
It admittedly took me quite a while to continue reading this one, since I stopped right at chapter 10 back when this was the most recent chapter out. After quite a few months had passed, I finally picked it up again, and oh god, I can tell you, being able to read 50+ new chapters of something that amazing is simply the best feeling ever.
Though, let’s start with the actual post now.
The Manhwa follows the lives of the two university students, Baek Seol-a and Kim No-rae. They couldn’t be any more different from one another, as Seola is known for acting up to her rich girl status and is famous for fooling around with guys, while No-rae is pretty much a nobody at their university, living a more quiet life that quite fits her character. Though, it seems that opposites do attract each other, and despite not having much in common, the two start hitting it off as friends quickly. However, as they get closer to each other, they both realize that there is something else….
And trust me when I tell you that this realization happens painfully slow, but I can’t deny that this is probably this Manhwa’s main selling point for me and many others. Ever since I finished one of my favorite Manga of all time Girl Friends by Milk Morinaga, I’ve always wished for something like this. The two main characters don’t immediately see each other as potential partners, they don’t start having feelings for each other after their second meeting, and they simply don’t act on impulses that might ruin their friendship. They simply take their time, as in really thinking this through, trying to understand their own feelings and also trying to understand each other. From their first encounter on, we already notice that there is something special between them, though this something needs to be explored and understood before anything can happen, and that’s something I enjoy quite a lot.
Since this has 60+ chapters so far, you get all the time you need to get to know the characters, which then again enables you to actually understand the motives behind their actions. This is something I miss in a lot of manga. Most of the ones we get are so short that you basically just get a few pages for the characters’ short introduction. You learn of a few of their character traits, and that’s basically what drives them throughout the whole thing. There is usually simply no more time to develop a character any further, when you’re limited to one volume or even less anyway. And that’s exactly why Fluttering Feelings is able to capture me with their story so much. The characters feel alive, their actions are not guided by a few specific traits, but their characters are actually very complex, making the story seem far more realistic and the characters way more unique.
Seol-a, for example, would be a character I don’t normally like, or maybe even despise, thanks to her sometimes arrogant and aloof behavior. She acts like a rich girl that doesn’t know what “no” means and orders people, especially men, around, since she knows she can get away with it. However, there is a lot more to her character, some things that even explain her aloof and sometimes distanced behavior, and that’s something you can only fully depict in an accordingly lengthy story.
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Well, you can argue that it’s really taking a little too long, since even after 68 chapters, there has not even been a single kiss or anything like that. Though, I enjoy the way the author throws in little hints and just a few very lovey-dovey scenes between Seol-a and No-rae every now and then, like their almost kiss, or them falling asleep on each other’s shoulder while watching a movie. It’s all really endearing, and it sure builds up the tension.
The only thing I probably have a bit of a problem with though, is the fact that I always end up confusing characters with each other. It’s not about the names, but rather about their looks, since despite the fact that these characters all look absolutely stunning and are very well drawn, they often end up looking alike, particularly the ones with similar hair styles. In the case of the male characters, this can be an especially big problem. They are all—without exception—really tall, bulky, and have short dark hair. I actually find it funny how literally all of them are double the size of the girls their age, though I might be the only one having a problem with that. The art, in general, is just like I said, absolutely beautiful. I really enjoy how all Manhwa I know so far are fully colored. It’s something that probably takes a lot of time, but it just adds an extra touch to the story, which I do quite like.
Right now, we might be halfway through the story, since Ssamba mentioned Fluttering Feelings being about 100 chapters long (I sure hope even longer). Unfortunately, the whole thing is on hiatus right now, and no one really knows when it will finally continue, though we got a nice video in the meantime that shows something like an animated promo video for Fluttering Feelings. I’m not 100% sure whether this is an official promo video, though it sure looks like it:
Right now, after having read 68 chapters, I would rate it as follows:
Total Enjoyment: 9.5/10