I finished reading 54 chapter of American Ghost Jack this early morning. I started reading nine chapter a month ago, but I stopped for a while because I had a lot of things to do. Then last night, I was feeling tired of everything so I decided to continue reading it. It is the best and a bit bad decision I made. The best because the manhwa was worth every single second spent. Bad because now I can’t seem to move on with my life and I’m dying for the next season.
While I was still in Chapter 2, I tried looking for an American Ghost Jack review or any helpful article that will shed light on what the manhwa is all about. However, there are very few reviews. And I’m not sure what is wrong with Google search because I discovered some reviews via links but they don’t appear when I search them through Google. It’s weird.
I have to say though that there are very few reviews of American Ghost Jack in the internet. The wikia is insufficient too. I am not sure if there are very few readers of American Ghost Jack or no one bothered to write about it. Haha. So I decided to write a review about the American Ghost Jack Manhwa.
This article is on what I loved about American Ghost Jack manhwa.
American Ghost Jack is written by Han Ji-hye and illustrated by Ahn Jeong-eun. It started way back in 2012 or 2013. I think the manhwa began as an animation, or vice-versa. I’m not very sure about this.
Love the plot. Let’s begin with the story. The summary of American Ghost Jack is:
Young Ma Go-eun and her father are about to be evicted from the haunted house they’ve run throughout the years. But Go-eun is not about to let the park owner demolish their haunted house and her memories of her childhood and her mother. She resolves to go to the United States to surpass trials and get a million dollar cash prize awarded to those who can survive a stay in Ghost Jack’s House.
So, Go-eun and her father owns a haunted house. It was Go-eun’s mother’s creation and legacy. However, while setting up the haunted house, Go-eun tripped on a wire which got pulled causing the wire to loop around her mother’s neck. Her mother was hanged causing her death. Go-eun witnessed her mother’s death in front of her, which caused her to be immobilized for five hours until his father came home. It is unclear from the story if her father really blamed her or not for her mother’s death. But from that day on, she was criticized by people around her. They whispered that she killed her mother, and that her mother committed suicide because of an unhappy marriage. Go-eun was sent in a mental hospital, where she would constantly sing a Korean lullaby that her mother loved to hear. In that asylum, Jack Blande was also confined. He stayed in the room next to her. Jack was sent to the mental hospital after revolting against her parents. Read American Ghost Jack if you want to find out why. Anyway, Jack was drawn towards to voice of Go-eun. Jack is a famous pianist, and he tried to compose the song or a song based on the voice of Go-eun. This song would be later be known as “Crush.”
Jack requested for a piano. However, the nurse was able to get a small toy piano. Jack would play the piano and Go-eun would sing along with it. One day, Jack told his story to Go-eun. They were, however, separated by a wall. Nonetheless, Jack offered Go-eun to escape the mental hospital. Go-eun told him that he would wait for him. However, when Jack’s father died, he left the hospital, and never fulfilled his promise to leave the mental hospital together with Go-eun. Unable to recover fully from the trauma, Go-eun became expressionless and lost her singing voice too.
After that, Jack stayed in Dunn Rose Mansion. Ryan and Misha, who would be his future bandmates, visited the Dunn Rose Mansion hoping to find Jack. At first sight, Jack fell for Misha. Even if Jack was not into rock genre, he agreed to join the band for Misha. They became lovers. Misha gave Jack a tryst card. In that tryst card, a command is written which Jack must fulfill if he truly loved Misha. However, after some time, Misha broke up with Jack because Jack fired Ryan from the band. The reason: because Jack knew Misha loved Ryan. Jack went to Dunn Rose Mansion, took drugs and alcohol, then committed suicide.
A devil, Sebastian (reminds you of Black Butler?) offered a deal with Jack. Jack would be given 10 years to compose a song that would send shivers throughout the body of Sebastian, in exchange for Jack’s life. Initially, Jack agreed to the deal. He wanted his life back so that he could have another chance with Misha.
One twist of American Ghost Jack is that Sebastian is a soul collector. He has hundreds of souls collected, and wants Jack’s soul also.
Now, with the death of Jack, hundreds of fans mourned. Some of them would constantly visit the Dunn Rose Mansion. However, Jack would get irritated and disturbed by their presence. So, he would just order Sebastian to chase them away using his ghost collection. This would later cause more people to visit the mansion because of ghost sightings. Taking the opportunity, Jack and Sebastian started the ghost camp. Four people will stay in the mansion for fifteen (15) days, and if they survive, they will get one million dollars. A bonus will be if they see the very ghost of Jack. Hence, it became American Ghost Jack.
At first, the ghost camp participants were selected randomly. But later on, they were chosen carefully. Chosen participants were those with an experience of death. Death of a child, or a lover, or a parent. This is to make them leave the camp easier. Of course, Sebastian and Jack are delighted in watching the participants suffer too.
Unfortunately, Go-eun is not affected by the ghosts and tricks of the haunted mansion. Jack would later be interested in her. The same goes for Sebastian, who realized that Jack and Go-eun’s fate were intertwined. Jack needed Go-eun to make a good composition.
I would highly recommend that you read American Ghost Jack. The sequence of how I narrated is different from the manhwa.
The thing I loved about the plot is how the author connected all the details. The further you read, the more light is shed on the story. Every twist and turn is engaging and interesting. The hype does not end with each chapter. Rather, it goes on and on continuously.
The ending is a bit hanging. Jack died, finally. But the sinister Sebastian has other plans. That is, to have Go-eun’s soul a part of his collection. The question posed at the end of the season is whether or not Go-eun will make a deal with Sebastian and will Go-eun and Jack have that happy-ever-after? I really want them to. That they could find a way to deceive Sebastian and live on their own.
Love the drawings. American Ghost Jack is a horror cartoon. And to compliment the illustrator, the drawings are truly scary. Neat, well-drawn, and everything just fits. I don’t know how the illustrator gets the idea or the imagination to create those characters. This is what a horror cartoon really is.
Love the romance. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but what I love about American Ghost Jack is that the story is direct and straightforward. No bullcrap or nonsense. Maybe the trait I like about Go-eun is her lack for facial expressions, which is advantageous for her because she is what a natural woman is. Most animes and mangas have a damsel-in-distress woman concept, which is irritating most of the time. In this case, she’s just normal and acts normally.
American Ghost Jack is still on-going. However the second season has not yet started. I do hope that a lot would support the creators of American Ghost Jack. Kudos, and hoping to have more manhwas like this.