What a Wonderful World!, Vol. 1

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What a Wonderful World!, Vol. 1

What a Wonderful World Vol A dream recaptured A life on a new track The absurdity of death Laughter in the face of reality With this series of intersecting vignettes Inio Asano explores the ways in which modern life can be rid

  • Title: What a Wonderful World!, Vol. 1
  • Author: Inio Asano JN Productions
  • ISBN: 9781421532219
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dream recaptured A life on a new track The absurdity of death Laughter in the face of reality With this series of intersecting vignettes, Inio Asano explores the ways in which modern life can be ridiculous and sublime, terrible and precious, wasted and celebrated.

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    1. Seth T. on said:

      Across the canon of the living dead, the spread of zombification has represented (or been said to represent) any number of social nightmares. In Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it was communism or consumerism or nothing at all, depending on whom you ask. In The Dawn of the Dead, Romero was said to have taken on consumerism. Or maybe he took on social hierarchies and the power struggles between the haves and the have-nots, between the whites and everyone else. Depends on who you ask. Still, Weste [...]

    2. Chibineko on said:

      This manga only has one thing wrong with it- that it is in danger of getting passed over because it isn't as slick or flashy as the other stuff out there right now. While readers of Asano's other works such as 'Solanin' will be used to his understated yet powerful manga, those who haven't yet discovered his work might not notice it because it doesn't have a ninja or busty young woman on the cover.The stories in this first volume are varied, yet all interact in some format. The same picture might [...]

    3. Irena on said:

      I'd warmly recommend all Asano's other work, but this just doesn't seem too good. I'll see it through with the 2nd volume, but I don't know

    4. Conico on said:

      I can understand why a lot of people don't "get" this graphic novel. The book doesn't exactly draw you in, the plot doesn't flow seamlessly from one vignette to the next, and it's not easy to see how the vignettes are connected. Actually, Asano's "What a Wonderful World" is rather mundane, and I mean that in the best possible way. It somehow captures the realities of life that is, life for the younger generations.The vignettes, or tracks, as they are called in the book, are connected to each oth [...]

    5. Tyler Dykema on said:

      This review will be for both volumes of What a Wonderful World! by Inio Asano.There's honestly not a lot I can say about this manga. Told as a series of separate simultaneously occurring events, WAWW is a beautifully drawn graphic novel. The characters are relate-able, albeit forgettable. Each chapter (track) is a separate mini-story and in the final few chapters each are loosely tied together. While this sounds like a great idea for a graphic novel, it is weakly wrapped up and feels rushed. We' [...]

    6. Sebastien on said:

      Il existe peu de manga que tout le monde considèrent magistraux, parfait ou tout simplement méritant la meilleur note. En fouinant j’avais appris qu’il existait un manga que tous les critiques donnaient soit la note maximum ou du moins le top sur presque tous les sites. Ce manga s’appel Solanin (je l’ai déjà lu et critiqué) de Inio Asano. Un manga profond, qui fait réfléchir et qui sort totalement des sentiers bâtue du manga traditionnel. Ensuite, j’ai décidé de lire Bonne nu [...]

    7. Alaa on said:

      Let me begin by saying that I'm actually a huge fan of Mr . Asano's works . Especially Oyasumi Punpun , which has since remained my favourite story ever , and yes I'm aware it's a manga obviously but it was seriously my favourite plot between anything I've ever read. This piece of work however was just a disappointment . Don't get me wrong there were some parts I loved , but upon finishing this manga I couldn't help but feel underwhelmed . I don't know maybe I'm miss judging this . Maybe it's ju [...]

    8. Emily Graham on said:

      A mix of Nijigahara Holograph and Solanin; the amount of overlap between all three books makes me think he's a one trick pony. I'd rec reading one of them, but not all three.

    9. Esty on said:

      Slice of life to the point where it could almost happen or have happened to many people, fantastic.

    10. Gerardo Mauleón on said:

      We all live in our own ways. And we all have doubts about whether it's right or wrong. But there isn't a right or wrong way to live.Look. Check out the view of this dirty town. The world's unfair and full of contradictions. I wanna turn into a bird and fly away. But I know I can't. So I don't care if my dreams are just dreams! What's important is right now! Whether I can see what's straight ahead!

    11. Helen on said:

      This is a well-drawn quirky graphic novel consisting of a series of vignettes highlighting the anomie of teens in an unnamed Japanese city, as each one struggles with some aspect of reaching adulthood - such as passing a test to get into college, settling down and getting a "responsible" job as opposed to pursuing a career as a rock musician, working out problems in relationships, coming to terms with adulthood. Each vignette seems to "flirt" with suicide or oblivion in some way - in one of the [...]

    12. Matisse on said:

      'What A Wonderful World' is a collection of short, interconnected vignettes that focus on the aimlessness and occasional hopelessness of young adulthood (from middle school up through the mid-late twenties here). The artwork is gorgeous, and the cinematic style has always endeared Asano in my eyes. So. Asano was screwed by the publishing industry. This volume and its finale were written before 'Solanin', Asano's masterpiece. 'Solanin' was one of my favorite manga of all time during my high schoo [...]

    13. Michael Scott on said:

      to do: a collection of short stories, mostly centering on the unpredictable moments in life. rather dark: the lead characters commit suicide, get hit by trucks, die trying childish stunts, are shunned by society, recede in drunkenness, quit their jobs and live purposeless, etc. the characters are loosely recurring, giving a weak character-based link between stories-- besides the strong thematic connection--and drawing the reader into the book, page after page. the symbolistic is omnipresent; it [...]

    14. Misa Niranon on said:

      Hey, this book was pretty good. I thought that there was an anime named after this but I might be thinking of something else. Too lazy to look it up at this moment. I really thought that this was going to be one of those series where it's revolved around one story so that was probably why I was so confused when I realized that the main character in the chapter before was no longer in the rest. The short stories are entertaining to me and give off that "/sigh Life is wonderful" type of feel. It w [...]

    15. Derek Royal on said:

      I've had the two volumes of What a Wonderful World! for some time, but I've just now gotten around to reading them, and doing so in preparation of our March manga episode of the podcast devoted to two recent English publications from Asano. The stories in these two volumes are all interconnected in some way, making them what I've called in my scholarship "graphic cycles," a comics equivalent to a short-story cycle. The style of the individual pieces remind me a lot of Yoshihiro Tatsumi's style o [...]

    16. Kristin Fletcher-spear on said:

      interconnected short stories about teens and young adults primarily. Each character seemed to live on the outer edge of their communities--they just didn't quite fit in with the rest of the world out there. Some are morbid but made me smile or chuckle because of the unexpectedness of it all. Like the panel when Syrup is flying and then the next page states he died. Or the boy who flips over the railing appearing to have committed suicide but only grabs the bar as he still wants to live. Unexpect [...]

    17. Forrest Norvell on said:

      This isn't Raymond Carver, but some of the stories approach an offhanded grace a little reminiscent of Denis Johnson or Salinger (or, you know, Haruki Murakami or Banana Yoshimoto). Any shortcomings in the stories or characterization are more than made up for by Asano's linework, which is loose and graceful. He also writes young woman characters beautifully.For those who have read Solanin, I think this series suits Asano's style better; the loosely interlinked stories are suggestive and the resu [...]

    18. April on said:

      This book is made up of a series of short stories about young people who are out of high school and trying to find contentment in their lives through balancing the harsh realities of the world and the hopes and dreams they had when younger. It's well done and the stories aren't all downers or optimistic either.What I did find confusing was that the stories don't necessarily interlock with one another even when the protagonists look the same so occasionally I thought I was reading a different sto [...]

    19. Jerome Cristoffer on said:

      Overall it was okay. I didn't expect anything of it other than it being slice-of-life. A couple of stories were really nice; I easily related to them, especially in the transitional period I am presently in. Some of the stories I understood but I just didn't get anything out of it; I tried, I really did but I just didn't care. I guess that's what Inio Asano was trying to covey: that everyone lives different lives. Some we can understand and relate to while others we just don't understand (whethe [...]

    20. Apollo's Crow on said:

      I don't know if I "liked" this, but it certainly had some odd unconscious effects. I read it before bed and found myself later tossing and turning all night, revisiting episodes from my past and ruminating on situations of my present that really seemed to have nothing to do with each other, much less the book I had read. Something unique is happening with this book, and I'm too tired to quite put my finger on it right now. To be continued.

    21. Mikael Kuoppala on said:

      Inio Asano gives us a beautiful collection of short stories about everyday people at a crossroads. Lyrical, opaque and beautiful, these tales are all about reclaiming individuality and refusing to adapt to the expectations of other people and society. Basically every story follows the same formula of presenting a character and ending in a cathartic moment of taking a leap of faith. Still, there is enough artistic vision in each installment, making them work on their own perfectly.

    22. Jenna on said:

      3 to 3.5 stars. I like the concept of short stories that tell a tale of modern life, but then if they're interwoven back and forth, wish I could tell the characters apart better or have a bit more time with each of them before going to the next story. The second volume was also interesting and some of the characters seemed familiar, but again, I got confused, especially when shinigami came into it.

    23. Koonu on said:

      This world that we live in is gentle yet sad, fun yet sorrowful, strong yet ephemeralThe cruelty of childhood and the delusion of adulthood (dreams vs. reality), beautifully caught in manga vignettes. None of that silly anime stuff, i.e. super powers, giant robots, wacky faces and ridiculous plot. Just great art with stories that resonate.

    24. Patrick Nickell on said:

      Meh. Asano' early work. About a dozen or so vignettes that are loosely tied together. Not long enough for any investment in the characters or story and the only thing that I enjoyed was the touch points that barely tied all of them together. I'm a big fan of his work but this isn't good. I'll give the second Volume a try but just because I want to read everything by him.

    25. Rod Brown on said:

      Partway through, I realized I'd read this book years ago. I can see why I forgot it, as it just consists of short stories that have some interesting art and/or premises but don't really amount to much.

    26. Rusty on said:

      Examining your dreams? Putting your life on a new track? Considering the absurdity of death? Can you laugh in the face of reality? The author considers all of these questions in this little read. So as you look forward to the days and months ahead think about these questions, too.

    27. Naailah on said:

      "Living sucks. And yet, I still wanna live." this is just one of the beautiful words from What a Wonderful World! Composed of mini stories, this 2 volume manga explores themes like life, what it means to live, friendship and death. Fans of solanin won't be disappointed by the stories.

    28. Lord on said:

      Inio Asano can create stories with such an athmosphere that I can really cannot compare to any other manga artists I know, with the exception of Hiroki Endo. These stories may not be as good as Solanin but they're still a shining gem in my manga collection.

    29. Candice M (tinylibrarian) on said:

      Interesting, full of ennui, not sure it would appeal to teens, though. Seems more geared toward college-aged young adults.

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