With the announcement of drama casting, the webtoon “Vigilante” has reached the final stage of drama adaptation. As implied by the title “Vigilante,” the webtoon tells the story of a dark hero who tracks down criminals and punishes them on behalf of the victims.
CRG and Kim Kyu-San created the original webtoon, which was serialized between 2018 and 2021. There are many violent scenes in the original webtoon. Some readers think it’s too violent, while others think it gives them vicarious pleasure.
The webtoon “Vigilante” starts with a sentence from the verdict. “The defendant stepped on the victim and kicked her to death in front of the victim’s young child… However, because the defendant had no intention of killing, is being treated for a mental illness, and deeply regrets what he did, the court sentences him to 3 years and 6 months in prison.”
A hooded individual recalls the verdict and thinks, “Only three years and six months? My mother has passed away. He is sorry for what he did and only served three and a half years in prison.”
On the bus, the man in the hoodie observes a gangster bullying other passengers.
When the gangster exits the bus, the hoodie man follows.
When they meet in an alley, the man asks the gang, “How many convictions do you have?” “I’ve got 18,” says the gang. “How can someone with 18 ex-convicts walk freely on the street?” the hooded man wonders. “It’s because the law says so, idiot,” the gang replies.
In the next moment, the gang tries to punch the man, but the hooded guy is far stronger. The hooded man smashes the gang’s jaw and knocks him down.
Then he puts on a punching ring and punches the gang until he dies. The man is ecstatic and he senses justice. His vengeance for his mother’s death was finished in an instant.
Kim Ji-Yong, the hooded man, is a top student at the police academy. His peers admire him for his academic and athletic achievements.
On the weekend, he tells classmates that he is going to see the person who helped him when he was a child. He goes to the police station and meets with the detective who was in charge of his mother’s murder case.
The detective is proud of Ji-Yong because, despite his mother’s death, Ji-Young managed to become a standard police student.
On the other hand, Ji-Yong has his own reason for visiting the police station every week. He intends to scan violent criminal reports, and he selects one as his weekend project. He goes after the criminals and brings them to justice in his own unique way.