Totally Captivated 5

December 23, 2009

Hajin Yoo – Netcomics – 2008 – 6 volumes

Because the story was not dramatic enough, here’s all the drama for the 2-volume conclusion to the series.  Things are still going great at the beginning of the volume, and Mookyul and Ewon are still in the middle of their hot and heavy romance.  Ewon even begins to enjoy himself a little and let himself fall for Mookyul completely, which makes for an even prettier picture since Mookyul is so head-over-heels for him.

Then the thing with the director comes up again.  After the two needle each other while Ewon is very drunk, Ewon finds out his worst fears about the director are completely true.  Ewon then tells Mookyul to choose between him and the man who raised him as a father for no real reason.  Mookyul says he is insane and flat-out refuses, and Ewon leaves him, taking the separation quite badly.  They both take it badly, but Ewon is the more self-destructive of the two, surprisingly, and he also uses his friends badly in the situation.  I did feel pretty bad for his friend Moon, who had been carrying a torce for Ewon for years and only gets to be one of several sleazy rebound men.

The humor is still there (one of my favorite things from this volume was that Ewon had entered Mookyul into his phone as “Grade School Bully Eun”), and I still like that about the series, but both Mookyul and Ewon are in a bad way here, which can only mean that they’ll make up and do awesome stuff together next time.  Not before a whole bunch of bad stuff goes down first, though.  Mookyul is being set up for a hard fall in this volume, and his enemies are out to get him professionally here, too, so look forward to that.

6 Responses to “Totally Captivated 5”

  1. em Says:

    Well! My friend had recommended this series for me, but it sounded like the typical yaoi that’s polluting the genre these days. After reading your reviews on it, however, I think I might give it a try! It sounds like fun.

  2. Moon in Autumn Says:

    I just finally read volume 6, and I hope you get to read it soon! This series is much better when you can actually marathon it or just read it over the course of a week or so. There are a lot of nice touches where jokes and references from earlier in the series come back around, and I would have missed them if I hadn’t reread things as each new volume came out. I’m looking forward to hearing your comments about the ending. :)

    (P.S. Have you read 100% Perfect Girl from Netcomics?)

  3. Connie Says:

    It really is a great read. I thought the same thing you did, and I also don’t particularly like gangster-type stories, but there were so many positive reviews I finally broke down. It’s great stuff.

  4. Connie Says:

    I have read the ending, hopefully I’ll get to write about the last volume tonight. You’re right, I think I liked it a lot more because I could sit down and read all the volumes back to back. I wasn’t too sure whether Ewon was really into Mookyul other than physically, but I think the romance came across much better reading all the volumes together. I was just so surprised by how much I liked it, I really didn’t think I would. And it’s spectacular.

    I have not read 100% Perfect Girl. I read Can’t Lose You by the same author and didn’t really like it, but I’ve heard that 100% Perfect Girl is better, and it is newer, I think.

  5. Moon in Autumn Says:

    I think it helped that is was so short. Let Dai was so long and epic and sprawling and messy. Totally Captivated was, in comparison, smaller in cast, more focused, and shorter. They both have their charms. :)

    For some reason, the character dynamic in Totally Captivated makes me think of the one in 100% Perfect Girl even though they’re not that similar. TC balances the intensity with humor and never gets too serious, while 100% gets flat-out dramatic and probably edges into/far past melodrama at times, and, honestly, the characters’ lack of sense of humor later in 100% is probably directly related to this. (A character in a book series I like once said that you can’t do sex without having a sense of humor, and maybe these two series might illustrate that.)

    Anyway, I liked 100% because it’s hard not to like a romantic comic where the girl starts out nearly killing the prince because of a language barrier and a food allergy mishap and, when the prince proposes, says something along the lines of, “Heck no, who wants to be a princess, take a hike.” Maybe that’s what reminds me of Ewon? The prince has some definite Mookyul moments, too, I guess.

    I think 100% is still ongoing, and we might be caught up, so you might want to hold off until it’s all published, especially if you aren’t a big Wann fan.

    Now I want to go read Totally Captivated all the way through in one go . . . :)

  6. Connie Says:

    Thanks! I hadn’t read very many reactions to 100% Perfect Girl, but I think if I’m going to give Wann another try, it’ll probably be with that series. It looks like there’s one more volume left to publish, so I’ll probably go ahead and grab all of them at once when it comes out.

    And Totally Captivated is definitely a great read-in-one-go series. The length lends itself well to an afternoon session. ^_^


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