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Click, Volumes 5-8


Click, Volumes 5-8

written and illustrated by Youngran Lee

Joonha Lee used to be a very arrogant boy. After feeling sick and fainting, he discovered he’d turned into a girl. His parents belatedly explained that this was caused by family genetics. People in Joonha’s family are known to change genders. Sixteen-year-old Joonha, now with XX chromosomes, begs to move away before anyone he knows realizes the change that has happened.

Now living in Seoul as a girl, Joonha has her fair share of admirers. No one seems especially convinced of what her gender is, and no one seems to care. They’re all too infatuated. One girl and two boys are particularly interested in becoming a couple with Joonha. One of them is a pianist who used to be Joonha’s best friend before Joonha ran off. He and Joonha had been really close. Another is a girl Joonha once turned down and who has a vicious temper. There’s also Taehyun, who met Joonha at the start of Volume 1 but then disappeared from the story for a while.

The gender switch theme is a provocative one, so it’s surprising there isn’t more emphasis on it. The books concentrate more on the relationships of four main characters (Joonha and her biggest admirers) and who will eventually be with Joonha. And which one Joonha will pick. Once the star of the show, Joonha drifts back and shares the limelight now with several other characters. There are even a couple of side stories slipped in. There are some issues with Joonha, once a chauvinist, learning new respect for women once she is one. However, there isn’t a whole lot of that.

While starting out as a dark comedy, things get more serious as the series progresses. One character loses her family in a car crash. Love and confusion make characters overwhelmed with emotion. The feelings between Joonha and her pianist friend Jinhoo feel particularly strong and touching.

Joonha is drawn in an androgynous way whether she’s a boy or a girl, so she could pass as either gender. Since this is a series that in part deals with changes in body, Click enjoys having a few anatomical jokes. There’s some swearing, and some brief nudity. It’s aimed for teenagers and is the work of Youngran Lee, a popular graphic novelist from Korea who has done several other series for NetComics.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson on October 18, 2011

Click, Volumes 5-8
written and illustrated by Youngran Lee

  • Publication Date: December 4, 2007
  • Genres: Manga
  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: NETCOMICS
  • ISBN-10: 1600092055
  • ISBN-13: 9781600092053