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Japanese: Happy!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 23
Chapters: 254
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 25, 1993 to Mar 8, 1999
Genres: DramaDrama, SportsSports, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 7.531 (scored by 13541,354 users)
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Ranked: #23802
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Popularity: #2856
Members: 4,821
Favorites: 61
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Sitting in their cramped apartment, Miyuki Umino's older brother talks excitedly about the new business he's starting, promising to hit it big and bring her and their young siblings out of poverty. Months later, Miyuki is approached by creditors working for the yakuza, who inform her of her brother's disappearance and the two hundred fifty million yen loan he defaulted on. With her brother on the run, Miyuki is now responsible for his debt. The creditors give Miyuki an out: to pay off the loan with her body by working in a soapland.

Wracking her brain for a solution without having to resort to prostitution, Miyuki happens upon an article about the current women's tennis champion, who earned two hundred fifty million yen within the previous year. A once-promising tennis player herself, Miyuki withdraws from school in order to become a pro tennis player in hopes of paying off her debt. However, the establishment that pushed her out of the world of tennis has not forgotten nor forgiven her. Can Miyuki succeed within a world of competition actively conspiring for her failure?

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Apr 4, 2020
Trap_Traps_Traps (All reviews)
Happy! is a manga series about never giving up, no matter how unfair things may become or however many ridiculously tough challenges appear before you. It's about continuously trying your hardest in order to force things to go well for you. If you're looking for a series like that or a series with an extremely hate-able female antagonist then you should definitely check this out. A full cast of intricately explored characters and interesting plot developments around every corner really makes this story hard to put down.

Happy! is set in a deranged world where Japanese Idol culture has somehow been mixed in with professional read more
Feb 16, 2018
Confucius (All reviews)
Happy! is an ironic name for this manga as there isn't really anything happy about this manga at all. Happy! is a story of beating the odds and taking everything to home through tennis. In this story, you will meet everyone trying to screw over Umino, but she always proves everyone wrong as she overcomes any impossible hurdle placed on her by her enemies. You will end up rooting for her because of her unhappy circumstances and how she overcomes these issues as well as how useless some of her companions are.

Naoki Urasawa is a pretty sneaky writer, the more you read Happy! the more read more
Apr 22, 2021
Griffith97 (All reviews)
Read this after you read the manga, it may contain SPOILERS.

Well, i start this review telling that Urasawa is one of my fav mangakas, Billy bat and 20th are in my fav artists ever, but, reading Happy! i felt some problems.

In the beginning there were some few unfortunate moments, the problem is that chapter after chapters these unfortunate situations always repeat, literally the same situations. I get the message is to be happy even if the world crush you no matter what, but this was maybe a bit too much and unrealistic.

Chouko make the usual "joke" -> Everyone becomes stupid and believe her
-> Miyuki read more
Jan 7, 2008
InformationGeek (All reviews)
Yeah… this manga hasn’t actually reached America yet, but that doesn’t stop me from reading the series online and posting a review about it so far. Another fantastic story from the master of suspense and drama, Naoki Urasawa.


This story follows a teenage girl called Miyuki Umino. One day, her brother disappears, leaving her with a 250 million yen debt that needs to be paid off to the Japanese mafia. Her only chance they give her is to work in a soapland, but she jumps at a better chance, to become a professional tennis player.

As the story moves on, we meet plenty of read more

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