A sexy supernatural story about being out on your own, finding your dream apartment and discovering that your new place is haunted by a handsome spectral stranger from another dimension. Sure, HE can’t see you and YOU can’t touch him, but who said every relationship starts out perfectly?
I wasn’t going to write a review for this until season three happened. And then I lost my fucking mind. And so did everyone else I was reading this with.
Right off the bat, I hate the blurb for this Webtoon. It sounds so generic. Like a generic paranormal romance with a ghost living in your apartment. And yeah, that is almost what this about. But, not really.
Zylith was kicked out of her house as soon as she turned 18 and now has to find her way in life on her own. Because her father is a terrible person that needs to die in the worst ways ever. All because she wants to be an artist instead of a doctor or lawyer or whatever it was. It doesn’t matter what it was, though, because Zylith is her own person and deserves to make her own choices and you need to support that, stupid dad.
So the realtor she finds shows her a haunted house. And she takes it because she is apparently a really big horror fan. She thinks she’ll love it, though she later finds out that maybe the entity in the house took the previous renter to the ghost dimension. Only it’s not actually a ghost, it’s just alternate dimensions. On the other side is a kpop artist named Zelan who is the biggest cinnamon roll ever and I adore him. And they can’t touch each other skin-to-skin otherwise the other disappears.
This series just subverts expectations every chance it gets. For one thing, this series is hysterical, which I really did not expect when starting it. I could not stop laughing through all of the 59 episodes that I have read up until this point. It is so funny it hurts at times. I don’t even know how to characterise this brand of humor. It just takes what is happening in the story, and somehow makes it funnier every single step of the way.
Also miscommunication is the trope I probably hate the most. It is typically used incredibly ineffectively and leaves the reader annoyed or distasteful of the series in general. Yet, I loved the way it was used in Freaking Romance. It feels so natural and realistic I almost don’t want to call it miscommunication.
Then there is the ship building. By which I mean my ships have built fleets. Zylith has a best friend, named Verose who is the best person. I love her. She is the source of common sense in this series…which really was needed to balance the absurdity of Zylith and the the humor of Zelan. Zelan convinces Zylith to give Verose a shot. And now I want the three to form a relationship. Though I’m still confused on to how this ship could happen with the whole alternate dimension, can’t physically touch each other thing going on.
And even then…EVEN THEN this still sounds like a typical paranormal romance. Albeit one that is hilarious with an unconventional love triangle that I ship 100%. Until season three. Which I already said, I lost my absolute fucking mind during.
I don’t know how this happened.
I don’t know why this happened.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?!
HOW IS THIS HAPPENING?!
I DID NOT EXPECT THIS. THIS DOES NOT FIT MY MENTAL MODEL OF HOW THINGS WERE SUPPOSED TO GO. I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
AND WHY IS IT STILL SO FUNNY?!?!
I have given this series every single coin I can. And I wish I could give more. Because this series…this series is just something else.