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.
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