Bride of the Water God Vol. #05 -

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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 978-1595824455
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Left to Right
  • Series: Bride of the Water God

Bride of the Water God Vol. #05

Bride of the Water God Vol. #05 Manga Review

By Sakura Eries     March 24, 2010
Release Date: February 17, 2010

Bride of the Water God Vol. #5
© Dark Horse Comics

A second bride arrives in Suguk!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Mi-Kyung Yun
Translation: Julia Kwon Gombos
Adaptation: Julia Kwon Gombos

What They Say
With a jealous admirer and a bitter, powerful mother plotting behind his back, Habaek's controversial decision to return Soah to his magical kingdom has the elemental gods and goddesses in an uproar. Habaek, the moody water god who rescued Soah's village from famine and drought, is also dealing with a curse that turns him into a child during the day and reverts him to his true adult form at night. While some of the inhabitants of his domain are friendly to his human bride - and some are a bit too friendly - Habaek has kept his curse secret from Soah, who's become completely confused by all the attention and resentment her presence brings! When night falls, Habaek pretends to be the aloof, handsome god, Mui, whose irresistible charisma and flirtations with Soah have her thinking that she's about ready to cheat on her immature spouse. It may be about time for Habaek/Mui to come clean! And who's really responsible for the death of his previous human bride?

The Review!

After four volumes, you’d think Habaek/Mui would be willing to reveal his secret to Soah, and he is. Volume 5 opens with him deciding to tell Soah the truth—until a familiar face shows up. Nakbin’s back –not the imposter of Volume 3, but the real deal—and under the strangest of circumstances.

Her appearance throws the inhabitants of Suguk into turmoil. Apparently, elemental gods aren't omniscient when it comes to knowing whether an individual is living or dead. Doubts arise as to whether or not she is the same woman, but one thing is clear, she is not on Soah's side. Though this volume generates more questions than answers, Nakbin's arrival heightens the tension, making the story a whole lot more interesting.
Shortly thereafter, Habaek speaks with Wol Ha, the matchmaker god. Their conversation is cryptic, but you get to see a more honest side of Habaek than he usually shows and a sense of the struggles in his life. Unfortunately, those struggles are going to continue because not only is fate against him, but so is the Emperor, who has had a larger hand in things than we've been led to believe.
In summary:
The arrival of a second bride to Habaek throws all of Suguk into turmoil. No one knows what her intent is, but one thing is certain -- she's no friend of Soah's. With even the Emperor getting involved, things are heating up in the land of the Water God. 
Four gorgeous full-color pages, four pages of closing cartoons, and a postscript from the creator are included as extras in this volume.  


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