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Perfect World, Volume 2, by Rie Aruga

magicb's review

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challenging sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

millie's review

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challenging emotional informative inspiring reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

do you ever read something that neither good or bad but just a little bit strange that you can't put it down? that's how i feel about perfect world.

the story is crafted with great care to tell a story about an abled woman falling in love and pursuing a relationship with a disabled man, the mangaka has good intentions and is being very careful. that being said, i think the story has 2 main default (which might resolve themselves as the story continue), the 1st being : the story is a little bit too informative and at times, it feel more like the author is more preoccupied with informing you about what a disabled person & wheelchair user go through (which isn't a bad thing!)  rather being preoccupied with telling a story including those theme.

2nd default : the heroine is weird. she's good-willed, she's a good person who want to do good. in volume 1, she's mostly transparent, in volume 2, a large chunk of her personality revolve around her wondering if she's worthy enough to be the romantic partner of a disabled person, which is okay but it end up being about how she feel rather than how her partner' feel.

other than that, it's a good manga a little bit strange in its storytelling, i would recommend.

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kirya_aere's review against another edition

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emotional informative inspiring

4.5

libras's review

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emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

lady_ness's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

juicelina's review against another edition

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3.0

This is so stressful, but I'm enjoying it. I'm nervous about what's to come, because this series will definitely hurt.

booksellerrachel's review

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emotional reflective sad fast-paced

4.5

alxlpz99's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

This volume continued the growing relationship between the two, but it highlights the troubles that a couple may go through if one of them is disabled. Can’t wait to read the next volume. 

excel_spreadsheet_book_nerd's review

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emotional hopeful sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

stutisnook's review against another edition

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5.0

yes i finished both volumes in one day when i have other things piled up too. and what about it?
jimin shrugging
yep, so i'm glad they decided to elaborate on ayukawa's feelings towards tsugumi too... and his feelings in general. this was much better than volume 1 in terms of its pacing, tbh. but also the
Spoiler railway-fatigue-crash incident
had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. literally so much to unpack here, but so little time because i quickly wanna get to volume 3 before it's 3am and i have to wake up to an early monday morning (i'm definitely not going crazy...) .
eleanor crying-laughing
on another note, i really despise the nurse-lady's (nagasawa) character. to think that you've been taking care of people most of your career, and treating others who're going through the same things but voluntarily because they love them and have confessed to them (unlike you, nagasawa!) is really insane to me. on the other hand though, i appreciate koreeda - he's not actively trying to butt into their relationship, but actually is concerned for tsugumi's happiness.
and on that note, to continue this rambling, since i've read the first couple chapters of volume 3 (yes, speed ) so the next stuff will be a huge spoiler i suppose:
Spoiler i totally understand where her parents are coming from. in such a collectivist society, bundled with the fact that she's the youngest and only girl child, i can... get where her parents, especially her dad who's already not well, are coming from. which brings me to how realistically everything's been portrayed in the story thus far. yes, they are adults and should get to make their own choices about who to love and where to go with their private relationships, but sometimes you've got a conflict between people who you can't choose between, and it really is a struggle. no matter what one chooses, that's their decision to take, and i won't comment on that: just that i really liked how realistically and rationally this really difficult portion of the story has progressed so far.

and of course, i'm always rooting for ayukawa and kawana!
eleanor crying-laughing