The World I Create, Vol. 1 – Manga Review

Review by: Brenda Gregson

Publisher: CMX Manga
Author: Ayami Kazama
Genre: Graphic Novel (Romance/Fantasy)
MSRP: $9.99 US
Rating: E (Everyone)
Release Date: Available Now

The world I create is filled with love of the very familiar kind.

Imagine a High school where there are students with the special talent of projecting entire landscapes as if you were automatically whisked away to a far off meadow. These are the things Projectionists are able to do and in The World I Create, Ayami Kazama introduces us to this world in this sweet, likeable albeit somewhat predictable shoujo manga that is actually worth reading if you’re looking for something on the soft and cute side.

Told in four different stories, not including a brief bonus chapter that doesn’t really add much, The World I Create centers on a most unusual High school that is broken up into a regular school as well as a department for those who have the talent to become a Projectionist. With the help of a magic lamp, a Projectionist casts a life-like projection of landscapes and objects. This, of course, makes Projectionists just as celebrated as famous magicians and they can even make a lot of money if they’re good enough.

In the first story we are introduced to Ritsuki Nakahara, son of one of the Projectionist department’s teachers. Unlike his talented father, however, Nakahara just isn’t able to maintain the projection for very long before the landscape fizzles away. It is because of this that his is paired with the attractive Yuzuru Hatsumi who also seems to have the same problem.

The pair work hard and it is Hatsumi who manages to pull off her projections quite beautifully. Nakahara, though, just isn’t able to do it until one day he actually does pull off an impressive demonstration but somehow Hatsumi seems to pop into the landscape as well. Does she dominate his thoughts because he’s impressed by the girl or is he projecting the image of her because he likes her? When it’s time to show off his projection to his father, he makes his intentions very clear about his feeling for the girl that changed everything for him.

In the next story, a student named Kinoto Akitsu spends his days not studying to become a better Projectionist but rather maintaining and help fixing magic lamps for the student body as well as the faculty. He doesn’t mind this job, although it is rather lonely being in the lab all by himself … that is until an upperclassman named Soyoka Kawanami shows up. It seems that this girl is hiding from her class, not wanting to show up because of a secret that is becoming too obvious to hide. So, hanging out with the quiet Akitsu, she actually comes to like him enough that she reveals her secret to him.

Then there’s the story of a Ryoya Imai who is so fixed on money that he seems to project it in every class demonstration. On his way to his part-time job, however, he nearly knocks down a cute yet diminutive female student. On top of the fact that he nearly tramples over her he calls her “little.” Well, this doesn’t sit well with the young girl who not only takes offense but targets Ryoya by sabotaging his in-class demonstrations. It gets so bad that Ryoya takes the girl on in a one-on-one faceoff. The result is actually quite disappointing and thus making this the weakest story in this manga.

Finally, there’s the story of Ryoya’s younger brother, Shogo, who happens to hate Projectionists since his brother became one. When he finds out that his childhood friend (who he also happens to have a crush on), Chiho, is interested in being a Projectionist he suddenly feels left out. While Chiho tells him that she doesn’t want anything to do with that department, he can clearly see that she is interested in it and pushes her to go but when the young girl protests it becomes clear that he has to let her know how he really feels about her.

There’s a bonus chapter that has all of the characters we just met spend the day at the beach but – as I mentioned – adds nothing to the stories. The series handles the romances predictably but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. The World I Create is actually quite endearing, especially when it comes to the Shogo and Chiho story. If you’re looking for something a lot deeper in terms of the shoujo elements then this manga isn’t for you but if you’re not this isn’t such a bad book.

The World I Create does have its enjoyable moments and I can safely say that I had a good time reading each of the stories despite the fact that its pain vanilla-flavored shoujo. Add the really nice art and a handful of likeable young students and you have a manga worth picking up in the end.

MANGA REVIEW BREAKDOWN

STORY: B
Four stories (plus a bonus chapter) offer a generous peek into the lives of students in a most unusual High school where students with special abilities use special lamps to project impressive landscapes and other four-dimensional images. Not only do most of them find love but they also find their talent such as the story of the sensei’s son.

ART: A-
The art is pure moe and that’s actually not a bad thing considering Kazama-sensei’s art is very warm and inviting.

OVERALL: B
The World I Create is cute yet familiar shoujo fare that is actually quite endearing at times and – in the end – enjoyable enough for those who aren’t looking for a complex shoujo manga. Even the artwork in the series is actually quite likeable so if you’re looking for something light and cute, you can’t go wrong with The World I Create.

Review copy provided by CMX Manga

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