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Lookism by Park Tae Joon

Discussion in 'Akihabara Library' started by David, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. David

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    BTW, what do y'all think about Park Tae-Joon's use of his story to shed light on issues particularly endemic to Korea? I think he's done a fair job incorporating it into his story, treading the fine line between giving issues exposure and advocating for changes in policy.
     
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    Still at the buildup phase, but this author is good for not shying away from painting real world situations albeit with some exaggerations.

    James Gong's entrance was great. That fam have poor recruiting luck, say hello to the new dad and mum. Between crazed him and Jasmine(female Jinho), expecting some dangerous new waves being thrown into the equation :spicy

    Tbh, not so hyped about the dad from Daniel's group. Didn't look imposing enough, build or stature wise. Hoping he has something up his sleeves and/or will give Daniel a decent challenge.

    Some thoughts, considering the average age of the runaways and their situations, I guess the dad would be menacing. Which then leads that for their now to still be preferable to their then, :psyduck

    @David Kind of thought that too as was typing. Some other issues he's highlighted before include the irresponsible abandoning of pets once the owners no longer wanted them for whatever reasons.
     
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    Fuck off Jasmine :giogio
    I hope Zack beats her ass this time seriously
     
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    Honestly, I want to write about stuff I feel about this chapter but everyone pretty much said it and some more. And I'm lazy as feck. But yeah either Jasmine somehow gets redeemed, or she's fem Jiho.
     
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    @IdioticGamer Post more bro :hoho

    Regarding redemption, not sure if totally on board with it. When Jinho was finally sent to juvie, that felt deserved and satisfying. Would rather have a good antagonist with a compelling backstory/motivation tbh.
     
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    Not sure if anyone else caught this but upon reread, realised that James Gong isn't the only recurring character this arc. The fam he's currently with, were the same ones Daniel(original one) temporarily joined under during the homeless arc. What a reunion :bookerskully

    Then



    Current



    Only the left guy and right girl are new additions.
     
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    The opening sequence was better than the entire chapter. Zack was badass, good that he's getting more exposure.

    The rest was just :scust

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    Daniel's reasoning in letting himself get beat up, the initiation, the almost prostitution. Was just waiting for Daniel to let loose from the beginning like Zack did instead of towards the end. The 2 girls backstories were messed up though. Guessed author wanted to build up the relation/feelings to the whole situation but the progression felt too drawn out/awkward.
     
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    I don't think the author understands beating people is an effective way of getting information out of others.

    If Daniel walked in and started beating the fuck out of the bald manlet and his boys info would have started flowing pretty fast.
     
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    He's still imo a bit not too hostile or willing to beat up others unless forced to from what it looks like.

    But hey he's learning so who knows. Also yeah badass Zack is badass.
     
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    Ok chapter. This is going to be a long arc I think, Vasco and co's parts still haven't been shown.

    One slap Daniel :hoho. Ironic how he seems to be the parent here.

    James Gong actions are once again :hestonpls. Why doesn't anyone realise he's kind of crazed :facepalmed. He does seem to be build up for that fateful reencounter with Daniel since I'm almost sure he's going to be inducted into the main hostel team going by this chapter's end.

    With "Big Daddy", there's going to be a "Big Mummy" next :skully. He kind of resembled James though, facial looks and sense of style. An interesting combo to watch out for :mjlol.
     
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    Holy shit these retards were eating at someones funeral :bookerskully

    James is an autist of the highest tier.
     
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    With him around, things are never "dull"/static. Somehow, looking forward to what bizarre move he's going to do next :kanyelul
     
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    Good Hostel chapter. Is Hostel A the de facto leaders of Hostel amidst the leadership vacuum? Liking them as a group much more than the previous 2 crews. Big Crew had a sparse of standout members except the leader while GD had too many interesting ones which were underutilized. Hostel A seems just right for now.

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    Big Daddy and James Gong didn't disappoint, like how both characters were presented this chapter.

    Enjoyed the whole "interview", 2 "uncles" actually seem competent even though the 2nd lost. Will the "aunties" be saved for the girls :hm

    Interesting mention about the 3rd uncle thing. Unless it's a retcon of Jang Hyun's position, think this has to do with him leaving the group with the rest promoting 1 rank up leaving 1 position empty. Thoughts?

    James Gong had quite a fast track promotion. But seems might end similarly fast since Daniel's already there :skully. This reunion seems faster than expected but hyped for the next chapter. Leaning towards Daniel losing the next encounter though.
     
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    Daniel going to try 1 v 3? I think he probably loses here, the author has been letting him body everyone.
     
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    Agree, besides it has been some time since original Daniel made a reappearance. Not sure how that will fit into the current arc though. Unless to switch to what the others are doing/have been doing in the meanwhile :hm
     
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    Is James going to be prep for Daniel facing off against Jiho?

    My boy Daniel gotta keep that pimp hand warm.

     
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    Good chapter, 1st half was hilarious and 2nd half's scenes were well done.

    Big Daddy 10/10 :bookerskully

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    His evaluation of James Gong

    The send off to his "son"

    His motorcycle and "dragging" James' original daddy in the sidecar for the chase


    2nd half

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    Ok twist with the trap(wrong keyword) and good setup, never thought the GD guy was actually used as a tool to make Daniel go serious right from the start.

    2 uncles hype seems well placed, 2nd uncle wasn't out from last chapter. Think if Daniel had gone in the fight as he normally did(diplomat/gentleman), he would have been knocked out.

    Wilder/badass Daniel incoming :bury
     
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    Zack's mad as hell and Daniel's owning the 2nd uncle :bury. Too bad abt the 2 vs 1. Not all fights will be on fair/equal terms so will be a good experience for Daniel. He still might pull off a win, thoughts?

    Good hype for Workers and Big Deal's Kim. Looking back, the latter did suffer an early defeat/exit storywise and even then it was to Jong Gun. Might be stronger than initially thought, pre juvie maybe ≥ Johan? His comeback seems approaching with all these side mentions/fbs the last few arcs :hm

    Jasmine X James, kind of cringed at the "prince" stuff. Interesting references/parallels, that "necklace" she got from James was the same old one he wore and Zack using the same opening line as Jiho before he hit him.

    So James did "run away" from somewhere :whistle. Since he remembers Jiho on somewhat friendly terms, memory loss likely to before the fall.
     
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    What is this person talking about?
     
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    If not wrong, those sex for favours esp for those new/upcoming female artistes? Whether they make it/break it depends on how far they are willing to go with the company bosses. Though don't think this is just specific to the Korean industry :hm
     
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    There was that story in 2016/17 about the league player who committed suicide due to the team manager renting him out to unnamed higher up dudes too. Being a celeb seems closer to being a slave out there. No idea about the homeless kids though - if that's a reality that's terrible.
     
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    I looked up some things; supposedly its in regards to some kpop person supposedly running a prostitution ring and apparently many girls being drugged and sold out to rich chinese creeps attending clubs owned by this dude.

    The club is called "Burning Sun".

    What a bunch of degenerates
     
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    :scust
     
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    Took me awhile to get enough free time (or maybe I just slowly realized it) Zack is likely gonna fight the leader of the homeless and Daniel may possibly win (unlikely) or get some help from Jin or Vasco. Or just lose.

    Either way can't believe those are legit. Pretty damn mind boggling.

    And the chap was pretty g
     
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    Called it.

    It wasn't Vasco that ended up saving Daniel but it was Zack.

    I don't mind this development. Vasco being the King of the Homeless was epic
     
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    You're not a runaway you're just homeless :bookerskully

    Vasco is by far the greatest character in this series. Sally will kneel before the King of the Homeless before long.
     
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    Vasco, King of the Homeless. Naturally gaining followers and that stare of his with the bearded,wild look :ohlord

    Not liking where Hostel B's Big Mama part seems to be heading though. Feels like she will intercede and our man will lose either because he refuses to fight or she uses underhanded tricks.

    Daniel/Zack teamup part was ok. No guesses to the outcome of this round :hehee
     
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    Vasco is badass also he really is indeed the greatest character here tbh.

    Or we see Jin's girlfriend be the one to face her? Looks like she can fight after all.

    I don't think they'll match the pair in cooperation, but 1v1 and 1v1 is probably gonna mess them up.
     
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    Ok chapter.

    That silhouette might be Eli? Guess Hostel B might be the "good" fam still holding on to his beliefs after his disappearance. 2nd thought, could Big Mama be the mother of Yena :hm

    Kind of feel bad for Zack at being paired with Daniel. He can't even shine properly with MC around and "copying" his moves effortlessly.

    Who saw this coming:
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    Big Daddy Olly vs GD Johan. Guess the lack of action today was to hype this one next chap's. Actually, might the Zack/Johan issue be resolved this arc too? This has been quite a long arc so far.
     
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    Vasco is pure entertainment.
     
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