So right about now, baby Jesus is probably thinking, “Man! If only I could read a manga… no, a MANWHA! Yeah, a manwha. ‘Cause Korean is all the rage right now. OPPA BABY JESUS STYLE!” He’s probably thinking that.
So baby Jesus goes to the local manwha store, since that was what they had in Bethlehem. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, guys! So what kind of manwha would satisfy that urge! Say! This one’s called ‘Snow Drop’! What could possibly go wrong?”
He was later found crying and asking his mother for xxxHolic.
When Mary asked what was wrong with his manwha, baby Jesus opened up.
“Here’s the problem. The plot, my dear mother, is where it begins. A girl and her… boyfriend? I dunno. Anyway, they reenter into school after ditching for a long time. The not-so boyfriend and the girl make it fine, but a HOT GUY! is against the girl for some reason.”
Mary takes this in for a moment. “That doesn’t sound to bad.”
Baby Jesus laughs. Well, giggles, since he’s still a baby. “Oh, it gets worse.”
“See, the girl and the HOT GUY! are named after characters from the girl’s mother’s novel, so the HOT GUY!, having a feminine name, is against it. Then they go to a party that involves them stupidly trading their prized possessions temporarily to get in. The girl trades her key to her beloved flower garden for the HOT GUY!’s marble. She loses the marble. Then she finds out that the marble represents the HOT GUY!’s dead brother.”
Mary thinks for a moment. “Joseph? Can you come in here?”
Joseph walks in. “What’s wrong? I was just practicing up on my juggling, dear.”
“Baby Jesus,” says Mary, “tell your father the plot of your manga.”
Baby Jesus rolled his eyes. “It’s a manwha. It’s from Korea.”
“Wow,” says Joseph. “I didn’t think that North Korea did anything but listen to Kim Jong Il!”
Baby Jesus ignored that. He told over the plot to Joseph.
“Jeepers,” he said. “Well, what happens next?”
“Well, the girl becomes indebted to the HOT GUY! and vows to retrieve his marble. Once she pays off the debt, she ignores him. Then she finds out that he’s poor, his mother is in a coma, and he’s dropping school to pay her medical bills.”
Mary and Joseph begin to weep. “So what happens? Does she pay attention to him again?”
Baby Jesus sighed. “No. She scoffs his sob story life.”
“That’s the problem with the manwha, really. The unlikable protagonist. She’s far too selfish for the world. The HOT GUY! suffers, and she just goes ahead and burns a puppy orphanage.”
“Gosh,” said Joseph. “What about that boyfriend-like guy? What’s his deal?”
“Oh, yeah. He has a sort of on and off relationship with the girl, and he’s somewhat of a comic relief. The thing is, however, he;s kind of refreshing.”
Mary was puzzled. “Refreshing? How so?”
“Well, he invites everyone to a club that he claims to own. You think, ‘Oh, he’s lying just to impress his classmates.’ Actually, no! He really DOES own the club! It’s kind of awesome that it turns out to be true.”
Baby Jesus paused for a moment. “Oh, and then he falls in love with the HOT GUY!’s feminine brother.”
“UGH,” the family said together.
Then a beam of light descended from the heavens. Mokona, in all of His glory, visited His son. A studio audience applauded. “Hello, son. Did you read Snow Drop?”
Baby Jesus sighed. “I did, Father. I did. Forgive me, for I have sinned.”
Mokona chuckled. “Nah, it’s okay. We all makes mistakes. I once tried to destroy the Earth for some reason.”
“What, the flood?”
“No, this involved three girls and giant robots. Whatever, though. Don’t feel bad about this manwha. I know that it has nothing much to do with snow, and it’s technically not very good, but at least you’re not reading Bomber Girl.”
Baby Jesus smiled. “Yeah, and I’m sure some fool will probably be dumb enough to read it some day.”
“Do not falter, My son. Just remember: There are good manwha and there are bad manwha. It’s all in the cheek. Do you think you can turn the other cheek and forgive this manwha for its sins?”
Baby Jesus thought for a moment. “Mmmmmmmmm… okay. All is forgiven.”
And then they had leg of lamb.
As for me, I didn’t care for this manwha so much, but it was okay at best. There is some decent drama in here, even if the protagonist makes me want to scream. She’s just so selfish! For her, there is no cheek-turning.
Overall Opinion: If baby Jesus can forgive it, maybe you can too.
Rating: One Wise Man out of Three. I’m probably going to Hell for this review.