“The World After The Fall“, also known as “Myeolmang Ihu-ui Segye” or “The World After the End.” This is a manhwa series that started publishing in February 2022. The duo behind this series is Sing N Song, responsible for the story, and Undead Gamja, the illustrator. It’s a serialized piece on Naver Webtoon and falls under the Action and Fantasy genres. The series, despite its interesting beginning, faces a few challenges that could potentially hamper its overall appeal.
The manhwa introduces us to a world in chaos due to the sudden emergence of towers spawning monsters that pose a significant threat to humanity. Those who can challenge these horrors are adventurers called Tower Walkers with unique abilities. But when defeat seems inevitable, they have a choice to use a “regression stone” to go back in time, leading to a separate timeline. The story’s central figure, Jaehwan, however, chooses to continue his fight in the original timeline, unveiling shocking secrets about the Towers in the process
While the series exhibits an exceptional art style that remains consistently high-quality, the storyline doesn’t quite match up. It starts strong, setting a fascinating stage, but soon loses its appeal. One of the main reasons is the abrupt narrative that drops you in the middle of an existing story without much context, which, although intentional, can be disorienting. It doesn’t help that it later fails to revisit this part of the plot, making it seem unimportant.
Jaehwan, the protagonist, does little to elevate the story. His personality falls flat and doesn’t evolve much, leaving him as a rather dull character despite attempts to add depth. Furthermore, despite the visually impressive action scenes, they can feel repetitive due to Jaehwan’s overpowering abilities.
The plot progression is acceptable, not too rushed or too slow. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that events occur for the sake of happening without sufficient build-up, which can affect the overall narrative engagement.
In my view, “The World After The Fall” is passable but not groundbreaking. It had the potential to shine but it’s yet to live up to it. Despite all, I’m still keeping up with the series, albeit without the excitement that accompanies some of the other manhwa series I follow.
My verdict: it’s average; there are certainly more engaging series available.