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Description
Being his first series, What a Wonderful World remains Asano's most representative and successful work to date.

Composed of vignettes from the daily lives of a group of people inhabiting an ordinary neighborhood somewhere in Tokyo, the series is actually a comment about modern life itself and how we can survive in it despite all its rigors.

Amusing, melancholic, funny, strange, thought-provoking - Asano effortlessly shifts from one mood to another, creating stories and characters that are profoundly human and thus always involving. It's a shame that not everyone will find the subjects the author describes equally appealing since some of them are distinctly Japanese. But overall, it's a great collection that any discerning manga reader should check out.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
素晴らしい世界
What a Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World!

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.14-19 (end) by Illuminati-Manga (1247d ago)
v.2 c.13 by Illuminati-Manga (1344d ago)
v.2 c.12 by Illuminati-Manga (1783d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (261 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.14 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 1st 2014, 7:01am PST

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Year
2003

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Serialized In (magazine)
Sunday GX (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #837 increased(+404)
Monthly Pos #2218 decreased(-67)
3 Month Pos #2828 increased(+279)
6 Month Pos #3307 increased(+346)

List Stats
On 281 reading lists
On 529 wish lists
On 546 completed lists
On 32 unfinished lists
On 156 custom lists

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Hmm, not sure what to think…   
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by yaiko
September 11th, 2007, 6:12am
I honestly didn't get What a Wonderful World. I read the first few chapters of the first volume and skimmed the rest of the 'series', which is simply a collection of unrelated vignettes. Both the stories and the art are very subtle, and at the same time melancholic with a hint of nostalgia.

As the summary indicates, the settings and issues explored are very Japanese, or at the very least, I think this is simply a work you get or you don't. Unfortunately, I wasn't a person who really got this manga. None of the stories really struck a chord for me, but for some reason, this work really gave me a really strong sense of nostalgia, weird…

... Last updated on September 11th, 2007, 7:33am
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great.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mephisto2k
January 18th, 2007, 8:54am
Its just as good as its being described in the summery. Great little stories, thoughtprovoking, mature, interesting.
Really worth a look.
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