Manhwa Review: A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special

Details: Korean name is 귀환자의 마법은 특별해야 합니다.

Score: 7/10

A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special is a Korean web comic based on a series of light novels. It’s another fantasy story that follows a lot of the same tropes of contemporary Asian fantasy stories. I’m mostly addicted to these types of stories so I enjoyed it. This comic is currently ongoing.

The story takes place in a fantasy world where shadow rifts open up and heroes must go in and conquer them. After a group of heroes defeats one of these shadow rifts, an explosion sends one of the party members back into the past, years before the current events occur. Now this hero has decided to relive his life and strengthening himself and his allies in hopes of preventing the many deaths that occurred in the timeline he originally came from.

As said above there are a lot of fantasy/isekai tropes going on here. Our protagonist is overpowered since he traveled back in time with the knowledge and training that he originally lived through. He has knowledge of many events before they happen so he knows exactly how to act to counter certain events. It’s all pretty standard stuff for the genre.

The big kicker here is that this is likely the second best drawn Korean comic I’ve read. The best drawn Korean comic I’ve read is Solo Leveling. That art alone is enough to keep me interest. I also like the fantasy/isekai genre so there’s that.

Overall, this is a cookie cutter genre story that offers nothing that isn’t already offered in the other hundreds of fantasy/isekai stories out there. If you’re a sucker for the genre like I am, you’ll still likely enjoy this comic.

Restaurant Review: San Soo Kap San

Details: Located at 38-13 Union St, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/san-soo-kap-san-flushing

Score: 6.9/10

San Soo Kap San is a chain of Korean restaurants with at least two locations I’m aware of. I’ve been to both locations before, though this is a review of the Flushing location.

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Restaurant Review: Chung Ki Wa

Details: Located at 40-06 74th Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/chung-ki-wa-restaurant-jackson-heights

Score: 7.3/10

Came here a while back for some Korean barbecue. Got the pork belly and some galbi. Most meat items on the menu are somewhere from $20 to $30.

The nice thing is that if you order Korean barbecue up to a certain amount (we ordered two meat items and qualified), then you get a whole bunch of sides that will pretty much stuff you until you’re full. It’s your standard Korean Banchan like steamed egg, appetizers, rice, lettuce to wrap the meat in and some other stuff.

Service was good. The environment was fine.

Overall, this place was fine.

Restaurant Review: The Jin

Details: Located at 856 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019. Official site is https://www.thejinnyc.com/

Score: 7/10

As most New Yorkers know, there are a lot of Asians in New York City. Accordingly, many restaurants seemingly cater to trendy Asians versus trendy people of other cultures and nationalities. Perhaps it’s intentional, perhaps not. Whatever the case, there are a whole class of restaurants that appeal to Asians in New York City versus restaurants that appeal to Asians as well as non-Asians. The Jin is one of these restaurants and it was packed with Asians.

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Restaurant Review: The Cast Iron Pot 3

Details: Located at 157-26 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cast-iron-pot-3-flushing

Score: 7.4/10

The Cast Iron Pot 3 is yet another Korean barbecue place in the Murray Hill area of Flushing.

The interior is all right. The seating has tables with stools and tables with chairs and booths. I don’t really like the stools, but I get the Korean style motif they were going for and I imagine cleaning is easier with these metal-barrel-stools they got.

Waiters were very nice.

They cook the meat in this big concave iron pot, which is novel, but not great as the splatter splashes outward onto you as the meat cooks.

The meat they served was of a good variety. They had pork jowl, which in my opinion is the tastiest meat at Korean barbecue which is about as good, if not better than galbi. There are also some sides you can order like beef soup and steamed egg. This is an all you can eat place and it costs about $29 per person before tax and tip. You can order as many of these sides as you want.

Overall, this place was great.

Score: 7.4/10