Manga Review: Happy Marriage?! V 1 by Maki Enjoji @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

This is a free read at Vizmedia.com, so, after verifying that most of the others volumes in the series are also available at my local library, I downloaded it to my Viz app. After all of the sports and fight manga I’ve been reading, I needed a little break, and a romcom looked like a good choice.

Chiwa Takanashi is not having a good day. Her father keeps chasing pies in the sky, and he has racked up a huge debt. Fearful that the family home will be sold to satisfy his loans, Chiwa takes a second job as a hostess at a club. When a handsome man insults her, she dumps a drink on him, tells him to leave and never come back, and is promptly fired. What a great day she’s having!

The next day, the president of the company she works for calls her to his office. To her shock, it’s the same guy she dumped a drink on. When his grandfather, elated to meet her, tells her that her grandmother was always kind to him and gave him the ability to start their company, she’s shocked. In payment for her grandmother’s kindness, he offers to repay her father’s debt, but on one condition – that she marry his grandson, Hokuto.

So, this is a marriage of convenience story. Rich, powerful, handsome guy and poor, hardworking woman marry to make his grandfather happy. And to get the loan sharks off her back. Hokuto is a slob, and he wants to keep their marriage a big secret.  He claims it would ruin his reputation if it was known that he was married. Hokuto is known as the “handsome bachelor president,” and it’s become part of Mamiya Corporations image. He fears a drop in stock price if anyone finds out he’s married a woman who works for him. So it’s also a secret marriage trope, too.

This was a fun, fluffy read. Chiwa has been too busy working to think much about relationships, so she’s at a definite disadvantage here. Hokuto is a worldly, successful businessman, and he only agreed to the farce to keep his position at the company. Because Chiwa isn’t very forward thinking, she didn’t realize marrying him would entail moving into his home. Romantic hijinks ensue, along with plenty of misunderstandings that the couple have to work through.

I really liked the art. It’s so clean and crisp, and emotions are so easy to decipher. The character designs are also very attractive.

It’s nice having a romance in a business setting, with older characters, instead of the usual high school series that get licensed for publication over here. I enjoyed taking a break from my usual shonen manga fare, and look forward to reading more Happy Marriage?!

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Maki Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!