Title: Angel Diary Vol 2
Author: Lee YunHee
Publisher: Ice Kunion
May Contain Spoilers
Dong-Young is a runaway angel princess, and she’s hiding from forces from both Heaven and Hell. The four guardians of Heaven have been ordered by the king to find her, so keeping a low profile is imperative. Too bad she has the uncanny ability to attract every spirit from miles around! Trying to keep from being possessed, and trying to stay out of pervert Bi-Wal’s clutches is only complicating her life. When she’s kidnapped by a water nymph, will her cover be blown? Will somebody rescue her before the nymph sacrifices her to resurrect her dead lover?
Angel Diary is a little confusing, but its frantic pacing and pretty illustrations will keep me coming back for more. I think that part of the confusion lies in the large cast of characters, who are only given short spans of attention before the action focuses back on Dong-Young. After high-tailing it out of Heaven to avoid being wed to the King of Hell, she’s trying to keep a low profile as a male high school student. Her friendship with Bi-Wal isn’t keeping her as anonymous as she’d like, but she just can’t seem to get rid of the guy. It’s probably a good thing for her, because he has an almost second-sense, knowing instantly when she’s in trouble. He’s the kind of guy you want guarding your back. I think.
Bi-Wal at first comes across as very carefree and unconcerned about much of anything. It is quickly evident, however, that he is hiding a darker side. Like Dong-Young, he has secrets, only Bi-Wal is a lot better at keeping them. He immediately rouses the suspicions of one of the four guardians, who senses that something is different about him, but he just can’t put his finger on what. During the confrontation with the water nymph, Bi-Wal proved to be very cunning, very calculated, and very ruthless. He’s the kind of character I like, and I want to know more about him.
The guardians have been ordered by the King of Heaven to find the wayward princess, and some of them are scrambling to comply with their new mission. To add complexity to their task, they don’t know who all of the guardians are. I thought is was very odd, and it added to some of the confusion. Ah-Hin and her brother Ee-Jung are two of the guardians. Ah-Hin is Dong-Young’s best friend, so you can bet that she’s not going to comply with the capture the princess order. Ee-Jung has a sister-complex, and his entire existence revolves around Ah-Hin. The other guardians, Doh-Hyun and Woo-Hyun, aren’t aware that classmates Ah-Hin and Ee-Jung are guardians. They are actually burning the midnight oil looking for the princess, and since they don’t have much information to go on, they don’t realize that she’s hiding right in front of them.
I am hoping that once all of the characters and their quirks have been established, the story will settle down and start making more sense. If not, the art is pretty, and I like Bi-Wal enough to keep following along anyway.