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Review: Lumine Chapter One

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One of my recent favorite webtoons to indulge comes from Lumine which is growing in popularity.

Official description:

A runaway werewolf, Lumine, meets a witch boy named Kody and is being hired to work as his bodyguard. Lumine, being determined to befriend Kody, tries everything to get Kody to trust him, while Kody tries to keep Lumine away from him. Their life gets even more complicated after an unfortunate event that leaves them to try to survive on their own.

One of the first things I enjoyed about Lumine is its main protagonist. He’s not someone who is overly complicated or stands out as one of the most memorable characters, but he is still an underdog.

Right off the bat the poor guy is kicked on his ass and then gets his bag tossed on his face. He’s called a “mutt,” which is obvious from his adorable eyes being different colors.

I’ve never really considered the word “mutt” to be so gut wrenching but given how many of these fantastical comics work, I know to equate it to be as something as insulting as a racial slur in our own world.

He’s down on his luck and even has to sleep outside. What makes him even more sympathetic is the way in which his situation is progressively revealed throughout the panels.

If you’re like me, you’re going to want to pick him up and hug him and wet his fur with your tears. This also acts as fuel for when you meet Kody, who initially rejects the poor werecat, and helps to build tension.

I really, really wanted Kody to like Lumine the way I did from the get go! And that’s exactly what you want from a comic that is banking on character chemistry to keep the narrative propelling forward.

Speaking of narrative, the story is well paces and the first chapter, though it is only the first one, establishes enough of a story, its characters, and an arc to get you into the story but doesn’t bog you down.

This makes Lumine a perfect webtoon to read in between classes, during a break, or right before bedtime if you can’t sleep. Just be warned that one chapter will turn into two and then three…