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Happy Mania
A Story about a Woman Who Keeps Chasing Happiness
Date:14, Feb, 2013
Investigated and Written by Misaka Youhei
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Viewing from the present time 2013, we would see that Japanese culture in 1990s specialized in bringing our true minds to light. Reading Happy Mania a comic for ladies written by Anno Moyoko from 1995 to 2001 , you could understand well.

Its main character is Shigeta Kayoko; an unmarried woman in her twenties, who lives with her elder friend Fuku-chan, away from her home. She is slim and cute. You would find girls like Shigeta Kayoko anywhere. Kayoko believes that it makes her happy having a boyfriend and so gives herself to various guys.

Anyhow, like driving recklessly rather than being inconstant, she keeps on going all the way and parting with men that Kayoko has fallen in love with. After all, it doesn't become her happiness to love nor to be loved. Feeling a slight fever of sexual excitement could be it. For it, Kayoko doesn't mind an incestuous act with a married man and stealing a boyfriend of her fellow worker at all.

The latter half of 1990s, this manga won popularity so much as they made Happy Mania into a TV drama in 1998. By the way, Inamori Izumi played Kayoko. That would not just have been because of her wildness. Probably Anno Moyoko extremely featured the inner world of woman on Happy Mania and the style also matched with the time 1990s.


General happiness of woman in Japan has existed as some definition. People seldom, however, feel satisfied completely indeed. If getting it, you had to go after just a while. Hunger and restlessness drop in instead. Repeating that, people learn they need resignation to some extent. In other words, you tell yourself to be unable to get everything you want. But Shigeta Kayoko never does so. Watching her lets readers feel some kind of catharsis.

A woman mentions that she feels sort of good when she gets snared by a philanderer, in the manga. That feeling must, though it is utterly different from defined general happiness in Japan, be also truth of female inner world. Still in 2013, it is sure you can make good use of Happy Mania enough for having a glimpse of the female heart.


about Happy Mania

・Written and Illustrated by Anno Moyoko
・Published by Shouden-sha
・Serialized from July 1995 to July 2001






 

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