3.908 out of 5 from 40 votes
Ichiko's dream is to follow in her father's footsteps and become a novel translator. To this extent, she's enrolled in a work-intensive language program, but still manages enough time for a fulfilling relationship. However, she's anxious about how her father will react upon learning she's dating Eri... a woman. But much to her surprise, the man actually accepts Ichiko's lifestyle and has a surprise of his own: he's gay too. Determined to treat him in kind, Ichiko, along with her father, girlfriend and gay best friend, will learn about love in all of its forms.
These two josei yuri manga by Ebine Yamaji are sensitive, mature takes on lesbianism and early-20s life lessons. Art style is identical, and they share many elements, including novelists, foxy ladies with shaved heads, and a love of the jazz/R&B/soul music genres.
Twenty-four-year-old Kayoko Shigeta takes the term "hopeless romantic" to a new level. She is so desperate to find Mr. Right that she is blinded to the eligible men around her, slinging herself from one horrible relationship to another while dragging her tragically-hip friend Fuku along for the ride. In the midst of her hubby hunting, she doesn't seem to notice Takahashi, a fellow employee at the bookstore she works at, nor his love for her. With "middle age" creeping up on her, Shigeta and her family are praying for wedding bells, but with Shigeta's inability to tell the difference from love and lust and her poor self esteem, they could be waiting for a long time...
The tone of these are completely different- Happy Mania is simultaneaously more comedic, manic, and bleak. However, both manga take a realistic approach to topics of love and sex (and sexuality), and follow a similar structure: in each chapter/volume the protagonist learns about a different type of love or relationship. Both are josei gold, and if you liked one, think about checking out the other.