In a world not unlike our own, mages are commonplace and schools are separated between normal students and magic users. Yuma Kohinata is a student at one such school, Mizuhosaka Academy. On the way home from buying chocolates with his androgynous friend Jun, Yuma is given chocolates from school idol Haruhi Kamisaka; things become even more complex once the magic wing of the school has a gas explosion, displacing all of the magic students into the normal section – including Haruhi! Now, Yuma finds himself thrust into the world of magic, and must deal with the various women who vie for his affections; can he juggle his priorities and continue to pass his classes?
Cherry Blossom Viewing
Tama chan disappeared
The Midnight Beauty
A Mysterious Transfer Student
Ibuki Friendship Plan
The Magic of Happiness
Assuming you’ve got time to burn since you’re considering watching this show I personally recommend you continue your search, jun the “trap” is amusing and the only other truly funny character is a familiar like creature named Tama-Chan, otherwise if you’re interested in a show with no OP or ED by all means enjoy watching the paint dry, I hope you brought snacks because TR:DL happiness! Is dry toast, plain dry toast...be thankful it’s not just bread.
Story: The reason why I wanted to watch Happiness! was because I saw Jun Watarase and I thought he was hilarious. I soon realized that it was a horrible reason to watch a series. As awesome as Jun is, he cannot make up for the lack of interest I had in Happiness! Usually it’s a bad sign if you bored from the very first episode. It does attempt to have some type of plot but it just seems so lackluster. It attempts drama but you don’t care too much for the characters. The humor at most will get you chuckle (expect for Jun who is just hilarious). The beginning of the series seems episodic but then a deeper more dramatic twist story line comes up. However, it’s just so lackluster that you just go “eh”. The romance is there but it’s mediocre too. Girl wants to be with guy who saved her when she was younger. The only reason I finished was because I’m currently on streak where I’m trying to finish all the series I’ve stalled. This is what I get for starting a series without much knowledge of series and love for only one secondary character. Animation: The animation is nice but seems faded for the most part. The character design seems cookie cutter and not too memorable. The demons and the magic were disappointing. The animation was really bad but it was mediocre. It didn’t make my eyes bleed or anything but it’s definitely not memorable. Expect for Jun who is an adorable little cross-dressor. Sound: Bland, bland, bland. The opening and endings are ok but nothing special. The instrumental pieces may fit some scenes but sometimes just seem not of place. Some of the voices become whiny and really annoying. The rest of the voices fit but didn’t impress. The seiyuus did an ok job. Overall, the sound was pretty mediocre. Characters: Jun. Everyone is else is either annoying, cliché or forgettable. There was an attempt for development but it seemed overdramatic to me. Either they tried to hard or you just couldn’t take it that seriously. A good thing is that most of characters aren’t too annoying although they maybe be forgettable. Overall: Your love for Jun can only take you so far. I wouldn’t really recommend this to even someone who likes magic. There are much better, more interesting, and funnier series out there. Frankly, this one is just bland and you don’t feel happy at all. Just bored.
At it's root this anime is a lovelorn romance or a lost love/found love type of story. What probably holds it back is how the family tragedy caused separation might be hard to follow or be believable and it feels a bit on the low budget side which is evidenced in some scenes in several episodes of the series. Despite those drawbacks, this is a very enjoyable anime. Anyone who likes romances or love stories is sure to find appeal in this series. From the closing credits sequence you are treated to hints about the story with a shadowy figure that could be one of the male students, the true love Haruhi seeks, both one of the students she knows and her love, or it could even represent the unknown in the pursuit of love. As the story develops, you are drawn in by the characters and their interactions. Little twists and turns and some bits of irony are unveiled during the course of the series. By the end, you are treated to how one life affects another and the chain of events that put every one where they are. Some of the explanations are a tad clouded or even unreasonable or at least hard to understand logically as if not everything was fully planned out, but it still works fairly well. The songs seem perfect matches for the opening and closing credits. You dont get to see much other staff than one or two members or other students than the main which makes it feel in part like it is lower budget than the average anime. However, what you do get is enjoyable with bits of comedy sprinkled in mainly involving the class clown, Yuma's best friend, or Haruhi's best friend. They could almost be a comedy duo in another life. It sort of works as a complete series but would have worked better if it was the first season of many and the first season had served as a build up of various characters to serve in succeeding seasons. The very thing that works to make this a sweet simple story could also work against it leaving you either wanting more or how events or characters either effected their environment beyond school or how they might expand the story beyond the school grounds in succeeding seasons. Perhaps it's strenght is in it's relative simplicity as a love story with elements of magic. Which if you listen to the songs at the opening and close you might comprehend how the title, magic, and love all fit together. It is a cute story and though there is one flawed male character with a bit of a pervy nature, (Yuma's best friend), that isn't inherit in the character Yuma, thankfully. He comes off as mature, intelligent, cool headed, wise, and with a certain sadness reguarding his less than stellar past. Haruhi is an intellect as well being as she is the top magical student on the magic side of the high school. The story opens almost ironically on Valentine's day which has a connection to her past and what she seeks most. You easily understand how little contact one side of the school has with the other. And fate has a strong hand in the events of the series. Maybe it works best as a simple love story in high school.
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