Seems like a lot of awesome series have finished their scanlation run lately, and after Mahoraba, it’s now Shin Angyo Onshi’s turn.
It has been a truly epic series, coupled off with a truly epic end, and Shin Angyo Onshi will remain as one of the best manhwa titles I’ve ever had the chance to read. True, the end was already forecast a while back, but it still hit quite hard when it did, and man, Munsu’s death is probably one of the GAR-est I’ve seen in a while lately. Despite the fact he didn’t land the final blow, but the way it ended… it surely hit more harder than if he did do so. Truly, a man amongst men.
Throughout this tragedy-filled series, it’s been really sad to see Munsu’s life journey, most especially during the Mandrake dream arc, where we finally got to know Kye Wol Hyang, Munsu’s lover and their tragic love story, horribly twisted and turned upside down by the intervention of one of the most evilest villains in a manga/manhwa series ever. Aji Tae has definitely been one of the more memorable villains ever, with his sheer power coupled together with a personality that chills anyone to the bones. Single handedly messing up a whole country and the lives of the main characters, this causation-defying villain was truly a memorable one.
To be honest, unlike the satisfying end of Mahoraba, I still find SAO’s ending volume was rather confusing, since I don’t know if it’s a lost-in-translation thing or elsewise, but I the whole mystery surrounding Aji Tae remained rather unclear even at the end, despite a number of explanations given. What was he really? A true demon? Satan incarnate? I guess it’ll remain ambiguous, but it’s surely enough to know that he is definitely not human. It was also compounded by the last minute mystery of Chun-Hyang’s true identity, as it was hinted that she wasn’t human as well.
Nevertheless, with a epic story, awesome action and memorable characters, Shin Angyo Onshi is truly a must-read for manga fans. Lastly, I would like to give my wholehearted thanks to the team of ETC for bringing this wonderful series in to English for us all. Thank you for your efforts!