I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t instantly interested in reading “Imitation”. I am very glad I did, since I quite like the story. You might enjoy it, too!
|Alt Titles||イミテーション (RAN), 绯闻女一号, 이미테이션|
|Creators||PARK Kyoung-Lan [PARK Gyeong-ran, PARK Kyung Lan, PARK Kyung Ran, PARK KyungRan, Пак Кёнран, 똑, 박경란] (Artist & Author)|
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|Licensed||Yes, in English: TappyToon, NetComics, Webnovel, Pocket Comics app, Tapas – Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Indonesian, French|
|Adapted||K-drama coming 2021 – Starring Jung Ji-So, Lee Jun-Young (U-KISS) and Yun Ho (Ateez)|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life|
Rising sensation Maha joins the new girl group Tea Party, after videos of her imitating other singers go viral.
Ryoc, a member of the boy band Shax, is sceptical of her talent at first for being a fake.
But as they keep crossing paths in the hectic music industry, they soon become a couple that must hide their relationship from the prying eyes of fans and fellow idols.
Can ‘imitation’ Maha find it in herself to become a real star?
Like I initially stated, I wasn’t too interested in reading this one. I was definitely not buying into the hype or the art.
I am very happy I did start reading this series, though. Thanks to Pocket Comics, I was receiving 30 chapters initially, which gave me a good base to write this recommendation.
The initial story seems basic enough, but I love the seemingly real nature of the story. Maha is an average group member in “Tea Party”, with no special looks or voice. The only thing she has going for her is how she’s similar to another celebrity.
At first glance, Ryoc from Shax decided he doesn’t like her too much. Yet, when he pushes his dislike for her too far, he starts to realize he’s become one of those people he hates. He starts trying to make it up to her and realizes he actually kind of likes her.
The relationship progressed quickly but at the same time not.
What I mean is that Ryoc didn’t like her and wanted to apologize, which he did. When she started opening up, he realized he actually liked her in a romantic sense. I’m not exactly sure what happened there, but it felt a bit too quick.
Yet, at the same time, the issue of her being afraid of him was spanning for a good few chapters. So it felt a bit rushed but at the same time… not?
Overall, I think the reason Ryoc is deciding to stop hating on her was the story about her life. She didn’t exactly have it easy, so she was feeling excited being loved by people.
I enjoyed the realism regarding the hate new groups can experience. Especially in the Korean pop group scene where new groups pop up by the minute. It’s a hard field and in one chapter we see one group basically leave in tears. It’s certainly not easy being an idol.
Overall I really like this story although there’s one scene so far I have issues with. In one chapter we see our female lead receives kisses from our male lead as she’s sleeping.
Now, I suppose we can see it as something cute, but unless she gave permission it’s still not OK. At this point they’re not even dating for real, just liking each other. Just imagine if it wasn’t anyone she was liking! That’d count as assault but it’s a grey zone since she’s liking him? Frustration!
Recommendation: YES! It’s a must read for anyone who likes slice of life with a celebrity twist. It’s a sweet love story!