As with my "Stuff I Like" series, these won't be reviews, per se, just me talking about stuff cuz I can.
So, let's get started with LAON.
When Laon arrives on Earth, nude, nearly-devoid of memories, having no idea how anything works, and with only a fraction of "his" power, he's shocked to discover his tails and ears missing and his only thought is of getting them back. Well, after he eats, of course.
What follows, in the early chapters, is Laon inadvertently making friends with a troubled middle-school-aged girl--well, let's call her what she is; she's an outright delinquent--who teaches him the basics of life on Earth, including wearing clothes and er, mugging people. The series appears to be setting up a classic, albeit gender-bent, "beautiful intruder" style story... and then it turns everything on its head. And while I did like this series a lot, honestly, this was a weakness. The story takes a sharp left-turn and everything and everyone we spent the early chapters reading about--except for Laon's origin--is suddenly tossed out of the window, never to be seen or even mentioned again. It was rather jarring as a reader.
After parting from his first Earth-friend, in search of his tails, of course, Laon comes into contact with and glomps onto Tae-Ha, a reporter for a shady monthly "news" magazine, that publishes a mix of celebrity rumor/gossip-type stuff and World Weekly Newsesque stories. From there, the story develops into a weird-of-the-week series, as Tae-Ha investigates supernatural events that are tied into humans possessed by Laon's missing tails.
Only two (of nine) are found this way before the story takes another big turn, although it was one that was more organic to the story, at least, and far better-handled. The last two volumes are spent on a single, lengthy storyline that closes out the series.
This may seem like complaining, but trust me, I did enjoy this book. It's frenetic, action-packed, often hilarious (a running gag is Laon kissing Tae-Ha as the most efficient way of stealing spiritual energy from him--upon which Laon subsists--and the fact that as a spirit, Laon's gender shifts back and forth from male to female depending on the dominate yin or yang energy in an area; it seems like it would get old, but the creators were remarkably inventive in coming up with fresh ways to embarrass and/or get Tae-Ha in trouble with that gag) comic that brushes against true drama a few times. The majority of the characters in the series are fairly two-dimensional, but Tae-Hae, Laon and a couple supporting members are fleshed out enough, both with backstory and on-going character development, that the story keeps rolling.
My biggest complaint about the storytelling is that we're given no background information on most of Tae-Ha's coworkers (who are important, rather than just background characters) until relatively deep into the series and then we're only given tantalizing clues about Kyu-Ri, the magazine's resident fortune-teller who, unbeknownst to anyone, has actual magical abilities, and her brother Gyu-Jin, the magazine's intern. And then these clues are never followed up on. I mean, come on; you give us a girl with magical powers who's clearly in love with the series's nominal male-lead (Tae-Ha) and don't flesh it out at all? That's a disservice to your readers and your story. I really wanted to know more about both her and her brother's origins, as it's strongly hinted that the reason Gyu-Jin is such a spazz (he really is) is due to Kyu-Ri using magic on him, somehow for his own good. You could probably do an entire side-series about these two based on the little information we've been given about them.
The art, at least, I have no complaints at all about. It was very good, always interesting and shifted regularly into different styles (sometimes very western-influenced, sometimes very manga-influenced, in later chapters looking very much influenced by the art of Hyung Min-Woo, mahwaga behind PRIEST - probably the most famous of all manhwa, at least outside of Korea) and I found myself wondering how much of it was intentional, and how much simply a natural progression of Hyun You's style as the series was produced. Some of it was clearly intentional, such as when Laon or others travel through spiritual realms, but other times there was no obvious story-element reason for the art to change. At no time, however, was the art not excellent, and I enjoyed the varying styles as Hyun flexed his artistic muscles.
LAON isn't exactly a light read, but nor is it a strenuous one and at only six volumes, not a tremendous investment, either. While it wasn't the most cohesive series, I enjoyed it a great deal and if you're just looking for something action-packed and sometimes silly to enjoy, you really can't go wrong.