Jay Jin is the headstrong teenage rebel, determined to prove she's serious about making art. J. Max is the tall debonair foreigner, in Korea on business, with more--much more--to his background than he lets on. On the surface, it would seem as though Jay and J. have nothing in common...until a chance encounter in a hotel lobby sparks a mysterious attraction. Will true love prove strong enough to overcome the language barrier, not to mention the thousands of miles separating two attractive people? Then there are the interventions of friends and family who think they know best... as well as a disastrous encounter with spicy chicken kebab! A giddy romantic fable for our ever-shrinking world, 100% Perfect Girl demonstrates the power of chemistry to conquer all.
100% Perfect Girl has a very dramatic plot line. One that may seem too cheesy or unbelievable at times. The protagonist, Jay, comes into contact with so many misfortunes that it makes this manhwa unbelievable. Still, it provides a great shoujo fantasy and is easy is to read and understand.
Many manhwas have poor drawing, but I found the characters in this manhwa quite attractive. The backgrounds are beautifully drawn and you can see immense detail of the cities that they visit in this manhwa. Many mangakas get lazy with their backgrounds, but Wann does not. Her characters and backgrounds are incredibly well drawn.
The characters are believable at first, but combined with the unbelievable plot, they start to waver. Wann makes EVERYONE the BAD GUY. I guess you get the feeling that "we are all evil" or "we all have bad points." Everyone's bad sides are shown out-which is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I quite like how the manhwa focuses on bad instead of the good. The classic shoujo manga does not bring out the bad, but this is a manhwa. Manhwas, in my opinion, have better realism because of that. We, the reader, need to have a taste of good and bad although in 100% Perfect Girl, it maybe have been overdone.
I have cried countless times for Jay, the protagonist. Her troubles are agonizing and the mangaka has drawn it well. The dialogue is quite emotional and doesn't leave you bored. I have enjoyed this manhwa so far.
I give it a 10, simply because I enjoyed it. read more
The story opens up with the main romantic interest reading a short story written by Haruki Murakami called “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning”. The short story is about a young man who walks past a girl who attracts his attention despite being plain, but he ends up not having the courage to speak with her. This reference to the short story is honestly marks the beginning of a long line of willing suspense of disbelief as the writer of the manhwa wants the reader to believe that Jay is a plain girl who does not stand out at all, and the male characters whine about it constantly to the point it becomes annoying. Sound familiar?
Think Twilight... minus the fantasy and supernatural elements of course.
Jay is a plain looking girl... that is, compared to his highness’s little sister. Compared to every other female in the series she is actually gorgeous and breath taking. She is far from what I would describe as being a plain girl, particularly when she ends up having two other guys falling for her. A good portion of the plot involves conflict between the three men in her life. I might as well add that the conflict... or fighting really pushes and the suspense of disbelief, but there are other things. The conflict just doesn't seem real at all.
Where the plot doesn't involve conflict the plot ends up being about how the men in her life take advantage of her, but also do things like keep her safe from the other guys. Yup... there is another comparison to Twilight there... the fact we have love triangles... in this case a love quadruple... and we also have males who are over protective to the point of being abusive... and this time it is three guys instead of the two. We also have a female who can't take care of herself and constantly is whining about how she can't take care of herself.
To be honest though the problems don't end there.
At the beginning of the story we have the main character all weepy because her parents don't want her to pursue art school. That I can understand despite the over dramatization. What I can't understand though is how her school takes away her chance to participate in a big art competition because the other student was rich and going to an actual art school. This is despite the fact the Jay is their top student when it comes to art and she would better represent the school.
Another time the belief is pushed by a system that is able to identify people by their earlobes at one-hundred percent accuracy. For most people the one-hundred percent accuracy would cause some speculation because no system is completely accurate, but instead it doesn't raise any speculation. One of the downsides to identifying people by earlobes rather then fingertips comes from the fact you can reshape the ear and there is also the fact that while we now know that the accuracy rates for ear identification are high, this particular story was written before we really knew how accurate it was.
There is also the fact there comes a point in time when Jay has to give up her painting because of post traumatic syndrome, which causes her hand to shake to much and makes it so that she can no longer do the fine detail she became known for. Can I add here that she is a genius at art too? But back onto the PTSD. PTSD does not cause the loss of fine motor skills. While it is true that she may not have had interest in making art anymore, the fact remains she wanted to continue making art work AND it would have been a great way for dealing with the actual PTSD.
In the long run 100% Perfect Girl is blatant wish fulfillment, and likely not one of the healthy kinds. Despite the beautiful art work the actual story telling is poor due to exaggeration that were not needed as well as inaccurate details. The thing that honestly bothered me the most though was the fact the creator of this particular manhwa tried to piggy back their work on another writers work, a piece that despite it's short length is a far better read then this particular piece.read more
100% Perfect Girl is like watching an elaborate over-the-top soap drama- but regardless of how cheesy and clichéd things might be, one can’t help but carry on wanting to know what happens next regardless of how unrealistic the situations they’re in actually are.
The story in the first few volumes starts of as a Cinderella story; where Jarte a European prince falls in love-at-first-sight with the ordinary Korean girl Jay. As the volumes progress and things develop though, one should expect an “anything could happen” approach to this fast-paced manhwa as literally many odd things happen adding to the enjoyment and also taking you through a tornado of emotions all with “love” as justification of means of course!
The characters are based around a reverse harem story- so one should expect the usual suspects and a range of personas.
Overall a very enjoyable manhwa indeed :) read more
Well, I've never written a review here so there I don't expect it to be quite helpful. But this manhwa had me aggravated. That's the closest I can describe this feeling. I considered dropping it twice within the less than 24 hours it took me to read. The only reason I stayed was for the art which was magnificent. Then there was also the need for closure. To see how this author would try to chummy everything up after so many horrifying events taking place.