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Suicide Boy (자살 소년) Manhwa Review

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A review of Park Gee’s “Suicide Boy”. A manhwa which revolves around a boy, Lee Hoon, who is left with nothing but crippling debt and constant thoughts of suicide. 

I have to admit, I came across this manhwa when I myself, wasn’t in a particularly good place. While gradually reading through it, it genuinely made me smile as the characters developed their relationships and things began to look away from the dark thoughts and more towards lighter situations.

Currently, there are talks of getting an official English translation, so the group who translated this has stopped for the time being and is in talks of perhaps assisting for the official translations. The official RAW chapters can be found over at Lezhin.

What Suicide Boy (자살 소년) About

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Author(s): Park Gee/Ji (박지)
Artist(s): Park Gee/Ji (박지)
Known As: Chico Suicida, Chłopiec Samobójca, 자살 소년
Light Novel: No
Status: On-going
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Tragedy

A Small Synopsis

Lee Hoon is not your average 17 year old boy… he is a complete shut-in and due to his tragic past, only wants to commit suicide. He simply cannot decide on the method of his death, so he wants to test all the various ideas he comes up with. 

He lives by himself left with only his phone and  the crippling debts left by his abusive drunk father and hospital bills from his now deceased mother’s illness. He is unable to pay for rent and he is event bullied at school.

What Is Good About Suicide Boy (자살 소년)

The storyline is pretty good, even if the beginning starts off really dark. It builds and leads to our protagonist, Hoonie, discovering friendship and other awesome things.

There are some really charismatic and lovable characters… particularly a character called Surim. I really like the relationship between Surim and Hoonie as you can tell that Surim genuinely cares for Hoonies wellbeing.

The art style varies throughout but overall I think it’s relatively unique and Park Gee did an awesome job. I suppose there are a few parts which I feel may be a little over the top, but, overall an awesome art style and choice of palettes to give it feeling.

What Is Bad About Suicide Boy (자살 소년)

I think the thing that I dislike the most about this manhwa has to be the fact the chapters are quite short and vary in length… I hope this is resolved in the future with more interest being shown to this manhwa by bigger companies.

For those who haven’t read this manhwa and are planning too, just take into account that it’s very dark at the beginning and it’s done for a good majority of the chapters until near the end of season one. Overall it’s nothing over the top, but if you’re in a bad place – it can take its toll.

Overall Conclusion

This manhwa is a must for those looking for a tragedy based manhwa which leads into a bit of a comedy. Particularly if you’ve just finished something like “An Uncomfortable Truth”, this can be a nice way to continue down a similar style path and end it with some comedy.

If you enjoyed this review then you may also enjoy my review on An Uncomfortable Truth.

Let me know if you have read Suicide Boy or are thinking of picking it up in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and make them aware of this awesome manhwa.

Suicide Boy (자살 소년)

8.4

Readability

8.0/10

Translation

8.0/10

Art Style

8.0/10

Storyline

9.0/10

Characters

9.0/10

The positive

  • Storyline
  • Charismatic characters
  • Art style

The negative

  • Chapter length
  • Starts off really dark
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