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Pride Month: Her Shim-Cheong: First Impressions


Her Shim-Cheong is a historical yuri manhwa based on the old Korean folklore. ShimCheong is a young girl who’s lost her mother 7 days after being born. When she turned 7, she had to become a beggar in order to gain money and food for her and her blind father. She saves a minister’s fiancée from drowning in a river which started the domino effect of her drastic change in life.

I fell in love with the art style. It is absolutely stunning. I haven’t really caught up on all the released chapters yet—it’s actually still ongoing. I did think the aspect of having a lesbian twist onto this specific folklore is rather interesting especially since I don’t think people would’ve thought of that to happen in the original folklore. Speaking of which, I actually got curious—especially since there was a song by Hwasa called “Twit” where she says “Delicate Shim Cheong”—did some research and found the story of Shimcheong. I thought it was rather interesting to read the actual folklore while reading this new variation of it. There is also quite a bit of symbolism such as the red bracelets that the minister’s wife gives to Shimcheong. In my opinion, it’s basically the red twine that symbolizes “binding two destinies together,” but I may be wrong there. Someone also spread the rumor about her being a “fox” which made me actually research that too and it turns out that if a woman—in Eastern Asian—is referred to as a fox, then they are known to seduce men, but it also means —in language terms—that person is mischievous or that a woman has “nasty qualities” (information from Wikipedia), so it’s no wonder that nobody trusted her whatsoever. The relationship between both of the girls—so far—is growing stronger by the day, and Shimcheong is really cute because she initially blushes a lot around the minister’s wife.

I’ll end it right here since I still haven’t caught up to all of the released chapters, but as soon as I catch up (or maybe if the author finishes the manhwa), I’ll write a final review for this. I do recommend it though since it’s a rather interesting twist on a classic folklore. I’m also thinking about writing about the different symbolisms within this manhwa since there are a lot. Will it be a lot of research? Maybe, but it’ll be worth it since I get to learn something new, which I’ll—hopefully—get the chance to share  with you guys. Anyways that’s it for today. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾

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