Published on January 22nd, 2016 | by Sara Sellers
Manga Review: Click
Author: Youngran Lee
If ever you are interested in taking a step outside the box with your manga choices, or in this case manhwa, I would highly recommend looking into Click by Lee Youngran. It is definitely not for everyone but I find the story extremely poignant and it left me emotionally aching for more than one of the characters.
The story centers on Joonha, his best friend Jinhoo, and his ultimate love interest Heewon. Joonha begins by being an arrogant narcissist thinking he has all the time in the world to confess his love to Heewon and hangout with Jinhoo like any other normal teenager but that is unfortunately not the case. After being mysteriously ill for several days Joonha wakes up only to discover that he is no longer male. Joonha’s father reveals that due to the genetic make-up of their family when children reach a certain age they are genetically reorganized into the opposite gender and that his father was female for the first sixteen years of his life. Confused and scared Joonha makes the decision to break off all contact with Jinhoo and Heewon when they transition to high school as he begins to learn how to leave behind his years as a man and live as a woman. Eventually Jinhoo, Heewon, and Joonha all meet again but things will never be the same for any of them.
There are many people who have trouble with this series either due to the art style, the character interactions, or just the direction that Lee Youngran took the plot. I, however, am in love with this series and needed to have a tissue or two by the end of it. The character of Joonha hates what has happened to him and struggles to maintain some of his masculinity through clothing choices, personal actions, and speech patterns. As a reader you get the opportunity to watch as Joonha softens and begins to accept his situation as he meets new people. The character of Jinhoo however never quite catches on about Joonha’s plight but becomes tangled up in a difficult situation as he begins to have feelings for his best friend that he can’t understand. The character of Heewon remains strong throughout the series and while she is written in a bit of a cliché manner she remains an important figure. The interactions between all of the characters are, at times, interesting and fun but at others quite bitter and sad. I feel that the ending of this series illustrates that life is not about happy endings but about using what you are given to find a place for yourself.
The series runs 8 volumes long and would be good for your older teen readers ages 16 and up. I wouldn’t suggest it for a new reader and as I previously stated not everyone will like it but those who do will read it more than once. Happy reading!