Top 10 Korean Webtoons You Need to Read – Best of 2019

What are webtoons?

Webtoons are digital comics that originated in South Korea. They are known for their long vertical scroll format rather than pages as with comics and manga. Therefore, since they’re presented in one continuous scrolling format, webtoons are easily read on a variety of devices and optimized for smartphones and tablets. One of the key factors for the surge in popularity of webtoons is that they are released weekly. Most comics are released on a monthly basis. However, webtoons are able to post full new “episodes” every week. Currently a webtoon startup in Korea, Lezhin Comics has over 8,000 titles published in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English for audiences around the world.

Since 2013, webtoons on Lezhin Comics have grown in variety with new mainstream action and romance titles to fiercely popular BL and mature titles being published every week. Therefore, thanks to increasing demand, webtoons have become one of South Korea’s strongest exports and strong source of original IPs for development into dramas, films, and video games.

With the help of Lezhin Comics, we have come up with 10 amazing Korean webtoons that you should read.

The Top 10 Korean Webtoons for 2019

1. 4 Cut Hero

4 Cut Hero Korean WebtoonsOne of Lezhin Comics’ earliest and most popular webtoons, 4 Cut Hero starts after the hero has defeated the demon king but the Princess he meant to save is actually a Prince. Throughout the webtoon, he gets caught up in old legends, curses, and plot twists which involve dragons, magic, and many kingdoms. It answers comical questions no one bothers to ask. Like, what happens to the demon king’s henchmen after the battle ends? What kind of employment can a former hero find in the current job market? What do you do with the demon king’s hidden stash of dirty magazines?

Genre: Action/Adventure/Comedy/Fantasy

Story: 9.0/10

Art: 10/10

Violence/Gore: 7.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 7.5/10

2. The Lady and Her Butler

The Lady and the ButlerThe Lady and Her Butler is a modern take on the classic fairy tale. The last thing Sooha (a working-class woman) wants in her life is a man. Therefore, she’s sick of her mother calling about boyfriend problems, attempts to set her up on blind dates, and the whole “Prince Charming” concept. But when a man (Taesoo) offers to housekeep in exchange for temporary housing, Sooha says yes to a man for the first time in her life. After all, who wouldn’t want to come home to warm homemade dinners, clean sheets, and freshly ironed clothes? This webtoon is very realistic and the characters also deal with real-life situations. Their actions and motivation are all believable. There is a lot of conflict and tension which really drives the story. Very entertaining webtoon.

Genre: Drama/Romance

Story: 9.0/10

Art: 10/10

Violence/Gore: 2.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 3.0/10

3. Blood Strangers

Blood StrangersFrom the acclaimed author of Save Me on Lezhin Comics, Blood Strangers follows two vampires (Big Master and Small Master) who purchase blood from the locals and live in, what used to be, an abandoned church. A young homeless woman, Hansoo, wanders into their day and becomes an integral part of their business and lives. Furthermore, Hansoo offers the vampires her blood and a link to the human world while they give her a bed, a room, and a roof until she can afford her own place (most likely without vampires). They both need one another to survive.

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Story: 9.0/10

Art: 9.5/10

Violence/Gore: 3.5/10

Sex/Nudity: 2.5/10

4. He Does a Body Good

He Does a Body GoodTo say that Hosang’s luck with women throughout his life had been underwhelming would be an understatement. Things take a turn for the better when an electrical accident involving unsafe and unproven appliances gives him sexual superpowers. In addition, physical contact results in extreme ecstasy which admittedly livens up his sex life. Of course, the fact that it’s beyond his control makes for some strange interactions on the subway, at work, at school…

Genre: Adult/Romance

Story: 6.5/10

Art: 10/10

Violence/Gore: 1.5/10

Sex/Nudity: 10/10

5. King’s Maker

King's Maker Korean WebtoonKing’s Maker is the story of Wolfgang Goldenleonard, the 4th Prince of the kingdom, who returns to the palace after years of living in hiding. He rejects everything about his new royal life but is intrigued by the mysterious and dutiful Shin Soohyuk, a catamite of the King. As Wolfgang slowly opens up and learns the ways of the palace, Soohyuk begins to see something special about the wild, unkempt, and stubborn young prince. Therefore, he might just be the one Soohyuk has been waiting for… the one who could light the flame of rebellion. There are a few time leaps and the plot seems too rushed at times. However, overall a great work of art and a must-read for BL lovers.

Genre: Romance/Adventure

Story: 7.0/10

Art: 10/10

Violence/Gore: 4.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 2.0/10

6. Heesu in Class 2

Heesu in Class 2Heesu’s world revolves around Chanyoung, his best friend and secret crush. It’s hard being friend-zoned. However, Heesu doesn’t mind cheering his crush from the sidelines or listening to all his girl problems. Of course, things start to change when Heesu starts hearing his name whispered through the halls. Turns out, there’s a rumor going around the school (Got a love problem? Find Heesu in Class 2 and he’ll tell you what to do!) and with that, Heesu suddenly finds himself the center of attention. But how’s he going to give anyone advice when his crush doesn’t suspect how he feels? This is a cute and light-hearted webtoon that reminds us of our childhood.

Genre: Romance

Story: 9.0/10

Art: 8.5/10

Violence/Gore: 1.5/10

Sex/Nudity: 2.0/10

7. Back to School

Back to School Korean WebtoonThe only thing worse than going to high school is having to repeat a year. Chiwoo’s starting his senior year in high school, again. After what happened last time, he’s got one chance to keep his head down and stay out of trouble until graduation. Easier said than done: his bad-boy reputation has made him a target and Kyujin – class president and model student – has been awfully friendly. Trouble arrives soon enough in the shape of Jihyun, a tattooed hunk from Chiwoo’s dark past. It’s gonna be a tough year…

Genre: Romance

Story: 7.0/10

Art: 9.0/10

Violence/Gore: 5.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 7.0/10

8. Ellin’s Solhwa

Ellin's SolhwaThe last thing Ellin remembers is having to deal with a belligerent customer at her dead-end job. And when she opened her eyes… she’s “Solhwa,” the beautiful fourth concubine to the king of the Xyaran Empire. Between trying to learn the language and eating steak, Ellin’s trying to figure exactly what’s going on. Where is she? How did this happen? And who can she trust: Solhwa’s handsome charismatic childhood friend or the elegant, raven-haired king’s advisor?

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Story: 7.5/10

Art: 9.5/10

Violence/Gore: 4.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 6.5/10

9. The Devil’s Boy

The Devil's BoyHigh school is hell, and what better way to survive it than with the help of a demon? Jungho lives in fear of the bullies at his school until he’s pushed beyond his limits and rescued by… Mephistopheles. The demon makes Jungho a deal, turning the boy’s body in a voodoo doll for his enemies. The story takes a number of twists and turns to introduce exorcists and moral dilemmas.

Genre: Action

Story: 7.0/10

Art: 10/10

Violence/Gore: 9.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 2.0/10

10. Ultimate Outcast

Ultimate OutcastUltimate Outcast starts off with a strong critique of bullying in high school and then takes off sprinting with Street Fighter-Esque brawling thanks to the introduction of a high school fighting tournament. The story even pauses long enough to ask, “Wouldn’t a fighting tournament just encourage more fighting?” The story is an over-indulgent and amazingly action-packed affair with just enough self-awareness to keep everything grounded.

Genre: Action/Horror

Story: 7.0/10

Art: 9.5/10

Violence/Gore: 9.0/10

Sex/Nudity: 6.0/10

Disagree? Vote for your Favorite Webtoons

Best WebtoonLezhin Comics is offering their fans a chance to vote for their favorite webtoons. The 2019 Best Webtoon Awards event will open December 6th in Korea, Japan, and the US. The nominees for the Best Webtoon Awards were chosen based on episode purchases, views, and subscriber counts (from January to October of 2019). The list was narrowed down to 30 all-age and 30 adult titles for each language from over 8,000 Korean webtoons, over 720 Japanese titles, and over 280 English titles available at Lezhin Comics. The voting will last until Dec. 15th and each day, users will be able to vote for one all-age webtoon and one adult webtoon. Each vote will net 1 free Bonus Coin for a maximum of 2 free Bonus Coins per day. Therefore users could get a total of 20 free Bonus Coins for the duration of the event.

“The Best Webtoon Awards is the first event of its kind for us and we thought it’d be a wonderful way to shine a spotlight on titles which audiences have shown so much love in the past year. And, in 2020, we’ll do our best to continue bringing fans a wide variety of fun and enjoyable content,” said Janis Jang, Head of Strategy and Planning at Lezhin Entertainment.

The results of the Best Webtoon Awards will be announced one by one from December 20th to the 29th.

Vote for your favorite webtoons and get free Bonus Coins!