I enjoy manga, and I tend more toward shojo, like Fushigi Yugi and Fruits Basket, than shonen (although I do love Rurouni Kenshin). When I saw the first volume of Happy Marriage?!, I was drawn to the plot…a sort of rom-com setup where a young woman is asked to marry her company’s CEO in order for his grandfather to forgive her father’s debt. The young couple had never met, and they don’t exactly foresee a “happily ever after” scenario…but they may be surprised.
THE PLOT: In this volume, the couple is drawing closer, but an incident with one of Hokuto’s family members causes Chiwa to think Hokuto will be better off without her. Her departure causes Hokuto to, at long last, come to some firm decisions.
MY TWO CENTS: I enjoy this manga, and I’m glad things are finally moving along in the couple’s relationship. I didn’t want the misunderstandings and interruptions to go on too long. Hokuto is still a little too controlling for my taste, and Chiwa is still a bit of a basket case, but at least they’re starting to balance each other out. I don’t want to give away spoilers in my review, but readers looking for a payoff should be happy with this volume.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a really cute series if you don’t take it too seriously and try to analyze the characters too much. If you’re looking for a love story manga, check this out. WARNING: This subject matter is intended for mature audiences, and there is some nudity in this volume.
TEACUP RATING: Four out of five teacups. I want to see what’s covered in the last volume. Will the couple finally be truly happy?
ONE SALE DATE: This volume will be available on February 4th, 2014. Volumes 1 and 2 are available now; Volume 3 will be released on December 3rd.
Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.