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Perfect World (ARUGA Rie)  
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Description
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 …

Notes: Received Kodansha Manga Award in 2019 for Shoujo category

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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Thế giới hoàn mỹ (ARUGA Rie)
عالم مثالي
โลกทั้งใบมีเพียงเธอ (Thai)
パーフェクトワールド (有賀リエ)
パーフエクトワールド
完美世界 (有贺理惠)

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.26 by Timeless scans over 2 years ago
v.6 c.25 by Timeless scans over 2 years ago
v.5 c.24 by Timeless scans over 2 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (82 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.37 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 12th 2020, 6:34am PST


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Year
2014

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Kiss (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (9 vols; digital - ongoing | 2 Vols; print)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #508 increased(+174)
Monthly Pos #1218 decreased(-5)
3 Month Pos #1777 increased(+327)
6 Month Pos #2296 decreased(-424)
Year Pos #2125 decreased(-276)

List Stats
On 438 reading lists
On 263 wish lists
On 21 unfinished lists
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Had the potential to be great but fizzled out  
by tomato101
October 29th, 2020, 10:07pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I agree w the two commenters who said it was ‘initially interesting’ and couldn’t tell if it was ‘shoujo or josei’. There is a good deal of effort to give a good perspective on wheelchair bound persons and the challenges they face, which is why this even got a 7 (in my book it’s a rate that means ‘somewhat readable’... but without the wheelchair details, personally I would’ve rated it 6/5, meaning barely readable) but as the leads moved on from their introductions and slowly developed their relationship with each other and then started to have their conflicts... well it suddenly became shoujo, at some point it overstayed its welcome, and even the resolution for the conflict was quite lackluster. I hoped and expected more from this, but at the end I just scanned through to see what eventually happens without any strong vested interest for the leads. It’s a shame really, the author could’ve made a great manga out of this.

... Last updated on October 29th, 2020, 10:09pm
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Inclusive Manga, but it hurts me  
by mallika23
October 1st, 2019, 10:54pm
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I love the representation of disabled people in manga, such as Your Lie in April or Silent Voice. I don't have any Deaf friend, and these manga has helped me to built my interest to know more. This, too, feels special when there are conditions like the Ayukawa, a wheel-chair person. From this manga, I learn a little bit about how people in wheelchair live, and became more aware to the public space I visited.

I really hope Ayukawa and Kawana can go together in the end. It really hurt my heart seeing both of them have to be separated. They could and should be happy together. 🙁
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Initially interesting...  
by MightyMaeve
July 16th, 2018, 2:09pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
...but by volume two it was boring, using clichéd and unbelievable jealousies to create (weak) tension. I was disappointed with the weak and tired direction the story took after starting out fresh, unique, realistic and interesting.
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Is this a josei or a shoujo? I can't tell from the lead.  
by waterwahine
March 26th, 2018, 6:26pm
Rating: N/A
I generally like the story. I am not disabled, nor do I intimately know many people in wheelchairs, but I think the author does a great job of pointing out the difficulties people in wheelchairs face on a daily basis.

My main complaint is the female lead--it's like she's a 15-year-old trapped in a 26-year-old's body. I'm hoping the story will develop so we learn why she's like this, because if we don't, it's really a disservice to the readers. I really expect a woman who's coming out of her mid-20s and running into her late-20s to have a level head. The misunderstandings between the couple are also the misunderstandings of teenagers. I give the lead male a pass because I'm certain that suddenly facing a disability makes you think differently than your normally would and also because he's in his 20s and in my experience (as a much older reader of manga), men really don't emotionally mature until their 30s.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a romantic at heart and I'll keep on reading just to see these two permanently get together (if they don't, I'm never reading anything by Aruga Rie-sensei again). But it feels like the author originally planned a shoujo but then was told by editors that they needed a josei so she tried to shove the same characters into an "adult" rubric. It's incredibly frustrating. Good story, but I hope it ends soon so I can be put out of my misery,
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Seemingly realistic.  
by theabbster1
February 4th, 2018, 11:38pm
Rating: N/A
I am a student studying nursing, so I am glad that they include the problems that come with many types of spinal cord injuries such as pressure ulcers, incontincence, and phantom limb pain. It adds realism to the story and may even help readers better sympathize with those who are physically disabled in that way. Anyways, haven't finished it yet, but I like the leads for the most part.
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a more down to earth josei  
by Andrez-ssi
July 21st, 2016, 6:13pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
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
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