It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any manhua. Alas, despite it’s tantalizing name, If You Do Not Obey Me… is not, perhaps, the most auspicious return.
Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong place, in the wrong time.
Particularly, when I read a manhua like this, I feel like if I had been born just a little later, like in the 1970s or 80s, somewhere in Japan or Korea, I would have already made my first million dollars by now, having authored the smuttiest of smut manga in the history of manga.
The set-up for this one, I feel like I’ve already written a zillion times in my fevered teenaged head.
Basically, you’ve got this guy, Jang Jieon, who is a powerful businessman/son of a mafioso (that last part is just a guess, given where things trailed off at chapter 15).
Jieon is a guy who is very, very used to getting what he wants. He doesn’t like to lose and he’s got the ways and means to make sure he never, ever does. What Jieon wants, it turns out, is Lee Geon, whom he meets by chance at a snooker contest. Jieon, you see, never loses, but Geon beat him by one point.
So now it’s all, “I must possess you.”
Geon has zero interest in being some rich man’s play thing, so there’s a lot (and I mean a LOT) of drama before Geon is forced to capitulate. Geon even flees the country to get away from Jieon’s influence, but it doesn’t work.
Make no mistake. Geon is not into any of this. There’s a lot of the typical talk about how his body is responding despite his protests, but his protests are pretty clear and he is very obviously being held against his will.
When I was thirteen, I would have found this scenario super hot. If I had lived in a country where teenagers could write/draw and submit stories like this to magazines, I could have churned out a million, zillion JUST LIKE THIS. Especially the part where half of it doesn’t make sense (there are a lot of back and forth between “present” and past events) and some of them are just excuses to attempt to show a softer side to Jieon (look! he cares for Geon when he’s sick!) or throw in some random (and I’m not making this up) gun battles and long lost nephews.
Did I enjoy this? Probably more than I should have.
Would I recommend it? I’m not sure I would even recommend it to my thirteen year old self, but obviously I got a little nostalgic/guilty pleasure out of reading it.
It’s not finished, so, if you have the same guilty pleasure, you might want to wait for more of it to be scanlated, especially since Mangakalot’s version cut off in the middle of a shoot out.
I don’t know what I was thinking being born in the US and trying to write science fiction…. I’m telling you, I could write stuff like this in my sleep (and there’s probably be a lot more graphic sex.)