Recommencing my a-picture's-worth-a-thousand-words random shipment series that used to decorate the sidebar of this blog.
Kum-Ji, if you've ever read my About page, is the wise philosopher who observed that inequality exists between fangirls. The boys who make up the romantic triangle with her both agree that Kum-Ji's (
She's not pretty anywhere and she's nowhere cute. – E-Soh) lacking in the comeliness department.
But allegedly low beauty factor aside, Kum-Ji to me is one of the strongest manhwa heroines around (and that's saying A LOT) and no mere guy, boy band member or no, is going to be fit to partner her.
He needs must be as special and as compelling as Kum-Ji.
This is where E-Wan comes in.
E-Wan, not the romantic interest who dominated the first two books but who comes into his own as a more than dark horse contender in volume three has been described by his creator as:
Whatever his true motives are, the b*stard won't stop harassing her.
And a b*stard he is and harass her he does—from filching her cellphone to calling her a tease for having a boyfriend (other than him ^^').
So why ship Kum-Ji with E-Wan instead of with E-Soh (
impatient stalker (?) who can't be away from her for a second) who was the undisputed male lead until E-Wan decided to make his move? Or Kum-Ji's original
What does she see in such a sissy wub Jin Ryu?
Or even stick with the so-called canon pairing of E-Wan and Eun-Sung which the former himself describes as
the perfect couple here?
Actually, before volume three, I wasn't really shipping Kum-Ji with anyone, least of all E-Soh who looked to be the other half of the OTP in the beginning. Not because I didn't like E-Soh; it's just… I found the chemistry between him and Kum-Ji a little lacking.
Okay, more than a little.
Kum-Ji with E-Wan, on the other hand… I find myself literally breathless when reading their interactions. Which seethe with all the delicious, dark, latent possibilities that indicate a heart-throbby pairing. He can be gruff with her or he can be sweet and cheesy with her and I would still end up gasping.
And then once breathing was restored, going Kyaaaa! like any good fangirl.
I look forward to more E-Wan x Kum-Ji shippyness.
~nik who's claiming presidency of the E-Wan x Kum-Ji fan club ^^
Chocolat is © JiSang Shin · Geo. First published in Korea in 2002 by SIGONGSA Co. Ltd. English text © 2005 ICE KUNION.
quotes appearing here all come from Chocolat volume three, as does the postcard of E-Wan and Kum-Ji that inspired this post.
other couples previously featured in random shipments
Yuki x Tohru from Fruits Basket
Yushiro x Miharu from Gasaraki
Mizuki x Kazura from Platinum Garden
Shuji x Chise from SaiKano
Images are © their respective copyright holders.