Return to Player

Ten years after the world suddenly turned into a RPG, Kim Sehan is the only human left on Earth. When a sudden chance has him sent back in time, he finds himself at the very beginning, back when the game was only starting. Armed with the skills and knowledge from his playthrough, Sehan sets off to build a better ending.

It only took me a few panels to realize that Return to Player is the very first of this genre that I’ve read, but I’d paused and promptly forgotten about it a long time ago.

To be fair, Return to Player is a fairly standard OP protagonist going up against a gamified life scenario, with a bit of regression on the side. It’s still pretty entertaining because Sehan’s got some interesting characters on his side, and also a strong determination to be better than he was before — not for anything as lofty as morals or ethics, but just because he regrets the choices that allowed him to survive in the first place.

The art style, on the other hand, has me a bit torn. On the one hand, it’s a tad messy, which sometimes makes it a bit hard to figure out what’s going on (and also gives it a bit of an unfinished feel), but on the other hand, it’s unique and also boasts a lot of very dynamic perspectives.

Overall, it’s an entertaining read.

Title: Return to Player

Country: South Korea

Author: Omki (scenario), Index (original work)

Illustrator: Sehon

English Publisher: Webtoon

My Review: ★★★☆☆

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