The third volume of Imperfect Girl is the final addition to the manga series by Mitsuru Hattori and NISIOISIN. We finally get some answers to our questions from the past two volumes but there are still some underlying mysteries.
Volume 3 begins with the school week, giving the Narrator a chance to search the house for clues about U. When he reaches her parents’ room, he learns that U’s parents killed each other. As he progresses through the house to U’s room, he notices a diary repeating the same manners page after page but highlighting some over others.
The Narrator realizes that U was emotionally and physically abused into only following by these rules. Referring to the first volume when the two characters meet, the Narrator discovered U’s “real self” and how she was betraying that by playing video games while walking with a friend. U acted against the narrator because the number one rule is that nobody can know that side of her.
Everything makes sense now but it took almost three volumes of the series to clarify on it. As the audience, we can now link certain repetitive and questionable actions U would take. With such a confusing plot though, readers may have already given up on Imperfect Girl.
Yet, the ending is still somewhat satisfying and provides some closure. After a night of creating stories for U, the Narrator makes his way out of U’s house and she acknowledges this with no trepidation.
Although all our time is spent with the Narrator and U, we still barely know either of them. Even the Narrator, who is supposed to be an open book considering we’re in his head. Oftentimes, the Narrator talked in circles with no purpose.
Ten years pass and our two characters meet once more. The Narrator is now a writer as we currently know him and he is meeting up with a new editor. His new editor is a young, ambitious female but wait, she looks familiar. Who could it be?
Illustrator: Mitsuru Hattori
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Disclaimer: A copy of Imperfect Girl Volume 3 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet