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)


Score: 7.651 (scored by 1059610,596 users)
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Ranked: #18492
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Popularity: #520
Members: 29,383
Favorites: 410
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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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Jan 31, 2010
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" ...
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 ...
May 11, 2015
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 ...

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