Noblesse (manhwa)


Noblesse Hangul: 노블레스; RR: Nobeulleseu is a webtoon written by Son Jeho and illustrated by Lee Kwangsu Noblesse was first posted on Naver Webtoon on 30 December 2007, and has been ongoing ever since; it was among the first webtoons to receive an English translation at the launch of Line Webtoon in July 2014 It has been adapted into two original video animations in 2015 and 2016

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Characters
    • 21 Nobles/Noblesse
  • 3 Animation
    • 31 The first animation
      • 311 Cast
    • 32 The second animation
      • 321 Cast
  • 4 Other media
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Plotedit

Noblesse is about a powerful noble - Cadis Etrama Di Raizel referred to as Rai - who has been asleep for 820 years with no knowledge of mankind's advancement and scientific successes At the start of the webtoon, Rai wakes up in an abandoned building in South Korea,1 and starts to get used to the modern world He goes to a school, where he meets his loyal servant Frankenstein With Frankenstein's help, Rai enrolls into high school and inadvertently befriends athletic teenager Shinwoo, computer geek Ikhan, and Shinwoo's crush Yuna, and a few others Noblesse follows the group's often dangerous adventures against a secret organization while uncovering Rai's past

Charactersedit

Cadis Etrama Di Raizel aka Rai

Rai is a very charming, elegant, and mysterious Noble He has no knowledge whatsoever of the 21st century, and will often become lost and confused especially with regards to modern day technology such as using a cell phone He is often used as the manhwa's comic relief with his love of ramen, the errors he makes with technology, and his terrible sense of direction He had fallen into a deep slumber for 820 years, and had woken up in an abandoned building in South Korea After seeing what most of the humans on the streets were wearing, Rai took on the uniform of a student from Ye Ran High School, which is under the administration of Frankenstein, and inadvertently followed the students there2 He currently resides with Frankenstein He is shown to be extremely powerful with the ability of mind control, along with a technique called "Blood Field" Although he seems cold and apathetic on the outside, Rai has shown compassion towards human beings, though it is not known whether this is due to actual compassion or merely a sense of duty Rai is extremely handsome and possesses a youthful appearance, scarlet-red eyes a common trait among pureblood Nobles, beautiful jet black hair and a quiet disposition and he is usually seen wearing the Ye Ran High School uniform and a silver cross earring on his left ear a gift from the previous Lord and an item that seals away the majority of his power It seems that if Rai uses his powers extensively, his overall health and well-being deteriorates, as seen after the battle with the DA-5, although Rai said that it was nothing to worry about Nevertheless, Frankenstein knows that his master needs time to fully recover his old strength However, as said by Regis, even in his current state Rai possesses an enormous power comparable if not superior to that of the current Lord During the confrontation between him and the Lord during the Lukedonia Arc, Rai has shown superiority over the lord Rai demonstrates his absolute governance over blood by creating powerful blood fields with perfect form without the use of an apparent soul weapon Gejutel, an ancient advisor to Lord, explains that Rai's soul weapon does not materialize as a weapon; Rai's blood and soul is his soul weapon Noblesse is the title of a single Noble Rai, and was later adopted by Nobles as the name of their race, some time after Rai went to sleep In their society there are two beings who are held in high esteem: one is the Lord who rules with authority, and one is the Noblesse, with strength above all others, who watches over and protects the Nobles The previous Lord left his soul weapon in the shrine of Reijar as a gift although Rai cannot use Ragnarok because he is not related by blood to the previous Lord Rai is shown to have relinquished his ownership of Ragnarok so that the current Lord can complete her soul weapon Ragnarok Rai's power consumes his life force when used Frankenstein finally gets Rai to take a short hibernation, but as soon as he wakes up, he uses a great amount of power

Frankenstein

Frankenstein is Rai's devoted servant He supports Rai whole-heartedly and calls him "Master"1 He had tried searching for his master after Rai disappeared and eventually went into seclusion to search for Rai privately Frankenstein is the principal/director of Ye Ran High School, which he founded so that if Rai should return, Rai would be able to live a normal life He was stunned to find Rai in his school office after Rai had woken up and assumed the uniform of the school's students Frankenstein is immensely powerful When he caused a disturbance in the world, the previous Lord sent two clan leaders the Kertia and Landegre clan leaders to capture him Frankenstein is the only human to be acknowledged by the previous Lord because he exceeded human limitations and acquired power by his own means Later however his powers had been sealed away by Rai due to misdeeds committed in pursuit of scientific knowledge and power Frankenstein is a very cheerful person, but becomes quite serious and calculating when the situation calls for it, although during battles Frankenstein has shown a sadistic side He is extremely organized and loathes messiness especially in his house Like Rai, he is very compassionate towards human beings, especially the students in his school Frankenstein is an impressive scientist, who has researched human modification All the research done was recorded down in his diaries, however one diary is now in the possession of Dr Crombel and another in possession of the Union His research is responsible for many of the advances humans made with modification He was very familiar with the previous Lord, whom he calls "old bugger" Frankenstein is actually human CH190; although it has not yet been explicitly stated, it is most likely he experimented upon himself to attain the strength that he has now Frankenstein has possession of Dark Spear, a human-created weapon similar to a Noble's soul weapon

Shinwoo Han spelled Shinwu in English

Shinwoo is an energetic and athletic teenager with bright red hair He is always seen with a bandage over the bridge of his nose He is well-known within the city to be skilled in martial arts and feared by gangs He is on par at fighting the top level trained agents of the Union, those who have not been transformed He fights the infected guy and causes very serious damage to him while receiving no significant damage from him Shinwoo is often shown sleeping and drooling in class and slacking off Though he is shown as a lazy student, he is very courageous and would protect his friends at all costs Shinwoo is shown to be popular among the student body of Ye Ran High and other school due to his superior fighting skills At beginning of volume 4, he was scouted by KSA to become modified human because of the very reason Shinwoo is hinted to have feelings towards Seira, who displays favor for him

Ikhan Woo

Ikhan is Shinwoo and Yuna's childhood friend He is extremely skilled in technology, especially computers and games He has been shown in the series to be a highly skilled hacker Ikhan has short brown hair and glasses and is 157 cm 515 ft tall He has a height complex, being so short, but has found some comfort in meeting Regis, who is about the same heightHe has found to be starting to have infatuation towards their friend Sui LimHis computer skills showed to be his utmost talent and became useful in certain situationsHe protects the intel of local police manned by his uncle by in which situation led him to meet the Union's assassin member: Tao This talent of him also attracts the attention of the Korean government as he was enlisted as a candidate for KSA recruitment

Yuna Suh

Yuna is Shinwoo and Ikhan's childhood friend Yuna rejected Shinwoo when he confessed to her two years ago Yuna accidentally becomes the target of the infected guy when their paths cross one night Yuna is a friendly, ordinary and sensible young woman, demonstrably more level-headed than her friends, who tends to sedately sit out, be amused by and often remind them of the mundane reality behind their dramatics When she and Rai are introduced to video games, she apparently is quite competent despite it being her first try It has been hinted that she has a crush on M-21 after he becomes a guard at her high school

Sui Lim

Sui is a pretty popular pop idol who is studying at Ye Ran High School She first appeared in chapter 94 of the series; she returned to school after doing her concert Sui is friends with Ikhan, Shinwoo and Yuna; she is always shown hanging out with the group She later joined Shinwoo and the others in visiting Frankenstein's house regularly

Nobles/Noblesseedit

The Nobles are a race of nearly immortal, elegant and powerful vampires Due to their inability to ignore the slaughter of the weak, helpless humans, they have been guarding the latter against predators since ancient times "Noblesse" was the title given to only one person, Rai, but the Nobles adopted it as the name for their race some time after Rai entered into his long sleep Pureblood Nobles seem to share crimson red eyes and a common power of mind control

In this series, the concept that we know of as "Noblesse Oblige" historically stems from the behavior of the Noblesse Rai, who protected the weak People from the Union have thought Noblesse to be beings at the top of the race of the vampires It is later known, however, that "vampires" are what humans perceive to be infected beings created when Nobles "awaken" humans and those humans share the power to create other vampires These "infected" are often understood to be less sensible, often relying on instinct in the consumption of human blood

Animationedit

The first animationedit

The first animated version of Noblesse was revealed in the 17th Bucheon International Animation Festival Being an OVA, its screening time was 40 minutes3 Produced by Korean animation studio Studio Animal,4 the animation was first released as a DVD from Woongjin Thinkbig Funnism on December 4, 2015,5 while its VOD service started later on February 4, 20166 The animation tells what happened 820 years ago from the webtoon's timeline

Castedit

Cadis Etrama Di Raizel was voiced by YongWoo Shin

Frankenstein was voiced by SeungJun Kim

Muzaka was voiced by Han Choi

The Previous Lord was voiced by SangHyun Um

Ashleen was voiced by HyunJi Kim

Maduke was voiced by InSeong Oh

Gejutel K Landegre was voiced by Kwang Jang

Lagus Tradio was voiced by GuHan Kang

Roctis Kravei was voiced by HoonSuk Jung

Urokai Agvain was voiced by DongHa Kim

Zarga Siriana was voiced by JunYeong Choi

The second animationedit

Also on February 4, 2016, a 30-minute-short anime version of Noblesse, titled Noblesse: Awakening, was released on Crunchyroll and YouTube for internet streaming Produced by Japanese animation studio Production IG, the anime covers the first season of the webtoon7

Castedit

Cadis Etrama Di Raizel was voiced by Tarusuke Shingaki

Frankenstein was voiced by Daisuke Hirakawa

M-21 was voiced by Hisafumi Oda

M-24 was voiced by Teruyuki Tanzawa

Jake was voiced by Toru Ohkawa

Marie was voiced by Hitomi Nabatame

Other mediaedit

In March 2016, four characters from Noblesse were added as player characters in Nexon's 2015 mobile game Fantasy War Tactics For the duration of the month, various special Noblesse-related items were added, such as a "Noblesse Coin" and "Noblesse Black Coocoo" equipment89

In June 2016, the Noblesse event returned, adding Raizel as a fifth hero10

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b Noblesse Webcomic Chapter 6
  2. ^ Noblesse Webcomic Chapter 1
  3. ^ "BIAF 2015 1023~ 27 부천국제학생애니메이션페스티벌 애니페어-Feature Perspective" Bucheon International Animation Festival 
  4. ^ "인기 네이버 웹툰 '노블레스' BIAF에서 공개" 네이버 뉴스 한국경제TV 
  5. ^ "<노블레스 : 파멸의 시작> OVA 발매 일정 연기 안내" Noblesse Official Fan Cafe 
  6. ^ "2015-10-27 tweet of STUDIO ANIMAL Official Twitter" STUDIO ANIMAL Official Twitter 
  7. ^ "Production IG Makes Anime of Korean Vampire Comic Noblesse" Anime News Network 4 February 2016 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  8. ^ "모바일게임 '슈퍼판타지워', 네이버 웹툰 '노블레스' 캐릭터 추가" Focus News 2016-03-04 
  9. ^ Choejinseung 2016-03-05 "넥슨대표 박지원은 넥슨지티대표 김정준가 개발한 모바일 SRPG '슈퍼판타지워'에 네이버 인기 웹툰 '노블레스'의 캐릭터를 추가하고, 기념 이벤트를 실시한다" MK News 
  10. ^ Nexon 2016-02-06 "Nexon Patch Note" 

External linksedit

  • Noblesse official website on LINE Webtoon English
  • Noblesse official website on Naver Korean
  • Author Jeho-Son's Blog
  • Author Gwang-su's Blog
  • Noblesse Official Fan Cafe
  • Noblesse manhwa manga at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Noblesse manhwa anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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