Let Dai 9
December 27, 2008
God, I love this series so much. Did I mention that? I really, really do. It really is very romantic, and I love the way the entire cast of the series contributes to the angst/drama plot totally independently of the main couple.
I’ve sort of ignored Goohee almost the entire series (I think he appeared in, like, volume 2), but he’s actually a really great character. He was introduced as sort of a bad guy, but his earnest and shy pursuit of Eunhyung is quite adorable and understated. It’s a shame pretty much every single character gives him the shaft as far as… well, everything goes. He gets taken advantage of again in this volume when a gift he picked out for Eunhyung scores Naru Hagi brownie points, even after he tried to use it to try and get closer to Yooneun.
I’m glad Eunhyung is getting better. What happened to her was terrible, and I’m glad it wasn’t taken lightly in the context of the series. Actually her surviving and dealing with being raped is probably one of the main themes of the series. Seeing her getting back to a regular life and accepting the good things around her again definitely makes all the guilt I had reading the previous volumes worth it, because it really shows how the event changed her, and how she’s gradually healing and looking up once again wouldn’t seem as realistic if she had done it to begin with.
Something terrible happens to Dai in this volume, too. He cries. Sometimes I have a hard time telling the difference between whether Dai is sweating or crying when his face isn’t shown, and I’m pretty sure the ambiguity is intentional. But here… well, he’s just crying, and it is most heartbreaking. He has every reason to cry, and the dialogue that goes with that particular panel is also quite well-chosen.
I liked that scene and the aftermath quite a bit, actually. Dai winds up at Jaehee’s house, and Jaehee’s mom revises the opinion she had developed about him at the hospital (it’s not stated what the opinion was, but it was either hostile or uneasy, it doesn’t really say why). Later, she… revises the opinion again in a scene I don’t quite understand (was the bathroom door open? why was the bathroom visible from the front door?!). She tries very hard not to think about it, which doesn’t bode well.
Also, this is as good a time to mention it as any, because Dai was apparently showering in his tighties. I kind of wonder what kind of censorship guidelines the magazine this ran in had. Jaehee and Dai are shown sleeping together several times, but never having sex, and they’re always wearing pajamas, sometimes matching ones. It’s implied that they have sex, since Dai admits at one point that Jaehee was his first. They kiss, but never are they shown kissing with their tongues. There was one or two other things that struck me as slightly off, which I may mention later, but I’ll say it again: this series has the most erotic relationship I’ve ever seen between two people, and that this is accomplished with little more than kisses between the couple is nothing short of amazing.