Subarashii Sekai
What a Wonderful World!
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Subarashii Sekai

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Synonyms: WaWW
Japanese: 素晴らしい世界
English: What a Wonderful World!
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 19
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 19, 2002 to Mar 19, 2004
Genres: Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Sunday Gene-X
Authors: Asano, Inio (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #21272
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Twenty-three-year-old Yuriko Togawa dropped out of college six months ago. In the past, her classmates envisioned her as a reliable and independent person even though she saw herself as the opposite. Yuriko wants someone to provide for her needs, not the other way around. Thus, when she meets her former colleague Horita Tomotsugu, she hopes that romance will spark between them.

Horita had a great ambition of debuting his band together with Yuriko. However, as time progressed, he slowly succumbed to reality and became an office worker instead. Encountering Yuriko reminds him of what was once his dream, and he aspires to reignite it with her. Despite the two having different motives, Yuriko decides to lend him a helping hand after going through a myriad of events.

Yuriko and Horita's story is just one of the compelling narratives in Subarashii Sekai. Entwined with their tale are several other short stories, each depicting the arduous, painful, and realistic hardships of mundane life.

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Subarashii Sekai was published in English as What a Wonderful World! by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint on October 20, 2009. It has also been published in Chinese by Taiwan Tohan; in French by Kana; in German by Egmont Manga & Anime and Tokyopop Germany; in Portuguese by JBC; and in Spanish by Norma Editorial.

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Oct 18, 2015
"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 ...
Jun 17, 2023
Mixed Feelings
'What a Wonderful World' is one of the earliest works Inio Asano, one of my personal favorite mangaka. His best works usually have great use of visual language, character writing, and themes. To me, however, one of the most interesting parts of this manga is the structure. Characters who are major in one chapter will be tertiary or a footnote in another, and it does paint the idea that even seemingly irrelevent figures in one's life have their own problems and lives going on. There's probably many of these kinds of connections that I missed that would make the manga better on a reread.

The thing ...
Nov 8, 2019
Asano Inio is a bad writer. But he's the best writer for the MAL. I don't mean this to be a condescending review but the fact is he writes for 15 year olds. You know the 15 year olds who just recently learnt what "nihilism" meant or that the structure of society isn't perfect? This is his core philosophy and audience. And teens love it. When I was a teen I loved it!

The issue with this style of writing its that it is shallow, so incredibly shallow. I'll get in to spoilers here. There are five characters who suicide in this work. Suicide is thrown ...

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