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If you're like me and you're just starting to get into webcomics, Un Ordinary is a fantastic place to start. While the pacing is slower compared to other webcomics out there on the internet, it more than makes up for it when it comes to developing character, making sure the reader understands what's going on, and possessing a fun, dynamic, sometimes sterotypical but still very interesting characters.
Un Ordinary does a great job at slowing things down to explain things through to the reader, but as all things in life, this comes with a cost. The pacing of the story is INCREDIBLY slow, with the author, uru-chan taking nearly 150 or so chapters to reveal the real meat of the story, and I have a hunch that at the time of me writing this review (at chapter 152), the story's barely even a quarter of the way through.
Another issue found in my read through was the fact that even though having an anti-hero as the protagonist was an interesting twist, I feel uru-chan shoves the message of "John has been through some stuff and this is the reason why he's brutalizing everyone in his path" just a little bit too much. We get his motives and reasons why he's going out of the way to hurt people, thanks to uru-chan explaining things through, but I personally feel like she's going just a little bit too far with this characterization of him. I don't write and I'm not the author, but I feel she should tone him down just a lil' bit, or at least show that he feels some regret, but hey, like I said: I'm just the reader. Uru-chan does what uru-chan wants.
Seraphina, as much as I love her, ultimately feels lacking when it comes to plot development. For about 35-40% of the story, she was completely absent from the story, either because of her suspension, being in a coma, being kidnapped, or just f*cking around while John beat people, and that's not a good sign, especially if she's supposed to be John's foil. You can't be someone's foil if you're gone half the time.
I would write more, but I'm afraid I'm approaching my limit, so I'll end it here.
Un Ordinary is a phenomenal read and a great first choice if you're getting into the scene, but keep in mind that the pacing is very slow and some characters may prove more lacking than others
Unordinary is a webtoon series that caught my attention recently. I've read up to the 84 chapters that were released at the point of writing this, and for the most part, I've been enjoying it. John's story is engaging to follow, Seraphina makes for a decent secondary protagonist, and the superhero world that's been established through Wellston's school system is a fun set-up. My only nitpick of this is that it's just unbelievable how many of the students are jerks/bullies, but with the world that's been set up, it mostly makes sense why they would act this way. So I find it forgivable with the exception of there just being too many flat bully-type characters.
As for the one major problem I have with this series. The pacing is slow. Like really, REALLY, slow! This is definitely not the type of series that should be read on a weekly basis where there will be many times where it simply feels like nothing of importance happened. Hold off for several months, and read the chapters in bulks. I guarantee that if one does that, they will have a much better experience with this series.
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