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From Cheese in the Trap to Our Beloved Summer, here are 7 hit K-Dramas that you can now read as a webcomic

7 must-read webcomics that inspired some of the best K-Dramas

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Published: 13th December 2021
Stills from True Beauty,  My Roommate is a Gumiho, Nevertheless, and Our Beloved Summer

Some of the best Korean dramas are adapted from webcomics, otherwise known as manhwa. Be it the super-hit Netflix series, The Kingdom, which is based on The Kingdom of the Gods (written by Kim Eun-hee and by drawn Yang Kyung-il), or Itaewon Class (created by Gwang Jin), these K-dramas were first successful webcomics. However, there is no official English translation that is available to these titles.

Webcomics are a huge part of Korean pop culture and the global popularity of the shows inspired by them has given the manhwa creators a push to translate their work into English.

Here is a list of K-Dramas whose manhwa version can be found on Webtoon with official English translations. 

Cheese in the Trap

Cheese in the Trap is one of the most popular K-Dramas that new fans must watch. The manhwa is penned by Soonkki Hong Seol and is centred on her relationship with Yoo Jung.

The female lead (Kim Go Eun) learns more about her boyfriend's (Park Hae Jin) dark side after dating him in college. She is aware of his negative influence in her life, and yet she chooses to give him another chance.
 

Where to Stream: Viki

 

True Beauty

True Beauty is one of the biggest hits of 2021 starring Moon Ga Young, Hwang In Seop, and Cha Eun Woo in lead roles. The show is based on the manhwa of the same name penned by Yaongyi. 

The show addresses the unreal beauty standards set in society through the character of Lim Ju Kyung, who is introduced as a bespectacled girl with freckles. She is bullied by her classmates and is used as a "bang shuttle" (someone who runs errands). After discovering make-up, Ju Kyung uses it to suit herself up in a new school. With makeup, she discovers that people react to her differently, and therein begins her journey of self-realisation. 


Where to Stream: Viki

Sweet Home

Starring Song Kang, Go Min Si, Lee Do Hwan, and Lee Jin Wook in lead roles, the show is based on the webcomic of the same name. 

The manhwa is by Kim Kan-Bi and Hwang Young-Chan. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where infected humans turn into different kinds of monsters. Similar to zombies, a bite or attack by these monsters turns individuals into demons. Cha Hyun Su (Song Kang) is a high school student who is also a recluse. He is infected, but his transition into a monster is different from the others. He has the answer for everyone's survival, and the show captures his journey. 

Where to Stream: Netflix

My Roommate is a Gumiho

My Roommate is a Gumiho is based on manhwa titled Gan Ddeoreojineun Donggeo penned by Na. The show is a light-hearted rom-com featuring a nine-tailed fox and a college student. It captures the journey of a supernatural being who wants to transform into a human being. At the tail end of his journey, he meets a college student that he falls in love with.  
 

Where to Stream: iQiyi

Nevertheless, 

Nevertheless, is a Netflix show that was received well in the global market. It did not work well among Korean audiences, but Song Kang and Han So Hee's popularity increased manifold globally because of this show. It captures how a toxic relationship changes the female lead Nabi's outlook on love and helps her find her ground in her next relationship with Park Jae Eon. Incidentally, the ending of the manhwa by Jung Seo and the show is not the same.

Where to Stream: Netflix

Yumi's Cells

Yumi's Cells is an ongoing drama based on a webtoon of the same name created by Donggeon Lee. The show is an interesting take on the human mind and portrays each characteristic and emotion of an individual in the form of a cell. There is a Love cell, Fashion cell, Logical cell among many others that live in the lead characters' head. 

These cells help the lead characters Kim Yu Mi (Kim Go Eun) and Ahn Bo Hyun (Koo Woong) make important life decisions. 

Where to Stream: Viki

Our Beloved Summer

Our Beloved Summer is currently on air and stars Kim Da Mi and Parasite actor Choi Woo Shik. The show is based on manhwa created by Han Kyoung Chal and Lee Naeun. It is about a couple who meet each other five years after a messy breakup. How the two people react to each other and their relationship in the past is the crux of the show. 


Where to Stream: Netflix

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