Trigger Warning: This review discusses themes of abuse and contains references to graphic nudity. Reader discretion is advised.
Full Volume, a Yaoi Manhwa authored by Cheongsagwa and illustrated by Yang Eunji, explores the dynamic relationship between a set of neighbors, Dowon and Beom. Set within the realm of Boys Love and Erotica, this Manhwa might be many’s first step into the unapologetically graphic Yaoi genre. The main story is currently completed, with side stories currently being published on Lezhin comics.
Dowon’s world is turned upside down when he realizes his aloof and insufferable neighbor Beom is none other than his favorite camboy. With this revelation, Dowon’s sexual frustration amplifies, leading to a tumultuous relationship that oscillates between love and lust.
Story & Character Analysis:
Early on, Full Volume appears to be more of a melodrama but we quickly learn it’s more than that with Beom depicted as a victim of financial and borderline physical abuse by his boss. However, the abrupt and almost unrealistic transformation of Beom’s character from an initially curt persona to an excessively shy and aloof character comes across a little jarring.
Beom’s character becomes annoyingly timid, and this drastic personality switch feels quite disorienting. The story, on the other hand, is continuously overshadowed by a plethora of kinks and fetishes. It often feels like the Manhwa is more of a Yaoi pornography sprinkled with bits of story here and there rather than a narrative-driven series – which is perfectly fine if that’s what you’re into. However, if you like a well crafted story in addition to your Yaoi-visuals, then there are better alternatives like Pearl Boy.
At first, Dowon is forced to interact with Beom because he keeps getting Beom’s packages at his apartment. And thus begins his complicated relationship with him.
The backstory provided for Beom and Dowon appears forced, seemingly intended to create a romantic subplot but ends up feeling far-fetched and unrealistic. This is in reference to Beom seemingly ‘falling for’ Dowon’s photographs in many books that he’s published. There was no real reason for them to include this far-fetched backstory.
Moreover, Beom’s lack of active involvement in resolving his own conflicts takes away a lot of gratification from seeing his pervy, messed-up boss get what he deserves.
That being said, one of the good parts about this Manhwa is that the comedy is very well-paced!
As for Dowon, his character falls flat as his entire personality seems to revolve around his physical attraction to Beom. The depth of their relationship appears shallow and is built mostly on physical attraction, and this is even evident in a few scenarios where Beom is coerced into doing degrading things on his Camshow.
I will say, however, that this Manhwa generally paints Beom’s profession in a great light. Camworkers, and erotic actors in general, deserve respect and have the right to withdraw consent from anything they decide to do. I’m happy to see some positive representation.
Full Volume underdelivers on various aspects, mainly due to its uneven story/erotica content and the weird switch-up of Beom’s character. If you’re seeking a story-rich Manhwa, “Full Volume” may not be the best choice, as its narrative often takes a backseat to its erotic content. Nonetheless, if you’re in the market for a Yaoi Manhwa with an emphasis on erotica and a small supplemental story, “Full Volume” may be worth a glance.
Given the issues with character development and narrative structure, I rate Full Volume a 6/10. Despite its flaws, it still manages to cater to its intended audience effectively, presenting a tale of intense desire and unbridled passion.
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