Elixir of the Sun It is a popular manga series currently, with over 94 plus chapters at the moment. Due to the requests we receive from fans, we have to write according to fans’ requests if the series is worth reading. So if you are here because of the Elixir of the Sun Manga, then this post is for you.
In summary, Bayan is an outcast amongst the Siyo, a people who have healing powers. Considered worthless because she doesn’t have the ability to heal others, Bayan is sent to the court of Dhan, the Great Sun Emperor, who is cursed with unrelenting bloodlust and slaughters his concubines mercilessly. It seems that Bayan’s fate is sealed the moment she reaches the emperor’s palace and Dhan is fated to suffer from madness forever… But together, Bayan and Dhan just might be able to change each other’s destiny.
Now you have to read some review and recap of the series for better understanding.
Elixir of the Sun A Recap and Review
Many manga fans seem to enjoy this story, but personally, it’s not my cup of tea.
This story started strong with pretty decent world building, a strong-minded female lead, amazing art, and a kind of cliche but well executed premise.
So my problem with it is the characters. The female lead was funny and smart at the start, an enjoyable character who got on well with the side characters. Then she met the male lead, and omg what happened? When in the presence of Dhan, Bayan becomes a blushing, stuttering mess, and can’t get a single wise word out.
Bayan is said to be smart, able to memorise material even scholars have trouble with, yet doesn’t seem to understand palace etiquette in the slightest. Even side characters comment on how dense she seems to be. If you are a fluff enjoyer, be my guest, but the dialogue becomes cringy and just bad, and the relationship between Dhan and Bayan seems to have no obstacles or development. It was love at first sight. They fuck everywhere. Bayan climbs onto his lap like a five-year old regardless of whether everyone is looking at them. They have sex in an office where it has been confirmed that shadow ninjas are hiding in the corners just watching them. The dude probably has a foot fetish. It is lovey dovey goodness.
The Dhan character isn’t bad, cliche but still readable. The only problem I have with him is that, yeah, I understand an incurable thrombus of blood seems horrible, but why must you sacrifice dozens of young women in order to quench it? Surely there must be other, more morally acceptable consequences as well. sacrificing the lives of criminals and rapists, but no, and worse, he appears to be without remorse.
In the story, those who don’t offer their daughters to be fucking killed are either executed or have a heavy tax implemented on them. The story makes the nobles who don’t sacrifice the women in the clan the bad guys. It’s very subtle, but it throws me off, and never once has anyone actually called him out on it, even our kind-hearted, loveable female lead. If Bhan wasn’t the male lead, he would be the selfish villain, Bayan would probably be Trashta, and this manga would be a revenge story.
68 chapters and nothing happens in Bayans’ village, like after 40 chapters, nothing happens, unless you count the female lead acting like some 5 year old.
Mary Sue, Dhan’s honesty is questionable, and I’m kind of disappointed.
Elixir of the Sun: Is It Worth Reading This Manga?
definitely I will yes it worth reading. So for me, I am not really feeling the Emperor all that much—I liked him a bit more towards the end of the season—but in the beginning, he was kind of a creep tbh. Also, his power and status don’t absolve him from killing indiscriminately in my eyes, even though everyone acts like he isn’t a mass murderer or serial killer. And Bayan is a sweet little bean, but annoyingly naive sometimes. I like her character, and she does have insight a lot of times, only to go back to not understanding anything.