Saturday, June 21, 2014

Manga Review: Happy Marriage?!, Volume 5, by Maki Enjoji

Rating (Out of 5): ~4.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2014
Volumes: 10
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 4. 6.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Chiwa Takanashi has married a total stranger—company president Hokuto Mamiya—to get her father out of debt.

Rather than having her husband continue to support her feckless father, Chiwa accepts a job at Shinjo Sakuraba’s startup without telling Hokuto. Will Chiwa and Hokuto’s newfound wedded bliss last now that she’s working alongside her crush from college?

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) Rated M


I absolutely love this series. At this point, it’s one that I reread while smiling, even while trying to review it.
The chemistry between Hokuto and Chiwa is amazing. They argue, but they do really love each other. Chiwa is still getting used to the way Hokuto handles things, and how he talks about his feelings, just as he’s getting used to interacting with her. That was really apparent when he got drunk and became much more open about his feelings, which was so sweet and adorable and hot.
Now that they’ve fully admitted their feelings and have had sex, I like that they didn’t revert back to how they were before. They’re a little unsure about the subject at first, but Chiwa isn’t so embarrassed about it anymore. She still blushes, but she’ll admit that she likes it and wants it, which I appreciate. That doesn’t happen nearly enough in manga, in my opinion.
Chiwa is working again, and I was waiting for Hokuto to get upset about her new boss, who’s an old boyfriend from college. I kind of hope that it happens in the next volume. The other problem they’re still facing is Hokuto’s family. They are strict, and Hokuto doesn’t get along with many of them, but Chiwa wants them to be closer. I’m liking the direction that is going in.
I’m overall just loving this series. It’s smutty and romantic and sweet and funny. It’s a joy to read and reread. I can’t wait to get the next volume.

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