Review: My Happy Marriage by Akumi Agitogi

My Happy Marriage
Vol #1
Author: Akumi Agitogi
Illustrator: Rito Kohsaka
Character Designer: Tsukiho Tsukioka
Publisher: Square Enix Manga
Publication date: Sept. 13, 2022
Genre: Fantasy Romance Manga

A “Cinderella”-inspired slow-burn historical romance with a paranormal twist set in Meiji-era Japan!

A browbeaten and mistreated daughter is cast out of her family home and sent to audition as a bridal candidate for the heir to one of the most powerful families in the land…

Considered nigh worthless for having failed to inherit the superhuman powers of the bloodlines into which she was born, Miyo Saimori lives her days unwanted and unloved.

She is treated as a servant by her half-sister who, unlike Miyo, is blessed with unusual powers, while her step-mother and very own father have little time or love for their eldest daughter.

Ultimately seen as nothing more than a nuisance and a drain on the family wealth, Miyo is packed off to the Kudo house as a bridal candidate for its heir, Kyoka Kudo.
But whispers abound about the Kudo clan, the most powerful in all the land. Still, will the allegedly cold and cruel house into which Miyo aims to marry prove much warmer than the family she left behind?


My thoughts…

This is a really cute manga about a girl who is treated as nothing more than a servant, being married off to a stranger who might just be her savior. There are moments in the story where it’s really sad to think that a father would turn a blind eye to his new wife treating his daughter so terribly. Then when Miyo doesn’t show signs of having her father’s “gift” of spirit seeing, she’s even more shunned. So, when she becomes of age he decides to marry her off to a man that is labeled as cruel, just so that he no longer has to look at her. However, in doing so, Miyo soon finds comfort from those around her.

This story is only just starting and Kyoka is just starting to put the pieces together about Miyo’s upbringing. Even still, he’s talked directly to her, had her eat with him, took her shopping, and has said kind words to her. All things that would have never happened under her father’s roof. So, with that being said, I think it’s safe to say that we get to see Miyo blossom during this series.

I actually came upon this story when I was scrolling on Netflix. I was trying to find a new show to watch and saw this. It sounded cute and I gave it a watch. Since it’s a weekly series, I couldn’t binge watch it. So, I decided to hunt down the manga and read it while I wait for the next episode to come out.

If you are a fan of sweet slow building romances, and you’re in the mood for a manga, I highly recommend this. It’s not super cheesy and doesn’t have a lot of fan fair like your more traditional manga that deal with romance. It’s more toned down and on a mature level of what would transpire in a situation like this.



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