‘Out of Control’ is a BL webtoon by Bbong. The story focuses on Yuri, the epitome of beauty and grace, and Jaerim is..ugly. After Jaerim is rejected from joining the Student Council due to his looks, Yuri mockingly tells him “But keep trying! Ugly Duckling!” Jaerim, fuelled by those words, works his hardest, eventually joining the council, but Yuri uses begins using him as his personal errand boy. Jaerim finds out that Yuri’s past trauma makes him hate ugly people. But despite that, Yuri begins to develop romantic feelings for Jaerim. How will their relationship develop?
I’m always really interested in reading Korean webcomics that comment on beauty vs. ugliness in society, so I was instantly drawn to this Prince and Ugly Duckling story. The story also touches on some other quite delicate topics such as bullying, confidence and body image issues. The story doesn’t just feature Jaerim and Yuri as a couple, there are two other couples, but the story is mainly dedicated to JY. I actually really enjoyed reading this series until the last 4 chapters. The dynamics between Yuri and Jaerim were so lovely and heart warming, but there was also real respect in their relationship. It started off rocking and Jaemin challenges Yuri’s biases and shows him how hard working he is. With Yuri’s past trauma it was actually quite a complex story and not just some stupid throwaway of “I hate ugly people cause they’re ugly”. The art is definitely unique, but it’s one of the reason I loved this series.
I can’t really talk about why the last 4 chapters, and in fact parts of this series really irked me without a spoiler warning, but to sum up for those who want to skip past, there are some scenes of sexual assault in this series, which are handled awfully. For example one fo the other couple’s are childhood best friends, and once they got to high school the Seme began to bully the Uke for liking comics. The Seme then started assaulting the Uke, and then once the bullying is resolved, there’s absolutely no apology and their relationship continues fine and dandy!?
Massive Spoiler Warning for the last 4 chapters – skip to the pic to avoid.
Jaerim become really good friends with this other guy, but it’s a massive ploy by the school’s gang of girls. They force the good friend to begin assaulting Jaerim while they film. One of the girl’s brings Yuri so he can see what’s happening. INSTEAD OF SAVING HIS FREAKING BOYFRIEND, YURI RUNS AWAY THINKING HIS BOYFRIEND IS CHEATING ON HIM. Like yeah you freaking idiot, your boyfriend is definitely cheating on you, in a school shed, surrounded by 30 girls, while crying. And in the chapter just before this all happens, Jaerim and Yuri have this massive heart to heart talking about how they’ll be together forever. Then the author decides to shit on all that. Thankfully, someone stops Yuri and tells him to go back, and Yuri manages to save Jaerim. But I honestly could not believe what I was reading. The chapter after, when they’re all lovey dovey again, seemed like such a lie, and honestly made me sick.
If you do read this series, I recommend skipping chapters 78 – 81, read chapter 77 and then just go straight to chapter 82. What happened in chapters 78-81 just really ruined this series for me, and made me sick to my stomach.
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