As You Like It, Margrave has a confusing plot but it soon becomes both funny and heart wrenching.
|Alt Titles||As Long As You Like It, 뜻대로 하세요, 仰せのままに, 爵世恋人, Tant que vous m’aimerez|
|Release||2018 (Korean), 2020 (English)|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Manga, Romance, Supernatural,|
As You Like It, Margrave summary:
Dian is a former street orphan working as a maid for her benefactress, the daughter of Marquis Rowen.
To help her lady escape from an unwanted marriage to a man more than twenty years her senior, Dian sends her out the country and assumes her identity, going to the castle of Margrave Evenhart in her stead.
The Evenhart family, famous for guarding the North for generations without ever leaving their territory, is a subject of great mystery to the outside world.
Will Dian’s identity be discovered?
What romantic story will unfold in these days of cohabitation? – MangaRockTeam
In the story we meet orphaned servant Dian, who was saved from the streets by Celine/Selene Rowan. We’re given enough information to easily state that Dian will do anything for Celine. Both due to her feelings of gratitude but also due to believing her mistress is a great person.
This is important to state, since Dian will be offer a crazy scheme to prevent Selene from marrying a seemingly old man.
We also meet a witch called Dorothy who is acquainted with Celine/Selene. This witch wants Dian to become an assistant and in reality, a test subject. The interaction between them is hilarious and only goes to show how quick-witter Dian really is as well as her dedication to her lady.
This is the first hint we get that Dian isn’t “normal” and probably have something to do with magic. Dorothy has her own secrets as well! Which will shock Dian to the core.
Now the basic story seems to be that Dian will impersonate Celine/Selena and pretend to want to get married to someone and Celine/Selena will run away with her bodyguard, Carl.
The relationship between the lady of the house and the bodyguard was foreshadowed previously between Dian and a stableman called Otto. I enjoyed the revelation about this, because it didn’t feel forced.
It’s natural for servants to gossip about their masters, especially when they’re alone and wrapping up chores of the day.
Now, despite me actually liking the story, it’s a bit confusing. There’s a lot of information thrown at you which makes me quite confused. There’s names left and right, great men who did this and that. It’s not easy to remember everything.
The plot is a bit all over the place, too. What I’ve gathered, the fairytale we’re told isn’t a fairytale, but the history of what happened to form the country.
One of the other main characters is also part of the fairytale, Margrave Evenhart. The interactions between Dian and him are hilarious, and you can tell he deeply cares about her. We get some flashbacks of his past, but unless you paid a lot of attention, that may go unnoticed as something of his fantasies.
It’s unfortunately a huge flaw with this manhwa… We get way too much information that doesn’t feel natural. Dian’s thought bubbles sometimes take up the entire page as well. Although, I suppose you can consider that one of her charms.
That being said, the art is quite beautiful with a distinctive art style. It looks really good and suits the mood of the story. It’s a bit more rough looking than let’s say the art of “Your Throne”, but it’s charming in its own way. Certain expressions are a bit… too exaggerated, but overall I quite like the art.
Recommendation: Give it a shot to see if you like it. Be aware of somewhat messy plot – maybe takes notes?
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