“Do you believe in magic?”
In “The Sound of Magic,” Lee Eul, a magician who wanders around abandoned amusement parks, always asks this question before performing magic. When asked the same question to the creator of the original webtoon, Ha Il-Kown, he replied, “I want to believe it.”
He explained that the question determines the reader’s experience of the webtoon. “Readers have a completely different experience depending on whether they believe magic is a trick or a real thing.”
“For readers who think magic is a trick, Lee Eul is just a psychotic person,” he explained. “And for readers who still have a child’s innocence on one side of their hearts, Lee Eul’s magic feels real.”
“The Sound of Magic” (Annarasumanara) tells the stories of Yoon Ah-Yi, a high school girl who lost her dream due to poor reality, and Lee Eul, a magician who still has a child’s heart although he is grown up. The original work was serialized on Naver Webtoon from 2010 to 2011, and it was reborn in May 2022 as an original Netflix drama. “The Sound of Magic” was produced as a musical-style drama with songs and dances.
Ha Il-Kown stated that he listened to a lot of lyrical ballad music while drawing the original webtoon. “Music is the most important aspect of my work,” he explained. “I think I listened to a lot of warm-hearted and lyrical ballad songs while working on ‘The Sound of Magic.'”
He explained why he only colored a few scenes and props while leaving others in a distinct black-and-white tone, saying, “Because magic is the primary material, it was necessary to thoroughly separate real and magical scenes.” “The main themes in realistic scenes are black and white, and in scenes where magical things happen, I drew them in colorful colors,” he explained.
As for the color of Yoon-Ah-Yi’s lips, the author shared, “Yoon-Ah-Yi’s lips were colored that way only because her pink lips were pretty.”
The creator frequently draws snow in his various works, as in “The Sound of Magic.” He explained, “When it accumulates, the snow covers the entire planet, and when it melts, a new season begins.” “I always use it because it goes well with the end of the story.”