Imperfect Girl is a suspense manga featuring a teenage boy who possesses no name. From this point forward, I’ll refer to him as the protagonist. As he is riding on his bicycle from school, the protagonist crosses paths with a young girl and her friend. e notices that the young girl seems very invested in the game she’s playing. The protagonist then witnesses the girl’s friend get struck by a truck and is shocked to see that even this was not enough to bring the girl to stop playing her game. In that moment, the girl realizes that the boy saw her “true self” and realizes something must be done as a result.

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Name choice in Imperfect Girl is odd, so far. The girl’s name is U. We have no name for the protagonist and a girl named “U”. Although I can see “U” as some sort of play on words, I really can’t see why the protagonist would lack a name in a story like this.

When U sees the protagonist once more, she decides to make her move. Somehow, U manages to kidnap the protagonist who is older than her. A little girl able to kidnap an older and larger individual feels unrealistic. Aside from that, an interesting plot arises. We see the protagonist held captive by U leaving the audience in awe.

First, why is it that important she prevents the protagonist from releasing her secret? Does she have more secrets? And what about her parents? Nobody ever shows up in U’s house throughout this volume as she has the protagonist trapped in the closet.

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By the end of the volume, we witness some violence between the two characters. This really raises the intensity and drew my interest. I’ll admit I enjoy violence in my media consumption. Next, I’d like to see where the author takes the story with the present concepts. I expect them to keep playing off of these ideas of captivity and violence throughout a good portion of the series. Hopefully, we’ll gain more insight to this “U” character. After all, there has to be some monumental result to this situation.

The artwork, as expected, is unsettling to indulge when it comes to the main characters, particularly U. I don’t know what it is about the protagonist that gives me an unsettling feeling. Additionally, I found it difficult to understand what was happening in some panels. The car accident is a good example of this, as I didn’t understand what had happened until the protagonist stated it. A page of this scene is shown above.

If there are any critiques for the manga, it’s to make the story a little more believable. Also, make the panels more clear as to what’s occurring in them. All in all, it’s an intriguing and easy read. I can’t wait to experience more of Imperfect Girl.

Story: NISIOISIN

Illustrator: Mitsuru Hattori

Publisher: Vertical Comics

Release Date: October 24, 2017

MSRP: $12.95

Disclaimer: A copy of  Imperfect Girl Volume 1 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.

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About Lindsay Schubert

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Lindsay is a new gaming, anime, and manga writer at BentoByte. She enjoys television, film, gaming, literature and comics. Notably, her favorite show is Lost and her favorite game series is Super Mario.

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