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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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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.8 (end) by Storm in Heaven & Psycho Pandas (1947d ago)
v.1 c.7 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven (1999d ago)
v.1 c.6 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven (2030d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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Yes

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (1661 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.15 / 10.0
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December 5th 2014, 5:27am PST


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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Bunch (Coamix)

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Monthly Pos #81 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #83 increased(+9)
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if you didn't like it, you didn't get it.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lylicagalatea
September 6th, 2010, 3:13am
I don't know what the people who didn't like this manga were expecting, but I truly believe they missed the whole point of it.
Sure there was romance, sure there was drama, crimes and sorrow but this was not the point of the story!
The point was that the two protagonists had shut themselves in because they had been hurt by everyone around them and by life in general. They didn't want to open to others because they felt they would only show hypocrit pity or disgust, without truly wanting to get to know them. They wanted to die because they thought their mere presence on earth was source of sorrow for others. They thought life had no meaning and they never felt emotions like happiness or love.
Then they finally find someone who doesn't show pity who understands without judging and that needs them.
This is the whole point: they find someone who wants them to live! Someone who cares for their existence in a true sincere way. They don't see a criminal and a rich girl, they see the person beyond those definitions.
And the ending is deeply sad but invigorating: he wants her to live, he gives her the strength to break with her past and go on with her life. And she shows him emotions, something he had shut himself off from, he has come to terms with dying a long time ago but now for the first time he cherishes his life and life in general. It is a gift that even if for a short time has allowed him to "live" instead of being a walking-dead. He got to know love and happiness at the end of a life of sorrow.

If you didn't get this then you didn't look deep enough. Or maybe you want everything to be spelled out clearly because you never reflect on what you see.

Some of you kept seeing stereotypes "the criminal", "the rich girl with a dark past". You are doing the same mistake of the people in the manga. You are not going beyond these definitions. Was the criminal a cruel serial killer who enjoyed killing? No. He was a good man who had tried to care for others and give them a better life but was scarred by life and the really cruel person who had paid for the second child to be killed. I'm not saying he's not a criminal anymore, but that beyond a criminal's face there is a person that doesn't necessarily have to be a demon.
You should look deeper otherwise you remain a shallow person yourself.

... Last updated on September 6th, 2010, 3:19am
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Simply Amazing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by WhimsicalDreamer
October 25th, 2012, 6:19am
This is one of those rare series that brought me to tears, towards the end, I was laughing at myself for crying and being such a baby. But seriously, this is one of, if not the best manga I have read. It was short, but the characterisation was done beautifully, the ending was realistic and well executed. I must commend the author for such a well thought out story and the illustrator was really good at capturing the emotions that came with the story.

A definite recommend for anyone out there who loves romantic tragedy.
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moving...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wintermelon
June 14th, 2011, 5:49pm
This is one of the most touching stories I have read... Itís no wonder that the novelist is famous! Although I didn't read the novel, I would say that this manga could have done no better getting the many messages across. The art and style is beautiful and complements the gentle love that develops between the two characters.

I think this story is special because it doesn't make things out of proportion - the most captivating aspect is the amount of realism embedded in the story. The message is clear that these things happen and the various feelings of victims/perpetrators do occur. It has opened my eyes to situations I could never imagine, in a bewitchingly realistic fashion. For example, the full horror of being a child prostitute..not only do you see the horror from a third person perspective, but you can experience the sadness and also the small joys they can find in life.

Surprisingly, this story doesn't make you feel you have just sunk yourself into all hells on earth, but rather you see the working emotions people feel daily. It shows how deep pain which wrecks a person's desire for life, can be unravelled with patience and by opening ones' heart.. It shows the corruptness and darkness of life that can pull people to think of ending their lives, and the penetrating hope and love which brings people to overcome this.

Many people have expressed their likes or dislikes for this...I personally think that hope and love exists and that they are main elements which help pull people through times of suffering. Otherwise, other than madness, what else keeps people living when their life feels completely abused?
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The warden/Inoue pointed out that Yuu's life was peppered with sadness and grief, and unlike some of the other convicts Inoue had come across, Yuu is shatteringly remorseful of his mistake. He was nearly hyperventilating from his guilt when Juri mentioned his crime - he respected life and had hope in it.
This story isn't saying that everyone is the same..its simply putting forth the idea that people can be saved from their pain and move on in life.
Moreover, I dont think this story is cliché about the unfairness of law/society because if it was: then why wasn't the prison warden this cold-hearted jerk that prevented clergies to visit Yuu, rather than Inoue-the-warden who played music for Yuu and arranged the last scene? And if it was, it wouldn't bother portraying the pain of the victims feel too, from third person as well as from Aunt Monica - it would have just showed the courthouse judging, devoid of emotions. But it didn't and showed the complicated feelings from both sides. More importantly,
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Yuu Wanted to be punished for his crime, and alleviate the pain of the victim's family - and although he was sad to die in the end, if he wasn't in prison, then he wouldn't have been able to meet Juri and known joy again.
The ending portrays the flaws of real society...the world isn't so idealistic that every criminal would be captured and put into prison, and sometimes the wrong people are put into prison to compensate the pain of others..
Since some issues are so sensitive, it is ultimately the choice of the victim. Sometimes you just cant expect the victim to save themselves as well as be a hero.

Brief thoughts on the subplots/backgrounds of Juri, and a little of Yuu:
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Rape is definitely a sensitive topic, and no act is the definite "correct" way. In many incidents, rape is not reported simply because the victim feels ashamed or traumatised of what happened to bring themselves to confront the experience. It probably took a lot of courage for her to tell her mother, and probably just the spur of the moment...If Juri's mother tells her that she wonít be believed in, it would only increase Juri's insecurity and exacerbate her feelings and most likely decrease the chances that she would report the incident. As for Yuu, I personally haven't read manga that has a character with the history of child prostitution, and he wasn't a hero - he said so himself he thought how much better off he'd be without his brother, but the warmth during cold times kept him going. Yuu simply never gave up hope in life despite all the pain. Similarly, Juri also didn't lose all hope in living, she asked Aunt Monica to pray for her to not want to die again. I don't see the story cliché.

Hmm : | This story made me cry whilst reading the end, and afterwards... but a sweet feeling is left behind because to its core, this story is about two people who had lost most of their hope in life, but by finding each other they rediscover happiness, love, and learns to see the joy in living.

... Last updated on June 15th, 2011, 4:30am
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Lovely   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Persimmons
March 25th, 2008, 12:32pm
The relationship between the two characters is really sad in a lot of ways, but also very touching. Yuu and Juri's relationship is a bit strange, but at the same time I think a lot of people can probably relate to different aspects of it as well. One of the really interesting parts of this manga is the discussion about the use of the death penalty that occurs between Juri and the warden Inoue, and also how each of the characters seem to possess their own particular variety of selfishness.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2009, 11:39pm
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A story that makes you think   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Serendipity_
November 10th, 2013, 3:05pm
I'm not going to write a long summary, because that would ruin the whole story. But I will write that this manga is sad, that it's beautiful, that I cried at the ending and that I cried pretty much through the whole Manga when I understood where the story was leading, and I will also write that I haven't read something as touching as this for a long while.

Read it, just do.
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It grabs your heart and squeezes it really painfully   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SoaRin
August 8th, 2013, 1:35pm
Even after finishing reading this, tears are still flowing down my face. Well, I knew what I was getting myself into. And still, I can't help imagining what their pain must have felt like. All my problems seem so insignificant in comparison.

Since this is an adaptation from a novel, there's no point in giving a thorough critique on the manga. The plot was well executed. The characters were amazing. Especially the prison guard guy. He's my hero.

Well, that's all I wanted to say in this incoherent and emotional review of mine.
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a beautiful tragedy.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by aominedaiki
January 21st, 2012, 10:05am
this is one of the most beautiful mangas i`ve ever read. it has honestly made me think a lot, about life, about living. i`ve thought about suicide before on many occasions, and i`ve attempted to commit the act twice because i just didn`t want to live in pain for another day, but this made me think, if i did, how would my family feel if they found me, hanging from the ceiling of my room, or with a bloody wrist. how would my family live, would they lose their smile because of me? i am also a victim of sexual harassment. my dad, when i was younger, would strip me of my clothing, and run his manhood in areas he should never have access to, but it happened anyway. i was only seven then, i did not understand anything. when i was older, and mature enough to understand what he did, i felt disgusted in myself, that i let him do that to me. that, and all the abuse and peer pressure that i had surrounding me, was the reason why i first tried to take my life. i ate a full pack of those silica gel packets that you find in your shoebox. nothing happened to me, of course. but i was only about 11 then, and i was already thinking so negatively. i don`t what would have happened if they were toxic, and i died then. i don`t want to think about it much either. but anyways, i totally recommend this, it`s a beautiful tragedy. just remember to have a tissue box with you, or else your sleeves would be completely soaked, like mine was during the first half of the manga.
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Almost too good to be true.   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by Bloodfall
February 15th, 2010, 12:44am
There are only a few manga that succeed in putting some feeling inside of your heart.
I mean, maybe movies or books are better ways to make people excited, but man, this manga own 'em all.

I didn't thought it was a lame melodrama like some have stated.
The characters are deep and complex, and it really succeeds in making you feel like they feel.
The feeling you have by it end, is something no manga have made me feel so far.

The only thing I've felt uncomfortable about the manga, is that the time-line is not clear. I couldn't find exactly how much time elapsed in the history, but it's not important to the development, and probably, the story were made to feel like that.

Replying to the bro in the comment below.
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Bro, if you're reading this thing thinking there were any "good guy/bad guy" thing, that there was some redemption at all, I think you're doing it wrong.
The history is about how Yuu and Juri, discovers in each other, that there could have been a place for each on of them in life, that life is something worth of. If you think that it's JUST some tragic love thing, I think you're doing it epically wrong.

Probably, you were not in the mood to read this kind of story.
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Touching, Heartfelt, and Painfully Realistic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ChuChu-chan
June 14th, 2013, 10:44pm
I'm crying. I just finished this manga and I'm still crying. Even in Chapter 7
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I was hoping that Yuu's sentence would be taken back, but in my heart I knew that he was going to die.
It's not every day that you can read something so painfully deep and beautiful.
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Poweful.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KiraDream
September 1st, 2012, 11:41pm
I just wanted to say that this is one of those stories that you need to read, yes or yes. It is powerful, heartbreaking but so beautiful. Even if you don't like sad themes, I think that this manga needs to be read because the story of these two characters is told in such a way, that you will remember it forever. How they change and save each other is beautiful.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2012, 11:41pm
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