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Under The Oak Tree Story of Riftan Calypse and Maximillian Croix

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Under The Oak Tree Story of Riftan Calypse and Maximillian Croix

Under the Oak Tree is a Korean webtoon written by Kim Suji, illustrated by P, and adapted by Namu.

It's a flawless love story of the flawed.

The Premise:

Under the Oak Tree is the story of Riftan Calypse, a former mercenary turned captain of the Rembrandt Knights, and Maximillian Croix, the abused first daughter of the ruthless Duke of Croix. The pair get married by circumstance, but the knight immediately leaves her the day after their wedding. Three years later, he returns an esteemed commander known throughout the kingdom for slaying the Red Dragon and has come to bring her home. Overcoming their lives, struggles, and difficulties, they fall in love and slowly discover the truth about each other.

The main characters:

 Maximilian Calypse is a pleasant surprise as a character. As mentioned in the premise, Maxi stutters. If we base it on her dialogue, it's a moderate to severe stutter; this impediment results in her being ostracized by her only living parent.

She is physically and mentally abused by her own Father, the one who is supposed to be her shield against the world's discrimination.

Her emotional scars were too deep and ingrained in her character after the Duke systematically stripped her of dignity and confidence that she would ever find somebody who would love and cherish her. The fact that she stuttered and lacked the social skills to articulate her feelings made it more difficult for the kindhearted woman to say what was on her mind.



On the flip side, we have Riftan Calypse, who sees Maxi as much more than his wife of convenience. The problem was that even though Riftan was a handsome and powerful knight, he was pretty much an oaf regarding women.

 

 

They're opposite sides of the same coin and are both inexperienced in relationships. They both are insecure about the other person's feelings, but both retain the same values in life.


Romance in the story:

Now both the characters have flaws, but they are too afraid to communicate one of the main issues, but even a blind person can see they're the perfect match.

Sure, sometimes it gets frustrating, but at the same time, it gets readers hooked on the series. The rising tension and awkward moments between them are what makes the fan cheer and root for them and captivates the audience into dwelling deep into their journey, even crushing the frustration of cliffhangers we usually get in this manhwa and manga.

Because of their innocence, their love seems so pure it makes readers want to cry.

Just because it's sweet doesn't mean it's not hot. This series has a lot of sizzling scenes between Riftan and Maxi that will make readers blush and swoon at the same time. The dialogue sometimes borders on cheesy, but it still works because of the characters.

Riftan and Maxi look so perfect together, and the way that Riftan is so protective of Maxi and wants to give her the world is just too beautiful. Maxi is slowly trying to fit into her role as the Lady of Anatol. Still, her fears often make her unsure of her position in Riftan's life (no matter how he shows her how much she means to him).

 

The background World:

It's interesting how many details about the world the readers are already given. The currency, economics, and even the setting of the world aren't that new– a fantastical world inspired by the European medieval age and feudalism.

The Phenomenal Art:

One of the amazing things about manhwa and manga compared to their Western contemporary is that when it comes to the art, more often than not, what you see is what you get. Sometimes, Western comic publishers do this thing where the creator of the series does not draw the cover art, and the art style is different from what's inside. It throws everyone off every time.

The lines and forms of the characters in this series look deceptively simple. Still, the artist is incredibly generous with their use of textures. It literally has five different textures in one panel.


The use of lighting is also spectacular. Seeing as this is set in a fantasy world with dragons and mages, I bet this selective use of lighting would make scenes with magic even more epic.

Final thoughts:

This series is definitely a delight to read, and I would like to end this with a caveat:

Currently, Under the Oak Tree is a beautiful, enjoyable read with so much potential. This is definitely not the last time you'll hear anything great about this series from me or any sane enthusiast.

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