Manga Review: Happiness Volumes 1 + 2 by Shuzo Oshimi

I was recommended this manga by my high school bestie Arian awhile ago and actually yelled at him for suggesting I read yet another story that would make me cry. His thing since HS has been making me watch movies that make me sob and that hasn’t changed apparently.

Makato Ozaki is a first year in high school and it’s been nothing but a mundane sort of hell. He’s the nerdy kind of kid who simultaneously gets overlooked yet bullied. His mother coddles him to the point of suffocation, his father compares him to his overachieving brother. One night, he goes on a ride on his bike and encounters a girl who gives him the choice between life and death.

He chooses to live but life as he knows it changes forever.

Happiness is a vampire story told like no other. I read the first two volumes on my kindle. I was happy and surprised to see that it was available on Amazon Unlimited. The first volume is fast, super fast. You get just a glimpse of our titular character Makoto. He’s easily bullied and pushed around. The kids at school make him buy their lunch, he’s compared to his taller and good looking brother constantly. Life is a cycle of pointless routines for Makoto. That is until the vampire bites him.

The artwork in this manga is. simply beautiful. I marveled at several of the shots and cringed at others. I have a thing about necks so reading about vampires is hard sometimes. So the close up shots of throat ripping got to me yet I couldn’t look away at the same time.

I have to admit the first volume didn’t exactly wow me. I would give it a 3.5/5. I wanted more development and felt as though we were kind of thrown into this world. Also there’s a critical part and instead of feeling bad for the bully I felt very much meh. Lol. Am I supposed to feel sorry for that little bitch?!

The second however? I am completely and utterly drawn in. The characters come to life and this is good and bad. You grow attached and that’s one thing you don’t want to do in a horror. You don’t get attached.

In this manga the villains aren’t only the vampires, they’re the humans as well. It’s also a struggle to watch Makoto deal with his newfound vampirism. He’s fighting against his instinct to want blood and of course the sun IT BURNS US.

The end of volume two doesn’t exactly end on a cliffhanger but it leaves you wanting more. What is Makoto going to do now? Who exactly is the girl vampire who bit him? What happens next? This is a series loaded with questions and makes you want to continue reading to seek out the answers. This is a quick, punch to the gut read and I’m still waiting to catch my breath.


Happiness Volume 1 – 3.5/5 🧛🧛🧛

Happiness Volume 2 – 4/5 🧛🧛🧛🧛

9 thoughts on “Manga Review: Happiness Volumes 1 + 2 by Shuzo Oshimi

  1. I’m currently reading a few manga titles, too. I just recently found my love for manga this year, so I’ve only read a couple of titles. But my all-time favorite so far is Tokyo Ghoul. 😊 Anyway, I haven’t heard of Happiness before and it sounds like a nice read. Also, the art looks very nice. I’ll definitely check it out as soon as I finish my current read. 😊

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    1. aaaah i’m so happy to hear that. tokyo ghoul is FANTASTIC. god it’s so dark I had to stop the anime midway. I think you’d really like happiness! it’s a short manga only nine volumes but it definitely sticks with you.


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