Manga Review: Pig Bride Volume Three, KookHwa Huh/Sujin Kim

Pig Bride, Vol. 3In this volume, Doe-Doe gets herself in vast amounts of trouble and Si-Joh is unusually sympathetic to her situation. Mu-Yeon is still driving Si-Joon crazy, a raccoon appears a continent away from its natural habitat, and the mysterious person who is out to get Si-Joon makes an appearance. We also learn a little bit about the original “Park Bride” and Si-Baek Lee.

Shortly after Doe-Doe gets her hands on Mu-Yeon’s mask and goes running off with it, she’s struck by lightning after she very foolishly tries the mask on. Much to her horror, she ends up on the news which potentially permanently wrecks her social standing and any chances of her getting married to Si-Joon (or anyone else.) On top of that, she now had a magnetic personality–literally. (Given the fairytale type situation Doe-Doe should count herself lucky that she isn’t throwing up infinite numbers of frogs and snakes after the little stunt she pulled.) Si-Joh discovers this, and is somewhat sympathetic. Doe-Doe is startled by Si-Joh’s unusually friendly behavior, and begins like him.

While Doe-Doe is hiding from her classmates and minions, Si-Joon has dreams of his previous life as Si-Baek Lee. It is revealed that a powerful sorceress/assassin named Ki-Ryong made an attempt on Si-Baek Lee’s life. The assassination attempt was averted by the Park Bride, but before Ki-Ryong dies, she pronounces a curse on the Park Bride. (She points out that Si-Baek Lee might only love the Park Bride because the curse is broken and the Park Bride no longer looks like a pig. The barb definitely hits the mark, though the Park Bride denies this.) In the current era, Ki-Ryong’s incarnation is attempting to kill Si-Joon because she had been prevented from killing Si-Baek Lee.

Si-Joon appears to be growing closer to Mu-Yeon in this volume. He still doesn’t like her however, though he seems to be developing a protective side where Mu-Yeon is concerned. When the protective behavior is pointed out to him, he denies it, though there are points where he is definitely being affected by the dreams he’s been having of his previous life.

The situation becomes complicated when Ki-Ryong’s reincarnation shows up in person. She has disguised herself as Mu-Yeon and after nearly luring Si-Joon into making a terrible mistake, she proposes a contest. The contest is that Si-Joon has be able to identify which Mu-Yeon is the real one. Si-Joon manages to get the answer correct because a raccoon that Mu-Yeon had adopted reacted to Ki-Ryong’s snake-ki. Ki-Ryong demands a rematch and Mu-Yeon agrees to it. (She is unusually withdrawn afterward and goes to visit her mother. Then she makes some sort of arrangement with her sister Mu-Hwa.)

The next day is the day Si-Joon has the pick who the real Mu-Yeon is. For some reason, Ki-Ryong decides to make the question a little more exciting by holding Ji-Oh hostage.

One of the things I am liking about this series is that the traditional “mean girl” character is getting some cosmic justice of a somewhat harmless variety. (And that she learns from her experiences and becomes a better person as a result. I tend to dislike “rich mean girl” characters–they tend to be flat and boring in their antipathy for the heroine.) Of course, Doe-Doe isn’t exactly a “rich mean girl” but a “poor mean girl” being used as a stooge to advance the “get rich via daughter’s marriage” ambitions of the school principal. (I am not sure the school principal is actually thinking this through. It seems that the person that would be getting rich would be the girl, not necessarily the parent grooming their daughter to be a gold-digger.)

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