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1.14.2007

shipment: E-Wan x Kum-Ji (Chocolat)

Recommencing my a-picture's-worth-a-thousand-words random shipment series that used to decorate the sidebar of this blog.

Spotlight ON:

E-Wan and Kum-Ji - postcard from Chocolat volume 3

Though it was slow going there at first—E-Wan x Kum-Ji from Shin JiSang & Geo's manhwa Chocolat.

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 ^^
花木兰

disclaimer
Chocolat is © JiSang Shin · Geo. First published in Korea in 2002 by SIGONGSA Co. Ltd. English text © 2005 ICE KUNION.

end note(s)

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

Athrun and Cagalli from Gundam SEED Phase-24Athrun x Cagalli from Gundam SEED

Zero and Yuki from Vampire KnightZeroYuuki from Vampire Knight

Yuki and Tohru from Fruits Basket EP12Yuki x Tohru from Fruits Basket

Yushiro and Miharu from GasarakiYushiro x Miharu from Gasaraki

Mizuki and Kazura from Platinum GardenMizuki x Kazura from Platinum Garden

Shuji and Chise from SaiKanoShuji x Chise from SaiKano

Images are © their respective copyright holders.

7 comments:

kaunis mieli said...

Ohhhhhmygosh!! yes yes i totally totally agree with you!
The fact that E-wan always keeps Kum-ji on her toes, and vice versa [unlike E-soh, which is just cuteness all the way...]

Gah. wow, I must apologize for my hyper beginning. There's a sad sad lack of manga/anime where I am, and no chocoat fans!

Another part I like about the series is the believeability of her family [I literally was stunned when I read the parts with Kum-ji's mom! I haven't seen a lot of manga where the parents are characterized like that, but wow, is it ever true!

Well, thanks for allowing me to read such an accurate description of kum-Ji X E-Wan shipping:

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.

Good night!

huamulan03 said...

Hi, kaunis mieli-san ^^
Ahm assumin' you're joining the fan club... well, the more Chocolat fans, the manier! Oops, I mean "merrier" *cheesy grin*

And while it's a bit sad that there's a dearth of animanga where you are, it's heartwarming to know that there are other EWan x KumJi shippers other than me.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

~nik who's waiting with bated breath (she's now blue) for her Chocolat volume 5

PS Now thinking about blogging Chocolat...

kaunis mieli said...

hey, thanks for the comment - waiting for volume five too, i heard all the IceKunion releases were delayed... =(

And the end of vol. 4 was a cruel, cruel, cliffhanger!

orimii said...

hmm. i randomly came across this blog of yours while looking for volume five.
yes. i love your description of e-wan. i'm routing for him! KYAA! he's such a strong, dark mysterious guy. but the moments of kindness and his bold actions ... and teasing kum-ji make him so... desirable? so felt like giving him a hug when he was all down about his mother. must have been tough of him. [note to self: he's a manhwa character!]
i was sitting in bed rereading all the scenes with him in it from volumes 1-4 until 3am in the morning. i can't wait for volume 5. need to buy it as soon as possible.

huamulan03 said...

@orimii-san,
Thanks for wubbing EWan as much, as well as for the fuzzy backpat ^^

ITA - need to get volume 5 stat!

masterjaeuknow said...

I LOVE EWAN X KUMJI

huamulan03 said...

@masterjaeuknow-san,

You're in good company here. Thanks for commenting ^^

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