Initial Thoughts: I am a huge sucker for romance manga (and anime). For those who do not know, manga is a Japanese version of a graphic novel (or comic). These aren’t the comics you will find in the newspaper, but rather, artwork and dialogue is combined to tell a full-length story (usually around 200 pages). Some manga are published in serial until each part is combined into a volume, and some are published as is. In Japan, manga is roughly $5. Unfortunately, whenever I buy a manga, it seems like a huge investment, as they tend to cost a bit more than the average paperback ($15-$25 Canadian).
Perfect World, Vol. 1 by Rie Aruga
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 …” – Goodreads
Tsugumi Kawana is an interior designer who has just reunited with her childhood friend from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa. But, since their last meeting, Ayukawa had gotten into an accident leaving him in a wheelchair with a spinal cord injury. As Kawana gradually falls in love with Ayukawa, she begins to realize how difficult her life would be dating someone in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Ayukawa refuses to fall in love ever since he had broken up with his high school sweetheart.
Perfect World does not sugar coat the issues arising with disabilities. I had expected this manga to have a lighthearted story Continue reading