Today’s Webtoon: Episodes 7-eight
The path to reaching one’s dream can be a lengthy and arduous one particular. This week, lengthy-time webtoon authors grapple with disillusionment and burnout, when our producers do their finest to instill hope in them once more.
EPISODES 7-eight WEECAP
Even though on a jog at the Han River, Ma-eum runs into webtoon assistant Dong-hee. He’s right here to take reference images for his webtoon, and he asks Ma-eum to appear more than his draft prior to he submits it to a webtoon contest. Ma-eum tries her finest, but she misunderstands that it is a adore story in between an AI and a human, considerably to Dong-hee’s disappointment.
Back at Writer Baek’s estate, Dong-hee advises Dae-ryuk to redraw his draft and amend the depth and point of view to make it a lot more realistic. Even so, Dae-ryuk defends his decision, explaining that he shifted the concentrate to the pursuers in order to heighten the tension.
It sinks in that Dae-ryuk definitely has an innate talent for staging his webtoon panels, regardless of in no way obtaining any formal art education, and Dong-hee’s jealousy grows. When he fails to make the reduce for the webtoon contest but once more, it is the final straw.
Dong-hee reads Dae-ryuk’s webtoon draft out of desperation, and the monster in it requires on a life of its personal, emerging from the laptop screen and baring its teeth at Dong-hee. It is a jarring scene that is tonally dissonant, even discordant, with the rest of the drama.
The subsequent morning, Dae-ryuk arrives to discover his laptop broken beyond repair. It sends him into a panic, due to the fact he has no back-ups whatsoever. Fortunately, Ma-eum backed up the files he emailed to her, which only leaves a couple of for Dae-ryuk to redraw.
That is a relief, but the a lot more pressing concern is the matter of who broke Dae-ryuk’s laptop. Ma-eum can not picture Dong-hee ever carrying out something of the sort, but Joon-young reminds her that she can not know for certain what sort of thoughts a person harbors inside.
Possessing identified Dong-hee for a decade, Writer Baek sees appropriate by means of him, and he invites him out for a drink. Dong-hee has been feeling guilty more than his impulsive actions, and he lastly admits that he’s terribly jealous of Dae-ryuk’s talent. In comparison, he feels like he’s wasted his youth.
Reading Dae-ryuk’s webtoon produced him confront the truth about himself that he in no way wanted to acknowledge — he was merely operating away from his inner demons. By continually cracking self-deprecating jokes at his personal expense, Dong-hee was preemptively defending himself from others’ judgment. However that extremely mindset was maintaining him stagnant, unable to totally commit to pursuing his dream.
Dong-hee lastly musters up the courage to break out of his shell and take a step forward. He sincerely thanks Writer Baek for all that he’s performed for him although his journey therefore far was fraught with uncertainty, he was content to function beneath Writer Baek’s guidance.
Ma-eum visits Dong-hee with feedback on his webtoon draft, but he informs her that he’s not going to draw webtoons any longer. Possessing realized that he was afraid of debuting as a expert writer and getting criticism with regards to his function, Dong-hee has decided to overcome his worry of judgment and carry forward with his life. It is a bittersweet moment, as Ma-eum wishes him properly in his future endeavors, and he encourages her to hold generating webtoons.
Afterwards, Ma-eum returns property with a heavy heart. She admits to her mom that she wanted to dissuade Dong-hee from providing up, due to the fact all his years of work would go to waste. Even so, she couldn’t, simply because she was reminded of how considerably her dad wanted her to continue as a judo athlete.
Ma-eum’s mom reassures her that her dad will come about at some point he just wants time to accept her selection. She pulls Ma-eum into a hug, and Ma-eum cries in her mother’s comforting embrace.
The subsequent day, Dong-hee leaves Writer Baek’s estate. Dae-ryuk is stunned, and when the other assistant notes that Dong-hee left his tablet behind, Dae-ryuk right away rushes out to hand it back to him.
Aw, Dong-hee left it behind for Dae-ryuk to use. Tentatively, Dae-ryuk asks if Dong-hee’s leaving simply because he was as well considerably of a nuisance. Oh, Dae-ryuk. Regardless of how blunt he is on the surface, it is clear that Dae-ryuk is sensitive and thoughtful he just does not know how to express it.
Taking the likelihood, Dae-ryuk tells Dong-hee that he was extremely moved by his webtoon’s story of an AI acquiring its personal identity. Omg, he understood it! Stunned speechless for a moment, Dong-hee breaks out into a delighted laugh.
Thanking Dae-ryuk for becoming the 1st to recognize the essence of his webtoon, Dong-hee comes clean about breaking his laptop. He apologizes sincerely, then tells Dae-ryuk to function difficult on his behalf — to which Dae-ryuk points out that he can not, due to the fact he’s not him. Haha, he’s endearingly blunt as ever.
It is really a extremely poignant line Dong-hee spent way as well lengthy resenting himself for not becoming like other men and women, and harboring jealousy towards other people for not struggling like he did. Dong-hee definitely appears a lot brighter now that he’s let go of his bitter resentment and come to terms with his situations, and I’m glad to see him take that 1st step towards affirming his personal self-worth.
Joon-young’s provided his 1st massive job, and it is to create a report justifying why the webtoon section ought to remain on Neon’s major homepage. For a second, he recalls Chief Heo’s directions to sabotage the group from inside, and it virtually appears like Joon-young may waver.
Nevertheless, Joon-young’s ethics win out, and he forms up an outstanding report that succeeds in convincing Neon’s CEO YOON TAE-HEE (Baek Joo-hee). The webtoon section will remain on the front web page till the date of the team’s evaluation rolls about. Of course, this incurs Chief Heo’s ire, but CEO Yoon is firm about her selection.
Even though going about her everyday routine, Pomme notices that the CCTVs in her apartment are tracking her movements. It dawns on her that she’s becoming spied on through hidden cameras, and she calls Joon-young in a panic. He rushes more than to affix tape onto each and every device with a camera, blocking the creep’s view.
Nevertheless, it is only a stopgap measure, and Joon-young asks Pomme if she knows any person who could be the culprit — but she claims that only he and Young-bae know her address. That is, till Joon-young notices a photo that Pomme posted on her Instagram, with a delivery parcel clearly captured in the shot. Properly, that is definitely one particular way to reveal your address to absolutely everyone.
However, Joon-young and Pomme do not have several leads to go on. The creep that is been stealing Pomme’s parcels was cautious to conceal his identity, and they can not make out any distinguishing attributes beneath his cap and mask.
This week, we understand that Hye-mi is the assistant editor of Youngtoon, the second biggest webtoon platform (and the platform that Chief Heo is preparing to obtain soon after disbanding our group). She and Ji-hyung utilized to date several years ago, but they’ve due to the fact broken up.
Not only does Hye-mi hold playing coy about Ji-hyung, inserting herself into his life regardless of it becoming clear he’s uncomfortable with her presence, but she also oversteps expert boundaries. She tries to poach Kang-nam more than to Youngtoon, slyly enticing him with the guarantee that he can create the genre he definitely enjoys rather of his common gumiho webtoon.
Ji-hyung and Ma-eum conveniently stumble upon their dinner meeting, and Ji-hyung swiftly realizes that they may perhaps shed Kang-nam to Youngtoon. That would spell the doom of their group, due to the fact Kang-nam is Neon Webtoons’ major moneymaker.
Ma-eum is anxious and disheartened, and due to the fact she wears her heart on her sleeve, her distress is palpable. Aw, Joon-young provides her snacks and encourages her to remain powerful — the extremely words she likes to hear. It touches Ma-eum’s heart, due to the fact she knows how considerably Joon-young does not like these words.
Ji-hyung and Ma-eum each attempt their finest to convince Kang-nam to remain Ji-hyung does so by treating Kang-nam to lunch, and Ma-eum does so by impulsively calling Kang-nam and telling him how considerably his gumiho protagonist San-ha suggests to her.
Ma-eum describes San-ha as her function model who gave her a lot of strength in the course of her judo and college days. She’s particular that just like her, there need to be several young girls who also appear up to San-ha, and she hopes that Kang-nam will continue the gumiho webtoon for a lengthy time.
Her sincerity moves Kang-nam, but it does not resolve the root of the difficulty — Kang-nam only started drawing the gumiho webtoon in accordance with Ji-hyung’s guidance. Even though he considerably prefers darker plots, Ji-hyung noted that his art style suited vibrant and cheerful storylines a lot more. He’d convinced Kang-nam to give it a shot, and it had earned Kang-nam his present good results.
Wanting to draw some thing unique at final, Kang-nam contemplates wrapping up the gumiho webtoon swiftly and jumping ship to Youngtoon. Even so, his thoughts reveals his correct feelings Kang-nam starts hallucinating his gumiho protagonist everywhere.
Kang-nam just can not shake his visions of San-ha, and each and every time she seems, he instinctively chases soon after her as if in a trance. At some point, it dawns on him just how considerably he’s grown to treasure San-ha.
That evening, Ji-hyung gets a telephone contact — Kang-nam’s decided to remain with Neon Webtoons and continue drawing his gumiho webtoon, although he’ll also be publishing a brief piece with Youngtoon. Omg, yay! Ji-hyung and Ma-eum rejoice, and Joon-young even cracks a modest smile as well.
A single webtoon author’s struggles may perhaps have been resolved, but a different is nonetheless fighting his demons. We get a deeper glimpse into Dae-ryuk’s trauma this week, and it is clear he was abused as a kid. Due to his previous, Dae-ryuk finds it tough to be about ladies, and he flinches badly when touched. It occurs twice this week, triggering him badly and sending him into panic attacks.
Dae-ryuk’s webtoon is a kind of catharsis for him, due to the fact he instinctively incorporates his traumatic experiences into his webtoon. His monster, Feeb, is a weapon that preys upon humans’ worry, provided that it is an emotion which can not be suppressed. The antagonist utilizes Feeb to dominate mankind, and the only particular person who stands up against his tyranny is the protagonist.
Probably to Dae-ryuk, the protagonist is who he wishes he could be, but he’s not very there but. Reeling from obtaining his repressed trauma abruptly dredged up, Dae-ryuk ends up standing at the edge of a rooftop, pushed to the brink and seeing no other way out of his misery.
That identical evening, Ma-eum receives a contact that has her and Joon-young racing out of the workplace. Oh no, please let Dae-ryuk be okay… I know his character arc is not resolved but, so he’ll probably survive this, but it nonetheless hurts my heart to see him in discomfort. He’s so powerful for pushing by means of and attempting his finest to confront his worry, and I hope that he’ll get all the assistance (and therapy) he wants to heal.
This week, the drama focused on how quick it can be to get swept up in the motions and shed sight of one’s initial passion. I liked the unique lenses it utilized to showcase this theme it shows that no one particular is immune to it, and that it can creep up on you with out you even realizing it.
Dong-hee’s impostor syndrome is painfully relatable, and I felt a lot of sympathy for him. His worry of in no way measuring up to other people’s judgment triggered him to devalue himself and reduce himself down to size 1st, so that other people wouldn’t get the likelihood to.
As for Kang-nam, operating on the identical webtoon for years on finish progressively chipped away at his motivation. It is quick to develop sick and tired of some thing you are continually operating on, and I assume becoming capable to function on his side project with Youngtoon will be a considerably-required breather for Kang-nam.
On that Youngtoon note — Hye-mi is awfully manipulative, and her modus operandi of continually pushing Ji-hyung’s buttons when acting sugary sweet is frankly very distasteful (and potentially even toxic). If this was what she was like in the previous, I can see why they broke up.
Regardless of claiming to harbor no ill will, Hye-mi’s actions speak for themselves. Kang-nam suggests a lot to each Ji-hyung and Man-cheol, due to the fact he’s the only webtoon author that has been operating with them ever due to the fact their Gingertoon days. Naturally, Hye-mi knows that, and if her smug smiles are something to go by, she’s clearly happy that she’s acquiring a rise out of Ji-hyung.
Youngtoon’s poaching does not just quit at webtoon authors, although, simply because Ji-hyung gets an provide to grow to be Youngtoon’s chief editor. It is a step up from his present position as Neon Webtoons’ assistant editor, and the job at Youngtoon comes with a hefty salary.
Of course, the Ji-hyung we know is not the kind to be swayed by materialism more than sentiment, but then once more we can in no way know for certain. Neon Webtoons may perhaps be seeing some hope thanks to our diligent rookies, but till the tide tends to make a decisive turn, it is nonetheless a sinking ship.
Final but certainly not least, I’m loving the development that our rookies are displaying. Ma-eum currently had a sensible head on her shoulders prior to, but her time at Neon is clearly assisting her mature. Not only is she understanding how to deal with setbacks, but she’s also gradually coming to accept that they’re a all-natural component of life — as opposed to in judo, she does not have to fight and win each and every battle.
Similarly, Joon-young’s progressively acquiring his footing in the group, and he now genuinely enjoys his function. Yay! Even though Chief Heo’s stress is nonetheless looming more than his shoulders, Joon-young’s increasing increasingly reluctant to sell out his coworkers, and I hope he at some point stands up for them when and for all.
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