“‘Teenage Mercenary” also known as, “Mercenary Enrollment”, “High School Mercenary”, “Iphak Yongbyeong”, and “입학용병”, debuting on November 6, 2020, on Naver Webtoon, is authored by YC and illustrated by Rakhyun. this Manhwa is all about Yu Ijin’s transformation from a child mercenary to a high schooler.
The core narrative unravels around Yu Ijin, a mere eight-year-old when he survives a fatal plane crash in a foreign territory. This ordeal pushes him into a life as a mercenary, where he sharpens his skills in combat and marksmanship. Ten years later, an unexpected reunion with his long-lost family members in South Korea brings him back to his homeland. Yet, his challenge now is assimilating into ordinary high school life, which gets even more complicated as shadows from his past start to tail him.
This is another great action series that is one of the most entertaining to read as of this moment. It’s got a very unique premise about a high schooler who used to be a mercenary in his younger years returning to a life of a civilian. If there’s one thing that I can say about the theme is that it’s one of a kind.
The first thing I will be talking about is the art style. The art style of this series is very polished and clean. It’s what you would expect from a series with high quality. Everything about the art style always feels right. Nothing is wonky and most scenes are well-illustrated.
Another thing that I should talk about is the story. The story in and of itself is nothing special. It’s good enough to pull you in but it’s nothing deep or complex. The storyline is very simple but fun and the pacing is done well also.
Now to the meat and bone of this series; the action scenes. This series probably has one of the most well-drawn and choreographed fights in a more grounded setting without fantasy elements. The fights are always a joy to look at due to how well each character moves and fights. This series focuses more on the exchange of blows and dodges between each fighter which is more realistic in comparison to a lot of series but still maintains a good amount of suspension in beliefs. The fights are not too flashy as in this series there are no supernatural powers involved. The main fighting style of this series usually involves some kind of military martial arts that are very well portrayed.
The characters themselves are not in-depth in their personalities but each character is still unique enough to be recognizable from one another. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the main protagonist, Ijin. His personality is a stoic personality. And he doesn’t speak much which in itself is fine but sometimes it can feel like Ijin barely ever portray himself as a complex character despite being the main focus of the story most of the time. Still, he’s not entirely emotionless but he as a character is very monotonous at times.
Verdict: This series is great for readers who prefer more realistic brawls and militaristic fighting styles. Or if someone is simply an action fan, this series is still worth reading. But don’t come into reading this series expecting a fascinating and deep plot.
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