I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Tsugumi Kawana (26 years old) reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together with 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...
A Manga that grabs you in the feels is a new experience for me. While most Manga can be fantastical and have Kawaii written all over them, Perfect World by Rie Aruga is a step away from that.
Reading this brought several issues to light:
- Disabled people are not fragile.
- Disabled people can have romance in their lives.
- Disabled people can have careers.
- I cannot begin to understand what disabled people go through.
Kawana encounters all of these issues as she is dealt a surprising blast from her past, a surprising blast in more ways than one. Her long time crush has become disabled. Tsugumi’s feelings are then turned upside down as she begins to question her own thoughts on disability. Can she be in a relationship with him? What does it all mean?
I loved the inner character growth of Kawana. While this is not the full story (it continues in volumes), I can safely say that romance is budding between Kawana and Ayukawa. They both find themselves working together and testing both of their resolves. For Ayukawa, his disability has altered him emotionally and physically.
The artwork in this Manga is very easy going and cute (I did say there wasn’t Kawaii written all over this, but it’s not overboard). It was a heartfelt drama and candy for the eyes. I really can’t wait to find out what happens and this is definitely a Manga that I’m invested in.