DICE is a webtoon that caught my attention by its name. As I’m a vivid enthusiast of tabletop RPG and love dices, I got interested when I saw a blog post by Snize on Anime Amino community.
Webtoon? A webtoon is similar to a Manga, but it’s digital only and uploaded to sites such as Naver. What really differentiates them is the artwork. While Mangas are in black and white, the webtoons are in full colour!
This webtoon in particular is simply fantastic and deserves to get an Anime series!
- Name: DICE: the cube that changes everything
- Author and artist: Yun Hyun Suk
- Status: Ongoing
- Chapters: 132
The Dice webtoon was made in 2013 and ongoing, the author is Yun Hyunseok. It’s an original webtoon on Naver.
The story follows Dongtae, an unlucky boy who has problems with almost everything. Looks, grades, and even getting bullied, he hates his life. But everything changes when Taebin, a Dicer, transfers. Upon obtaining a mysterious, iridescent dice, his life becomes little more interesting.
What if you had the power to change anything about yourself?
The plot centers around the main protagonist Dongtae that attends High School, who is a failure at everything he does. He’s unattractive, unintelligent, unathletic and and really unpopular. All he’s ever wished for is a normal life, yet he’s the “bread shuttle” in class and everybody picks on him.
Except for one girl. She’s Eunju, the prettiest girl in school who’s hardworking and caring. But Dongtae can only watch her from a distance. Getting closer to her is but a dream.
One day the school receives a mysterious transfer student, Taebin. He’s the complete opposite of Dongtae. He’s athletic, intelligent, attractive, and insanely popular.
To make things even worse he quickly gets asked out by Eunju and they become a couple as to further increase Dongtae’s suffering.
One day after school in their classroom, Dongtae notices a game that Taebin is playing. Taebin then says: A game…You want to try playing It?
Dongtae doesn’t answer and storms out of the classroom. Later on though on a fateful, moonlit night, Dongtae steals Taebin’s die which he notices emits a strange glow.
He accidentally rolls it and later that night he gets a text message which says: Congratulations, you’re now a dicer. What do you want to change about yourself first?
The dicers can change anything about themselves, whether it’s looks, intelligence, or athleticism. As long as they have dice which they acquire through quests. As long as they have dice…
When the dice enters the picture, everything changes. Who is the mastermind behind Dice? Who can you trust? And when everything about you is changed, what makes you who you are?…
The story is a bit slow paced, but it’s necessary to slowly put all the pieces in place. The story is dramatic and intriguing. – Snize
The characters are the best part about the series since we get to see how ordinary people like us were granted sudden powers react to them and how they handle it. It explores the mind of a human being and you always wonder what’s going on in their head. Even the side characters are well developed and interesting.
The main protagonist who’s what you’d call a failure. If life was an RPG game he’d have rolled a 1 with the die. He’s a coward and his only noticeable achievement was when he stood up for his beloved Eunju once.
Through the power of dice though, Dongtae changes from an unattractive coward, to an intelligent, handsome and brave man who steps up for those he cares about. His character development is really noticeable since it’s not only drastic, but constantly ongoing.
She’s very intelligent, caring and the role model student. Her hobby is being in the choir club which she loves. She’s Dongtae’s crush and excels at everything that she does. This of course earns jealousy from the other students.
But is everything really as perfect as you think it is under the surface? What will happen with her relationship with Dongtae and Taebin once she notices the changes in Dongtae?
The mysterious transfer student that no one knows anything about. He’s tall, intelligent, athletic and handsome. Even so he treats everyone coldly. He introduces dice to Dongtae, but how did he get them? And why did he come to the school in the first place?
The art is what separates a webtoon from a Manga, and it’s brilliant. Every single detail looks mesmerizing and in a webtoon, the artist can really let their creativity shine. The art in DICE was spot on, from characters and their expressions to the insignificant windows in the background. It was simply amazing!
This webtoon really does everything well, from the overall story to the tiniest little artistic detail. Overall it’s a very enjoyable and emotional read, and I highly recommend it!
- Overall score: 8.7/10 – A Fantastic Read | by Snize
Enjoyable reading, brilliant art and intriguing plot that explores the mind of human being, makes this webtoon a magnificent read that I totally recommend!
- Overall Score: 9.1/10 – Magnificent Read | by Quen-Quen
Where To Read
Here’s a few places for you to enjoy this fabulou read:
DICE: The Star
DICE: The First Day
DICE: Black Sheep
DICE: Are You Happy
This blog post was a contribution and collaborative, originally written by Snize with few additions made by Quen-Quen Potter from NBGeek.