Imagine you are introduced to a boy called Fred and a girl called Lucy they are dating. After trying to keep the conversation together by talking about the weather, latest sports and titbits about the day it becomes apparent you share nothing in common with the two and simply don’t click. Desperate to keep the conversation going, you have but one question left in your arsenal in your desperation you don’t think of the consequences of asking it you just go for it.
“So how did you guys meet?”
Fred’s cold dead eyes light up instantly and his mouth carves into a big smile as
he begins to recount the story . Every so often Lucy weighs in and they look into each other’s eyes and playfully argue over the details while you stand there wondering what you did in a past life to deserve this torture. You nod every so often, smile and laugh on cue, but it become clear that their story is boring and uninteresting; the twists were predictable, the story was generic and what could have been a 5-minute story turned in 45 minutes.
This is exactly what Kanpeki na Kanojo was like. Realism does not mean a story is interesting. When I sat down to write a review on this manga, I was going to have a go at the fact that the characters are so childish and simple but that’s actually because they are middle school students; they are childish because they are children which is fine. Unfortunately, the story’s premise is about a perfect student and perfection to a middle school student, told from the perspective of the same middle school student sounds more like delusion than fact. I hated the characters: a delusional perfectionist, a generic ken whose best quality is he is ‘kind’ and an assortment of characters that feel like the author had a checklist for character tropes he would use. What’s worse is the story was almost entirely fluff. like the author wrote the beginning, a middle scene and the end then cut them up and stitched in a bunch of side stories to complete the finish product.
If you are thinking of reading this, I recommend you don’t unless you want to give yourself a point of reference on how manga shouldn’t be done; the character’s thoughts and feelings change with the wind, the story is about as deep as a kitchen sink and it is wholly not worth the time you spend reading all 36 chapter of 36 pages. 4/10