“Semantic Error” Series Review (Ep.1 to 4)

An ongoing BL webtoon based on the novel of the same name by Jeo Suri, Semantic Error is illustrated by Angy Kim and serialized in RidiBooks. It focuses on computer science major Chu Sangwoo and Department of Design star Jang Jaeyoung.

The webtoon has become a hit, its success sparking a live-action adaptation dropping in February as well as a short four-episode animation version.

The anime is a sexy, fun look into Chu Sangwoo and Jang Jaeyoung’s often conflicting relationship. They couldn’t be any more different, and yet it’s their differences that keep the chemistry and tension between them so electrifying.

There honestly isn’t much to the anime. Each episode is only a few minutes long, but the brief look it gives into their shared world is satisfying. Where the live-action will certainly focus less on the sexual chemistry and more on the love story, the anime focuses entirely on their sexual attraction. It’s immediately easy to see why Chu Sangwoo is constantly frustrated with Jang Jaeyoung. Jaeyoung lives to tease and annoy, and I find that appealing when dealing with a meticulous, straightforward character like Sangwoo.

There are many sexy moments in the anime version, along with hot kisses and inferred sex, but the highlight for me was the last episode. Jang Jaeyoung dressing as a genie to make three of Chu Sangwoo’s wishes come true seems ridiculous at first, but it quickly turns into a fun look into how the two of them work as a couple. It highlights the dynamic between them. It’s evident Jaeyoung was hoping Sangwoo would wish for passionate things. Instead, Sangwoo’s first two wishes dealt with household chores before he finally asked for the return of his boyfriend, Jang Jaeyoung.

While Sangwoo prides himself on his meticulous nature, the third wish proves that he simply wants Jang Jaeyoung. The hug that follows stole my heart. Of course, it turns sexual as soon as Sangwoo offers Jaeyoung three wishes, but the switch from domestic to need feels as natural for them as Sangwoo’s need to be held by Jaeyoung.

The animation isn’t meant to be watched as a drama or longer animation would. It’s simply a nice, chemistry-filled sneak peek into their relationship. If you are looking for a fun and sexy way to experience these characters before the live-action release, check out the Semantic Error anime.

Rating- 4 out of 5

Krishna’s Sidenote-

☆ Enjoy the trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation!

☆ Promotional pictures for the pilot episode of the live-action series

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