Let Dai 15

February 3, 2009

So here we have the last volume of the series.

It opens with some extremely brutal violence.  Dai-Oxin and his gang decide to take their recent troubles out on Jaehee when they spot him out with Yooneun.  Jaehee takes a savage knifing, and Dai shows up to insult Yooneun (by giving a really mean-spirited speech where he basically admits he’s jealous without actually saying so) and to beat the punks up and talk about why being a punk is scary because you just can’t quit.  Yooi shows up later, and there’s a great scene between the two brothers which is quite wonderful in a very understated and emotional way (though Yooi still tells Dai he’s crazy for liking another guy, he’s probably the only person who hasn’t beaten the two up when he found out about them, and he pretty much tells him that they’re still brothers and all).  The whole Yooi-loves-Yooneun-who-loves-Jaehee-who-loves-Dai-who-is-Yooi’s brother thing that’s been going on for most of the series is resolved right here.

Then there’s a beautiful, long scene where Jaehee and Dai live the perfect life.  It even has a little tragedy mixed in, since Jaehee has to hide something from Dai.  If this volume had actually ended with a particularly sad, bittersweet scene between the two boys on the beach, I would have been perfectly pleased since I could have imagined a number of my own outcomes.

But it keeps going.  The second half of the volume separates Jaehee and Dai.  For real this time.  Dai doesn’t come back or get in touch or anything due to his family situation.  A few years pass.  There’s a really weird epilogue that I couldn’t figure out, and then the two most cryptic last pages in any manga I think I’ve read.  But the outcome is pretty clear, and I have to say I was okay with the ending as it was, weirdness and all.  There’s no classic shoujo ending or anything, but that’s okay since this isn’t a typical shoujo series.  It’s very passionate, which is what this series does best, and it ends with the wonderful secondary characters discussing things.  I think that’s fine.

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So… I understand why Dai keeps his identity hidden when he and Jaehee reunite.  He doesn’t know if Jaehee feels the same way after all those years, and he’s really upset about it.  It may also have something to do with the promise to his dad about never returning.  And it just occurred to me that he may be ashamed of his former punkish self, and him saying “Dai is gone” may be a way of hinting that Jaehee will have to accept a changed man.  But it seems like if you run into Jaehee in your cabin that he can only be coming to because he misses you desperately, you wouldn’t need the disguise.  Plus, you know, it seems like you’d drop it after Jaehee guessed who you were and clearly felt the same way, too.  And maybe he did drop it. The scene ends right after that part.

But then, it ends with Dai telling Jaehee about the note at the airport.  It’s sort of implied that Jaehee runs out of the house (in the middle of a snowstorm) right after he hears about the note.  But if Jaehee knows that it’s Dai, why did he run off when he’s finally got the real thing in front of him?  He’s wearing the same clothes and everything, so it must’ve been the same day.  The note scene was certainly good enough to wait all this time for, though.  It was one of those things that got to me the first time I read the series.

And those last two pages!  What the hell!  The narrator is most likely Jaehee, but much older, and probably in America.  He mentions going to a bar while older, then thinking back to hanging out with his friends at a bar when he was younger and them being very upset about Ozzy Osbourne leaving Black Sabbath.  That made me mentally move the entire series to the 70s, and I wasn’t sure if it made a difference or not.  Then I remembered that the characters used cellphones and dreamed of visiting Britney Spears, so I knew it was set in the present.  Then… what about crying over Black Sabbath?  Then he starts talking about Jerry Garcia or something.  This entire first passage didn’t made much sense to me.

Then he sort of talks obliquely about his and Dai’s life together as adults and the average life they lead, and talked about how being young made everything far more important than it actually was and made them overlook the fact they had pretty good lives, which I think is an interesting final note for the series.  Then he goes back to the beginning about how he’s in the bar by himself reflecting on all this, and says that the only friend he had at the bar was youth.  Hmm.

So yes, fiddly ending.  But it was a fantastic series, and it could have any ending it wanted considering how consistently good the rest of the series is.  It is one of my favorites ever, period.  The most romantic manga/manhwa money can buy.  READ THIS SERIES, or at least do so if you have a high tolerance for violence and soliloquies.

34 Responses to “Let Dai 15”

  1. em Says:

    Okay the ending tore me apart. I was FURIOUS. It just killed me about the whole part in the cabin and the note and the last pages! ARGHHH! But even so, Let Dai is for sure the BEST thing I’ve ever squandered my money on.

  2. Connie Says:

    I know! I was pretty angry when I first read the ending, but I think that had mostly worn off since there was about a month between finishing it and writing this review. I was in total disbelief when the story stopped where it did. I thought there had to be a few more pages. It felt very unsatisfying, but when I finished, I was still so, so happy with everything about the series. I’ve read it six or seven times through since last winter, and I still love absolutely everything about it. It will be hard for any series to ever match Let Dai, I think.

  3. Moon in Autumn Says:

    I’m glad to be able to hear someone else talk about the ending. It just about killed me when I first read it, and none of my manga-reading friends 1) wanted anything to do with it or 2) were past volume seven of it. Sigh. It was good to hear your ideas about what really happened at the end there. What an intense series. Wow.

    I wonder if we’ll ever see the end of that artist’s other series like Full House.

  4. Connie Says:

    Wow, how do they stop after volume 7? I think volume seven is where I decided I had to pull an all-nighter and read the rest of the volumes consecutively off the Netcomics site. It’s a shame, I think everyone I’ve talked to who’s tried this has absolutely loved it. It’s kind of a hard sell with the first volume, but boy is it worth it. I’m a bit sad I don’t have any friends here who I can convince to read romance comics, because I just can’t talk about it to anyone here.

    I keep hoping that Netcomics will release Full House. It might have still been tied up with CPM since it was on their site until the end, so here’s hoping that maybe the license is free and Netcomics is willing to publish it. I hope so. I think I would read anything else by this author, Full House or whatever else they can find.

  5. Joan Says:

    Quote: “The narrator is most likely Jaehee, but much older, and probably in America. He mentions going to a bar while older, then thinking back to hanging out with his friends at a bar when he was younger and them being very upset about Ozzy Osbourne leaving Black Sabbath. That made me mentally move the entire series to the 70s, and I wasn’t sure if it made a difference or not. Then I remembered that the characters used cellphones and dreamed of visiting Britney Spears, so I knew it was set in the present. Then… what about crying over Black Sabbath? Then he starts talking about Jerry Garcia or something. This entire first passage didn’t made much sense to me.

    Then he sort of talks obliquely about his and Dai’s life together as adults and the average life they lead, and talked about how being young made everything far more important than it actually was and made them overlook the fact they had pretty good lives, which I think is an interesting final note for the series. Then he goes back to the beginning about how he’s in the bar by himself reflecting on all this, and says that the only friend he had at the bar was youth. Hmm.”

    I’m afraid I don’t get what’s been said above. The ending I read stopped at that part where Jaehee’s friends are going to see Miss Crangela in order to take a look at Jaehee’s pics in America… Or am I missing something here? If I am, please feel free to tell me.

  6. Connie Says:

    The last page of the series is a page of narration that is unattributed and superimposed over a generic scene that could be anywhere, and it more or less runs along the lines I describe above. I think it comes directly after the scene where Jaehee’s friends are going to visit Miss Crangela. That page is incredibly ambiguous, and it felt like a shame to leave the series on that note, especially since I had a hard time making heads or tails of what the narrator was talking about, but I did like the gist of it, more or less.

  7. Kite Says:

    Ohhh, I just figured out that I hadn’t read all the way to the end cause I couldn’t bear to read it!

    I just did, now, though… And I only found an ending where Jaehee finds the note in the airport and makes it his mission to find Dai in America.

    Either way, if that man in the cabin was Dai… truly… I JUST WANT TO PUNCH HIM! I have a solution… Maybe Jaehee was psychotic and actually lived in America and made up this story, or was simply unable to grasp the concept of time. -whines- But that would just horrible. -sigh- I can’t wrap my mind around this!

    Was that man Dai? Was it Dai’s way of saying that the ‘Dai’ he knew was dead? Was he giving Jaehee a chance to hang on to the Dai he once knew, or to find comfort in the new Dai, the one before him in the cabin?

    I think that he gave Jaehee a choice there, telling him about the note. If Jaehee wanted Dai as he was, he would have to search, forever. Of course… he will never find him, if that was Dai in the cabin. If he was willing to accept that his old Dai was dead… and accept the new Dai, the one before him in the cabin, then he wouldn’t leave Dai in the cabin for essentially the ‘old’ Dai’s note.

    Uh, follow my train of thought here? Of course, there’s the possibility that that wasn’t Dai in the cabin, but… No, I don’t think that’s the case at all.

    Too bad I didn’t read that last page before.

  8. Connie Says:

    Yes, that makes a lot of sense. That’s probably the only explanation, actually, or at least the one that makes the most sense. I’m with you, though, that ending was not at all what I was expecting for that series. It seemed really anti-climactic and open-ended, even though I think it was more-or-less implied that the ending was happy and everyone learned a lesson and was leading a peaceful life.

    Still. Amazing stuff. I still re-read this series on a pretty regular basis. As angry as the end makes me, it’s still one of my absolute favorite series.

  9. P-chan Says:

    Okay, at your recommendation I bought the series from an acquaintance. I have read all 15 volumes in, like, 10 hours or something. THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER. Thank you and Let Dai for being so awesome! <3

    SPOILERS!

    I had a different interpretation of the ending. I think that the man in the cabin was Dai. But in that moment, he was saying he was not Dai, because he did not identify with Dai.

    First let me elaborate in that I think it is a very important thing to point out that Let Dai is very much a product of the the world it takes place in. This "Neo-Seoul" is as much a character as Dai, if not an extension of him, and I think that this is why it is impossible for the story to take place anywhere else. We don't see Jaehee in America with Dai specifically BECAUSE it's not Korea.

    In the end, Dai makes a vow never to return to Korea (which i think marks the completion of his change from the devilish sociopath from volume 1 into the Dai we know by the end), and leaves a note for Jaehee, which he never finds.

    After living in America and never meeting Jaehee, Dai comes to 2 conclusions. Either Jaehee doesn't love him anymore or he never got the note. So he goes to the cabin, because if there's any chance that Jaehee loves him, Jaehee will end up at the cabin sooner or later.

    But the man says he is not Dai. I think that this comes from the fact that apart from being Korea (where Dai no loner exists), in the end, Dai and Jaehee identify as "one". Dai is not Dai, because he is incomplete. And he doesn't know if "Dai" is "dead" or no longer in existance, because he's unsure if his other half feels the same way after all those years.

    In the end, he sends Jaehee to find the letter after having a semi-confirmation that Jaehee still loves him. Dai no longer exists in Korea, so Jaehee will have to find him in America. And as I said before, the story does not exist outside of Korea.

    Or at least, that's how I choose to interpret it. Thank you again for such a wonderful series!

  10. Connie Says:

    Wow, somehow I missed your comment here, I’m really sorry.

    But AWESOME. I’m so glad you liked it! I’m always really reluctant to recommend my favorite series when pressed, because I think I would be crushed to learn it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it was. Let Dai has a lot of “ifs,” but it is one of my absolute, hands-down all-time favorites, and I’m so glad you liked it. It sounds like you had the same experience I did reading it.

    Your interpretation is interesting, and I had not considered the place as an extension of Dai. There’s definitely a lot of evidence for that, especially in the last couple volumes, with the final fight that takes place in a location with a lot of memories for both Dai and Jaehee, and the fact that no matter how many times Dai tries to escape Seoul throughout the course of the story, someone always drags him back. I definitely got the vibe about Dai being “dead” to himself at the end, and unsure if Jaehee would still love the new Dai, or if he ultimately hated who the old Dai had been. The “oneness” thing with Jaehee also makes sense, and that frames the last conversation in a way that makes sense, and also puts the whole “fetching of the old note from the old Dai” thing in context.

    That whole final scene is definitely a roundabout way of doing anything, but I think it’s a good way to end things, since when did Dai or Jaehee ever take the easy, less verbal way around?

    Once again, I am so ridiculously glad you enjoyed it!

  11. P-chan Says:

    Oh, I just loved Let Dai! It’s definitely at the top of my favorites list right now. It’s not for everyone, certainly, but the drama is good, the romance is good, Let Dai is just plain good.

    After seeing it on this sight, I borrowed Totally Captivated from a girl I met at a convention. It’s seriously good! It’s not as good as Let Dai (which as I said, is my current fav.) but it’s a very good Boys Love (is all Korean BL this good?) The ending is very different from Let Dai, but Ewon and Mookyul weren’t quite as messed up as Dai, so I felt it was okay (Dai and Jaehee never will be straightforward. EVER. It’s just not them.)

    Korean comics and BL are areas that I don’t have a lot of experience with, but Let Dai is definitely opening me to the possibilities!

    By the way, after reading this, there is a significant lack of pimping for this series. It’s like the BL version of Mars, so why?

  12. Connie Says:

    You know, I’m all about pimping this series as much as possible, but I think a lot of people back off because of the way the darker content is perceived. I think it’s hard for some people to recommend a series where a girl is raped in the first volume, regardless of how that’s dealt with later or how good the rest of the series is.

    I really like Totally Captivated too, but I’m with you as far as it not being as good as Let Dai. It’s very different, and I read it in a desperate attempt to find something I liked just as much. They’re good in different ways, but both are pretty amazing.

    I haven’t read that much Korean BL, but those two are the definite stand-outs in my mind. There’s also One Thousand and One Nights, which is good, but is slower paced and not nearly as flagrantly romantic as the other two. I did like the first volume of The Summit, but that might have been part of a lingering affection from the author’s You’re So Cool, which is not BL but is still great romance. Roureville is also Korean BL. It’s more about mystery than romance, but I still liked it a lot. There’s only print versions of the first two volumes. The conclusion was published online at Netcomics, though. The only other Korean BL series I can think of right now is Boy Princess, which was absolutely terrible. The author has another series, called, Devil’s Bride, which is significantly better but never made it past volume one in English.

    The only other one I can think of that I know is BL and I haven’t read is Not So Bad, but I’ve never really heard anything either way about that, so I haven’t yet picked it up.

    I did try other books by Sooyeon Won afterwards. I picked up the cheap CPM versions of the first four volumes of Full House, but the main couple was really annoying and I couldn’t really get into it. It’s more popular in Korea than Let Dai, and I was excited to see if it got better after the first four volumes, but Netcomics seems to be stalled on it at the moment. Devil’s Trill, a one-shot volume by her (part of the Manhwa Novella Collection), is quite good though, ridiculously romantic in the same way as Let Dai. Unfortunately, the main character’s a vampire, but it’s about his undying love for the reincarnations of a single woman, and he frequently expounds on this in the same way that Jaehee does.

    There was a huge BL void after I read Let Dai that I tried to fill with a lot of series, but I still haven’t found anything quite as good. If you find something like it or Totally Captivated, let me know.

  13. Marie Says:

    Now I feel more confused. I read all Let Dai through tenmanga and realized that there were missing scans in volume 12 so when I finished volume 15 for a while I wanted to think that there was some problem like the 12 one so now I have a big question… does the manghwa ends in that page were they are all taking about Dai’s Birthday Card for Miss Cangrela? is that the last page? I have been reading some other opinions and try to understand more but the more I try to find out the real end I get more confused… if the guy talking with Jaehee was Dai or if it was his older brother *sigh* I realized that the guy didn’t want to show his eyes and seemed like he had injuries, I read somewhere that he probably felt responsible for what happened to Miss Cangrela and injured himself ;_; I want the author to clarify many things!

  14. Connie Says:

    The last page isn’t the one with the birthday card, but that’s pretty close. The last page is a long page of narration that… doesn’t really make much sense. ^_^; I talk about it at length in the review, but it doesn’t really clarify anything. Let Dai is definitely open-ended.

    I think the implication is that the man talking with Jaehee is Dai, but he’s so ashamed of his past that he’s afraid Jaehee won’t love him anymore, so he doesn’t want to show his face. I don’t think he was actually sick, I think he was just using that as an excuse to keep his face covered.

    The narration on the last page does leave you with the idea that Dai and Jaehee found each other and are living in America, but it also throws in a lot of… strange and anachronistic things into that mix. That’s okay, though. I’ve grown kind of fond of the open end, as angry as it made me initially. It is a weird way to leave things, but it’s also fitting, somehow, for this series.

  15. Camilla Says:

    I’ve just finished reading this manhwa a few minutes ago and for me the last pages were also of Miss Cangrela receiving a letter from Dai. I realised that the pages were out of order as the cabin scene was in the beginning of volume 15. I went back, re-read the cabin scene and it made a lot more scene.

    Also after I read all the posts and comments on this page I felt much better as I thought that he left for America to only find himself alone remenising about the past.

    :'( The comments about restored my faith and it actually lifted my mood. I’m going to buy all the volumes of this manhwa as I absolutely adored it.

    And Connie, any magnificent manga/manhwa/manhua recommendations would be lovely. :D

    Ta, Camilla

  16. P-chan Says:

    Upon rereading this series, I noticed something in this volume I thought was important. The man in the cabin is wearing (if I’m not mistaken) a hat that Dai wore earlier in the series.

    And another thing is that the man in cabin’s face is obscured from view much in the same way Dai’s is throughout the series. In fact, the readers don’t even get their first clear view of Dai’s entire face until we see him in the convenience store, the scene AFTER the one he first appears in. Throughout the series, Dai’s face is often at least partially obscured by shadow, his hair, and yes, hats. While this isn’t unusual by itself, it’s done way more obviously and prominently with Dai than any other character in the series. This may be grasping at straws, but I really do think we’re supposed to pick up on this. Dai is always somewhat obscure to the reader in the same way he is obscure to Jaehee. We see more of him as Jaehee does, and none of him as Jaehee cannot recognize the man in the cabin as Dai (the similarities only become more apparent as Jaehee notices them).

  17. Connie Says:

    Ooh, those are all great details, I didn’t notice any of that. And I like that you mention that Dai’s face is obscured more than any other. I often wondered if that was so that his emotions couldn’t be easily read, but were more of an implication, and I thought it worked really well. I love what you said about getting to know more about him as Jaehee does too, because yes, the clues in the cabin are exactly that.

    I remember picking up on the fact that Dai’s face isn’t shown in that first scene the first time I read it, but didn’t think anything of it after that. It is interesting though, isn’t it?

  18. P-chan Says:

    Yeah, I actually believed the Man in the Cabin, because the way he was talking was so unlike Dai and he talked about Dai in a way I can’t see Dai talking about himself. But I grew suspicious of him when he mentioned that he was “coughing” and wearing the mask because of his “snow allergies” which is a story I didn’t see as adding up because what is there to be allergic to in a snowstorm? Frozen Water? A story that obviously fishy was sure to make the readers supposed to doubt him.

    All, his face is obscured by hats so much it’s like hitting the reader over the head with it, once you know what to look for. Even in vol. 15, look at pages 74 and 115.

    On another note, the amount of parallels between vol. 1 and 15 are ridiculous, the most obvious is Jaehee being jumped by gangsters and stabbed (just as Eunhyung was jumped and Dai was stabbed). Continuing on with the Eun-hyung analogy, Yooneun and Yooi fight over Jaehee similarly to how Jaehee and Dai fought over Eunhyung, only without the some of the most emotionally messiness (that was possible?) Dai and Jaehee go on a trip together in both volumes, the beach in vol. 1 and both the cabin and the beach in vol. 15, but with each party acting oppositely than how they did before. Ex: Dai didn’t want to let Jaehee go even though he knew Jaehee’s mother would be worried and wanted to extend their time together no matter what it took, with Jahee knowing they had to get back and the sooner the better. In the second example, Dai wanted to back as soon as possible because he knows Jaehee will die without proper medical attention and his family is worried, while Jaehee is willing to give his life if it means more time together with Dai. Also, their lines “What does [he/I] mean to you?” “Everything.” is also reversed. Dai says it in vol. 1, Jaehee says it in vol. 15.

    These are the best examples of how their relationship as transformed them. They’ve come full-circle. But their relationship still needs improvement. They have come to understand each other fully, but they STILL can’t agree w/ each other. Their passion is still destructive. I think they needed the separation. I think it tempered them and will help their relationship be more healthy and fulfilling. And let’s face it, none of the relationships in this story are healthy. NONE.

    Sorry about going on and on like this. It’s just Let Dai is SO interesting and there’s so much there to see and say. Someone ought to do one of those awesome livejournal essays on it.

  19. Connie Says:

    Camilla: Sorry for the late reply! I’ve got a list of titles that are sorta like Let Dai that make for good followups, so here we go:

    Totally Captivated is another manhwa published by Netcomics, and is where a lot of people (myself included) go after reading Let Dai. It’s another boys’ love romance, with some yakuza overtones, but there’s a lot less drama, and the main character is a pretty fun and upbeat guy. It’s a great series, and horribly addictive, but in a different way from Let Dai. And it’s only six volumes long.

    I’d also recommend Yellow, by Makoto Tateno. It’s pretty good, but not nearly as addictive as Let Dai or Totally Captivated. It’s a manga, published by June, and another BL-centric title. It’s action-oriented, and about these two “retriever” business partners that interact through these initially episodic case-like chapters, then get involved romantically later on. I’ve only read the first omnibus volume, but I liked it quite a bit.

    One that’s pretty similar to Yellow, but more heavy on the action, is Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida. Some of the volumes are unfortunately out of print, but many of the early ones have an older edition that’s easy to get ahold of. It’s another action series, this time about a gang leader named Ash in New York that’s trying to dig up the mysteries of a drug called Banana Fish that caused his brother to lose his mind during the Vietnam war. At the beginning of the story, Ash meets Eiji, a Japanese reporter that has come to America to do a story on gang violence, and the two get caught up as the underworld turns against Ash and the characters are forced to flee and outwit criminal opponents for answers to just what the drug is. There’s two halves of the story, the one with the action and mystery, and the other side about the relationship between Ash and Eiji. It’s not overtly romantic, but the two share a deep bond. It’s great stuff.

    Those are all the ones I can think of at the moment, but all of them are pretty great. Let me know what you think if you decide to try any.

  20. Connie Says:

    P-chan: Ooh, good catch, comparing the first and last volumes like that. As many times as I’ve read this series, I never noticed all that, and you’re right about all of it. It’s really amazing how well planned this series was, and to flip everything around like that without being completely obvious is really a feat.

    I always hope to see more high-profile articles about this series. It really is one of the best romance comics I’ve ever read.

  21. Melissa Says:

    I read Let Dai, and finished it a few days ago.

    SPEECHLESS.

    True, I read the series on mangareaders.net and the pages in the last book were scrambled, so it didn’t make much sense (the pages with Dai disguised in the cabin were smack in the middle of Jaehee’s dying by the railroad tracks scene), but I downloaded the last volume on mangatraders, so after that it was all good =)

    I believe that the man in the cabin was Dai. And I believe he says that Dai is “dead” because he has changed. Dai was cruel and unfeeling, and during his relationship with Jaehee, he has changed into someone different. Likewise, Jaehee also changes, from letting go of his youth to becoming stronger and a little reckless. Dai gives some of himself to Jaehee, and Jaehee gave some of himself to Dai. They aren’t “Dai” and “Jaehee” anymore. They are “one”. I believe Dai wanted to check on not only Jaehee’s feelings for Dai, but on his own feelings for Jaehee. And Jaehee NEEDED to see that note, to discover for himself what he wanted. Jaehee wants Dai. So in the end, I believe that Jaehee goes to America. I believe that he sends pictures of he and Dai to Miss Crangela.
    I noticed how it always made Jaehee sad that there would never be any peace as long as he and Dai were together. Their relationship is destructively beautiful. I believe that their feelings are so strong, that they collide with immense force. I was so glad that Jaehee’s mother decided to support her son in his decision. For me, that and Miss Crangela’s acceptance were the very first signs of peace to me. Also, the ganster who accepted the consequences of his actions (raping Eunhung), Naru’s acceptance of Eunhyung’s death, and Yooneun finally letting go of Jaehee, which also helped Jaehee let of his past. These, as well as others, are all signs of eventual peace for JaeDai.
    Dai-Oxin COULD be seen as a symbol, if you really want to tear this story down to the very bone. He could represent Dai’s old self, someone he (Dai) has to overcome.

    Reading this reminded me of MARS, the way that I reacted to it. MARS and Let Dai are two stories that left me crazy.

  22. nosoundgirl Says:

    Hey, like one of the commenters on here the last page for me was Naru narrating and nothing about Jaehee or Dai. So I was really curious and mad at the author for leaving it like that without knowing if Jaehee ever met up with Dai (America is a big country). I was wondering if you could post the last two pages with Jaehee narrating or even write down what he says word for word cuz I’d really like that closure feeling with the author’s own words. thanks and I understand if you can’t. On another note Let Dai was one of the best mangas I’ve ever read period. Its amazing, beautiful, inspiring and a lot more for me. I really think Dai was the one in the cabin and I actually thought that the reason he didn’t let Jaehee know it was him was because he was worried his father could find out and track him that way and know he was in Korea again. So he wanted Jahee to come to America. I’m not sure about this ‘old’ Dai dead thing though it makes a bit of sense it just doesn’t seem a Dai thing to do lol. I think he just said it casually as he says alot of things to get out of tough conversations with Jaehee.

  23. pilar Says:

    LET DAI trully is the BEST manga i have read. i loved it and i wish they were more manga like that. but the ending did left me wanting MORE MORE URGHH!!! anyway if anyone know a manga like let dai pz tell

  24. Alex Says:

    Wow, I can’t believe I just finished reading this.. ='(
    I mean, its almost the end of 2011.

    Whew! This manga, is the BEST I’ve ever read!

    Just that, im really disappointed on how the author ended the story.. ='(
    I was literally searching the web for the possible site I could lay my fingers on for the real ending of this manga, thinking that probably it got cut from the site I was reading it from, but theres none..

    Indeed, hays I felt like I can’t get through the day because of that ending..

  25. Alex Says:

    and i think that was Dai who was in the cabin.. Yes thats him, Jaehee recognized the fingers, and the voice as well..

    And i think, he donated his eyes for Mrs. Crangela, since he cannot show his eyes to Jaehee, for some reason he cant explain.. and probably thats why he sent Mrs Crangela a card without anything but “happy birthday to you” and his hand written name.

  26. Amelia Says:

    but crangella can’t see that’s why she ask the boys to read the card for her….

    also in the pages of the cabin, the strange man face appears famished in a specific page (can’t remember wich one) as if he was sick…

    for a moment i thought it was dai’s friend (the barman) the man in the cabin

    i love this story, it was BL without unnecessary sex scenes

    <3

  27. Pua Says:

    I just finished reading Let Dai. I agree that this is by far one of my favorits, in fact its the only book so far that made me cry at the end. After reading all of these comments I feel a bit of peace within my self now. I have concluded that I really wish I could meet the auther and thank her for this, and thank her for two characters that I really love now :) Everything said and discussed here is made me believe that lol love helped both of them. Even if it was unhealthy at first haha.

  28. mic Says:

    This manga pulled so many gut wrenching emotions out of me and captured my attention like no other manga/manwhas out there. I’m amazed to find myself pulled into this drama without the oversell of sex crazed erotic scenes that we see often…although it would have been nice to include a few for fan service.

  29. Aliya Says:

    Hi Connie, I’m so glad I found this blog because it made me realize that I hadn’t completed the manhwa. I could only found pages as far as when Naru and Gonghee go visit Crangela and say she has some pictures Jaehee had sent her. But apparently, there’s more? Which is quite confusing, because the last page says “The End.”
    Sadly, I can’t register onto NetComics. And here I am, in the middle of the night, so very upset there are a few more pages to read. But by what you’ve said in your post, the ending, though bittersweet, encapsulates the tumultuous youthful angst of the series from the perspective of an older Jaehee. Is there anywhere other than Netcomics where I could read the last few pages?

  30. tomatotoss Says:

    I can’t seem to register on Netcomics either! I really wanna get hold of that last few pages. Please direct me to them if you could. I love Let Dai. I reread it a few days ago and it hit me harder than before that I wept in almost every scene.

  31. Flower of evil Says:

    Just speechless… I just finished read Let Dai and I’m just speechless. This is the pure art – a masterpiece. I don’t know who was the man in the cabion – for 70% I’m sure it was Dai and for 30% I think it could be Dai’s brother. I’m so mad about this open-ending…

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  33. SwallowsFlight Says:

    I just read this manga, and I am absolutely blown away. This manga is so underrated. I wish more people would read it and realize the struggle that is Existence. My interpretation of the ending is that Dai revealed himself in the cabin as the person that couldn’t be Korea’s Dai. I feel Jaehee made his choice when he left the cabin to go find the note from the “old Dai.” As others have said, Jaehee and Dai are apart of the soul of where they came from, and maybe that’s why it had to end so tragically.

  34. Victoria Says:

    I just finished vol15. It is an amazing manga. I had read vol 1 – 8 many years ago, and finally, I got the ending. At first, I though it was a tragic story and the ending made me really sad. But after reading Connie, I am now really glad and I believe it is a happy ending.

    I totally agree that the cabin man was Dai. There is one detail that is not mentioned by Connie: after jaehee recognized Dai, the cabin man failed to hold the beer. The can of beer was dropped and beer spilled out of the can. It shows that the cabin man is really emotional and he cannot even hold the can of beer in his hand. On the next page, the body of the cabin man slightly trembles. All of these were really subtle but it is enough for me.

    The reason that Dai did not want to tell Jaehee why he had to leave him is obvious. In vol 4, Dai asked Jaehee to wait for him outside his home and promised that he would come out soon. But Dai father stopped him leaving. In the next day, Jaehee was really upset and asked Dai why he did not keep his promise. Dai did not tell the reason. It is really similar scenario at the end of vol 15. I think Dai is a really crooked man and he do not want Jaehee know the fact that his father is so powerful. So Dai would never tell Jaehee the truth that Dai is forced to leave Korea.


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