Let Dai, Volume 1

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Let Dai is a tragic tale of forbidden love and unforgivable betrayal. Set in a soulless neo-Seoul ruled by young punks and pleasure seekers, an amoral teenager named Dai is the living embodiment of the city's beauty and cruelty. As the leader of the vicious Furies gang, Dai seduces everyone who lays eyes on him, only to blind them to his own barbaric nature. When an honest schoolboy named Jaehee rescues a beautiful girl from being mugged by the Furies, he can't possibly realize how this brief encounter will ...

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Overview

Let Dai is a tragic tale of forbidden love and unforgivable betrayal. Set in a soulless neo-Seoul ruled by young punks and pleasure seekers, an amoral teenager named Dai is the living embodiment of the city's beauty and cruelty. As the leader of the vicious Furies gang, Dai seduces everyone who lays eyes on him, only to blind them to his own barbaric nature. When an honest schoolboy named Jaehee rescues a beautiful girl from being mugged by the Furies, he can't possibly realize how this brief encounter will plunge him into a downward spiral of unbridled passion and unfathomable pain. From his brutal gang initiation to an unspeakable act committed against his girlfriend, Jaehee wavers uncomfortably between revulsion and fascination. And in Dai he finds a tender, caring friend one moment and a heartless sociopath the next, awakening strange and unhealthy desires in Jaehee that he could never before have imagined.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this Korean manhwa in the shonen-ai (boys' love) genre, high schooler Jaehee Yoo tries to save a girl named Yooneun from a gang, and afterward he feels a powerful attraction to the gang's leader, a rebellious, self-mutilating pretty boy named Dai. Yooneun, who develops a crush on Jaehee without knowing his identity, turns out to be the older sister of Jaehee's girlfriend, Eunhyung. When, after Dai and his gang brutally beat up Jaehee, Dai kisses Jaehee and declares his affection, Jaehee feels powerless to resist. The art, more realistic than most shojo work, is reasonably good. Though the abusive relationship is distasteful, the story is not uncompelling-but overmelodramatic narration and difficult passages dilute its impact. This is one of Netcomics's inaugural releases, and the mediocre translation, with spelling and grammar errors here and in some of their other books, does not bode well for its future in the American market. Further, the 13+ rating here is unreliable: at any of the major manga companies, the bloody beatings that Dai's gang hand out (including one to Eunhyung), the harsh language they use, and the homosexual theme would get the book a 16+ or comparable rating at least. Best avoided. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600090059
  • Publisher: NETCOMICS
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Let Dai Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.94 (w) x 7.27 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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2005 Full House Part II 2005 Let Dai vol. 15: Final 2004 AZUR: Illustrations 2003 Elio & Yvette: Collector's Edition Want You vol. 1 2002~2003 Banana vol. 1~4 1995 Let Dai vol. 1 Full House Vol. 1 1992 Humanoid E.O. 1990 A Beautiful Hunt 1988~1992 Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Hammer Picnic A Man Too Good For You 1988 Dances of Time 1987 Against The Shadow One Afternoon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    FANTASTIC!

    Let Dai is unlike anything I've ever read before. I laughed, I cried, I sat in awe of the power and emotion in the art. The characters are deep, complex and original. Dai is the most disturbingly wonderful character I've ever had the pleasure of encountering, and he makes the story truly unforgettable. Although the text can be somewhat cryptic, it makes you think. This story is not for anyone looking for a easy, fun read. If you don't like brutal violence and appalling language, don't pick this one up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    Powerful.

    I love this series. The art is beautiful, and the story line is complex. There's a lot of violence though, if you seriously can't stand that kind of thing, I wouldn't read it. It's a powerful series, I really got attached, and wanted to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    I ordered the first volume of this series off line and was skeptical upon receiving it. I did not realize it was a Korean publication and did not know what to make of it initially. However, I was sucked in almost immediately! I have since bought volume two through eight and find the art as well as the story to be amazing. The characterizations are unlike any series I have read. If you are looking for something beautifully tragic as well as amazimgly drawn and written Let Dai is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    I loved it. I was just bored at first, looking for something to pass the time. But then I got sucked into it. Let Dai is an amazing read. The art is fantastic and the story addicting. So far I've read 1 through 3 and I can't wait to get the fourth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    I enjoyed this volume

    Let Dai was one of the first shonen-ai titles I read. I just recently read volume two, and so far I'm enjoying the series. It can be a little difficult to follow at times, but overall it's a good read. There is a lot of violence though, so if you can't put up with that, stay away.

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