Shin Angyo Onshi ends

Shin Angyo Onshi

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!

8 Comments

  1. Magnius of the Chaos Said,

    July 2, 2008 @ 3:44 am

    Eh, I found Shin Amhengusa’s ending to be pretty much satisfying, though possibly a bit confusing at the end, seeing as the new Amhengusa seemed to resemble Munsu. I don’t think you’re supposed to know exactly what Aji Tae is; that’s kind of what makes him such the kickass villain. He’s an evil enigma, and that’s what matters… maybe?

    The final battle was truly epic. So many of the awesome characters died; namely Eul Paso and Yeongsil. Suicidal explosion and catching Aji Tae off guard for the win.

    … Huh. Upon reading the scans, I realize that Shin Amhengusa was translated from Japanese and not Korean. Then again, I guess Korean just doesn’t go that well with English.

    Still, it’s probably easier for a Korean to read it, seeing as most of the characters are either from Korean history or Korean folklore. There’s that enjoyable feeling you get when you recognize something and go, “hey, I know that!” in your mind and feel this pathetic and meager sense of achievement over a comic book. God, I feel so worthless. D8

    Finally… Blade of the Phantom Master? WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH AMERICANS? BLADE OF THE PHANTOM MASTER? BLADE OF THE FUCKING PHANTOM MASTER? I’m in bloody despair. D8

  2. Aki3 Said,

    July 2, 2008 @ 3:44 am

    Yes your guess is correct, for more information and some scan of few last pages, come here ^^

    http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=28215

    Hope this help

  3. aki3 Said,

    July 2, 2008 @ 3:51 am

    The scan of the last volume was missing like 15 pages…

    (sorry i cant edit my post so double post, just want to explain more clearly…T_T)

  4. Ten Said,

    July 2, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

    I just started reading this, and I’m rather impressed so far.

  5. Endz Said,

    July 2, 2008 @ 9:22 pm

    Hm… seems like gotta finish this(stopped reading this manga when the scans were still at vol. 7. I just couldn’t take the time for it to be released back then. 3-4 chapters per 6 mo. I’m glad they finished it.)

  6. zs Said,

    July 3, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

    The story was pretty damn cool, I loved it. One of my favourite comic series, be it Japanese, Korean or Western!

    *spoiler warning*
    I think the part about Sando being a fairy was abit far-fetched and pointless, since her non human heritage didn`t really have much of an impact or factor in at all. But this was only fully revealed in the gaiden, so it`s not that big of a matter.

    As for Aji Tae, I think he was just a demon, the one that Hae Mosu released in his childhood.
    Can`t be too sure, the chinese translation[CY one] that I read was a little dodgy at the final fight sequence.

    Too bad Yeongsil died like that, he was so damn cool. The outburst was a little out of character too..

  7. iamAfan Said,

    July 7, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

    1 word…. BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  8. willowywicca Said,

    July 10, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

    Thanks for mentioning this Kurogane, picked it up as a result and just finished it now and it was really great.

    I think the point of Chun Hyang not being human was merely Aji Tae’s attempt to spawn doubt within Munsu’s mind about whether he truely knew her and could trust in her or not. What Bang Ja said earlier (plus all the various parts about how people see what they want to and such) shows it wasn’t just something tacked on to the story though, it just is that, to Munsu, it didn’t matter, because she was his Sando regardless.

    And yeah, having both your arms ripped off and still charging at someone to kick them in the balls. Munsu is the man!

RSS feed for comments on this post