Makoto Okazaki is your run of the mill high-schooler, a perfect bullying target and a closet pervert. One night, on his way to return a DVD to a friend, he notices a person on a nearby rooftop. The person lunges at him and bites his neck, drinking his blood. The attacker, a beautiful girl, then asks him: "Do you want to die or become like me?" He decides to live...
Happiness is a horror manga, tackles the subject of vampires and psychological in a master way. Initially in a school setting the characters are realistic, they act like normal students in front of the dangers and have their own personalities, wills, ways of acting, without being cliché.
The story follows Okazaki, a young man who accidentally turns into a vampire, a shower of tragedy falls in this manga in almost every chapter, with cliff hangers taking your breath away and making you marathon several chapters in a row without even wanting to. Read at your own risk, all the characters who enter the story are ready
for a terrible end.
Art is an incredible extra point, it is unique, sinister, it is totally adequate for the climate of this narrative. Do not believe? Go back to this review when Okazaki the vampire look at the night sky. The author is the same as Aku in Hana, Chi in Wadachi and other artistically incredible works with high psychological content.
The progression of the story is in a fast pace, although it is monthly, currently having 33 chapters you can read and will enjoy the potential of this manga to the fullest without having to wait too long to start getting interesting.
I recommend it to all fans of horror and psychological suspense, violence and tragedy. Happiness remembers Tokyo Ghoul and Ajin in some points but has its own brightness. You definitely will not regret it, it's a complete manga, good characters, good art and good story, go ahead !!
Let's start with the plot. This story and MC are not very original at all. Young timid boy in a town where there are monsters (vampires) come out at night and kill people. The boy meets a girl who's not really interested in anyone but him and boom. Turns out she's a vampire
But with that said its still entertaining and keeps you on edge
(9chaps in the plots score may change with time)
Art: the art for this manga is about average, maybe slightly above nothing you haven't seen. Has a realistic touch to it.
Character: MC is the typical shy,timid,frail guy. Hasn't been
long enough for him to get possible development. There are some interesting supporting characters who may turn out great
As unoriginal the plot and characters are I'm still enjoying this story. It has everything that would make for a pretty popular anime. It's not at the top of my must read but I will finish it
I give it a strong 6
If you liked Tokyo ghoul or parasyte definitely give it a read
This a fairly new manga, and at the time of reviewing, it is only 16 chapters in.
Warning: there may be slight general setting spoilers for the first 16 chapters.
If this manga keeps going on its current path, it could be a truly great piece of work, one that I have waiting for years to finally happen. The setup is extremely promising, and has my extremely excited to see where it goes.
I'm going to start by saying that this seems to be rather shallowly tagged and summarized. It's about as Shounen as Ajin and Tokyo Ghoul are, which is to say, not at all. They are
not shy about the bloodshed as well. If you are familiar with Ajin, the setup is very similar: a seemingly normal boy is suddenly not so human anymore, and they have to struggle through the psychological turmoil and run away from home. In this sense, it is only "school-life" for the first couple chapters. At this point, I do not expect it to go back to the school setting.
There's also the thing about the MC being a closet pervert. What? The closest thing that comes to it is when his best friend points out a cute girl, and the MC just gives him a thumbs up. Otherwise, the MC is rather mature and down to earth. I mean, he faps once, but he's a high school boy. Waddaya expect? Honestly, it just makes it even more down to earth.
Let's get on to the actual review now.
As you may notice, the setup is rather run of the mill, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This specific setup is right up my personal alley, and I think it lays a great groundwork for a good, mature plot line, and some great character development. Because there are not many chapters, we only have a taste of what's to come. Is there an organization chasing them? What are the laws among the vampires that we're getting glimpses of? What's going to happen to the MC's friend? What about the MC's family? There's a lot to explore, and I hope to see the world continue to grow.
I think the art is perfect for the series. It's no frills, and beautiful at the same time. It's decently realistic, and never awkward looking. The characters' emotions are very easy to perceive, and the characters are easy to distinguish. The way the artist paints the skies through "vampire vision" (for lack of a better phrase) reminds me of Van Gogh's Starry Nights. This creates an abstract beauty that really brings the world to life. The art is slightly sketchy, and has a lot of personality. It's just really nice to look at overall.
As I stated before, the groundwork for the characters is VERY solid. The characters feel exceedingly real, and you can really feel their emotions through their interaction and the art. I expect this to be a very psychological manga, with a LOT of character development. From what we've seen so far, the main character isn't some puny kid, but very normal. He is confused and terrified of himself, trying to understand what his life is going through. He is torn between staying home and running away. He is trying to juggle his humanity with this terrible beast within him. It's an absolute joy to watch him struggle. The other characters are also very vivid as well, and I expect to see more background on them, especially a certain someone who may or may not be the antagonist (sorry, my lips are sealed!). The development of the characters and how their psychological state shifts is what is currently keeping the plot going, while government(?) institutions are brewing in the background.
If you're like me, seeing a character be psychologically torn apart while becoming something inhuman is an absolute pleasure to read. I love how they're setting up vampires as being decently traditional, with a strong thirst for blood. The way the creator depicts these urges as well as any instabilities is very original, and great to read. It's a primal pleasure to watch the MC squirm in agony, confusion and thirst. One that is far too often left out in vampire manga. It's gruesome and intriguing. Paired with a blooming plot, this could easily be a manga that I'll be on the tips of my toes for.
If this manga keeps going like it is, it's going to be one of my all time faves. I just hope and pray the manga-ka doesn't mess it up *cough*tokyoghoul*cough*
If you like Ajin, Tokyo Ghoul and/or Parasyte, this manga is sure to please. If you're looking for a vampire manga with actual vampires, you'll surely love this.
I'm extremely excited to see where this manga takes us!
I have read Aku no Hana and I remember being entranced by the story like it haunted me in a way. It had a captivating drive that I could not understand.
With Happiness, it's less, but that captivating essence is still there.
There is no central plot or story. There is no final goal, there is no happy ending. This is a story where different characters collide and shit goes to hell. There is no good or evil, there is no 'hero' and there is no 'villain'. There is no superhero.
Everyone just lives theirs lives as like anyone
else would, but when shit starts blowing up, there is no return.
That is the charm, the essence of this story that captivates me. Most stories have a sense of security, where you know the characters will be okay. But here, no one is safe. It's dark and gruesome, there is no room for empathy, only fear. Past, present and future all destroyed in a blink of an eye, there is no more happiness.
That fear of complete destruction to the point of no return, with every action leading to a series of never ending consequences, knowing you will never be the same ever again. This is the type of mental and psychological fear that entrances you to read more and more.
This is no average shounen manga, the main character is no super hero, just an average everyday loser, a loser that continues to lose.