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Manhwa / Westwood Vibrato

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Westwood Vibrato is a manhwa written by Youn In Wan with art by Kim Sun Hee. Originally released in Japan in black and white, it was later released as a Korean webcomic in full color.

The main character is the genius instrument repairwoman Cornelia Bobo Warshaw, but the story focuses more on the lives of her clients and the often heart-wrenching tales behind their instruments.

This work provides examples of:

  • Artificial Limbs: Cornelia has an artificial leg.
  • Child Prodigy: Even as child Cornelia was a genius at repairs. Of weapons, that is.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Many of Cornelia's customers. As well as Cornel herself.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Father Thomas.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each miniature story arc has the title: Track XX, [Name of Song].
  • Mama Bear: Hera (from chapter 26) definitely shows these tendencies towards the children of the pediatric ward.
  • May–December Romance: Monica (the woman from chapter 24) and her husband are twelve years apart.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Allan's and Rachel's parents had one.
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  • Precocious Crush: Katherine (the girl in chapter 22) develops one on Father Thomas after she found out he used to be a rocker.
  • Ship Tease: Between Cornelia and Allan.
  • Shipper on Deck: Rachel for Cornelia and Allan.
  • Shown Their Work: The authors put a lot of work into the depiction of the instruments, down to finding the kind of trumpet used by Nazis.

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