Kamizaka Haruhi having been rescued when she was young by a mage, longed to be a mage herself, so she enrolled into a special school that allows regular and magic classes into two different sections. Together with her rival/best friend, Hiiragi Anri, they study magic together while she is searching for the boy that saved her years ago, to give him a Valentines' chocolate.
I will not start with my usual lines here, we're just gonna start with the review NOW! :-)
The story is about Kamizaka Haruhi, when she was young she was rescued by a boy who used magic. After being saved by him, she wanted to be a ''mage'' herself. She goes to a magical school with two sections, normal and magic classes. Haruhi comes at the top of her class and is seen as one of the best mages. Even though, she still wants to meet the boy who saved her when she was little. Later, she meets a boy named Yuma who hates magic and is in the normal class.
The story looks kinda good, right? But we get quite some random episodes who don't really match the story. I thought that they we're kinda boring and didn't made sense. Be prepared for that if you want to watch Happiness!
Still, I give the story a 8. It's not the most original story ever, but I always fall in love with ''mages''.
Happiness! isn't an old anime, so the art is okay. I can't give it a 9 because some poses really looked stupid, I think that they took a break when they drew that.
I must say also that the drawingstyle they used for this isn't really my ''taste''. Why not? It just isn't, it's my honest opinion, so shut up, muwhaha.
But again, Erisu gives it a 8. It's just not bad, maybe it isn't my taste but that doesn't mean I should exaggerate, I'm sure other people WILL like this style and will not get my ''not my taste'' thing.
I'm not very enthusiastic about this. The sound effects are just lame at some points. You don't hear some sounds who should be there! It's just like: talking... talking... talking... sound... talking. They should have made BETTER sound effects, I was really disturbed about that fact, if they just had better sound effects the anime would look more ''real''.
My point: Because of some lame sound effects the anime didn't looked so ''real'' anymore and some parts turned out to be BORING. Even some fights were boring because of this. I give it a 5, they had some sound effects, just not enough.
The characters were really nice. I liked Haruhi, the female main character, and Anri because her magic never works! ;3
We'll come back at the ''Art'' part here, they should have drawn them a little better sometimes..
Another thing is that I didn't liked Yuma much, and he's the male main character. He just didn't stopped saying how bad magic was, after some time it got annoying. We know, you don't have to repeat a 1.000.000 times!
Again, even with the kinda annoying male main character, Happiness! has all kinds of characters. The ''cute, cute, I wanna be friends'' type, maybe seen as the lolli here, Sumomo. The ''whatever, I don't need friends'' type, named Ibuki who turnes out to be the enemy, even though everyone tried so hard to be friends with her.. >.< Another character that most of you will like is Jun, hard to believe, but it's a guy who dresses like a girl, hahaha. It's kinda funny that he really seems to think that he's a girl!
You'll probably like most of the characters, maybe you would hate one or two, but that's fine. I give it a 7 because I liked most of them and didn't had a (very) big grudge against Yuma.
People who like ''Mahou Shoujo'' gernes will like this anime. I think that some of us will be disturbed by the sometimes, bad sound effects. I can't change that for you, if that will be the reason why some of you will stop watching, I can understand. But, I decided not to pay too much attention to the sound effects and started concentrate on the story, if you can do the same I again, think that you would kinda enjoy this.
People who don't like ''Mahou Shoujo'' and the ''School Life'' and stuff will not like this anime, forget about watching it, you just won't like it!
Like I said before, I think I enjoyed this at some parts and give it a 7.
I won't recommend this as a ''must see'', if you have nothing to watch, you can watch this. I came out with a 7 or something and think that is the right note to give.
Think about Erisu's warnings before watching this and blaming it on me, haha.
Note from Erisu
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This series, I HAVE TO DECLARE: I stuck with it to write a review, and so I will write a shortcut way to watch this show at the bottom of this review. Some episodes in the middle were a bit unnecessary.
[Mood: light-medium, dull]
[Notable pickings: Magic: 7 l Comedy: 4 l Romance: 3 l Action: 4 l School life: 8 ]
Hmm the story eh? Ep 1- 2 were sort of intros, 3-7 were more of character-based, and ep8-12 were with a plot.
The storytelling method is really really dull at times. I especially only appreciated about 30% of the content in eps 3-7 on average. The producer sorts of using a beat around the bush and slow form of presenting the story. I skipped soem parts of ep7 as a result.
The story plot is incredible. In the first few episodes we see a few Unidentified Characters (UC) around in some of the scenes. Argh if they were flying they would be UFOs D:. Character introduction is weak in some episodes, bringing confusion to what role they actually play in the series.
The story plot is really developed from episodes 8-12, especially 10, where some of the characters' past were explored. But isn't it too late? By that time many ppl would have dropped the series already...==. And ... the plot was sort of caused by a misunderstanding, and could have easily resolved by some explanation/ education of a few notable characters. Preventing should have been easy as well.
And till now I still dunno how the misunderstanding about Haruhi haven't stolen something precious to Ibuki came about. It was not properly explained.
One very big letdown of this series is that there is no real climax at all. The ending parts were lacking in action, and the music did not help the atmosphere as well. It just felt as if it was another complication.
O yea, and the ending parts were kinda confusing, I especially did not get what happened to Saya's dad in the end, he simply disappeared. Story incoherence there.
The colours were sort of dull.
Some special effects, like some magic, were of a higher standard than the usual standard displayed.
Colour was dull for some magic effects too, so some magic didn't really seem like magic.
At times Jun's hair was shining when it wasn't supposed to.
OP and ED was ok. BGMs used were ok, but did not fully display the supposed emotions that were on screen. Special effects sounds were unimpressionable. Voice acting is good though, although Jun's voice was duh, a girl's, so I couldn't think of him as a girl.
Character introduction was very weak in the front and back of this series. In the back a lot of characters came out but were barely explained. I could not understand some of their actions.
Now, about the character cast, I dunno what to say about Yuuma. About his hatred of magic, actually by the end I could think of a much better way to cure his magic-related probs rather than making him hate magic. [Trying to not include spoilers] Well, maybe they made the wrong choice then.
The other main characters were not really developed as well. Some development was made on a few, but often only non-consequential development.
But one problem is that the group of friends in the series are over-friendly with themselves, so the lack of conflict was rather dull as well. (I'm not including Ibuki and the other 2).
Bad presentation. Severely dull. Ok-ok ending. The comedy in this series were a bit not very funny.
Usually I enjoy magic genre shows but... there was not a lot of exciting displays of it, like the clashing of magicians.
I did not read the manga, so I'm not sure if this is the original storyline, but this series is not very interesting. Watch if you think you need to slow down :p.
Draggy, roundabout storytelling.
O yea, in some episodes the timing of the voices and subs were off, I watch eng subbed eps.
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(Some spoilers to fill on the info missed out in 3-7)
Ibuki is Sumomo's classmate and only friend in school. Saya and her brother are Ibuki's "servants". The group of friends want to putt Ibuki into e group. The one with the green Tama-chan is the Divination club president. read more
I really liked the whole idea that there is a school that is seperated into two devisions, magic and non magical. A lot of mysterieous events happen that are unexpected and there are twists and turns. While some things are quite obvious what the awnsers are, there are things that are less so.
The artwork is extremely detailed, expessully the costumes of the magic users. This detail helps to give each character their personality.
There were way too many explouding noises and odd noises that weren't so much needed. There was also nothing that stood out to me.
The cast has a wide range of characters, from a crossdressing boy who wishes he was a girl, to a boy who hates, to a girl who is looking for the boy who saved her as a child using magic.
I enjoyed every minute of it and loved the characters very much.
I first saw Happiness back when I was still dodging the rocks of what anime was all about, and my main source of interest while watching it was an intrigue to discover anime’s identity. That was enough to carry the show for me and I was able to see it all the way through. I had no idea about any line between quality effortlessness, I was more focused on how different anime was from stuff in the west. A few more shows later, I started to see it as one of the weaker series I completed, and eventually got to the point where its was the worst show I had watched. A few others have surpassed it by now, but it’s still my choice for one of those shows at the bottom of the anime barrel.
As far as the story goes, one day a little girl is saved from a bully situation by a little boy who uses magic. This is enough to inspire her to learn magic to make others happy, and she grows up to be an eccentric teenager with magical powers named Haruhi. If only the image that just popped into your mind were the case. Now she goes to magic school and meets a bunch of colorful friends, and in time she may even be reunited with the magical boy of her past.
Haruhi proves to be a generic likable protagonist, only eccentric in small amounts when she isn’t calm and collected, which proves to be refreshing once I get around to the other characters. Unfortunately, she’s also not very interesting, entertaining to watch, and consequently forgettable.
You know who else is forgettable? The other guys, which is a compliment because some of them get pretty annoying as the show goes on. Magical boy is excessively bland with a phoned-in backstory that leaves no impact. Pigtails girl has the quirk where she’s pretty shit at magic, and it’s made worse when they give her an attitude. The boy’s sidekick is horny…and that’s it. They also do this thing where they obviously design the character as a girl but then say that she’s trans for no reason other than to skip a personality because apparently that’s all you need to skimp on a side character. Everyone else on the show was forgettable, unlikable, or both rolled into one. Actually, I only mentioned that they were colorful to show how more care went into how their crazy hairstyles looked compared to how their characters acted.
But even their designs aren’t interesting, we’ve seen this rainbow of jagged, overdone hairstyles before. In fact let’s take a look at the aspect of design in this show. Tell me we haven’t seen this same type of magic in past shows before, tell me we haven’t had better renditions of the magical sidekick blob (It’s just a circle, you couldn’t get anymore creative than just a circle?), and tell me that these over the top yet beaten to death designs don’t cement this show as an unoriginal snooze fest.
But uninspired art direction doesn’t stop at just the characters. In one scene, the gag is that someone screwed up everyone’s lunches with magic so their food becomes a bunch of creatures. This could be a funny way to show off design, but the creatures they come up with end up being ridiculously simple. There’s nobody harnessing an idea or some passion to show unique magical imagery, they just put in some animals and done. The reaction from the students is just as sad as a hundred copies of the same design and animation charge past the camera in panic. The constant cutting of corners only prove how much of a filler show this was for the studio.
Speaking of, it’s pretty sad when I have to say that Artland was behind this. I guess after Mushi-shi you can only go downhill. The animation for the show is just as bland and forgettable as you’d think from the previous descriptions; just a bunch of unfortunate animators trying to meet deadlines.
The music was…bland and forgettable! Alright, if you’re getting tired of reading that you’re really not going to like this show, and since there’s nothing in the sound department to talk about, we might as well bring this puppy home.
Even when I first saw Happiness I knew it was on an infinitely lower level than what I had watched before. Although the story provided a few twists in the end and wrapped up fine, I was never once drawn into the shallow writing to care about the characters or what could happen to them. We have seen everything in this show done better somewhere else. We’ve seen these stupid gags, these annoying characters, this boring setting, it’s all been done better in other anime. Happiness doesn’t bring anything new or original to the table. It’s obviously just a small show for the studio to make a quick buck without having to worry about quality control.