Top 10 Manhwa Families

Family is an important aspect of human life because many of the different values, quirks, characteristics and moral sense will be taught at home. So we at Honey’s Anime thought it’d be cool to zoom in on some manhwa; specifically the families in manhwa! These are various kinds of stories in which we’ve found a family that we wouldn’t mind spending time with, or simply admire the strength of their familial ties. Enough talk about family matters and more on the families themselves – let’s go, top 10 manhwa families!

10. Yoo & Soo Na – Snow Drop

  • Author: Choi Kyung-Ah
  • Genres: Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life
  • Volumes: 12
  • Published: 1998 – 2003

Yoo Soo Na is a girl who cannot remember a very painful memory and lives only for the nursery, “Snow Drop”, which her now-deceased mother left behind. When she meets Hae Gi, a beautiful model who intentionally alienates himself from the rest of his peers. They click and instantly fall in love, but they are connected by a dark secret that threatens to tear them apart – can the star-crossed lovers keep together despite the darkness in their pasts?

Soo Na and her father are a family unit perhaps brought closer together by the tragedy that they experienced in the loss of Soo Na’s mother. Initially very against the relationship that Soo Na has with Hae Gi due to his brother’s involvement in Soo Na’s death, Mr. Yoo soon comes to accept Hae Gi, and make a step closer to healing the wound that the discovery seemed to have reopened.

9. Hyo Yi & Jae Jang – World Bring it On!

  • Author: Hwang Ma Ri
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, School, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 16
  • Published: July 2008 – September 2008

Hyo Yi is a poor girl who manages to get herself a scholarship to one of the most elite private schools where only the children of the richest families attend. She fights to protect her mentally handicapped younger brother who is bullied and beaten by some of the other kids at school. Hyo Yi then meets Han Min Ha, who agrees to protect the siblings and the two of them, Hyo Yi and Min Ha, begin to learn more about what it means to love.

Hyo Yi and her younger brother are very close due to the fact that Hyo Yi has to care for him. While she could have abandoned her little brother at school in order to “save her own reputation” or whatever it is terrible people say as an excuse, she takes on the brunt of protecting her own blood from the onslaught of some really bad people. Some people would think that it’s a total no-brainer, but then again, tight familial bonds and compassion aren’t necessarily a given in any circumstance.

8. The Parks – My Mother and the Game-Room Guest

  • Author: Kisun
  • Genres: Comedy, Manhwa, Romance, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: 2005 – 2006

Park Ok Hee is a six-year old girl who works at the front desk of her mother’s game room. Her mother, Ga Young, is a video game addict but they’re happy with the lives they’re living. One day, a man collapses in their game room after spending copious amounts of time playing Freecell and they decide to nurse him back to health. It is in this time that they come to realise that the true identity of their guest is none other than the famous manhwa author Han Do Bin, who resigned from his profession. With nowhere to go, Han Do Bin takes up residence with Ok Hee and her mother.

Ok Hee and her mom Ga Young are a pretty tight unit who work together as a team to earn the money they need to survive, and become even more so when they take up the work of nursing Han Do Bin back to his full health. The full unit consisting of Ok Hee, Ga Young and Do Bin creates a comical situation in which Ok Hee and Ga Young seem to have become like family to Do Bin out of necessity, since he has nowhere to go and they know his secret.

7. Gang-ho’s Family – Familyman

  • Author: Jung Pil Won
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Volumes: 3
  • Published: August 2009 – May 2010

When Gang Ho suffers an injury while working at the local factory, he is soon let go by his superiors. Having worked hard and gotten used to sleeping a minimal three hours per day, Gang Ho’s burned face became the cause of his dismissal. Now living with his family, Gang Ho dons the costume of the superhero “Gugu-man” in order to avoid scaring his daughter with his scarred face.

Gang Ho moves back home to live with his wife and two children, having been away from them in order to earn a living to support them to begin with. His love for his family is evident from the beginning and Gang Ho’s motivation for taking on the superhero costume is to avoid sullying the affections of his daughter, Da Rim, since she scares easily. The premise of Familyman hence places heavy emphasis on the connection that Gang Ho has with his family and he even avoids seeing them with the scar on his face in order to avoid worrying them.

6. Sang Bum & Mung Hae – Romance Papa

  • Author: Lee Youngran
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 8
  • Published: December 2007 – December 2008

Sang Bum is a misogynistic, germophobic plastic surgeon who gets the shock of his life when he meets the child borne of the sperm he donated as a young medical student. His 13-year-old daughter, Myung Hae drops into Sang Bum’s life after her foster parents pass away in an accident. Unprepared for the demands of fatherhood, Sang Bum quickly comes to love the child who popped into his life unannounced. While Myung Hae is happily living with her father, she is confronted with the shock of finding out that her boyfriend is dating her best friend!

Having lived a life completely asynchronous to that of an active, loving parent, Sang Bum is challenged by having his child show up in his life. Being the misogynist, Myung Hae’s appearance gave him a bit of a shock but the sense of responsibility caught up with Sang Bum, making him feel up to the role at very least; despite harbouring hatred for the feminine. The father-daughter dynamic is one we can quickly warm-up to, particularly for fans of anime like Bunny Drop and Barakamon.

5. The Yoos – I Love Yoo

  • Author: Quimchee
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Volumes: ???
  • Published: April 2017 – ???

Yoo Shin Ae is a girl who has been plagued with pain and misfortune since she was younger and has hence decided that she wants nothing to do with people. Content with her antisocial, loveless life that’s everything short of exciting, Shin Ae’s life starts to change when she accidentally ruins an unsuspecting stranger’s clothes. Will Shin Ae go back to the boring life she lived before, or will she be inviting change?

Shin Ae lives with her father, her only relative shown to us. They have a very tight bond and care for each other deeply. Shin Ae’s father works very hard but they remain quite poor, so Shin Ae takes it upon herself to be as light a burden as she possibly can and even resolves to find work of her own to help her father pay the bills. An unfortunate situation showing the extent to which familial bonds can make people go.

4. So-Ah and Ha Baek – Bride of the Water God

  • Author: Yoon Mi Kyung
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
  • Volumes: 24
  • Published: October 2007 – 2014

So-Ah is a girl who lives in a small village plagued by a long drought. The Water God of the village is upset and has hence devastated the villagers. In order to appease the Water God, Hae Baek, the villagers offer up So-Ah as a sacrifice in exchange for rain. So-Ah is to become the bride of the Water God so he takes her to his realm – the Water Kingdom, where a new life for her awaits… a new life as well as a new love.

Essentially given away by the people who were her friends and family, So-Ah’s new residence in the Water Kingdom is predicated on her marriage to the Water God. As such, she has become part of the kingdom’s royal family. However, So-Ah encounters a problem as she finds herself attracted to Mui, someone who she believes is Ha Baek’s cousin – not knowing that they are one and the same being. Did someone say “family drama”?

3. The Parks – Lookism

  • Author: Park Tae Jun
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
  • Volumes: ???
  • Published: November 2014 - ???

Park Hyung Suk is an overweight and unattractive high schooler who has been badly bullied and abused on a daily basis. He lives alone with his mother and after being sent to attend school in another city to avoid his bullies, Hyung Suk’s life changes forever when he finds out that he has a second body. This second Park Hyung Suk is active when his original body sleeps, allowing Hyung Suk to attend school during the day as an attractive, sporty and innately talented student at a local art school and be in his old body at night. However, living two different lives can take a toll on one’s psyche.

Park Hyung Suk lives with his mother. His father passed away prior to the events of the series, so his mother raises him on her own. They are very poor and Hyung Suk’s mother works hard collecting refuse and recyclables. After finding out that Hyung Suk was being bullied severely, his mother put money together and sent him on his way to attend school elsewhere. When things get really bad, his mother stays assuring him that she will find a way. Hyung Suk dislikes worrying his mother and so when his life gets hard, he often tries to pay attention to his mother’s feelings and remains silent. Not very communicative at times, but the two would go to the ends of the Earth for each other.

2. The Songs – Girls of the Wild’s

  • Author: Hun & Zhena
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, School
  • Volumes: 260
  • Published: August 2011 – October 2016

Wild’s High is a prestigious all-girls private high school with a 42-year history as a school for the elite. Students are trained in various forms of martial arts, from boxing to sword-fighting and the school hosts the most anticipated sporting event in the country – The Wild’s League. The Wild’s League is where high school girls take part in a brutal tournament which tests the mettle of anyone involved. For the first time in history, the school has opened its doors to male students, offering full scholarships irrespective of academic performance. However, only Song Jae Gu applies. Jae Gu’s life has been caught up taking care of his younger siblings, but the future seems bright at Wild’s High – at least it did until he met Queen, the champion of the Wild’s League. Things are about to get messy for Jae Gu as he navigates the school’s deadly, eccentric (and often beautiful) girls and his life at home!

Song Jae Gu’s father passed away prior to the events of the manhwa, and soon thereafter, his mother left him to fend for himself and his then-infant siblings, Jae Som and Jae Hyung. As a result, Jae Gu’s life has revolved around taking care of his younger siblings and working endlessly to do so. When things improve where they live and his life is a little bit happier as a result of the friends he made at school, Jae Som and Jae Hyung often tried to make life somewhat better for him, inviting both Dal Dal and Queen over to their home to hang out with Jae Gu. Matchmakers? Perhaps.

1. The Baeks – Orange Marmalade

  • Author: SeokWoo
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo, Slice of Life, Vampire
  • Volumes: 8
  • Published: February 2011 – December 2013

In a time where vampires are a known phenomenon in society, they are treated like outcasts and forced to hide their own identities despite the peace treaty signed between vampires and humans 200 years ago. Now satisfying their thirst with pigs’ blood, vampires have essentially integrated into human society. However, Baek Ma Ri struggles with society having been ostracized many times in the past for being a vampire. She is eager to settle into things in their current city of residence despite her disillusionment when it comes to things like friendship and love. However, upon smelling the blood of one Jung Jae Min, something within her renders her incapable of resisting his neck. Things get awkward when Ma Ri’s victim begins to fall in love with her.

The Baeks are top of our list as Ma Ri’s home is not particularly the richest, but her family is concerned with her happiness and have often moved in order to find a better place for Ma Ri to settle. They’re a lively bunch which is perhaps contrary to the traditional idea of a vampire; however, it is evident that the Baeks care for each other deeply and this is translated in the way in which Ma Ri seeks the closeness of friendship, perhaps to mirror what she experiences at home.

Final Thoughts

Family is a greatly important aspect of human life as it is our families who set us up with our initial… many things. Socialisation starts at home which is then adapted to the greater community and that is one way of seeing how we get society. It is also a great way to show the mundane aspects of culture evident in manhwa and manga, showing where characters come from is a great way to feel even more immersed in universe. Are there any other manhwa families you’d like to mention? Drop a comment below and tell us all about them!

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Author: Hoshi-kun

I’m South African, harbouring an obsession for anything remotely related to Japan, mostly anime, of course. I draw sometimes. Some people call me Naledi, it’s my real name, or something like that. People think I’m stoic because I don’t smile often (I do sometimes). I like languages. Hoshi-kun and Naledi are the same side of the same coin.

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