Perfect World, Vol.1 by Rie Aruga
Series: Perfect World #1
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Published March 20th, 2018
Genres: Manga, Realistic Fiction, Romance
*Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
Perfect World is Rie Aruga’s touching drama about the romance that develops between an abled interior designer and her first love, whom she reencounters one day only to find he is wheelchair-bound.
26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he’s now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn’t date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change …
This was such a different manga! I really enjoyed it. It was definitely not the easiest to relate to for me, but it’s impossible not to fall for the characters and to not care about them.
This story is about two young adult characters that used to know each other back in high school. Tsugumi Kawana is now an interior designer, and Itsuki Ayukawa – aka her high school crush – is an architect. They see each other again and get to work together but a lot has changed since then. But one thing didn’t – her feelings for him seem to never have gone away – until she realizes Ayukawa is now in a wheelchair. Can her feelings surpass the difficulties?
I really liked how realistic the story felt, and how it was brave and blunt enough to put what a lot of us thinks into words. It’s not a nice thought to say “I would never date a person in a wheelchair” but we do think it. And the main reason is the number of difficulties. Although it’s even more difficult for the person living with the disabilities, it’s for sure not easy for the other half of the couple. Any type of disabilities also takes a mental toll on that person. God, I can’t even think of how I would feel if it happened to me, and I can’t really say I know anyone disabled deeply enough to know how they feel like but I believe it would be something like what the book shows.
Kawana has a lot to learn before she takes the step to a relationship with Ayukawa. And he has a lot to change and accept too. He has to accept that a person being in love with him is not a bad thing, that their life will not stop because of that. This book has a lot of deep thoughts and it’s truly both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
I loved how caring and sweet Kawana was. She is a very strong hearted person and although initially, she was not sure if she would manage to date a person in a wheelchair, I loved how she still wanted to try and to learn.
Ayukawa was a very strong male protagonist, who always tried to show the bright side of things, even in the most difficult of days. He never gives up and I truly admire his strength. But he is also a person that has a barrier to his heart. And that’s not only about love but for his family too. He doesn’t want to be a burden for anyone, not to his parents and definitely not to a girlfriend. He doesn’t want to date anyone and believes it’s best to end up alone and he is resigned to it.
They have a long journey in front of them and I can’t wait to see more about it! It’s such a unique story! It’s the first time I read about an MC in a wheelchair and it truly made me think. The art was also really nice and detailed. It was easy to read and very enjoyable. It transmitted the emotions clearly and all the thoughts put into this book are just so important!
This made me cry and think a LOT and I think it’s a manga everyone should try and read. I would definitely recommend it and I can’t wait to read more about their story.
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