|Bride of the Water God is a good example|
|of excellent manhwa art. See elongated|
|lines from Boy Princess below.|
The other reason I get a kick out of Boy Princess is how entirely non-explicit yet erotic it manages to be. I discuss explicit versus non-explicit art in other places, such as here and here. My overall point is that explicit art is not automatically skanky but that non-explicit art is not automatically lacking in eroticism. Sometimes it is what is unsaid/unshown that matters more than what is said/shown.
.006 of American boys were named Nicole), and the prince of a neighboring kingdom, Jed. The premise is, okay, slightly ridiculous: Nicole's sister runs away before the marriage, so the family in desperation sends a disguised Nicole in the rather extreme hope that it's only a marriage-of-form and will give them time to set things right.
And the less ridiculous politics ensue: Jed is not the crown prince but he has the army's loyalty, so although the crown prince moves against him, he has to do it subtly. The crown prince appears to be acting with his mother's backing but likely has his own agenda. And the palace apothecary--who becomes embroiled in everyone's secrets--has HIS own agenda in a major way. And then there are various marriage proposals being suggested or knocked down by various allies and enemies of the two kingdoms.
In the middle of all this, Nicole (rather innocently and desperately) and Jed (wiser and more aware of the possible problems) fall in love.
|Nicole remembering being with Jed.|
In Volume 3, Nicole runs off to see Jed again (he was temporarily returned to his kingdom). Jed finds him wandering in the forest between their kingdoms and takes measures to hide Nicole's identity. However, he also spends the night with Nicole. They don't have sex. The reader is left with the impression that Jed merely held Nicole--until Nicole returns home and his brothers discover that Jed left a few love bites on Nicole.
The discovery scene is practically a throw-away--a few extra panels that clarify that Jed was restrained but smitten. (Nicole always just does what he wants.) It is highly erotic in a way that a million explicit panels could never achieve. Kudos to the author/illustrator.