Kayoka Shigeta, the 24-year-old heroine of Happy Mania, wants a boyfriend, and she's willing to try anythinglove crystals, horoscopes, thigh creams, peek-a-boo shirts, voodooto 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: ARecommended for advanced students and adults. 2003, Tokyopop, 148p. illus., Ages 17 to adult.