Our heroine, Ruu MACHIDA, is having a hard time. Her mother died when she was little, and her father, with whom she had been living, has disappeared without a trace after getting into debt. Ruu is on her own.
To make ends meet, she takes a job as a live-in maid for a very wealthy household. To Ruu's surprise, the house she ends up working at is the home of three cute brothers, and she already knows one of them! They agree to let Ruu work there because they are often alone and they could use the help. Their parents are often away on business. Ruu moves in and works hard as a maid, and they all become very close. But things aren't always smooth sailing. Ruu has a lot of pressure on her because of her father's debts, and three very cute guys to deal with!
Dakedo Happy Paradise is the shoujo manga that anybody who’s anybody needs to read. No exceptions, just read it. You want me to explain why? I shouldn’t have to. The characters are why you should read it. There’s Ganbatte-chan, Sexual Harrassment-kun, I-look-like-a-girl-pyon, and our favorite black haired sweetie named… Uh…
The characters are not only carefully molded but also deeply developed, each with their own realistic issues. Everyone needs to experience such intricate characters—no, people—with their own eyes. In Dakedo Happy Paradise, you’ll see unrequited love that will tug at your heartstrings and force you to scream “Ganbatte!” for the (side) character. In Dakedo Happy Paradise,
you’ll see a shota being constantly mistaken for a girl and, at one point, even being dressed up like one! (Boku no Pico fans, you’ll shed a tear at this.) In Dakedo Happy Paradise, you’ll see a man who can’t contain his… love… for Ganbatte-chan gushing over her, showing himself to her, and pushing her down, doing his utmost to share his (hormone-fueled) feelings with her when she’s too pure to understand! In Dakedo Happy Paradise, you’ll see the issues of an elder brother who just happens to be normal and uninteresting! Last but not least, there’s one we’ll all be able to relate to - Ganbatte-chan and her issues with her (male) parent. Truly heartbreaking.
She’s an innocent, pure child who gets wrapped up in the woes of life, death, abandonment, puberty, three teenage boys, and her brain. Instead of sucking it up and getting beat by her problems years later, Ganbatte-chan, having nowhere else to turn, decides to take up a job as a housekeeper. Fate takes the wheel and that house just so happens to be filled with three gorgeous male brothers who are all around her age. And there are no parents, either, because apparently they can live alone and apparently Ganbatte-chan is perfectly fine with that. When the brothers are introduced, you will notice how they look first. The average shoujo style that they are drawn in will grace your screen.
Small, slanted eyes, somewhat feminine hairstyles, bodies that aren’t anatomically correct, but reeeeaally attractive—yes, you heard it right! Bishies! Bishie brothers! You’ll lap it up, I promise.
The beauty of Dakedo Happy Paradise is that it’s all fun and games. Ganbatte-chan is happy, relishing in the undivided attention of three boys. And then, by the next page, the screentones are dark and ominous. The transition is so smooth that you’ll have to blink a few times. Ganbatte-chan’s head is a dark, air-filled place, after all. She’s been abandoned by her father. Abandoned. This, mixed with the boys, the comedy, the lack of a consistent focus, and those moe moments we all love makes Dakedo Happy Paradise a really unique shoujo. The serious issue of abandonment by her good for nothing father is tactfully skimmed over sometimes and other times not. After all, we don’t like issues. They’re icky. But when the tears come all of a sudden, OH MAN, you feel it.
I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the boys play a big part in comforting Ganbatte-chan. Their complexities come out during those times. When Sexual Harrassment-kun wraps his arms securely around Ganbatte-chan, my heart flutters. When I-look-like-a-girl-pyon yells at her and then berates himself for his social ineptitude (I feel ya), I just want to put him in a skirt. And our favorite black haired sweetie, well I love it when he…
The last point that I feel needs to be brought up about Dakedo Happy Paradise is that it never loses its fun, youthful, comedic attitude. Ganbatte-chan’s crying about her dad? No problem! Just keep the jokes coming and keep the atmosphere basically the same and you’ll have her out there giving it her all and fighting (kyaaa) in no time! We’ll all forget about the issue as long as you keep that up.
One gripe that I have is that, besides a completely obvious crush and Sexual Harrassment-kun’s playfulness, we never really get to see any romance. Disappointing! Family and friendship is all fine and dandy, but I want to see some suckin’ face! Oh, by the way, spoiler alert.
Dakedo Happy Paradise isn’t one to be missed. Unless you’ve heard of all this before. I’m not sure how you could have, though, but if it just so happens that you have, well, you might not find it to be all that special. Sorry.
This manga was really cute. Its typical shoujo with a overused and watery plot but it was a really nice read. The manga is short and sweet and would be really bad if it werent for the characters. The character banter is adorable. The males interact in a way similar to the males in Ouran High School Host Club, which makes for fun entertainment. There isnt really anything to tug at your heartstrings and sadly there is no defined romance. There is an established one-side crush, but that is as far as things go in the romance department. If you want something light, with lots
of flirting, little commitment, that will leave you smiling, then read this manga.
Why is this manga REALLY REALLY similar to Fruits Basket? Did it copy Fruits Basket? That's the downside to it, the fact that it is way TOO similar. The three guys part, the personalities, and also theres this part where one of the guys have to dress up in a girl's outfit, that's the same in Fruits Basket too! I really wanna know whether Iyo Takarada copied Natsuki Takaya or not. We can't say that Takaya copied Takarada because Fruits Basket was published before 2004.
The people that are similar to Fruits Basket are like this:
Yuzuki= Kyo (the temper is similar, but it was Yuki who
was dressed up in the dress in FB)
Sanai= Shigure (the pervertedness)
Shuuichi= Yuki (the calmness)
Of course, there's no curse in this one, and the ages are different, but i find the personalities and events are the same. Also with the main girl protagonist with no parents. There has to be slight difference and a storyline so they make it that the dad is still alive.
I still think the art is quite nice. The story loses points because I find it too alike to Fruits Basket, which is one of my favourite manga/anime and I definitely would not like a repeat of it, no matter how much better. It would just seem like plagiarism, manga-style.
The first thing I read when I entered to the manga site was a thread with the title "Most stupid ending ever!". As I kept looking, there were more similar titles. "It can be THAT stupid" I thought. When I was almost ending the story and I saw it was getting nowhere, I thought it may be true... And it actually was.
It wasn't all bad though, it has its pros. I think the art was very good and suits this type of manga, some of the characters were pretty cool and I found it kinda enjoyable, since I'm a shoujo lover.
But to sum up, it's
a simple story, already seen before, very short, with some comedy, drama-wanna-be and a reaaaaally stupid end. So, if you like simple shoujo, some reverse harem, you have a lil' free time and low expectations, go read it. If you don't, look for something else.
(Oh, btw, I have to admit I loved the extra story, Watashi no Sugar Baby. I wish it was something separated, it'd have a better mark.)