Webcomic / Knight Run
action Space Opera Korean Webtoon
about humanity's struggles against monsters. Praised for its tragic story lines and epic action scenes, criticized for its rough line art and frequent lapses in punctuation. The series is complete with over 169 chapters.
Written and drawn by Kim Sung Min; it is serialized in Korean here
. The official Naver translations here
.Now has it's own wiki.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- The Ageless: Pray initially appears younger than Anne; she's actually quite a bit older, and hasn't aged a day since they met. No one seems to think much of this (probably because "magic" exists in this universe). Pray is actually a monster queen, albeit one who is completely human except for her lack of aging and ability to give birth to more monsters.
- All There in the Manual : The bonus material in the book "Knight Run Another Story: Father's Day" contain clues and foreshadowing for future arcs.
- Apocalypse Maiden : Pray.
- Author Appeal: Several. Little girls with blonde hair; female characters in general (take a look at the girl with red braids who only appears in this single chapter); and the survival rate of couples in-universe.
- Crapsack World: Word of God says that he doesn't want anyone in the audience to think that they would want to go live in the universe within the story. This is most extremely expressed by the state of the planet Tobal in Knight Run Another Episode 2.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Pray and Anne are orphans. Their adoptive mother is still alive, but Pray was always careful to keep her from getting too close to Anne. Actually, Pray has no parents, while Anne's biological mother is still alive for most of the story—Pray.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Nelsons, in Knight Run Another Episode 2.
- Foreshadowing: Three of Pray's children are named (or nicknamed) Fear, Blue Beetle, and Quattro. Quattro? See The Reveal below.
- Functional Magic: Some of the knights have powers described as magic or supernatural, from the traditionally sci-fi Psychic Powers to the ones who can summon what appear to be mystical fairies. It's not clear if this is actually magic or just Sufficiently Advanced Technology humans have lost understanding of.
- Humanoid Aliens: The queens. A lot of the higher level monsters also count, especially those born from the Anir queen. Pray spent quite a lot of time around humanity, and thus designed her most powerful children in their image.
- Lost Technology: Humanity has lost the ability to create gates to enable travel between distant planetary systems.
- Meaningful Name:
- Anne was named after Anne of Green Gables, a Plucky Girl known for "green eyes that sometimes look grey." Pray constantly reminds her of this, and keeps a rare paper version of the book as one of her most precious possessions. She got it from Fion, who idolized the Anne of the book. Fion was Pray's first friend, which is why she named her daughter after her hero.
- Pray had no name originally, and no one really liked her enough to give her one. She gave herself her name after meeting Anne, to give her something to call her. Since she met Anne after praying to God to send her a friend, she went with Pray.
- Messianic Archetype: Anne. She cares for every single human being and can't stand to see any of them hurt—but she became a knight to save people, even though she knew that would put her in a position where she would see the worst tragedies. She thinks nothing of sacrificing herself to save absolutely anyone. She was even born from a virgin mother, though admittedly that mother was a monster queen, and virgin births are commonplace for them.
- Only Friend:
- Pray hates everyone except for Anne. Period.
- Pray was something of the unwilling friend of another girl, Fion, in the backstory before she met Anne. Pray hated her just like she hated everyone else, but Fion never stopped trying to get close to her.
- After Fion died, Pray realized what she had lost, and prayed for a friend. Then she gave birth to Anne.
- Plucky Girl: Shion in Another Story 2. Ashley in Another Story: Father's Day.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: All of the queens have red pupils.
- Rule of Cool: Numerous Badass Longcoats, Lots and lots of Cool Swords, Powered Armors and Cool Starships, not to mention the Final Boss with a single black wing. There must have been a Blade Run in one of the battles too.
- Sekaikei Genre: In each story arc, the protagonist must weigh the burdens of saving the world with the cost of saving the one important person to them to reach a conclusion.
- Shadow Archetype: The White Type-Zero uses two swords and has brown hair like Anne, and even appears to have a similar fighting style—not to mention that she's the only monster besides the queens with an obvious gender. Considering that Anne is Pray's daughter, it's implied that the White Type-Zero is the same model as Anne, and thus her genetic twin. Dry even fails to kill her after breaking her mask, hinting that she looks the same as Anne underneath.
- Superpowerful Genetics: Powerful clans that gave birth to many of the most powerful Knights in the story (such as the Leonhart and Zyle clans) are descendents of special, Bio-engineered bloodlines.
- Sword Fight: Most action scenes and every conclusive battle for each arc consists of this.
- The Reveal: Chapter 74: Anne is revealed to be Pray's biological daughter. Considering Pray's identity, this has very serious implications...
- Wham Episode: Chapter 30: Pray is in league with the aliens.
- Yandere: Pray.