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Happy Mania, Volume 1

Happy Mania, Volume 1

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by Moyoco Anno, Leah Ginsberg, Shirley Kubo, Moyoko Anno (Created by), M. Anno

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Anno takes a different approach to the typical romance story. While her protagonist, Shigeta, longs for a boyfriend who will both turn her on and treat her right, her greatest struggle is actually remaining unattached long enough to meet him when she's available and overcoming her own obsessive insecurities in the process. Anno's art has a loose, kinetic style that she puts to good use, for the most part keeping her Japanese take on the growing chick lit genre from falling into sedentary, talky cliche. Anno has reimagined the romance story as an action comic, and the result is a graphic novel that keeps a narrative momentum moving far past the age-old question of "will she or won't she?" (In Shigeta's case, she will.) Shigeta moves-she runs, kicks, throws tantrums and sleeps around. Additionally, her rambling interior monologue is a funny running rant of "I don't have a boyfriend!" anxiety. The first volume of this series is not above some formulas. Much like a television pilot, most of the other characters are sketched only in broad strokes so far. Shigeta's best friend, Fuku, does little more than sigh sympathetically. The attractive heel, Takada, is little more than an attractive heel. And overlooked bookstore co-worker Takahashi is likely, in later volumes, to be the boy that Shigeta decides is worth settling down with-just so long as it doesn't happen too soon. While readers may root for Shigeta to ultimately fall for Takahashi, until she figures it out, her misadventures with men make a delicious guilty pleasure. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kayoka Shigeta, the 24-year-old heroine of Happy Mania, wants a boyfriend, and she's willing to try anything—love crystals, horoscopes, thigh creams, peek-a-boo shirts, voodoo—to get him. What she does get is a series of flings with good-looking creeps, all of which end in break-ups that increasingly take on the character of car accidents. At one point Kayoka, chased by the knife-wielding girlfriend of one of the aforementioned creeps, does get hit by a car. When she gets out of the hospital she decides to be a shepherdess, a resolution that lasts until she meets the next male slug. Will Kayoka ever realize that it's what's inside that counts and that love, in the form of her boring nice-guy co-worker Takahashi, was right beside her all along? I, for one, have my doubts. Happy Mania is a very funny manga, mainly because of its heroine, Kayoka. An important element of good comedy is exaggeration, and Kayoka is certainly larger than life: combine manic determination with the brains of a chipmunk, throw in a Cosmopolitan magazine and you've got a good idea of her character. What makes us like her, and root for her, is a surprisingly wistful innocence; Kayoka is looking for love, not sex, but she has the two hopelessly confused. Happy Mania contains bad language, adult situations, near-nudity, and lots of sex. This manga shows everything but the genitals, and the book's publisher gives it an M rating (18 and over), so please be warned. An entertaining read, recommended for collections geared towards older readers. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Tokyopop, 148p. illus., Ages 17 to adult.
—George Galuschak

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Happy Mania Series , #1
Edition description:
Not appropriate for children
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Happy Mania, Volume 1 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a heavy manga reader who favours shoujo/romance to anything else, I can tell you this is hands down the worst manga I've read so far. And believe me, I've read a lot. Character development? Practically nonexistant. Intelligent or varied dialogue? Completely absent. The main character is absolutely idiotic and all men are portrayed as mindless pigs who can't string together 2 sentances. The 'geeky nice guy who wants to get with the female 'heroine'' character is strangely blunt and open with his feelings, yet no reasoning is given for his interest in her. Most manga series of this sort, the female character would ignore him and he would admire her from afar for her qualities such as kindness and generosity. Not in this series: she treats the guy like dirt, yet he is as stupid as she is and worships the ground she walks on. Events are loosely strung together and the story has no real direction. Things just don't make sense sometimes; the heroine goes to a club and meets a guy and suddenly its a week later and she's fired for not showing-up for work. When dumb things like this aren't going on, she's busy feeling sorry for herself and moping around like an idiot. Seriously, I can't stress enough how poor this series really is. I read the first 3 books hoping it would improve later on (I borrowed them, btw. I would never throw away money on garbage like this) but it got even worse. It makes me sick to see the recognition it's recieving when outstanding obscure titles like Here is Greenwood and The Wallflower are being completely overlooked...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book focuses on a different view of how people find love. Sometimes you just know that someone is going to be the one. And other times you have to sleep with them. Any how, you learn from your mistakes and look for love, again and again and again.... Overall it is a great book about the wild side of finding love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was totally not what i expected it to be. the main character is a total wh0re. yes i said it W-H-O-R-E. all she does the entire book is sleep with stranger after stranger and then feel dumb afterwards; as she should feel. i, personally, am a major fan of 'paradise kiss', 'peach girl' and 'mars'; so if you were expecting a corky girl that meets the perfect guy then dont be dissapointed by this book!