[Manga] Hapi Mari?!


Happy Marriage?! manga covers

I picked up Happy Marriage?! only fairly recently, but it’s on its way to becoming one of my favourite mangas ever. As the name suggests, it’s about a couple who are married, but still only just getting to know each other. As a sucker for those pointless and mostly crap Mills and Boon books, I took the bait - hook, line and sinker.

But the story was interesting, I felt. There were quite a lot of problems each of them had to work through, and it was intriguing enough to keep me reading. A lot of those problems I can recognise for myself, and like Chiwa I feel just as powerless about it.

A lot of the time the story just feels like a steam train running out of control. Yet somehow each time it manages to make it back to the tracks, and I stop just before slamming the manga down again to stop for good.

Naturally, as a story about a marriage there are adult matters involved. This means I would consider it more of a Josei manga than a regular shoujo, though the way it is crafted and drawn you would think it was a regular shoujo for anyone, rather than one that does get into adult business. At various points the author mentions she wants to be proud of her work as one she can show off to friends - I don’t know whether I would ever be able to do that.

However, given that I’ve shown off my yaoi fanfictions often with explicit content to my friends many times, that only shows how truly measurable my words are.