Kill Me, Kiss Me
, also known as K2
, is a Korean manwha written by Lee Young-you. It focuses on two loosely-connected plots involving the cousins Jung-Woo Im and Tae-Yeon Im. The first, a plot that fades in significance after the first volume, is the story of Tae-Yong. Tae-Yong Im is a tomboyish girl with a crush on a model. After finding out that the model goes to the all-boys school that her cousin attends, Tae-Yong decides to go undercover and swap roles with her identical cousin for a week in order to get closer to him. Hijinks ensue as the model's best friend develops a crush on "him" and begins to question his own sexuality.
The second, longer story focuses on Jung-Woo and his unlikely associations. Que-Min Ghun is a a new girl in town. Thanks to her physical strength and hot temper, she's known as a thug back in her old town but is trying to overcome that reputation and develop a new one here. After developing a crush on Jung-Woo, she unwittingly draws him into danger thanks to an old rival with a crush. Ghoon-Hahm Che is the leader of a gang known as the Yi Wong. Following the discovery of her affections for Jung-Woo, he begins to stir up trouble and soon enough Jung-Woo is unwittingly drawn into a gang-war between the Yi Wong and the Ghoo Won.
English versions of the manwha are available through Tokyopop.
This manga provides examples of:
- Badass: Pretty much every gang member that's seen fighting, Que-Min and Jung-Woo.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Do not anger Que-Min. Her reputation as a thug is well-earned considering her temper and exceptional strength.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Jung-Woo seems to drift along from scene to scene. He seems to have no concept of what is normal, to the point where he casually breaks into Ghoon-Hahm's house because he has more video games.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: Jung-Woo seems to care about almost nothing, and as a result often gets into trouble thanks to his lack of drive.
- Ho Yay: Kai sure does want Ghoon-Hahm to kiss his boots... Not to mention his obsession with hurting Jung-Woo, whom he constantly refers to as "pretty" and "the Prince". It also sounds almost as if he has this impression of Ghoon-Hahm and Jung-Woo.
- Yeong Joon and Jin Lee are canonically gay and in a relationship.
- In-universe example: The Pretty Boy Fanclub get Ghoon-Hahm and Jung-Woo to act like this in order to take photographs.
- Several people mistake Ghoon-Hahm and Jung-Woo for a couple, although admittedly a few of them were likely joking.
- Jung-Woo and Ghoon-Hahm have a lot of close moments for rivals in love. Jung-Woo even starts sleeping over at Ghoon-Hahm's house from the fourth book onwards, a fact which makes Que-Min think interesting things about the two of them.
- Half of the male named population of the game think Jung-Woo pretty enough to be flirt with.
- Toyed with in regards to Kun and Ga-Woon - while Ga-Woon thinks that Tae is a boy, Kun proceeds to tease and kiss "him" knowing that he's a girl. Ga-Woon views it as this.
- Gayngster: Yeong Joon and Jin Lee are members of the Yi Wong gang. They're also in a relationship with each other.
- Meaningful Rename: "Chili" Bok Chil (also known as "The Blade") became Nanashe Kai around the time he took over the Black Dragons
- Mistaken for Gay: Thanks to Tae-Yeon's crush on Kun, Kun and Ga-Woon begin to think this about Jung-Woo.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Kai is definitely a Type C.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Poor, poor Ga-Woon Kim.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Tae-Teon Im pretends to be her cousin for a week.
- Twin Switch: Played with in the first volume - although they're cousins, they are identical.
- Underestimating Badassery: Thanks to his girlish looks and apparent frailty, the Ghoo Won casually mock Jung-Woo - only to watch as the trained gangster they sent after him is easily beaten up by the inexperienced teen.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Jung-Woo is able to pass for a girl with minimal effort. Even when he isn't dressed as a girl, many people mistake him for one. In fact, Kai seems to be the only one who isn't fooled by his girlish appearance.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Kun Kang fades almost from the existence of the books following the end of the first manga.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Jung-Woo obediently switches place with his cousin - not that it's difficult. All it takes is bribery with an MP3 player and some baseball cards. And everything else she owns. However, he seems pretty happy with the situation and even asks to extend it at the end.
- Yakuza: "Chili" Bok Chil apparently takes control of a Yazuka gang called the Black Dragons prior to his appearance.