There will be spoilers for the manhwa series Pleasure Principle.
Trigger Warning: There may be references to questionable consent and sexual coercion as it appears in the manhwa.
Jiho is broke and accident-prone, which is not a great combination. So, to resolve his financial issues, Jiho goes on the hunt for a job online when he discovers a listing that seems too good to be true. However, no matter how questionable the listing, Jiho can’t be too picky. So, he calls and secures an interview. Unfortunately, what he finds when he arrives is not your typical shop. Instead, it is an adult shop.
Jiho immediately regrets his decision, but before he can leave, the shop’s manager pulls him into the interview. She asks a few personal and inappropriate questions, which freaks Jiho out enough that as he rushes to leave, he ends up knocking over a bunch of merchandise, totaling a hefty sum in damages. With no other choice, Jiho agrees to work there to pay off his new debt. Thankfully, though, the job pays well, and Jiho even finds himself enjoying the job.
That is until one day, after work, he bumps into a VIP customer, causing the customer to drop his phone in the street. Unfortunately, the phone is promptly run over by a passing motorist. This immediately indebts Jiho to this mysterious VIP customer. Thankfully, the customer is willing to forgo a monetary repayment and instead just wants to receive “special service” when he comes to the shop. Well, what luck! Surely that can’t be too difficult for innocent Jiho to handle… right?
The top is daddy material right off the bat. He is super attractive, gentle, and super sweet. Sunghyun is super attractive. Thankfully, all the characters are pretty well-drawn and are either cute or sexy in their own ways. Jiho, our main character, is super cute. He’s awkward and a bit dopey, which I don’t mind in bottoms, but he is super impulsive, which leads to misunderstandings that can be a bit annoying. Regardless, though, our two main characters are super cute together.
If you are looking for some kind of deep story, that is not what you will get here. It is very superficial. The story pretty much only exists to facilitate the sexy time, which is fine if that is all you want, and that is all I wanted at the time of reading this, so I was very pleased with it. I will say what story there is, is a bit frustrating and very stereotypical. To cause some tension, we have the possessive best friend Woojin, who has feelings for the main character. Then, of course, our top has a twin, Seunghyun, which causes all kinds of misunderstandings because Jiho sees the twin and assumes it is Sunghyun. That was frustrating, but I found the twin more attractive than Sunghyun (I am a sucker for glasses).
The biggest issue I have, though, is the introduction of the twin with the implication that there may be something between him and Woojin. I was actually really excited to see something play out between them because they are both cute, and I assumed the twin, Seunghyun, would end up being a really sexy top. Unfortunately, that plotline is never revisited. Once they play their roles as obstacles for Jiho and Sunghyun, we don’t ever see them together again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved our main couple, but I would have really liked to see something done with other characters, especially since it seemed to be moving toward that. This is already a pretty short series, and I think it could have benefited from more episodes with the sub-couple.
Finally, the art. It is cute. It isn’t perfect by any means, but when it is done well, it is done well. It’s pretty, and I don’t really have any complaints there. I just wish we got more of Sunghyun’s twin because yum. A girl can dream.
This is super short and exists just to be sexy. If you are interested in that, you can’t go wrong here. Don’t get too attached to Woojin or Seunghyun because not much happens with them, but they’re still nice to look at, at least. Don’t expect a super deep story because there isn’t one here. Just enjoy the ride. It’s a quick but fun one.
Have you read Pleasure Principle? If so, what do you think? Do you agree with my assessment? Do you not? Let me know, and comment below!