I have a confession to make. This webtoon wasn’t going to be on the list but the series actually ended while I keep delaying this post! It’s good in a way since I can recommend it here. Hooky is a whimsical series about magic by Míriam Bonastre Tur. Dani and Dorian are supposed to get on a bus to a magic school but as fate has it, they missed their only chance to school! So instead, they are stuck with having to find a mentor to teach them to be a good witch and wizard.
Sounds bubbly? Don’t be bamboozled, this series has some amazing twists and turns which got me really hooked (pun not intended). The colour palette really stood out in the beginning chapters, but it got even more colourful in the later chapters. The lineart gradually smoothen out and the background gets really detailed. Despite the obvious art progression, the art still manages to stay whimsical and lovely right to the end. It’s something I really appreciate because it really brings out the mood of the story. If we were rating webtoons, I’d give this a solid 10 out of 10. Read it here.
2. Ecstasy Heart
This series had me scratching my head most of the time. What is the author trying to show the readers here? The dialogue doesn’t really flow well and the scene transitions really vaguely. Regardless of the strange dialogue direction, this story is pretty good in its own way. Shimizu Anna is the daughter of two top tennis players and works as a model. Generally speaking, she’s perfect. However, her heart lies with tennis and she wants to make it big. But first, she has a rival she must defeat… This is a romance story with tennis as the theme. Kudos to the author for putting amazing effort into drawing the backgrounds. Read it here.
3. Fantasy Sketch - The Game
This series is an unexpected gem even amongst the list of amazing webtoon comics. It’s short but really well-written. I honestly think it deserves more views. Granted, the art is nothing amazing but it gets the work done. Johan Adam is the best professional gamer out there, but he is only doing this to pay for his mother’s medical bills (Duh). He was working as a cashier when a guy in a suit came to him with the sweetest deal he can’t resist - a high-risk, dangerous game where all the big guns are. There’s some crazy money being bet on this game but this game is not played with a mouse and a keyboard. I’m not going to spoil the mechanics of the game because it ties strongly to the ending, please try this webtoon! Read it here.
4. Dr. Frost
When it first came out, Dr. Frost is everyone’s sweetheart and favourite thanks to its unique story-telling style. Set in Korea, Dr. Frost is a genius psychologist with distinctive white hair even amongst his peers. What sets him apart from the rest however, is how he handles all of his clients in a pragmatic way. And that’s it. That’s the plot.
Each client of his gets a few chapters to explain the scenario which then leads to Dr. Frost carefully connecting the dots to deduce the type of mental disorder the client has. At the end of the case, the author will add notes to explain the illness in detail. It’s a really smart way to learn more about these illnesses and it gives the series a grounded feel. If this doesn’t convince you, it got adapted for a TV drama too. Read it here.
unTouchable is a silly and warm romance webtoon. If you are looking for a comic to read and feel good seeing the ship sail (as it should) at the end, this is for you. Sia Lee is a modern-day vampire that eats her fill by... touching humans. She’s pretty, confident and works as a model after leaving her family to strike out on her own. One day, she touched hands with Jiho and it felt different to her. Since then, she’s desperate to touch him whenever and however she can. Unfortunately, Jiho is a germaphobe so things aren’t exactly going smoothly. You get the drill. The ship has sailed! We are just in to see how they’ll end up together, honestly. Read it here.
This is an unexpected favourite of mine. I repeat! This is amazingly good. Superheroes exist in this world. If you want to climb up the ranks to be a true superhero, you gotta be a sidekick first. Even if it means your master is an abusive boss… But a sidekick gotta do what they gotta do! Our protagonist is Dream Girl right here as she tries her darndest to graduate from being a sidekick to No. 1 superhero Darkslug to a legit superhero.
There are 2 parts to this story. First part is decent and sets the mood. Part 2 kicks up the amp and the story gets way better. The art can get a bit corny and the English translation is inconsistent at times, but the plot is a solid 8 out of 10 from me. It’s an enjoyable read if you stay past the starting chapters. Read it here.
7. Girls of the Wild
These girls of Wild’s High just want to pummel the living daylights out of challengers. This series is all about martial arts and satisfying roundhouse kicks. Our protagonist, Jaegu is dirt poor but hardworking. Due to a family incident, he became fearful of women. Unfortunately, he’ll have to overcome his fears if he wants to accept the full scholarship offered Wild’s High School, an all-girls martial arts school. Will Jaegu, the sole boy in this recently co-ed school be okay?
While this series is all about the three girls shown on the cover, Jaegu too gets some limelight. You see him learning boxing himself to rid himself of his fears and gain a backbone against bullies. The girls are really strong with their own specialities and you’ll see some really satisfying fights they’ll get themselves into. Read it here.
8. Witch Hunt
I honestly never expected this storyline from such a simple looking webtoon. The chapters are unfortunately short, but the author made it look so easy to tell a story within a few panels. Gamin Shin is a newly transferred student in school. He looks like any other innocent kid except he’s a master at pickpocketing, and he enjoys taking things that he sets his eye on. As he was emptying the content of the wallets he stole, he spotted our protagonist Izzy Zang cleaning the classroom on her own. It was then he witnessed something magical. Read it here.
If there’s an adjective for this webtoon, it should be the word intense. Every chapter had me holding my breath, wondering what dreadful thing is going to happen next. You’ll find that Webtoon only added a one-liner as the summary and I agree wholeheartedly with it. I don’t think a full-fledged summary is needed here because that just screams spoiler. It’ll mar your whole experience with this webtoon if I tell you what’s going on, even if it's just a small exposition. I gave Hooky a solid 10 out of 10 for being such a great fantasy story. As for Bastard, I’ll give it 11 out of 10 for being such an amazing thriller story. Please give it a try! Read it here.
I have always been a sucker for stories that explore the human mind. This one’s no different. Our MC, Leon, has special eyes. He sees colours in every sound he came across. His days are relatively peaceful until one day, his nightmare finally seeps into his reality. He encountered a Timorem, a species that feeds off people’s fear and stress. Things happened, and he decides to join the organization called Catharsis that combats these Timorem(s).
This series chose fear as the theme, and you’ll find many terms being thrown around related to it. I really enjoyed the colour choices and presentation. Timorem(s) are portrayed really well as the embodiment of fear. Reading these panels with these creatures always gives me chills. Unfortunately, the chapters are super short. Some webtoons have the same length and it usually doesn’t bother me. However, it bothers me a lot in this series. The cutoff to the next chapter just doesn’t give me any excitement for the next. Instead, I always end up feeling annoyed it ended abruptly without a good close off for the current chapter. Read it here.
A bit dated, but still good
These webtoon comics are completed many years ago, but I took care to recommend the really good ones. I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I enjoy putting them up! Enjoy your reading folks.