Let Dai 2

March 9, 2008

Abuse and obsession continue in equal doses. The girl that was captured and abused, Jaehee’s girlfriend, seems somewhat worse for wear in this volume. She’s basically rejected her old personality and seems to be failing an inner battle, she reacts violently if someone, especially men, come in contact with her person. She’s trying to hide what happened from her mother, but one wonders if she’ll be able to do it for long.

Jaehee moves, and has some SERIOUS INNER CONFLICT about Dai. Not knowing how the mind of a lovestruck boy works, I found the frequent and eloquent soliloquies kind of bizarre, but it’s definitely part of this story’s charm. Things are stalled for a long time, but in the downtime, the characters let you know in a lot of words just what it is that they’re thinking. It at least helps the stories become more sincere.

It is interesting to see Yooneun and Jaehee torn apart inside by their bad decisions. The actions may not be the wisest, but the heart wants what it wants, I suppose.

The violence comes in more towards the end in the form of a heartfelt reunion.

Let Dai is the most drama-tastic shoujo (or whatever the Korean equivalent is) in English, hands down. Not even Nana can hold a candle to the drama here, though Nana certainly has a leg up story-wise. God knows nothing but disastrous relationships happens in Let Dai.

5 Responses to “Let Dai 2”

  1. Lianne Says:

    Let Dai is hands down the most drama-tastic shoujo (or whatever the Korean equivalent is) in English, hands down.

    You said it! I finally convinced my roommate to read it the other day, and she blew through all the volumes I owned and then dropped money at netcomics.com to read as much of it as is available in English. That’s more than 12 volumes in the span of a day. Let Dai is one of the cruelest, most addictive dramas I’ve ever read.

  2. em Says:

    ah damn! i jsut found out about this one and I really want to read it…

  3. becka Says:

    Jesus, I just read the first two volumes of this in about an hour … I was skimming, what with all the inner angsting and whatnot … and wow. I really love the story, but somehow I just have trouble getting to grips with how violent Dai is. I mean, he loves Jaehee but he beats him up. A lot. I don’t know why I’m having problems with this, because Dai is presented as evil incarnate from the outset and this is after all BL … it’s just … gratuitous.

    Anyway, I know I’ll have to follow this to the end now I’ve got started. Damn Netcomics … *growl*

  4. Connie Says:

    True, the abuse is very shocking. I was really put off by it in the first volume, but in that train wreck kind of way, where I just had to keep reading to see what was going on. It’s still there in all four volumes of the series that I’ve read, but it seems like Jaehee always holds his own or takes it, and I have to admit it makes the story more… dramatic.

  5. becka Says:

    Yeah, you weren’t kidding about the drama thing … it’s just like angst/drama/angst constantly. Not complaining, but I’ve started turning to Saiyuki in an effort to calm down after reading Let Dai and that’s when you know what you’re reading is madly violent …

    I just have to carry on reading it now – you’re right about the train wreck thing.

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