MANGA REVIEW: Hapi Mari

Screen shot 2013-02-19 at 12.54.44 PMEnglish Title: Happy Marriage
Author: Enjouji Maki

Genres: Shoujo, Drama, Comedy, Josei, Romance & Smut.
Themes: Work, Family, Love & Relationships.

Available Forms: Manga

Plot:
Men – they’re the root of Takanashi Chiwa’s problems, which is why she never had the time nor the opportunity to have a boyfriend in her entire life. A full-time office lady and a part-time hostess, she works night and day to pay off her dad’s debt from his failed business. One night at her part-time job, a high-class customer has her fired. Then the next day, she’s called in to see the president – whom she had never even seen before in the office – only to find out she’s to marry him! But what kind of guy is Mamiya Hokuto anyway? Will he become one of Chiwa’s problems, or will he save her from them? And will this marriage even last?!

Thoughts:
When I first started to read this manga I didn’t really feel like it was worth completing – there was an arranged marriage, love hate relationships and awkward situations but the characters didn’t connect to me as the story line seemed to rush headfirst into the main plot. The one thing that kept me interested in the story was the obvious key relationship in the series between Chiwa and Hokuto – They didn’t magically fall in love by making eye contact or anything to that effect, instead the author used the fast paced storyline to bring them closer as a married couple rather than a couple in an arranged marriage.

The overall tone of the manga is of a mature shoujo title(which is why I labeled this also as a shoujo), with Hokuto being a rich successful businessman and Chiwa being a hardworking young woman wanting to succeed in life as a full time worker; It was very refreshing to have characters in this age bracket. On another note, although the manga has smutty scenes it’s not overwhelming; if anything it only adds to making the mature relationship between Chiwa and Hokuto more realistic.

I am so glad I continued to read this manga despite the bad impression the start of the manga left on me – after reading bout 2-3 chapters you will be fully immersed in the storyline. I highly recommend this title to those over the age of 18 years and to anyone who just wants to read something that’s a little different but still has a happy ending.

Rating: 8/10

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3 responses to “MANGA REVIEW: Hapi Mari

  1. I really love this manga. I’ve just finished reading it after several times rejecting to read this type of manga which has no much tones of drawing in another shoujo manga which can be seen in color and said as a colorful one. Thanks for your review. I love to read your positive comment the same as what I think about this manga that was actually really worth to be read. 🙂
    The author seems to have a brilliant mind as she portrays the values to be learned in the story. 😉

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