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  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: ICE Kunion
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 89-527-4612-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Legend Vol. #01

By Michelle Ramonetti     February 27, 2007
Release Date: November 01, 2006

Legend Vol.#01
© ICE Kunion

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Woo SooJung / KARA
Translated by:HyeYoung Im
Adapted by:J. Torres

What They Say
Once upon a time, a selfish king summoned the montrous Bulkirin into the real world. The monster killed half of all human beings, leaving the rest helpless as to what to do. That is, until one day when a hero appeared and defeated the Bulkirin with the legendary "Seven Blade Sword." But... what does all this have to do with 8th grader Eun-Gyo Sung?!

First, she gets suspended from school for fighting. Then, she runs away from home. The last thing she needed was to be kidnapped - and whisked into the past by a mysterious stranger named No-Ah!

The Review
A spunky girl, who could not care less about legends, finds herself thrust into the past to encounter a broken item of latent magical powers and the dark villain who desires it for himself. Her guide in the past is a handsome, if disagreeable, guy to whom she finds herself attracted.

Thinking of Inuyasha? Close, but not quite.

Among the many differences in Legend, a Korean girls' fantasy, is its unlikely heroine: Eun-Gyo Sung. Like many a female main character, Eun-Gyo is an underachiever and a glutton, but she also loves to climb trees and walls "and tussle with anyone who ticks her off. Her boisterous character holds Legend together and spices it up with mottoes like, "She who pulls hair first wins the fight." At the same time, she acts girly, blushing easily and declaring that others have compared her beauty to that of Korean actress Ji-Hyun Jun. Because of this, Eun-Gyo is less like Kagome and more like that petite, fifteen-year-old, red-headed sorceress named Lina Inverse "with less potential for destruction.

With such an outlook on life, it's safe to assume Eun-Gyo would find herself in the principal's office, which she does after the umpteenth time . . . to face suspension. That night, after her dad helps her run away from her knife-flinging mother, Eun-Gyo's luck seems to improve; standing on the opposite subway platform is a beautiful, mysterious young man who, in a sudden turn of events, leaps across the tracks to save her life. But his intentions with her are not so noble, as she soon discovers when he follows her home and kidnaps her. Eun-Gyo does not prove to be an easy captive, and it is only in a meandering way that the time traveler No-Ah manages to escort her back to the past so their adventures can really begin.

Like Eun-Gyo, No-Ah Joo is a piece of work. Though tall, graceful, and as beautiful as a young hero can be with his long hair and piercing eyes, No-Ah also happens to be a jerk. Almost every word out of his mouth is a cutting or impatient remark. His mission to retrieve Eun-Gyo, however, is centered on saving his kidnapped sister from the hands of a sinister man whose name we do not yet learn. No-Ah is forceful and rude, but sincerely desperate . . . the kind of guy who catches our sympathies and unconsciously begs Eun-Gyo to form a love-hate relationship.

The two of them, when together, are a small riot. No-Ah is so handsome that, once Eun-Gyo overcomes being stunned by his good looks and fights his attempts to kidnap her, her mother is too overwhelmed by No-Ah's beauty to rescue her daughter, and the general public is so overcome they think Eun-Gyo's an ugly girl attacking the beautiful boy! Eun-Gyo also possesses her share of callousness, picking fights with No-Ah and gleefully spending all his money. They clash a lot, but as we get to know them better and they grow closer to each other, the dynamics of their relationship should become more subtle and even more interesting.

Legend's art style, by the way, is delicious. Every panel offers a feast of flowing hair, large eyes, and sprinkled shimmers "without overdoing it. To those manga lovers who are unfamiliar with manhwa, this could be a good, palatable introduction. And who can pass up a taste of Korean history wrapped into an action-packed fantasy?

It is difficult to say anything else about Legend yet, since Eun-Gyo and No-Ah's first adventure seems to be an episode unrelated to their true quest, whatever that is. We do learn that their journey is connected with a fierce monster that, having emerged from legend into real life, once destroyed half the human race; their quest is also connected with the weapon that originally slew this monster: the Seven Blade Sword. We only catch glimpses in this first volume of the man who wants to rejoin the shattered sword and claim its power, not even learning about his ultimate purposes or why he has captured No-Ah's sister. But Eun-Gyo Sung's somewhat annoying, yet always amusing personality "combined with the icy-hot temper of No-Ah "makes me not mind having to wait until Volume 2. Owner, AnimeOnDVD.com


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