Uru is a very short girl and is constantly mistaken for an elementary school kid, but despite that, she is ridiculously strong and decides to live by herself after her mother gets remarried. She ends up working at a small cafe with two rather unique co-workers, Shindou, who acts gruff and intimidating, but who is really a nice guy who loves to make cakes and pies and the like, and Ichirou, who is really good-looking but who instantly falls asleep when he gets hungry and doesn't wake up again until he's force-fed something? What will the future bring to them?
Volume 2: Suitei Seinen Shoujo
Volume 4: Hana to Ageha, Natsu.
Volume 7: Number One DX
Shiawase Kissa 3-choume was published in English by Tokyopop from December 29, 2009 to May 3, 2011, until the company went out of business with only eight volumes released. Two drama CD adaptations of the series were released on January, 25 and October 24, 2007, respectively.
= Story =
- This story is fairly slow. The development is slow. I'm not one to like slow plots, but 'Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume' is a definite exception. At the end of the story (82 chapters + side stories), the mangaka says so herself that the development was meant to be slow which makes me love it even more b/c she knew what she was doing.
So the plot is just the 'go with the flow' type of plot (Fairy Tail). Uru starts working at Bouheur cafe along side Nakamura Ichiro and Shindou Satsuki. Things just go with the flow from then on out. The plot is
pretty basic, though there's not really a solid plot to begin with, so you don't need to think much with this Shoujo manga. So yeah... simplistic, yet quite enjoyable. -
= Art =
- I absolutely LOVE Matsuzuki Kou's art style. ALL her males characters are either extremely cute, drop dead gorgeous, or both. If you look at her different outfits for each character, you can see her range of ideas as well. The reason I gave art a 9 though is b/c most of he characters look the same. I mean, some make sense. Esp. if they're related (brother, cousin, father, mother, etc.) But either way, most of them look too similar and there isn't really anything differentiating them so you wouldn't be able to tell the difference if 2 similar characters were wearing the same outfit. But I really love her art. So as a manga reader, I give her a 9. As a person who is envious of her skills, I give her a 10.(But the final score is a 9.) -
= Character =
- There are quite a bit of characters in here. However, you have a real connection to the majority of the characters to you can remember they're names pretty easily. The development, again, is rather slow. Uru is slow. She's thick headed, naive and ignorant. I use all those words to describe people like Inoue Orihime, but I really like Uru. She can get a bit nosy here and there, but she's really likeable. Shindou... oh my good God. You can't dislike the man in any way. You can't help, but love him. Ichiro is the oddest of them all, but of course that makes him the easiest to love.
There is one thing about this manga that you may want to know.
Uru literally has pursuers EVERYWHERE. There are... 4 people who love her (in the romantic sense) and there are the others who love her (in the 'I want you to marry _______' or friendship sense).
The characters' back stories are also quite tear jerking. After you learn a few things about each character and then there's a side story about them, you can't help, but tear up. I've read this manga 3 or so times and I always tear up each time. They impact me even after a few weeks of reading it. So again, slow character development, but it works. The characters are lovable and adorable and ... oo-la-la. I really love them all. -
= Enjoyment/Overall =
- I was a little scared when I first read this. The genres are comedy, romance, Shoujo and a few others, but those are the main ones. Romance in Shoujo mangas are... questionable in terms of reality. This manga was slow, hence emphasizing key points in human interaction and emotions. Romance played a role here and there and the comedy was everywhere.
I obviously enjoyed this very much and I would STRONGLY recommend this to anyone who needs a good read to kill time. Really, really loved this.
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention (if you've read this far); the ending is sweet, but there isn't really much closure. The mangaka says a few things about the characters, but i kind of wish the ending was similar, or gave more insight into the future, like the ending of Fruits Basket. though the ending was adorable, I still have so many lingering questions and thoughts. -
I don't want to write a long review about Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume, simply for the reason that I don't need many words to describe it.
Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume is a warm and funny shoujo manga. The romance is very slow, so some readers might get impatient.
The manga has a warm and comforting atmosphere which is caused by the sympathetic characters and a humorous, heartwarming plot.
The art is very nice and fits the manga pretty well.
The characters aren't outstanding, but they don't feel like flat characters and it is hard to hate any of them.
I recommend Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume to everyone, who wants to
cheer up or just likes to read warm stories. This goes for both genders.
i find the story fun..the love square between Uru-Shinsou-Ichirou-Sou is so cute (^^)
both shindou and uru are too slow at determining whether it's love they're feeling or
>Shindou>>Uru (little animal)
>Uru>>Shindou (big brother)..^^
-ichirou's habit of sleeping when hungry and never ever gets up 'til fed is soo funny!..^^
-uru and ichirou's wierd poses cracks up some laughter too..^^
*baa baa black sheep--pose!..^^
--the abekawa brothers also brightens the art because of their smiling faces..unlike ichirou and shindou who are expressionless..(but cute at the same time which also adds up more admirers)..^^
Shiawase Kissa 3-choume is a great weekend read. While I found the characters very likable, the pacing and conclusion could have been very off-putting depending on my mood. If you're looking for some hot shoujo romance, you may want to postpone reading this series. But if you're looking for a steady, more slice-of-life kind of feeling, then I can highly recommend it.
The main character, Uru, falls into a reverse-harem kind of situation where everyone surrounding her is captivated by her effervescent positivity. Even as the reader, I was attracted to her wide smiles, extroversion, and boundless energy. It was a
nice break from the more quiet, melancholic heroines I've recently gone through. She actually has some personality that makes you think, "Oh, yes, I can see why a story would be centered around such a person." Of course, the mangaka had to make her romantically obtuse in order to string along the various storylines, but that's not such a bad thing.
The pacing of this series is bizarrely life-like. Rather than skipping from holiday to holiday and vacation to vacation, the entire series spans less than a year. Characters reference "yesterday" much more often than "a few days/weeks ago," which is uncommon in shoujo. The mangaka introduces so many complete characters that upholding all of their side stories keeps her busy enough without having token episodes like Christmas, a beach day, or a trip to the amusement park. In fact, you should be surprised to learn that there is no "first day" chapter, which seems like a staple ingredient to any successful shoujo. While unconventional, I think that this actually speaks to the quality of the series' characters. Their realism carries along the story naturally, and you can genuinely buy into most of the relationships.
Selfishly, I will note that I was dissatisfied with the romantic conclusion, even if you can see it from 100 miles away. By chapter 1 you know whom Uru prefers, but as the series progressed I was more convinced of the merits of the other males. I think the mangaka became aware of this, too, as she constantly sets up Uru's coworkers as "formidable opponents"...not distinguishing the eventual winner. As a result, the mangaka kind of copped out in the last 5 chapters and made suitor #2 leave the scene, essentially crippling him as a romantic interest. I preferred him, so I was particularly annoyed. Considering the quality development of all the relationships, I feel like the readers deserved more detailed and conclusive endings.
All in all, I was disappointed by the ending, but did not regret reading the series.