SEOUL, South Korea — For years the North Korean Kim dynasty has been issuing death threats to the country of South Korea. These threats are often in the vein of “seas of fire”, “oceans of destruction”, and other metaphors related to large bodies of water. Ironically, however, the threats have hit a bit of a sea break. After a weekend of high-level talks following several aggressive acts along the Korean demilitarized zone in the past month, a North Korean political representative revealed that Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s supreme leader, has been trying to hold off on starting a war until The Breaker series concludes.
The Breaker is a manhwa written by Jeon Geuk-Jin and illustrated by Park Jin-Hwan under the pen name Kamaro. The first serialization was published August 31, 2007 and was completed on July 27, 2010. After a successful run of the sequel series The Breaker: New Waves starting in October 2010 the creators took a hiatus after publishing the 200th chapter in April 2015 to prepare for a 3rd installation. According to the North Korean representative, it has long been Kim Jong-un’s favorite manhwa series.
The representative went on to say that if the series did not start back up soon, then Seoul would inevitably face many more sea-related destruction metaphors. In a press conference held earlier this week, South Korean president Park Geun-hye declined to comment on the threat, saying “I haven’t even read The Breaker, I don’t know what the big deal is”.
This comment was met by an audible gasp in the room and a swift decline in president Park’s approval rating.