Jumyou wo Kaitotte Moratta. Ichinen ni Tsuki, Ichimanen de.

Alt titles: I sold my life for ten thousand yen per year., Three Days of Happiness

Vol: 3; Ch: 16
2016 - 2017
4.358 out of 5 from 1,925 votes
Rank #178
Jumyou wo Kaitotte Moratta. Ichinen ni Tsuki, Ichimanen de.

A twenty-year-old with little hope for the future discovers a shop that buys lifespan, time, and health. 

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A good story can last a lifetime. While "Three Days of Happiness"'s story nor its philosophies and concepts are especially groundbreaking, it's execution of the simple premise is what drives the nail in the coffin. The art helped bring more atmosphere to melancholy mood rather than being flashy and taking away from it. Though, the art itself was objectively beautiful. There were many scenes that could only make their impact through the use of imagery, and that made scenes hit even more. The characters were, in all intents and purposes, very human. They imbodied the fears of a lot of those going about life, and they also harbored many of the regrets and characteristics of those who live. They were extremely relatable, and for as somber as the story was, they were extremely fun to read about. The story itself is written very well, to say the least. The characters would not have been as impactful nor as relatable if it weren't for the story. The plot itself isn't all too unpredictable, but the story is good in setting itself in ways that let the characters shine and for the readers to project themselves onto the protagonists. There was never a time where the story felt slow or fast, and it had a way of keeping the reader on their toes while also building up anxiety through clever foreshadowing. There is nothing like the story of "Three Days of Happiness". "Three Days of Happiness" is a book you get when an author can execute compelling philisophical concepts, create relatable characters, and have a very beautiful story with scenery to back it up. Not to mention the beautiful are. It's the full package. 10/10 (Perfect) 5 is average in this rating system.


Well, goddamn, this had an absolutely heart-breaking--and yet perfect--ending. If I was judging it solely based on its ability to wrap things up, it would easily be a 10/10. Though now that I've said that, I feel like I have to justify why the beginning and middle sections aren't on that same level and why I ultimately rated it as a 9/10. And honestly I'm not sure if I have a great answer to that. All I can say is that the whole time I was reading it--while I definitely appreciated it and enjoyed it--I never felt hooked in the way that 10/10 manga will hook me. It has a melancholy vibe and an emphasis on the idea of relationship neglect (that made me ache because I know I've neglected friendships as well). You see, Kusonoki has only had a few friendships and close relationships throughout feir life (most notably with feir childhood friend and rival Himeno), but fe has always taken them for granted and thought more of femself than about the emotional support others might need. It's a redemption storyline, where the first half shows Kusonoki's flimsy connections being broken down and the second half shows fem building up connections with Miyagi and ultimately with the community around fem. Miyagi is a cute girl around feir age who has been assigned by the magical shop to be feir observer during feir final months. Fe is invisible to everyone except Kusonoki. I really like how the invisibility was tied in to the plot--beautiful, emotionally gripping. Miyagi is honestly probably the single most vital aspect of this manga. Getting to know fem and slowly seeing fem open up from being robotically pragmatic was a joy and made the romance that much stronger. Though, of course, all that romantic adorability and happiness tempered by the fact that we know Kusonoki is going to die.

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