Beyond Virtual [First Impression]

Beyond Virtual [First Impression]

Beyond Virtual is a story about a girl wishing her virtual reality life was real. She’s fed up with her current life and wishes life was easier.

Alt TitlesN/A
CreatorsEGA: Sumni (Art), J (S. Writer)
LicensedYes, Webtoons
Release2021 (Unsure)
Genre DramaMature Warning: Depression, PsychologicalRomanceSchool LifeSci-FiSlice of Life
Beyond Virtual  [First Impression]

Beyond Virtual Summary

High schooler Sora Yeom has the perfect life. She lives in a beautiful house & wears the latest fashion. She even goes on dates with her favorite idol member.

There’s just one catch — none of it is real! Sora lives out her fantasy life in VR, making reality feel boring by comparison.

With the help of her best friend Yiheon, who dreams of being a real-life idol, Sora must find her place in a world where most people would rather escape into VR than face reality.

Beyond Virtual  [First Impression]
I have a hard time liking this story, and not because it hits close to home.

The protagonist is slightly annoying, if only because she’s too obsessive. I started reading this story without checking the summary, which was confusing.

The initial start made me think we were looking at a double-life of the main idol, Ethan, and our protagonist, Sora. However, it’s all just lies. Our protagonist isn’t living an amazing life nor is her boyfriend an idol.

She’s just a miserable high school student, obsessing over the likeness of an idol, forgetting life is equally important. It’s infuriating to see how she’s behaving, but I can also understand why she’s like that.

Beyond Virtual  [First Impression]
However, just because I understand doesn’t mean I like her. I have more sympathy and feelings for the villain in this story, a transfer student.

She’s lonely and fed up with VR, she longs for human contact and friendship. The two people in this story are so vastly different, taking things to the extreme on both ends.

I’m not hating the story, but it’s not something I’ll continue reading. It’s not bad by any means and I like the questions it asks, but right now I don’t feel like dealing with that. It’s a good thing to be aware of and realize, just how the world can change in just a few years.

VR is still relatively new, but with more progress we may be coming to rely on it equally as we rely on our smartphones. I just hope we don’t become too immersed into a fake reality, to the point we run away from our problems.

Recommendation: An uncomfortable truth is told in this webtoon, alongside typical high school drama. Might be worth checking out if you like dystopian futures.

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