Kawana Tsugumi works for an interior design company. She goes to a drinking party at a client's architectural office and happens to meet her first love. He's more handsome than ever and it isn't until he's leaving that she realizes something has changed: Ayukawa is in a wheelchair.
(this review is provisory and likely to be changed when more chapters become available)
This is really good. Since it's josei, it's got that warm, pinkish, power of love kinda thing, but the disability part isn't watered down at all* and is presented rather realistically. Right from the get-go the male lead is very upfront about what daily life in a wheelchair is like, especially the parts healthy people don't really think about, or try not to (like defecating), and the reality of his situation hits us earlier than I expected. I thought a josei manga would only approach the medical complications derived from chronic immobility
once the pairing's love was going strong and steady, as a way to bring drama to the narrative, so the display of bedsores before they started dating took me by surprise. Rather your average josei that deals with two people in love and the human drama that accompanies them, it turnas out that Perfect World is about the dificulties a couple has when one of them is in a wheelchair. The judgement from society, of course, but also the inner demons each of them has to struggle with personaly in order to be a better person and a better partner.
Yup, I like it.
*from what I can tell. I have absolutely zero experience with people on wheelchairs, both in reality and fiction
Normally I wait until a series is over to review it, as I believe a series can to some degree be saved or ruined by it's ending. This manga however, like a shack built on sand or in a swamp is built with a flawed foundation.
The first few chapters of this series seemed rather interesting and promising. As proper, well done Josei is some of the best romance manga out there. I, like a specific comment I read on a chapter of this manga, expected to see the difficulties of being disabled, how to handle them, and how to provide support to such a
significant other. Not this shit, which is instead of focusing on those aspects, using them as a weapon for characters opposed to the relationship to force superfluous and frankly contrived drama.
The characters of this manga seem irredeemable. Kawana is the most typical Shoujo protagonist I have ever seen, and hoped never to see in this supposed Josei. She's weak, unable to function or think on her own, and frequently breaks down. Nothing is 'evil' or 'wrong' with these qualities individually, however compiled together it creates a frankly annoying character who has basically become concurrent with the Shoujo genre. Ayukawa is a bit more sympathetic a character and of general greater quality. He's paralyzed from the waist down, understandably tormented by it, and trying to deal with it. The ways his disability affected the main pair's relationship was interesting until the side characters started using it as a weapon to force drama and try and split them up. Kawana's parents use emotional blackmail stating her father is going to die soon and don't want their daughter tied to a cripple because 'he won't be able to provide or protect her'. Neither Kawana nor Ayukawa refute this or defend themselves. While they thankfully do not concede, they do simply accepting this grotesque and invasive bullshit. It is not enjoyable or reasonable. The other cunt who weaponized Ayukawa's disability is his freshly divorced nurse who uses it to poke and prod Kawana and Ayukawa into breaking up be she thinks she a superior partner. An arrogant, god complexed and narcissistic cunt if I've ever seen one.
All in all, this manga instead of focusing on what it should, the reality of being in a relationship with someone who is paralyzed, decides to focus on emotional blackmail, and the torment of two vulnerable characters. The only character I had the slightest respect for was Koreeda, however the raws lead me to believe he pursued a relationship with Kawana. Which is one of two things, a display of unparalleled idiocy, or like the cunt nurse, an abuse of position and emotions.
In summary, the manga magnificently failed to focus on and write about what it should as a Josei, and instead took a typical Shoujo approach to romance and further desecrated itself by using a character's disability as a weapon. I believe such a manga had the potential for at least a 7 / 10. The reason however I am writing this review prior to it's completion is because I believe it has lost all possible hope of redemption. Regardless, I'll likely update the review upon completion of the series. While I'm almost certain that completion will resolve with the revival of the main relationship, I'm unconfident but suspect the road to such will be a typical and generic soul search, unhappiness in a new and unhealthy relationship followed by the ever unoriginal realization of who their true love is followed by reconciliation and a sad but inevitable acceptance by all previous cunts who opposed the relationship.
Considering such, I deem this manga an astounding 1 / 10. This manga merely uses disability as a cheap weapon instead of a main theme of the story. Follows typical Shoujo character design and plot formula, and aside from the aforementioned disability is of no originality of notice.
In my opinion this manga was just annoying.
This manga could have been a gem if it had stayed true to its plot but since the mangaka decided to throw in some extra UNWANTED spices it lost its originality and became a mediocre
It was just unwanted drama
It was all good at the start, the female lead meets up with her first love who now is handicapped because of an accident and after which his relationship with his gf became weak and eventually broken, they both meet at work and are now work associates, they both start as friends and she feels like she
has to profess her feelings this time and goes forward and eventually they start dating.
The things that happens after this is the real headache.
Relationship with a disabled, ok there are bound to be oppositions and struggles, opposition from her dad is acceptable but “her father suddenly getting a terminal illness, getting threatened by a possible rival in her relationship who is a nurse who shows that she can treat her bf better than her, and another guy approaching and reminding you of your struggles” are just bullshit
After stressed out by all these factors she just had to faint in a railway station on the track beside him who can only sit in his wheelchair chair and watch all this helplessly. (Seriously doesn’t she have any other place to faint where he could help?)
Why all this useless drama? Where are we getting with this? Anyone would breakdown if things get this hard for them, but things getting this hard itself is a joke in my opinion.
I saw a lot of people complaining about the drama in this manga, but I actually don't think it was that overdramatic at all. I mean, if you are writing about a disabled person, if this person's life is a lot more difficult than yours of course is gonna be a lot more dramatic as well. The mangaka doesn't lie. Actually, the problem wasn't the facts, just the way the author talked about them, so emotionally. I think the autor did it wrong because she was trying to make you feel pity of Ayukawa much more than criticising the way he was treated, wich
I think it was the objective at first. No, more than trying to make you feel pity, I think Rie (the author) itself though this people were pitiable (but she didn't notice) and was trying to rub right in your face how much strong disabled people are and trying to make our consciousness oblige us to treat then better and with care. I think she's the one that's too emotional. But personally I would feel a lot worse about my condition if I knew the people around me were so conscious about it. The word "disabled" doesn't stop being said even for a second, like she doesn't want you to forget about that. There's a lot of emotional talks wich I think it was unnecessary, because people usually don't feel that comfortable to talk about they're deepest feelings so easily. I'm a really emotional person and I can't talk about myself that much even with my mother.
Another think I didn't like about Perfect World it was just how fast the events passed by. But I can't complain about that because it's a slice of life and the reason I usually don't like slice of life is exactly because of that. I can't complain about the existence of romance in a manga of romance, right? But it was a problem because of the drama. You can't just do it like every day in a disabled person's life is sad and life threatening. I already talked about it with a guy that lives in a wheelchair and he said that is not usual for him to go to the hospital for such dangerous problems in such a tiny period of time like Ayukawa did. But, again, I understand that the author did that because she wanted to show us everything a disabled person can pass by in just a few chapters. The manga is more didactic and critical than anything.
But, beside that, I don't think it's a terrible manga. The plot is interesting and I learned a lot. I said it was didactic because I didn't know people in wheelchairs had that much health problems at all. I though they just could't walk. Besides, I really liked the romance and, in this point, I liked how fast it was. It's cute and I like of the actually normal chapters were they just overcome usual disabled person's problems. But I would no recommend this manga if you are a depressed person or is in a bad day. You're just going to get worse. But, if you like overemotional plots or just enjoy different kinds of couples I think it's worth giving it a shot.
Besides, I don't like when the protagonists go so far with the "rivals in love" as Kawana did. I actually don't even like when there is rivals, but I'm used, since every manga that deals with romance has them. I understand the argument that Perfect World looks a lot with shoujos even though it is a josei. I just looked at the raws, but if it is what I'm thinking the autor also found a
really lazy way to solve the couple problems. I'm mean, it has a chance that Kawana lost her ability to walk as well. Maybe she didn't, since I didn't understand a word, but she was in a wheelchair.
Really enjoyed the art. Is cute, though is not the most beautiful and detailed art I've ever seen, but I doubt you will find something to complain about here.
Well... Nothing special. Too emotional characters, too insecure and predictable. Ayukawa was more interesting when he was a teen. The rivals aren't that interesting as well, they're just annoying. It's not like they are terrible or anything, they're just nothing special. I didn't love them. But I did liked Maika, I think she should be the MC, hahaha. She's so energetic when dealing with the "disabled" thing.
Yes, I enjoyed. Even with all the bad things it is worth your time. I complained about it being too emotional, but I don't care that much. Usually I like well worked out drama, like Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (wrong couple, but the story itself is amazing). I just dropped it for a while cause I was really scared about Kawana being with the rival at the end instead that being with Ayukawa, that's why I read the raw and saw the both together before starting to read it again. And, even though I didn't gave it an amazing remark I actually think you should give it a try before putting it aside. At least 4 chapters. Who knows, you can love it, specially if you like mangas that talk about different kinds of persons and criticise society with lots of moral lessons and with romance to make it all better. It's not as good as Koe no Katachi, but the style is similar (not as heavy and abrupt with the critics), so if you liked it you may like Perfect World as well. If you don't, you will learn a lot. Actually, I had to put my feelings aside so I could make a good review, because I wanted to give it a nicer remark, since it looks like the mangaka gave her best to accomplish her objectives with this manga. Well, I did say I'm really emotional.
PS: I did not read it until the end and I don't know if it can get a lot better, so maybe I will give it a higher (or lower) rate next time. Man, that's why I don't like rating mangas that I did not read til the end...
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