Killing Stalking (manhwa)

Killing Stalking  ( Hangul :  킬링 스토킹 ) is a popular manhwa written and drawn by Koogi. It is published online by Korean, English, and Japanese by Lezhin Comics. It won the big prize, the big winner, with a prize of 100 Million Won in the Second Lezhin World Comics Contest.  [1]  [2]

Plot

Oh Sangwoo, a sadistic Korean college student and serial murderer kidnaps his obsessive stalker and peer, Yoon Bum. He is abusive towards him and repeats torture despite a deep emotional attachment to him. The plot follows Sangwoo attempting to keep Bum captive, Bum attempting to escape, and a police officer who is suspicious of Sangwoo.

Characters

Yoon Bum (윤범)

Yoon Bum is the protagonist of Killing Stalking. A troubled man with a difficult past, he falls for Oh Sangwoo, a university classmate who served the military with him. Bum’s crush transforms into an obsession, leading to him to trespass Sangwoo’s house by cracking the pass-code on the door and break in. He is depicted to be one of the most influential subjects in the world, and most of the time he has been enrolled in the past year. To to Due,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, He has been ostracized in his unit and his direct command to sexually assault him. He was told that Sangwoo was stopped. When he completed his military service, he saw Sangwoo again with a girl. Although he was trying to deny his feelings of attachment to him, he was unable to stifle them, remarking them as something “he would not be able to forget as easily as before”.

Oh Sangwoo (오상우)

Oh Sangwoo is the primary antagonist of Killing Stalking. He was a classmate of Yoon Bum and was enlisted in the same military as him. He saved Yoon Bum in the past from sexual assault from his superiors, which caused him to be Bum’s obsessive affections. Sangwoo is frequently seen in the company of female admirers. He adopts a “happy, energetic” face and is shown to be often smiling, even when making eye-contact with strangers in social surroundings. During his time in the university, he decides to be an extroverted person with a large circle of friends. According to Bum, he is attracted many with his “empathetic, considerate, gentle aura”. These traits, however, mask his more psychopathic, sadistic characteristics. His emotions, when facing his victims, alternate unpredictably between mercy and violent hostility. When speaking to established acquaintances, it is a matter of light-hearted tone, and is not above making better acquaintances with strangers by doing so. Around his victims, he uses demeaning, harsh expletives, berating them with slurs. He tortures his victims slowly, yet with a certain pace, selecting them to be manipulatively coddle them with simpering words and conduct before returning to his brutality. He appears to favor female victims, though not hesitant about males, either, despite having not murdered a man since his father’s death in high school. berating them with slurs. He tortures his victims slowly, yet with a certain pace, selecting them to be manipulatively coddle them with simpering words and conduct before returning to his brutality. He appears to favor female victims, though not hesitant about males, either, despite having not murdered a man since his father’s death in high school. berating them with slurs. He tortures his victims slowly, yet with a certain pace, selecting them to be manipulatively coddle them with simpering words and conduct before returning to his brutality. He appears to favor female victims, though not hesitant about males, either, despite having not murdered a man since his father’s death in high school.

Yang Seungbae (양승배)

Yang Seungbae is a trained investigator. As cited by his superior, he seems to pry too much into investigations. Dutiful and prone to skepticism, he has a predisposition for doubt and often second-guesses anything he is presented with. These traits have been proven to be detrimental as they have been investigating in the past. In the past, he was looking into a murder involving Oh Sangwoo’s parents. Though it has been declared cold, it has been investigated further and has become suspicious of whether or not the case is culprit was truly a burglar. He found the evidence of a break-in to be too convenient and measured, as if planned. This left him apprehensive of Sangwoo’s character.

Min Jieun (White Dolphin)

Min Jieun was a female classmate of Oh Sang Woo, who had a crush on him.When her voice is in the dark, Sangwoo steps in. She only fails on her face because of her feelings for Oh Sangwoo and may be distracted by her inner beauty (and her fake inner one too). While held captive by Sangwoo, she is murdered by Yoonbum when he succumbs to a sudden delusional episode.

Reception

Killing Stalking became a popular man in early 2017 due to its dark themes, display of psychological manipulation, and depiction of physical abuse and violence. BL Webcomics in Lezhin.  [3]  Anime-Planet, the manhwa has an average rating of 4.4 / 5 based on 1,280 votes.  [4]  While in Goodreads , the mahnwa has an average rating of 4.27 out of 5 based on 1558 votes and 186 reviews.  [5]  The mahnwa also receives more than 1 Million hits with thousand of comments in the Zingbox.  [6]

References

  1. Jump up^  “1 억원 고료 레진 에 킬링 스토킹 선정 선정” .  AND News  . 2016-04-03.
  2. Jump up^  “회 2 회 레진 세계 만화 공모전, ‘킬링 스토킹’ 대상 원문 보기” .  NoCutNews  . 2016-04-01.
  3. Jump up^  “BL Comics” .  Lezhin  . 2017-06-03.
  4. Jump up^  “Killing Stalking” .  Anime-Planet  . 2017-06-03.
  5. Jump up^  “Killing Stalking” .  Anime-Planet  . 2017-06-03.
  6. Jump up^  “Killing Stalking Comics” .  Zingbox  . 2017-06-02.

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