Volcano High Prelude

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Volcano High Prelude

Cover, Volcano High Prelude volume 1 (Media Blasters edition)
화산고 Pre Story
Genre
AuthorAhn Chul-jung
IllustratorKim Hwan
English publisherUnited States Media Blasters
Original run2001
Volumes1
 
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Volcano High Prelude

Cover, Volcano High Prelude volume 1 (Media Blasters edition)
화산고 Pre Story
Genre
AuthorAhn Chul-jung
IllustratorKim Hwan
English publisherUnited States Media Blasters
Original run2001
Volumes1

Volcano High Prelude (aka Volcano High Origin) (Korean: 화산고 Pre Story) is a manhwa, set before the 2001 film Volcano High that details the events that occur before Kim Kyung-soo arrives. This however, does not required to be read before seeing the movie. The manhwa was written by Ahn Chul-jung and illustrated by Kim Hwan. It was distributed in the United States by Media Blasters.

Overview[edit]

The schools have fallen and the teachers no longer have control. One teacher, Jang Oh-ja, arrives at Volcano High. Other than making Jang Hak-sa angry he took the job of principal, Oh-ja is rumored to carry the Teachers Memorandum; a mythical item that can make the wielder Number One of the Martial Arts Academies. The student body soon become aware and vie for the position of Number One.

Meanwhile, a group of rogue teachers are hoping to use the power of Lightning & Thunder to instill powers to another. However, their plans go wrong when the Lightning & Thunder misses and strikes a little boy instead. When Kim Kyung-soo is struck, the teachers don't expect him to live. They advised Kyung-soo's father that if he should live, he should not attend school because of the jealousy and hate he'll get. Years later, the teachers are aware that Kyung-soo lived and has received powers and they now want to expel him. He is set up and must transfer to the last school who'll accept him: Volcano High.

Story Summary[edit]

Jang Oh-ja decides to become a teacher and sets off into the wilderness to train. He meets Elder Zarak who is willing to teach him. Oh-ja is gone for 17 years. For those 17 years, the chaos grew between Teacher and Student and it was soon called "The Purge of Teachers War". The old principal of Volcano High passes away and Vice Principal Jang Hak-sa is excited he will now be principal so he can truly discipline the students. However, unbeknownst to Hak-sa, the old principal called Oh-ja instead.

Hak-sa learns from the old principal that Oh-ja is possibly carrying the Teachers Memorandum; the sum of Zarak's life work. He mentions that it can cause students to get the inspiration and motivation to study. Learning this, Hak-sa wishes to own it. Meanwhile, the school grounds of Volcano High are as chaotic as ever. The Heartless Demonic Blade Jang Ryang arrives with his group; The Dark Oxen. He arrives at Volcano High with the sole purpose of defeating everyone and becoming Number One. He is immediately intercepted by the Master Scout and leader of the Rugby team Shimma. Shimma, unlike most, uses his words to fight and tries to confuse Ryang with big words. A fight is about to break out, but it is interrupted by the arrival of So Yo-seon and Yoo Chae-yi. Yo-seon loudly blurts out that every guy at Volcano High is ugly and she transferred for no reason, while Chae-yi calms her down and every male takes notice on her beauty.

Oh-ja declares to the student body that classes will return, but they can also have their extracurricular activities as well; much to the dismay of Hak-sa. Fights break out and Ryang comes out on top for all of his. Hak-sa is disappointed with the student body, but is mildly happy that a new student wishes to transfer to Volcano High. Coming from Mt. Promotion, the Sole Crane of the Pine Forest Song Hak-rim wants to attend Volcano High. On his immediate arrival, every girl swoons over his good looks and natural charm. Hak-sa is shocked that Hak-rim attends Volcano High not for classes, but for inheriting the rumored Teachers Memorandum. Oh-ja laughs at the situation. Hak-rim vows to make Oh-ja tea every day to prove his determination.

Using his supernatural abilities, Hak-rim makes tea while most of the girls watch and fight over him. Yo-seon sees Hak-rim and immediately falls in love, while Chae-yi seems to have a crush on him. Hak-rim is sitting outside watching others play soccer. Jang Ryang suddenly approaches him and asks him about all the rumors of Hak-rim's strength. Hak-rim tells Ryang to step away because of his smell and that he's only there for the Teachers Memorandum. Ryang tells him he's looking for it as well. Hak-rim retorts that its above his head and he's too weak for it and should just quit. This angers Ryang, but instead of fighting, he offers to shake Hak-rim's hand and do one of his Endurance Determinations. Hak-rim grabs his hands and Ryang tries to bring him down. However, Hak-rim overpowers him and ends up throwing him away. Now angry, Ryang charges, but Hak-rim uses a supernatural blast of energy and sends him into the bathroom. Ryang, now wet and smelling worse, is humiliated by his defeat and even more humiliated when Hak-rim reveals that Ryang's real name is Dal-chun.

Yo-seon, along with Chae-yi visit a fortuneteller in hopes of finding out if Hak-rim will love her. The fortuneteller reveals that if Yo-seon folded 1,000 paper cranes with all her heart, Hak-rim will fall in love. Happily as ever, she takes 1,000 pieces of paper and prepeares for crane folding. Meanwhile, Jang Ryang is showering off his stench and humiliation. Practicing punches and kicks, and he vows that he will be victorious against Song Hak-rim.

On the top of Mt. Evil, a group of five uncertified teachers are harnessing the power of Lightning & Thunder. Coming once every 1,000 years, they are hoping it can instill supernatural powers easier. When the lightning bolt misses and strikes something at the base of the mountain, the teachers are dumbfounded. Finding that it struck a little boy who was also near a tank of eels made them feel dumber. Mr. Ma, the leader, tells the young boy's father that there is a high chance he will die. If he doesn't, he should not attend school because of the jealousy that will rise from his powers. Mr. Ma remembers the young boy's name for later just in case he sees him: Kim Kyung-soo.

Years later, the Academy Five, the group of uncertified teachers, is called to a high school to discipline the student body. Mr. Ma is teaching math and is running through attendance. He comes the one name that shocks him: Kim Kyung-soo. Learning that he did indeed live, Mr. Ma is set on expelling him out of this high school and getting rid of Kyung-soo. His first tactic was using other students to attack Kyung-soo so he would use his powers. It succeeds, but it doesn't get him expelled. Kyung-soo is helping a female teacher move objects. From outside, Mr. Ma uses his abilities to lift the teacher's skirt up. She immediately slaps Kyung-soo and he was then expelled. Kyung-soo, now tired of moving, declares that he has to transfer yet again. Mr. Ma watches and silently says to himself that Kyung-soo will reach his grave very soon.

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Reception[edit]

Reviews have been mediocre to negative. Anime News Network deemed the two storylines "ridiculous" [1] and shouldn't "be taken seriously".[1] Anime On DVD states " Martial arts action fantasy with comedic elements around a vibrant energetic cast created a small but vocal base that would lead to the release of titles like Battle Vixens, Tenjo Tenge and to an extent Worst. Each title mentioned uses concepts initially used by Real Bout. Capturing action is key and sensationalizing the art in martial is critical. Now Volcano High tried to take these ideas and expand on them... But it has failed. Wait maybe the movie did not, but the manhwa has." [2] Both reviews agreed that the art was decent to good, but the overuse of SD art was unnecessary and illogical.[1][2] Both reviews however, praised the bonus extras contained in the manhwa.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Martin, Theron (2005-08-30). "Volcano High Prelude Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Chavez, Eduardo (2005-06-17). "Volcano High Origin". Anime On DVD. Retrieved 2007-12-23.