Finished reading Happy World! by Kenjirou Takeshita, a really, REALLY good manga that I suggest everyone (above 18) to read.
The manga starts by centering around Takeshi Oomura, recently chosen to be “God’s Child” by the previous holder, his father. Being a “God’s Child” sadly means that Oomura will shoulder all the bad luck in the world, and to balance the law of cause and effect, Heaven sends him a protector in the form of Elle, an angel, to give him some good luck.
(Continue onwards for my closing thoughts… if you haven’t read this manga yet, get it from Pew Pew… now!)
The manga slowly grows out of its humble “daily life comedy” roots to a more serious and darker tone that eventually involves the fate of the world, telling an epic story of angels, humans and demons, intertwined with love and hatred.
Most of the characters in Happy World! are all saddled with burdens and face many adversities, ranging from abandonment, accidents, bullying, congenital sickness, stress, pressure, loss of loved ones, jealousy, hatred, war, murder, regrets and much more.
Yet, despite such, the message of Happy World! remains a simple one, and I shall quote from Moogy’s excellent post (do not read if you’ve not read the series yet);
That message is the fact that, despite everything, we all live in a really happy world. Despite wars, despite terrorism, despite politics, despite genocides, despite murders, despite school shootings, despite natural disasters, despite racism, despite poverty, despite atrocities committed in the name of religion or idealism or anything else, despite everything wrong with humans and the world, the world is, nonetheless, a happy place to live.
… which I whole-heartedly agree upon, and Moogy doesn’t miss out much. Happy World! is really a heartening read as so much to see the characters face up against all their troubles and problems bravely, and still manage to end up happy despite the results.
Of course the series isn’t a perfect read, and IMHO the ending arc could have been given a bit more meat, in comparison to the flashback arc took up quite a lot of pages. Having the flashback arcs, which deal a lot with the series’ questions, towards the end is definitely one general weakness that plagues a lot of manga I’ve read, despite the dramatic exposition effect.
Also, the series isn’t meant for kids, with most of the humor in the series being of sexual nature, which is quite crude and shocking at times. I still remember that chapter with Elle and Takeshi trying to make a baby… now that was quite the read, and pretty wrong too, once you get to the flashbacks.
Still, overall, Happy World is an excellent read, and I heartily encourage readers to take some time and get this manga to read, maybe over a weekend or a holiday. I would really like to extend a lot of thanks and appreciation to the team of Pew Pew Scanlations who have introduced me to this manga, as well as finishing up this excellent series for the fans. It’s been a happy read, guys!
Omake: My random comments of the manga
- Sanae is really, really, really awesome.
- The bulldozer chapter was just wrong on many levels.
- So was the “I want to make a baby with you” mini-arc.
- Yuria x Shishio is just so cute~. I really like their little love story. The ski resort chapter was just so touching~.
- Michiru sure is a scary loli. Her “playing” scares the crap out of me.
- I would really want to know where Ero-nee learns her “skills” that she displayed in the battle tournament. So lewd yet so awesome at the same time.
- Female Takeshi was just. so. wrong.
- Takeshi’s dad is such a fucking pimp. And GAR too, once we know he past. R.I.P. T_T
- I really like Rasara’s twin sister, Raira, despite her burns and her short appearance in the series.She really stole the 2-3 pages that she was in.
- On Takeshi and Elle’s Armored Union, “IT’S OVER 9000!!!!”. Damn, can’t resist making that joke. The headbutt was a nice tension-defusing touch too.