Cheese in the Trap Season 1 is also written in Korean as 치즈인더트랩 시즌1 .
“Cheese in the Trap,” the aged Manhwa that originally ran from July 2010 to May 2011, was recommended to me on MyAnimeList. Despite its age, the artwork stands out for its appealing aesthetic. I was quite surprised at how nice it looked when I read its original publishing date. However, while the visuals may be a strong point, the structure of the storyline raises some questions.
The plot centers around Hong Sul, a dedicated student returning to college after a year-long hiatus, who finds herself entangled with a suspiciously flawless senior, Yu Jeong. Prior to her going on a Leave of Absence at her university, Sul’s life took a distressing turn, and she suspected Yu Jeong to be the mastermind behind her misfortunes. Now, upon returning, Yu Jeong seems to pop up everywhere, and is inexplicably kind to her.
The premise is enhanced by the fact that Yu Jeong’s thoughts and motivations are not explicitly revealed. Many times in comics, we see multiple characters’ inner thoughts shared with the reader. Instead, the author skillfully retains a sense of mystery, leaving the readers pondering over Yu Jeong’s sudden interest in Sul and his possible ulterior motives. This narrative strategy adds an air of suspense, turning the pages into a beguiling maze of enigmas.
However, the pacing of the character dynamics could be a challenge to some. With relationships and interactions evolving rapidly, it can become somewhat strenuous to keep track of the characters. Adding to this, the frequent use of flashbacks can disrupt the narrative flow and might be seen as overwhelming to some readers, with whole chapters sometimes devoted to revisiting the past.
Another aspect that may perplex readers is the transition between the first and second seasons. The end of Season 1 is rather sudden, merging seamlessly into Season 2, to the point where the distinction is unclear without cross-referencing. It is speculated that this may be attributed to the series’ vintage, when segmenting stories into seasons was perhaps not a common practice.
In conclusion, “Cheese in the Trap” Season 1 is a mixed bag of impressive artwork, an enticing premise, and engaging mystery, tempered by confusing character dynamics and excessive flashbacks. While it offers an above-average reading experience, it might not hook readers into binge-reading the entire series right away. Thus, it secures a score of 6 out of 10 for its inaugural season. It’s certainly a tale that offers intrigue, but it may require a bit of patience to fully appreciate.
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