パーフェクトワールド 1

パーフェクトワールド 1

インテリア会社に就職した川奈つぐみ(26歳)は建築会社との飲み会で、高校の時の同級生であり初恋の人・鮎川 樹と再会する。樹にトキメキを覚えるつぐみだったが、彼は車いすに乗る障?...

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Title:パーフェクトワールド 1
Author:Rie Aruga
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Edition Language:Japanese

パーフェクトワールド 1 Reviews

  • Paula

    I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

    First of all I should tell you that I requested this first volume of Perfect World for its cover and its synopsis. I intend to read diverse books and it’s not often that I come across books with a disabled person as one of the main characters. I picked it up for this, and for personal reasons.

    Kawana starts working with her high school crush, they had been friends back then until he started dating anot

    I read this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

    First of all I should tell you that I requested this first volume of Perfect World for its cover and its synopsis. I intend to read diverse books and it’s not often that I come across books with a disabled person as one of the main characters. I picked it up for this, and for personal reasons.

    Kawana starts working with her high school crush, they had been friends back then until he started dating another girl and that tore them apart. He was so smart, so lively and so determined to see his dream of being an architect come true. And that hasn’t changed. Ayukawa is the same optimistic man he used to be as a boy, his enthusiasm for his work is so encouraging that Kawana feels inspired by him. She, on her part, had given up her dream of being an illustrator but her job as an interior designer is what brought them together again and she’s thankful for it. But…

    Ayukawa had an accident that left him with a spinal cord injury. He was on his third year of college. He was riding his bike when a car run over him making a mess of his body and since then he’s in a wheelchair. Kawana is shocked, so shocked that, at first, she reacts like everyone else does. Doubting herself, feeling outraged because she liked him but now… she can’t even think of being friends with him.

    Ayukawa is so strong, so positive that little by little he gives her little lessons about what it is like to live in a wheelchair. What it feels like to live in a society where being disabled is unthinkable… or so it seems, because of the many hardships he encounters in his everyday life. And yet Ayukawa never loses his smile, he’s always encouraging and hardworking, trying alternatives when he reaches a dead end, both in his job and in his life.

    Soon Kawana, as she gets closer and closer to him, learns that most of the smiles are just for show. Ayukawa’s experiences inspire Kawana, she starts learning, she changes and she falls in love with Ayukawa again, only this time she falls deeper than ever. But, as he did with his former girlfriend, Ayukawa pushes her away, he doesn’t want to be a burden, he doesn’t want anyone to feel responsible for him or look after him everytime he gets a fever or ghost pain (a pain you feel when one of your limbs isn’t there anymore or it doesn’t have sensitivity). It’ll be the time for Kawana to teach him the most important lesson of them all… love gives us strength to do anything, to bear anything.

    I really loved this manga, and I wish everyone read it. It’s so important. Not only because representation matters but also because mangas, books, movies, etc, that show what it feels to live as a person with disabilities. I loved that everyday barriers are shown in the manga; both physical (stairs, for example) and personal (speaking behind their back, fear of certain topics).

    There is a moment in which Kawana stops thinking about how Ayukawa’s situation affects her, up to that moment she thinks about herself. And eventually she starts thinking about him, his life and what it must feel like for him. I started to really like her then. I saw that she was just scared and that’s understandable, even Ayukawa tells her so. That’s the kind of change I would like to see in today’s society. We need to be more human.

    It’s really eyeopening the fact that Kawana (at the beginning) says things like: “Ayukawa is strong, determined, intelligent, talented, hardworking, encouraging, and a really good friend… despite being in a wheelchair” please don’t hate her for saying it. This is exactly how people in general react towards disabilities. But thankfully in the manga there are people who tell her “That’s who he is, everything you said, that’s his personality… what does all that have to do with the wheelchair?”. This kind of people also exists in our society, and I’m grateful for that, because they bring hope for the future.

    This little book was meant as a standalone but it was so important and it’s so incredibly beautiful and moving that people wanted more of Ayukawa’s and Kawana’s story, therefore Rie Aruga created a series around them. I hope and wish that one day it is published in my country so I can recommend it to everyone, and buy it for all of my friends’ birthdays and Christmases.

  • Mehsi

    I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

    Ahhhhhhhhh, this was just fabulous, sweet, heartbreaking, beautiful. Really, I would warn everyone to bring tissues when you are reading this one. You will need those. Tears were just streaming down my cheeks while reading. I am still all teary from this beautiful volume.

    Tsugumi reunites with her crush from high school, Itsuki, during a get-together from her firm (interior design) and his firm (architect

    I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

    Ahhhhhhhhh, this was just fabulous, sweet, heartbreaking, beautiful. Really, I would warn everyone to bring tissues when you are reading this one. You will need those. Tears were just streaming down my cheeks while reading. I am still all teary from this beautiful volume.

    Tsugumi reunites with her crush from high school, Itsuki, during a get-together from her firm (interior design) and his firm (architecture). She is happy to see him and her love is immediately rekindled, but then finds out that her crush isn't having such a good life as she thought he was having. He is in a wheel chair.

    And from that moment the manga truly begins as Tsugumi wonders about if a relationship with a wheelchair-bound guy would work. Can you be with someone who can't do everything you can? Can you handle the care, the worries, the fact he can get sick at any moment, even die in a few years? It is a very loaded subject, and we see how Tsugumi tries to find an answer while falling deeper and deeper in love with Itsuki. She tries to help him out whenever she can, she is there for him when he is in the hospital a few times, she tries to show him that she really cares, that she really wants him as he is. That she knows that it may not last long, that it won't be easy, but that she just loves him.

    Of course it isn't an easy road. Itsuki is not doing well, despite just continuing with everything. While I was impressed that he never gave up and I could also understand that he wanted to continue as he is getting great chances at the firm... at times I wanted to shake him a bit to tell him that it is OK to take a break at times, you don't need to go until your body collapses, until everything shuts down.

    Haruto's story was heartbreaking. The poor guy, I hope that with what Itsuki has done for him, showed him, that he can pave a new road to something awesome. Plus I hope he can accept his girlfriend again, she has waited for him. She has been visiting for a year now, waiting, waiting. I think you don't need to be worried she may run away from you (like Itsuki's girlfriend in college did after the accident).

    I am also happy, well if you want to call it that, that we not only see Tsugumi's perspective, but also Itsuki's. We see him not being able to sleep due to the pain in his legs (phantom limb), we see him hurting. But we also see him fall in love with Tsugumi.

    The ending was just perfection, I am so happy for both of them, and I hope that their romance will continue for a long time to come. Though... given several things, and I have read enough other manga, I fear that we may be going for a bad ending. I already cried tons while reading, I am not sure if I can handle a bad ending should one appear in the next volumes.

    We also see how people react to a guy in a wheelchair and I frankly wanted to shake up some people. :|

    The art is pretty decent, at times I felt the style didn't exactly fit with the story and the heaviness of it all.

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  • [Shai] Bibliophage

    The hardships of being handicapped were noted in this manga and that I like how the love story between Tsugumi and Itsuki was not rush, which might start in the second volume. The story recounts how the main characters were met during their high school years and on how fate pulled them to meet again after several years. If you are just like me who enjoyed and is a fan of Jojo Moyes' best-selling novel,

    I highly recommend that you should check out this spectacular graphic novel of

    The hardships of being handicapped were noted in this manga and that I like how the love story between Tsugumi and Itsuki was not rush, which might start in the second volume. The story recounts how the main characters were met during their high school years and on how fate pulled them to meet again after several years. If you are just like me who enjoyed and is a fan of Jojo Moyes' best-selling novel,

    I highly recommend that you should check out this spectacular graphic novel of

  • Kushnuma

    This is Volume 1 in this manga series.

    I really enjoyed reading this manga, especially as I read a manga after such a long time. The story was quite sweet and emotional at the same time. However, there were times when I thought Kawana and Ayukawa seemed like teenagers, when they are supposed to be around 26 years-old.

    Overall, a good read and definitely want to continue reading the series.

  • Amy Leigh

    This romantic drama is amazing! It's so emotional and shows the real life struggles of being in a relationship with someone who is handicapped. I love the art style and feel like the writer really conveyed the emotions behind each character really well. I got so sucked into this manga and can't wait for volume 2!

    Kawana is 26 years old and works for an interior design company called Cranberries. She shows up for a collaborative meeting with an architecture company called Sakuragaoka a

    This romantic drama is amazing! It's so emotional and shows the real life struggles of being in a relationship with someone who is handicapped. I love the art style and feel like the writer really conveyed the emotions behind each character really well. I got so sucked into this manga and can't wait for volume 2!

    Kawana is 26 years old and works for an interior design company called Cranberries. She shows up for a collaborative meeting with an architecture company called Sakuragaoka and unexpectedly sees her childhood friend and secret school crush Ayukawa. She fumbles awkwardly through the meeting, focusing more on how handsome her old crush is and doesn't realize until it's over that Ayukawa is in a wheelchair. She doesn't know what to think except that she doesn't understand disability and doesn't think she could ever date someone in that circumstance. They go out to eat to catch up and she has so much fun talking to him that their friendship renews. Now what will she do about these old feelings that have reignited?

    I recieved this manga from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Silvia

    This review was originally posted on my blog,

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    As a Manga lover, I enjoy a variety of genres and I'd gladly sit down and read as many as I can but, even if I came across lots of different stories and complex personalities over the years, I still had to read one treating a delicate subject such as this. And, let me tell you, I'm happy I took the chance with "Perfect World"!

    With a lovely and clean illustration, and characters who feel real, it's difficult for the reader

    This review was originally posted on my blog,

    .

    As a Manga lover, I enjoy a variety of genres and I'd gladly sit down and read as many as I can but, even if I came across lots of different stories and complex personalities over the years, I still had to read one treating a delicate subject such as this. And, let me tell you, I'm happy I took the chance with "Perfect World"!

    With a lovely and clean illustration, and characters who feel real, it's difficult for the reader to put this volume down. Of course, one thing that got me particularly invested in the story is that it doesn't lessen the issues caused by SCI, in fact, it makes you face the bitter truth for what it is. It shows you what someone with a spinal cord injury has to face on a daily basis—and for the rest of their lives—the struggle, the perils, and the mental strength required to go on with life, because life must go on. Itsuki Ayukawa successfully made a career no one would have thought possible after he got so severely injured, but his passion and determination didn't let the disability stand in his way and deprive him of his dream. That is truly admirable but make no mistake, just because he doesn't share it with the rest of the group—so to speak—it doesn't mean Ayukawa's positive attitude is all there is to see... After making better acquaintance with him and his condition, Kawana's scepticism soon changes, leaving her open-minded and making everything more heartwarming.

    This first volume well presented a realistic series with quite the potential. I personally think that with a better pace it would have worked even better, but it still was a pleasure to read and I can honestly say I loved it! Enthralling, moving, and refreshing, I'd definitely recommend it.

  • San

    Perfect World isn't just a romance manga. It isn't about idealized, naive love. Since it's josei it brings up more serious topic - living with disability - and relationship with such a person which is deeper and more realistic than in shojo manga.

    The main character, Kawana Tsugumi, is an interior designer who after many years met her friend from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa. But since their last meeting many things had changed. Ayukawa had gotten into serious accident which resulted in him

    Perfect World isn't just a romance manga. It isn't about idealized, naive love. Since it's josei it brings up more serious topic - living with disability - and relationship with such a person which is deeper and more realistic than in shojo manga.

    The main character, Kawana Tsugumi, is an interior designer who after many years met her friend from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa. But since their last meeting many things had changed. Ayukawa had gotten into serious accident which resulted in him being in the wheelchair for the rest of his life.

    The relationship between them isn't easy. They both have to overcome many adversity which is even more difficult because people being close minded and judgemental. Moreover Ayukawa has others health problems which come with many types of spinal cord injuries such as phantom pains and incontinence.

    Mangaka managed to draw characters pretty decent and every page looks clear.

    Perfect World is a great choice for readers looking for something more than simple romance. The story is not only touching but also shows realistic struggles of disable people and their closest ones.

    *I received an advanced copy of Perfect World from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー

    There was this one time I was at university and this blind student was tapping his cane listlessly and looked really lost. He turned to ask people for directions to a building but they mostly walked away, hoping he wouldn't realise they were there. (I understand this - in our world we're not told how to deal with situations like this; I blame no one). I asked him if he needed help. He said he needed to get to the law building. I did

    There was this one time I was at university and this blind student was tapping his cane listlessly and looked really lost. He turned to ask people for directions to a building but they mostly walked away, hoping he wouldn't realise they were there. (I understand this - in our world we're not told how to deal with situations like this; I blame no one). I asked him if he needed help. He said he needed to get to the law building. I didn't know where the building was, so he explained to me and I guided him. You could say it was a case of the blind leading the blind. We had a really nice conversation about the subjects we shared and he talked about his dogs, and I talked about mine.

    I think what people need to realise is to stop treating disabled people like they're fragile and to be avoided. That being said, I think

    does a really good job at portraying this, even if it's lacking a little in other areas and just a tad bit preachy. Address the person before you address their disability.

    Also, this manga is just too cute. I exploded inside. My boyfriend had to mop me up because I was a soppy mess. I know I don't sound like I really enjoyed this, but I did. I don't often read cute things or romance (I'm all dark, gritty and noir-like). So when I do my innards go mush and my reviews don't make any sense

    There's an important thing about relationships - it's that once you look past the beauty, the fun and the good times, there are difficulties. Your partner could have depression, alcoholism, have been sexuality assaulted or be in a wheelchair. It's how you deal with these difficulties that makes your connection all the more great and your time together so much more meaningful.

    Ayukawa is wheelchair-bound. But that's not all. He's a really cool guy. He gets way too excited about his architecture job and he's really friendly all round.

    A girl who had a big crush in him in high-school, Kawana, joins his team as a designer. She's pretty shocked to find out about his accident and subsequent spinal cord injury, and very reluctant at first. But she falls for him. Hard. Obviously she does.

    Kawana is pretty shocked by what happens to Ayukawa and all of his pain, but Ayukawa does not throw a pity party. He is not self-absorbed. He is strong and has overcome most of the sense of loss he felt in his youth after losing his ability to walk. But he's still hurting.

    This manga does not romanticise spinal cord injuries although it is a romantic manga. Kawana doesn't get hit by a bout of "ooh guy in a wheelchair, it's so cool". She sits down and thinks to herself "Oh shit, can I do this? Am I strong enough?" Ya know, realism and all that. Ugh. I love this.

    Further on in the story, Kawana helps him with

    I like Kawana's determination to be a part of Ayukawa's life. It makes me happy. It gives me hope in this world.

    This book is a little preachy though. However, there are beautiful moments peppered throughout. There is also a moment of realisation which Ayukawa and Kawana share, and it is so sweet.

    Someone please hit me over the head with Wind-up Bird Chronicles or Ender's Game this is just so unlike me.

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  • Michelle

    Random thoughts:

    - This is only the second manga title I've ever seen that prominently features a character who uses a wheelchair (the first title that comes to mind is REAL by Takehiko Inoue. I picked this title up for this reason alone.

    - I have a lot of thoughts about the representation of Ayukawa's disability (but I'm not disabled myself, so please take these thoughts with a grain of salt):

    1. I liked that this work was honest about what it's like living with a disabili

    Random thoughts:

    - This is only the second manga title I've ever seen that prominently features a character who uses a wheelchair (the first title that comes to mind is REAL by Takehiko Inoue. I picked this title up for this reason alone.

    - I have a lot of thoughts about the representation of Ayukawa's disability (but I'm not disabled myself, so please take these thoughts with a grain of salt):

    1. I liked that this work was honest about what it's like living with a disability - there is no sugarcoating.

    2. Kawana is not framed as "saving" Ayukawa - he's an adult who's settled in his life and it's actually she who can't seem to get shit together. Ayukawa didn't feel like fodder for inspiration-porn either. Kawana admires him, certainly, but he doesn't seem to be a device for the able-bodied protag to learn a trite lesson about life/love/etc (at least, that's been the case so far).

    3. There was a moment I really liked where Kawana apologizes to Ayukawa for suggesting he speak to a teen who had recently had an accident and needed to use a wheelchair. She assumed that he would be an inspiration to the teen because she also made assumptions about how Ayukawa viewed and felt about his disability. After apologizing, she asks Ayukawa questions and makes a conscience effort to listen to him to better understand his experience, rather than assume.

    4. While Ayukawa experiences a lot of difficulties due to his disability, Aruga balances out the doom-and-gloom by having a scene where Kawana sees a happy elderly couple where the husband is a wheelchair user.

    I have more thoughts, but these are the only ones that I can really articulate coherently. Overall, I was surprised at how the representation seemed realistic and sensitive. However, I again want to stress that I am not myself disabled and so I could be 100% wrong on this assessment.

    - So why only three stars? I have a few reasons why I docked this down to a mediocre rating:

    a. The development of Kawana's feelings for Ayukawa felt much too quick. I get that she had a crush on him in high school, but to me, that felt like lazy storytelling to allow her to fall in love with him after spending such a short amount of time together when they're reunited as adults. The author does mention in an author's note that this story was originally supposed to be a one-shot, which may be why the pacing felt a little rushed to me.

    b. The art is inconsistent. I believe this is Aruga's debut title, so this could be chalked up to a lack of experience, maybe, but I found the quality of the art varied quite a bit. Also, Kawana and Ayukawa looked way too young sometimes (more like teenagers than adults who are in their mid-20s).

    c. The romance, though quick, is kind of cute, but it also felt kind of cheesy to me?? I dunno, the writing occasionally feels a little Lifetime Movie-esque.

    Overall, I will be continuing reading this series and I would recommend it, albeit with some caveats.

    FYI: the series has currently only been translated in French (which I'm thankfully fluent in, and my library carries), but I do hope that it gets an English translation.

    It looks like Kodansha has published this in English back in March!! Unfortunately, it looks like there's only a digital edition available. Hopefully there'll be a print version available in the future.

  • Ad Rocks Socks (semi hiatus)

    I read the English translation, titled Perfect World (Vol. 1)

    Falling in love isn't very easy under normal circumstances, and it's especially harder when the boy you're falling for is in a wheelchair.

    Perfect World is a beautiful graphic novel which tells the tale of two people in their mid-twenties, as they fall in love. Beautifully illustrated in the manga style, with poignant moments scattered all over, this is a book that tugs at your heartstrings, as the protagonist learns what

    I read the English translation, titled Perfect World (Vol. 1)

    Falling in love isn't very easy under normal circumstances, and it's especially harder when the boy you're falling for is in a wheelchair.

    Perfect World is a beautiful graphic novel which tells the tale of two people in their mid-twenties, as they fall in love. Beautifully illustrated in the manga style, with poignant moments scattered all over, this is a book that tugs at your heartstrings, as the protagonist learns what it is to truly love someone who is disabled.

    Tsugumi Kawana is a 26 year old interior designer, who runs into Itsuki Ayukawa, her highschool crush, at a professional get-together in Tokyo. Though years have passed since she last saw him, just talking to him sends her heart aflutter – till she realises that he uses a wheelchair. (Paraphrased from the blurb.)

    The story isn't simple – Kawana doesn't just hang out with Ayukawa, and they don't just fall in love. Kawana has a lot to learn, and Ayukawa has a lot to accept.

    Kawana is initially apprehensive of dating someone in a wheelchair, even if she's attracted to him like a moth drawn to a flame. But as she spends time with Ayukawa and her "crush" turns into something more solid, she resolves to learn everything there is about him, and the best way to care for him. She's determined, level-headed, and caring, which in turn makes her an extremely likable protagonist.

    Ayukawa, on the other hand, is resigned to his fate. An accident in uni left him with an injured spinal cord and paralysed legs, and while he hasn't let that stop him from pursuing his childhood dream of becoming an architect, he's given up on enjoying life. He doesn't want to fall in love, ever, period. Reason? He doesn't want to impose on others and be a burden to them. He wears his disability like an albatross around his neck to such an extent that he doesn't even inform his family when he's hospitalised twice in the course of the story.

    The story is divided into four acts, and each act brings the protagonists closer to acceptance and understanding. The narration is primarily from Kawana's point of view, and documents her thoughts as she truly understands the difficulties disabled people face – not just physical obstacles, but also the ones thrown upon them by society. The few moments from Ayukawa reveal his self-doubt and uncertainty about life.

    This is a beautiful love story, and a realistic one, at that, and catches an angle that I've never seen before. Rie Aruga's artistry is something to behold and respect.

    In short, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it!

    P.S. NetGalley provided me with a copy for an honest review, and this is about as honest as it gets!

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