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. -
First thing, first. If you don't have patience, you won't get to what this manga is really about. This is the type of manga that repays you, if you get to the ending. I started reading it as a cute shoujo with cliche after cliche, but what I got in the end was tears, both of sadness, first, and joy. As for the characters and story as a whole is just a generic one for a manga, with stereotypes, but that doesn't take anything away from it's charm and great ending. So even though the art is not great and the characters aren't developed properly
until the second half of the manga. The twists and turns will put a smile on your face while you'll cry. By now, I should have foreseen something like this, but I had no idea that a cute manga like this could get so emotional.
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)..^^