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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan  
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Description
From Psycho Pandas:

"I have something I don't want to loseó
So much so that these terrible feelings have grown."

A pianist who attempted suicide 3 times, Juri, is taken to help her aunt at a prison where murderers who killed indiscriminately are sentenced to death. There, she meets a man named Yuu who took the lives of 3 people. A mother's antagonism--a brother's death... Together they embrace the violent rebellion in their hearts caused by the large, deep scars they carry. However, before long, they both embrace an earnest hope in their hearts. "I want to live..."

An adaptation of a novel by South Korea's most popular female novelist, Gong Ji-Young.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Часы нашего счастья
私たちの幸せな時間
우리들의 행복한 시간
Maundy Thursday [film title]
Our Happy Hours
Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan

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v.1 c.8 (end) by Storm in Heaven & Psycho Pandas (2048d ago)
v.1 c.7 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven (2101d ago)
v.1 c.6 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven (2132d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (1725 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.15 / 10.0
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February 15th 2015, 4:45am PST


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Year
2007

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hmmm....   
Rating: N/A
by Ginny
March 18th, 2015, 6:13pm
I didn't cry, but I was very close. I believe the other comments said it all. It's a light (or heavy. lol) read. It's not just a tragedy. The author wrote it not to entertain, but to invoke something from the reader. To get something out of them. Very interesting and good read.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2015, 6:20pm
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Why I think Watashitachi no Shiawasena Jikan doesnít deserve its high reputation   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
January 23rd, 2015, 4:16pm
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Disclaimer: There are a lot of people who have Watashitachi as their favorite manga. My arguments canít change that, as all reviews are ultimately subjective and have no truth values. I canít honestly say I donít judge your taste if you do like this work but it doesnít invalidate whatever emotional response you got from reading this manga. All I can do is lay out my arguments and hope people hear it.

Watashitachi no Shiasena Jikan, hereby referred to as Our Happy Time, is the manga adaption of a Korean bestselling novel by Gong Ji-young, an influential author with her own Wikipedia article. I have not read the novel and am only judging the manga, though Iíve read that it is mostly faithful to the novel. The manga was adapted and drawn by Sahara Mizu, whose art I really do enjoy. I have no qualms with the art so letís get into the story.

The most problematic aspect of the Our Happy Time, is how the author softballs the entire issue of the death penalty by portraying the murderer in an extremely favorable light. Yuu or Prisoner 3987 is set up on this page 1http://i.imgur.com/NEXgc5J.jpg to be a death row inmate who brutally murdered three innocent lives. He has a tragic back-story that stretches creditability: his abusive parents die leaving him to an abusive orphanage, which leads him running away to live on the streets, prostitute himself to support his blind little brother. His blind brother then commits suicide in order to not be a burden. 2 http://i.imgur.com/JLuitRj.jpg 3 http://i.imgur.com/GbyVMIe.jpg [4] http://i.imgur.com/4hHJY3A.jpg 5 http://i.imgur.com/5W7LcuV.jpg The warden speculates that his own unhappy family situation leads him to kill a happy mother and child out of jealously. 6http://i.imgur.com/UH8WWTF.jpg However Yuu then turns out to be so remorseful that the mere mention of the victims triggers a panic attack 7http://i.imgur.com/bI60gMC.jpg 8http://i.imgur.com/1F3y6ka.jpg All of the previous setup for his character turns out to be a smokescreen because Yuu reveals the actual villain of the story who forced him into the circumstances of his murders; the character I call sadistic faceless evil businessman.

Sadistic faceless evil businessman pays poor people to do violent acts like removing eyeballs just because heís evil and sadistic. 8http://i.imgur.com/fIqpiXR.jpg [9] http://i.imgur.com/fXQXgqf.jpg Meanwhile Yuu adopts a kid and his cat and stops working for the businessman. When the businessman finds this out, he sends out his goons to trick Yuuís adopted kid into a traffic accident when he tries to save his cat. 10http://i.imgur.com/zI9taMp.jpg The kid and the cat both die. So the obvious next logical step the businessman makes is try and get Yuu back into his game by offering to pay him to push a young mother and her daughter onto the train tracks. 11 http://i.imgur.com/9MM7UO3.jpg This leads to Yuu taking the young motherís umbrella which accidently knocks her off of the station while the train is coming. He kills the faceless sadistic evil businessman and is simply too late to help the young mother and her daughter. 12 http://i.imgur.com/qKyAbf1.jpg 13 http://i.imgur.com/oiKjVmP.jpg 14 http://i.imgur.com/SSrprWu.jpg

The obvious purpose of this convoluted series of events is to absolve Yuu of pretty much all blame for his crimes. The mother and her child were just accidents. The guy was evil and Yuu just wanted justice. Remember both the warden and the female lead, Juri, essentially say in page 1 and 5 that tragic back stories donít excuse the crime done; but that narrative is essentially doing the opposite for Yuu. Heís basically the most lovable murderer out there because of his blame being shifted to the awfully convenient villain in the sadistic faceless evil businessman. One defense of Yuu being forgiven is that the moral of the story is that victims ought to forgive their tormentors as a way to move on with their lives as evidenced by the Nunís story of her daughter getting killed by a drunk driver. [15] http://i.imgur.com/5LgWDOn.jpg 16 http://i.imgur.com/BxsqLYr.jpg 17 http://i.imgur.com/lZn21TO.jpg

But thatís exactly my point. Our Happy Time makes it so easy for us to forgive Yuu that this story is a strawman argument against the death penalty. Most murderers arenít tragic bishounens who are remorseful of their crimes. Our Happy Time doesnít have the courage to show the ugly side of this issue and still stand firm that the death penalty is wrong. Take this example of when Penn and Teller argued against the death penalty on their show ďBullshit.Ē They invited Polly Klaasís father on to tell the story of her kidnapping, rape, and murder by a remorseless criminal who then taunted him in court by claiming Polly said her father raped her as her last words. And Penn and Teller were still against the death penalty. Iím not saying you have to have such graphic examples in order to make a statement on social issues like the death penalty. But I canít take Our Happy Hours as a seriously as either a critique or tragedy when the author makes such a sloppy and poorly written attempt to defend her main character with an obvious villain to redirect his crimes and an overwrought tragic back story.

I don't object to stories having rape in it, its fine to address heavy real world issues. But I object to the way rape is used in Our Happy Time. Rape is used in here as an easy sympathy grabber for what is essentially an unsympathetic character. The female MC is beautiful, drives fast cars, and hasn't worked a day in her life. She's the perfect casting role for a k-pop star, but how do we make the audience relate to her? Throw in a rape plot. Throw in a horrible maternal figure to contrast a great maternal figure (a classic in K-dramas). Throw in some trite lines about forgiveness. What message is this actually sending? 18 http://imgur.com/a/ssVhX

I hate you but I forgive you is nonsensical. The vaguely Christian undertones here is that she becomes a bigger person and moves on by forgiving her mother. But that doesn't have any consequences besides letting a rape accomplice off scot-free. Forgiving your torturer isn't a necessary step to moving on it life, and I think itís incredibly trite and cliché to think so. Will she invite her mother to her eventual children's birthdays? Or more cynically is this an agreement to keep paying the bills for her socialite lifestyle? This form of forgiveness is meaningless. I donít think Our Happy Time does enough to answer this very important moral question; why should you forgive your rapist? Why is moving on without forgiveness not possible?

I want you to imagine an alternative Our Happy Time in which Yuu really did intend to kill that innocent mother in the train station; an alternative story where his counsel wasnít a beautiful young woman who also was his childhood idol. Could you find it in your heart to comfort and forgive a ruthless killer without the sappy romantic tragedy and blame shifting? I think an emotional complex and morally well reasoned story could convince me to so. But Our Happy Time isnít that story.


... Last updated on January 23rd, 2015, 4:17pm
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OH MY FNKJSHKFBBWKN   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Pipsqueak787
January 3rd, 2015, 4:51am
I read this all in one sitting at 2:00 in the morning in the dark in bed. I could already tell that this was gonna to be a good manga, but this... this hits you where is hurts. Both the tragic stories and unfortunate events that occur add up to an emotional roller coaster that makes you end up in a pile of tears and snotty tissues (at least for me it did). I honestly do not know in anyway how the author could possibly achieve a more beautiful story than this. It is a short read so you don't have to invest too much of your time into reading this, but although the story is short, you fall in love with its plot and characters all the same. For those who cannot bare the burden of tragic and heart wrenching stories, I do not recommend this manga to you.

... Last updated on January 3rd, 2015, 4:52am
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Couldn't Hold Back the Tears!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by midgetgem1807
December 19th, 2014, 5:12pm
I came across this manga without reading any of the reviews first, so I didn't know the ending. I honestly thought it would be typical romance where it's all "happily ever after" in the end, but I was completely wrong. I have never cried so much at a manga in my life. It was absolutely heart wretching, but an absolute fantastic read. The mangaka managed to portray the prisoner character perfectly so you detested, loved and then cried over him along with the main female lead. After reading it the first time and knowing his story, I instantly re-read the manga again. Just because you know the ending, doesn't mean you won't cry again. A manga that I will always remember. I would definitely recommend 10/10, but get your tissues ready!
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the tears are real   
Rating: N/A
by otakuness
December 1st, 2014, 8:55am
at first i was very skeptic because i didnt know what y'all are talking about.. some tear jerker? i couldnt see it really in the first chapter. the characters didnt seem lovable or pitiful to me but come the third chapters and so on. oh god. i started having this grabby hands feeling like i dont want to turn the page. im feeling the uncertainty as well. i know that this one doesnt have a happy ending, well, i know what ive signed up for but i didnt know that it's gonna be this good! i need to get a hold of myself because im sobbing in front of my laptop. this is is so deep and beautiful and it could still be golden even without the romance, just from the philosophy stuff, it's already awesome.
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Tear Jerker   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tipz
November 20th, 2014, 12:02am
It's hard to sympathize with any criminal that has done harm to others without a second thought... But it goes to show we don't know everything that we judge about on the surface.. Very realistically tragic story.. Yet very beautiful. The artistry was very ugly/beautiful. It reminds me of Soul Eater. Which I love !

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it starts with a woman that tries to kill herself.. With no sympathy from her cold hearted mother she gets out of the hospital.. Her nun auntie is a big part of her life and convinces her to go with her to talk to one of the inmates at a jail... On the flip side there is an inmate hhst has killed a woman and child as well as a man all in one go.. He is jailed on death row.. It shows the story of him prostituting himself to old ladies to get money for him and his brother. In their meeting it didn't go so well.. But she peaks his interest when he realized that she was he famous pianist girl that he watched play the piano before.. She was also convinced by her aunt to go again to see him.. By this time she almost killed her mother over an once deny that happened when she was younger hhst she never forgave her for.. Her piano tutor raped and beat her!! She ends up at the jail and talks to him about it.. Slowly they needed up getting along very well.. Every Thursday they would talk all the time.. And then he started to write to her as well. He then finally tells her the true story.. That the man he killed was paying money to street people to murder and harm other people and he orphan boy he took in ended up being killed in one of those ways... In his dispare he sees he man and knew it was his flight that killed the boy and in a rage he took the umbrella from the woman next to him and stabbed the guy in the head with it.. What he didn't know is that when he did that he accidentally pushed the woman holding the child and hey fell onto the train track.. And by the time he looked it was too late they were ran over by the train. So that was the true story but he was still willing to die for whatever turn the public thought. It wasn't as though anyone would believe him anyway.. From then on she started to change aswell for the better... They end up falling deeply for eavhother but it was obviously bitter sweet. A week before his birthday he was to be out to death.. His birthday wish was for her to play the piano one more time for him because she stopped after that incident... So while he was walking to his death.. The kind hearted man that guarded him invited her to play with him one more time... With that they parted ways.


... Last updated on January 24th, 2015, 2:02pm
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Unforgettable   
Rating: N/A
by Jan19
November 19th, 2014, 11:55pm
I don't like tragedies.I don't like how pitiful the story makes their characters to be. But this one is different. The characters feel alive. Despite the tragedy, we see this understanding of grace and the bond that ties the characters together.
The story is simple but unforgettable.
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Dark yet full of hope...   
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by twistedlogic
September 8th, 2014, 3:30am
Unique art and brilliant story. I can't believe that I only found this recently. I expected it to be tragic but I can't believe I cried(kind of). It was a first. And the subtle romance was unlike any other. I greatly recommend it. 10/10
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Tragically Beautiful   
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by .Chi-chan
July 27th, 2014, 7:10am
At first, I just read this because someone said it's heart wrenching like the other one shot made by the same artist, so I tried reading this not expecting anything about the story. But first chapter.. up until the last, they were all bittersweet and heartbreaking. The realistic taste involved had become unbearable, but professionally done.

I CRIED. Couldn't hold the tears any longer, I was at least expecting they can escape their fates.. two broken people met, and their lives and beliefs were changed. I can give the story and art 10/10. Especially the story, because it was a masterpiece and a hidden jewel.

Stories like that wasn't really my cup of tea, but it was just brilliant. Even if the romance is subtle I can feel their emotions, their pain and needs. Their love is purely platonic. And the ending.. was just tragically beautiful. Argh I love it D:
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A Masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jinsss
July 21st, 2014, 11:09pm
A unique but simple story that will break your heart from the first chapter through out the last one. I usually don't give out 10/10 ratings, but this one definitely deserves it. This manga will always be somewhere in my heart. It's worth a try, just read it.
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