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"Skin, abnormally hot. Mouth, dry. Heart rate, increased. Hands, shaking. Penis... F*CK!"
Chu Sang-woo

Semantic Error (시맨틱 에러) is an ongoing BL Webtoon illustrated by Angy Kim (엔지) and serialized in RidiBooks. It is based on a novel of the same name written by Jeo Suri (저수리).

Computer science major Chu Sangwoo is the epitome of a Rightly Self-Righteous person who is as unapologetically meticulous and he is inflexible. While working on a group project with freeloaders who donít put in any effort, Sangwoo reasonably decides to remove their names from the final presentation. As a result, he inadvertently messes up the study-abroad plans of one Jang Jaeyoung: the visual design student and School Idol who everyone knows. What happens when an engineer and an artist whose personalities are like oil and water have to work together? Jang Jaeyoung is like a semantic error in the perfect world of Chu Sangwoo.

Also has an animation, audio drama, and an upcoming live-action drama.


This work provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Both main characters excel in their respective fields; Sangwoo in computer science and Jaeyoung in visual design.
  • Animal Motifs: Sangwoo is represented by a black deer (bambi-style) and Jaeyoung by an orange fox.
    • "You're like this dark, broody animal that's content with just grazing alone in a post-apocalyptic world."
    Jang Jaeyoung
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: This is very much an enemies to friends with benefits to lovers story.
  • Dude, She's Like in a Coma: Averted since Jaeyoung was only pretending to be asleep. This was their first kiss, initiated by Sangwoo in a Moment of Weakness.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Jaeyoung to Sangwoo who, despite Korean cultural norms of yielding to those older and more experienced than you, strongly believes that respect is earned.
  • Friends with Benefits: How their relationship started since Sangwoo couldn't comprehend having a romantic relationship with a guy (much to Jaeyoung's frustration).
  • Inconvenient Attraction: For both of them.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: The pair's second kiss, happened a day after the first.
  • Meet Cute: Sort of. It was the first meeting that Sangwoo actually remembered and it was more of a meet ugly.
    • Calling "Freeloader 3"? ..."Motherfucker" is calling?
  • Opposites Attract: STEM versus art major. Monotone versus vibrant style. Rigid versus free-spirited mindset. Popular guy versus loner. These two are the definition of polar opposites.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The two are brought and kept together by a project to make a video game that will eventually be called Veggie Venturer. However, they had a rough start due to their opposing work habits (not to mention personalities).

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