If you’re into webtoons, then you’ve probably heard of VoyceMe. They are an up-and-coming webtoon publisher that has released a number of popular series. One of their latest releases is Linked Soul, an original series by the author Mz_Hiro.
In this review, we take a look at the first few chapters of Linked Soul and I give you my impressions. We go over the art, story and pros and cons to help you decide if it’s worth reading or not.
Let’s get started!
Overall Premise of Linked Soul
Linked Soul takes place in the year 2025 on the Island of “Easter Java.” There has been an increasing number of missing persons. In fact, everyone who has gone missing has not been found.
Sightings of a blue creature wandering about the city led to mass paranoia. This results in an alien abduction theory. A rather large bounty has been placed on the alien’s head to bring it in dead or alive. The entire community is on the lookout to reap the benefits of this reward.
In addition to normal citizens being on high alert, the bounty attracts professional hunters to track down this alien for the reward.
And in this VoyceMe original we find our main character, the blue alien, on the run. The MC is being chased like something out of a monster movie. So it feels like a mix of the movie Signs with Mel Gibson and an old school black and white monster flick.
Our MC meets a young boy named Rakai Paramisora while on the run. Rakai has a creepy crush on our blue alien main character (whose name has yet to be revealed), and she (or it) accepts his help to stay hidden.
Linked Soul—The good, the bad, and the meh
The nice thing about art is it is subjective. So, what I think looks good might not be to your taste and vice versa. So before I give my thoughts, I want to make it clear this is my opinion and you might disagree with me and that is okay.
I think the Linked Soul has an interesting premise and I enjoyed the monster-on-the-run vibes. It was good enough that I kept reading to see what would happen next.
As far as story goes, it was decent and I can see why others enjoy it. I’ve only read the first few chapters of Linked Soul so perhaps it would have grown on me if I continued on.
As far as what’s good about Linked Soul, the story stood out for me.
Alright, brace yourself. I have one BIG issue with Linked Soul from VoyceMe.
Initially, I thought this was a stylized choice but it’s not. But spelling errors and bad lettering are frequent.
I’m not sure how a story that has 40 plus chapters published hasn’t noticed the poor grammar and lettering. This took me out of the experience while trying to read this series.
One or two errors is fine. We’re human, we miss things. I’m sure I have made some mistakes in this article, but I just kept finding more and more mistakes.
The Meh of Linked Soul
This Linked Soul VoyceMe series wound up as a giant meh for me. Again, it may have grown on me but I just had no urge to continue to read on after the first few chapters.
I am not an artist, so critiquing someones art for me is not something I like to do because everyone is better than me when it comes to coloring and drawing.
With that said, the art was neither great nor bad, just meh. It was professional enough. The lines were basic and the coloring was just okay. You won’t have your mind blown and it won’t hamper your experience.
Linked Soul Conclusion
I’ve covered a few VoyceMe originals and had mostly positive things to say about them. Unfortunately, I rate this the lowest.
Check out my other VoyceMe reviews right here:
Overall Linked Soul is a story that has legs to stand on and an art style that is good enough. But overall it’s a product delivery that falls flat for me.
If VoyceMe goes back, makes some edits and can change some of the glaring lettering issues, it could increase the reading desirability of the Linked Soul series.
It’s worth checking out but if it’s not for you it’s not for you. I feel a series that has 40+ episodes might merit giving it a chance, things can get better with time.
My recommendation would be to read this series to at least episode three and make a decision on if you wish to carryon or not. After all, Arcane (check out my article on Jinx), arguably my favorite animated series ever, didn’t hook me till episode three. Perhaps Linked Soul can hook you further down the road as well.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the VoyceMe original series Linked Soul. Let me know in the comments what you think or if there are any VoyceMe originals you want me to review.
As always, thanks for reading!