Happy World! finished

Happy World

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.

19 Comments

  1. Hinano Said,

    August 5, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

    i remember I watched the OVA and it was typical harem nudidity fodder…is the manga any better? _?

  2. Michael Said,

    August 5, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    I just discovered this manga series last week, and I absolutely love it. It’s a good thing my discovery was timely enough, as I discovered it only when it was about to complete scanlating. Pew Pew scanlations has got to be one of the best and most efficient jobs of scanlating, and yes, the manga has a great message (notwithstanding the ecchi and all). :3

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

    I’ve never heard of the anime version, and I don’t know what it is like, but the manga IS definitely worth reading, Hinano.

  4. Asrialys Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 1:39 am

    You were reading it too?

    The final moments of the battle seemed a bit rushed because we saw so little between Elle and Isra. Guess Isra was returned to normal just to go down his her Shadowman? Anyway, this series does have a nice message, despite how odd it presented it sometimes.

    The did-no-justice-to-manga 3-episode OVA was just about their school life in the beginning and Yuria in the relay race. Nice OP to watch though :P

  5. NInjanaut Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 2:56 am

    This manga was completely awesome. I got friend to read it but he stopped at the making a baby part. orz.

    I love the whole story and i wish the author would’ve made it longer or at least be working on another series. He’s got talent.

  6. Kiomoshi Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 3:16 am

    Hey Kurogane, do you mind doing a little synopsis that explains what happens in the end after the battle? The art improved so much that I have no idea who the characters are anymore and the whole deal with the author of the book.

  7. Moogy Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 5:30 am

    Kiomoshi: It’s set five years after the final battle, so everyone looks a lot older. Basically, Yuria and Shishio are inviting everyone to their wedding, while Takeshi and Prayer go off to look for Elle. And they find her and such.

    The author of the book is implied to be a reincarnation of Millael, the head angel who passes her position over to Satoko.

  8. FFVIIKnight Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 6:59 am

    Sanae is ALWAYS awesome! :)

    And that little bit about Motoko being a manga artist… was pure laughs :D

  9. midenz Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

    lfmao @ headbutt fusion :X!! was hilarious adn this was definetly a great manga, i love pew-pew for all there hard work!!

  10. tien Said,

    August 6, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    i laugh till my hearts out when his dad told him how he was born lol…

  11. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 2:22 am

    I just finished reading the whole series in onemanga from afternoo until now. All I can say is that the series is very nice. I had to agree that they rush the final pert of the story.

    The funny part is the “make the baby” arc.
    The serious part is the history.

  12. Sloppy Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 2:40 am

    Has anyone here figured out what happened to Isra yet?

  13. Sloppy Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 5:12 am

    Has anyone here figured out what happened to Isra yet??

  14. Asrialys Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 6:48 am

    Considering how her final scenes were drawn, it seemed like she would do everything in her power (even sacrifice herself) to destroy the Shadowman. She may have sacrificed herself in the end and saved Elle.

    Or…to be more optimistic; since we never saw Elle and Isra’s Armor Union, maybe they’re still combined. And Isra’s just dormant. Nell seemed to be the dominant consciousness in her Union with Ille. So maybe Elle has control of the body in the epilogue.

    Although, I really do suspect that Isra sacrificed herself.

    However, no one really knows for sure.

  15. Kefit Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 11:28 am

    Takeshita was intentionally vague regarding Isra’s fate, it seems. I’ve got a copy of Happy World End, a commerative doujin release compiled by Takeshita himself that contains, among other things, summaries of each chapter. In the entry for chapter 72 it mentions what almost all of the characters, even the incredibly unimportant ones, are doing with their lives after the final conflict. However, for Isra it only mentions the events that clearly transpired within the manga pages. In other words, I think the mangaka consciously chose to leave Isra’s fate up to the reader’s interpretation.

    Personally, I think Isra died in the battle, probably using the last of her energy to expel Elle from the chaos so that at least she could survive. Her soul has entered the cycle of reincarnation and she will be born again at some point, just like Millael was. I like to think that she will be born as Takeshi and Elle’s next child :)

  16. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

    Kurogane, I have found the anime. It is actually an OVA.

    Here is the link:

    http://www.crunchyroll.com/media-38355/Happy-World-OVA-Episode-1.html?hires=1

  17. Shance Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

    I HAVE THE OVA, SO LEMME JUST ISO IT AND PUT IT UP ON TORRENT SO YOU CAN DL SHITS!

    Nah, just kidding. I do have it though :P.

  18. Cho_Hakkai Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

    I forgot to say that this story also oher theme is incest stroyline. You will get it as you all have read the manga.

  19. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 7, 2008 @ 11:58 pm

    “i laugh till my hearts out when his dad told him how he was born lol…”

    His father is pretty fucking GAR, as I said.

    @Kefit: Would it be to much to ask for you to translate that for us as well? I’m actually quite interested to learn more about the rest of the cast, even as mundane as it is.

    @Cho_Hakkai: Thanks for the link. I’ll give it a look. Also… the incest. I’d really not want to mention that lol.

    Regarding Isra: Her fate was definitely left vague, and I would’ve loved to know what actually happened to her. While she did a lot of wrong things, her love for Ruelle was undeniably strong. While I’d go with Kefit’s theory in a much more logical sense, I’d actually hope that she did survive.

    I guess leaving Isra’s fate unknown adds a much more profound sense of loss for the readers. I’m miss having a new chapter of Happy World to read every morning now, lol.

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