Subarashii Sekai
What a Wonderful World!
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Subarashii Sekai

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English: What a Wonderful World!
Synonyms: WaWW
Japanese: 素晴らしい世界


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 19, 2002 to Mar 19, 2004
Genres: DramaDrama, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)
Serialization: Sunday Gene-X


Score: 7.831 (scored by 71197,119 users)
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Ranked: #10852
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Popularity: #473
Members: 19,363
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Life is never ordinary. What begins with a college dropout bored of her mediocre routine soon becomes a fantastic series of vignettes about the unexpected ways that lives intersect. Filled with magical realism in the face of the cold reality of modern life, at their core these stories are about discovering something precious in the chaos of existence. A dream recaptured. A life on a new track. The absurdity of death. Laughter in the face of reality. With this series of intersecting vignettes, Inio Asano explores the ways in which modern life can be ridiculous and sublime, terrible and precious, wasted and celebrated.

(Source: VIZ Media)


Subarashii Sekai was published in English as What a Wonderful World! by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint on October 20, 2009.


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Jan 31, 2010
Yxel (All reviews)
Asano Inio is the unsung Aesop of our time. He weaves his set of ideals and his take on life into his manga, teaching and inspiring us time and time again.

In this compilation of short stories, Inio tries to teach us one thing, saying it directly on the first and last pages of the second volume: "This world that we live in is gentle yet sad, fun yet sorrowful, strong yet ephemeral..." / "...but as long as you're alive, something good is bound to happen. I'm sure of it."


Each and every one of the stories shows struggle. They show how terrible "ordinary" read more
Jul 16, 2013
czxcjx (All reviews)
I think we're widely considered to be one of the most disillusioned, apathetic and cynical generations throughout history. Marked by post-cold war disenchantment, a renewed atheism and heavy materialism.

In Literature and many other works of fiction, especially post world war fiction, there is a rising trend in satire, irony and general darkness. Works like American Psycho and Almost Transparent Blue paint characters that lead broken and vapid lives putting on facades and leading meaningless existences.

David Foster Wallace (a writer who I very much admire) once wrote a critique of such cynical works of fiction as empty. He proclaimed that a new literary movement called read more
May 11, 2015
phs_togusa (All reviews)
When it comes down to authors who can make the mundane appealing, you'd be hard-pressed to find who could fit the bill like Inio Asano. He's one of the few mangakas out there who can take something mundane like a slice-of-life setting and really turn it into a unique experience that other mangas just can't compare to. To get a good idea of what I'm talking about, let's look into Subarashii Sekai (What a Wonderful World!): the first manga of his to ever come to the West. Subarashii Sekai can be succinctly described as the manga equivalent of a book from the Chicken Soup for read more
Oct 18, 2015
acajou (All reviews)
"I look up into the clear blue morning sky. It makes my eyes hurt. And suddenly, I feel something nostalgic underfoot. It's the dawn of a new day, and the first thing I do is step in some shit."

Asano Inio's serial debut Subarashii Sekai is an interesting anthology of loosely linked short stories about people caught between prolonged adolescence and adulthood, trying to resist the pressures of a fast-paced society as they stand in the midst of their failing aspirations and relationships.

Protagonists include a college dropout, a bullying victim, and other characters that many readers will be able to relate to on some level. At read more

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