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Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan  
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Maundy Thursday [film title]
Mutlu Günlerimiz
Our Happy Hours
Watashi-tachi no Shiawase na Jikan
Часы нашего счастья
ساعاتنا السعيدة
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v.1 c.8 (end) by Storm in Heaven & Psycho Pandas over 9 years ago
v.1 c.7 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven over 9 years ago
v.1 c.6 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven over 9 years ago
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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (2121 votes)
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by moonmystery
December 23rd, 2017, 11:36pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
It is a story about forgiveness, pain, and longing. I am sobbing. What touched me? I think it was hearing the girl's past that got to me first. It was the rekindling of hope and the inevitability of despair that was so heartwrenching. Does anyone have the right to take away another's life? Even the life of one who has caused great pain? The emptiness of ideological justice and the hypocritical ways we attempt to see such justice served?

I deeply empathize with all who yearn for life, be it a suppressed, fearful whisper or a passionate craze. So seeing hope birthed to two characters marooned in the depths of their personal tragic labyrinths had me completely invested. Like Romeo and Juliet's ominous foreshadowing, I knew from the beginning this was not going to end blissfully.

And it didn't. I cried a shit ton.
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ehhhhhhHHhhhh :'( gehhhHhHhhhh  
by Teabag
January 31st, 2017, 10:21pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I was seriously crying for 30 straight minutes when I finished this manga.
I can't emphasize how touching and heartbreaking this story was. This truly deserves to be acknowledged by everyone.
Before this manga, I would have not given it a second thought about the death penalty, and the prisoners that are killed for their crimes, but after reading this, I began to realize that everyone, not just normal citizens, but also criminals, murderers, and thieves were humans as well.
I can already tell, this is one of the few manga that I will never, ever forget.
In other words, this manga was short, sweet, and tragically beautiful.
(sorry this review sounds like a weird philosophical book)
But I am still bawling my eyeballs out

... Last updated on January 31st, 2017, 10:22pm
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One of the fave  
by suziah
September 22nd, 2015, 8:24am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Even after reading it the third time, it still made me shed a lot of tears. Something that's rare for me. One piece is another good manga that has those touchy feely moments that also made me cry. The ending is superb, it brought closure which is rare for a lot of the manga I have read in the past. It gives you that satisfied feeling when you finish a good meal. Happy and satisfied. I did wish it was just a little bit longer with a lot more back story.
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It's about how we all have our own issues, but the point is to not let the past dictate your future.  
by tameflame
June 20th, 2015, 4:10am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
An excellently paced read which evokes much thought into the human condition. Here we have characters that have suffered greatly in the circumstances that surround them. When neither thought there was hope for redemption, they learn to empathize with eachother, and in the process begin to understand that we all have our pasts, and we all may suffer with our darkest demons, yet we must also learn to overcome these issues that plague us.

These characters learn to connect with eachother, and finally earn their redemption in the face of tragic circumstance.

... Last updated on November 25th, 2018, 6:55pm
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Don't read it  
by kagayaki_kaya
June 5th, 2015, 3:56pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Don't read it if you hate dark, bad-end story.
This manga will make you have a gloomy day because of the tragic ending.
:') but i love it!! huwaaaa

too tragic!!!!!!

... Last updated on July 29th, 2015, 2:50pm
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by Ginny
March 18th, 2015, 6:13pm
Rating: N/A
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 doesn’t deserve its high reputation  
by Fundefined
January 23rd, 2015, 4:16pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
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Disclaimer: There are a lot of people who have Watashitachi as their favorite manga. My arguments can’t change that, as all reviews are ultimately subjective and have no truth values. I can’t honestly say I don’t judge your taste if you do like this work but it doesn’t 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 I’ve 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 let’s 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 1 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 3 [4] 5 The warden speculates that his own unhappy family situation leads him to kill a happy mother and child out of jealously. 6 However Yuu then turns out to be so remorseful that the mere mention of the victims triggers a panic attack 7 8 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 he’s evil and sadistic. 8 [9] 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 Yuu’s adopted kid into a traffic accident when he tries to save his cat. 10 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 This leads to Yuu taking the young mother’s 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 13 14

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 don’t excuse the crime done; but that narrative is essentially doing the opposite for Yuu. He’s 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 Nun’s story of her daughter getting killed by a drunk driver. [15] 16 17

But that’s 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 aren’t tragic bishounens who are remorseful of their crimes. Our Happy Time doesn’t 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 “Bullshit.” They invited Polly Klaas’s 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. I’m not saying you have to have such graphic examples in order to make a statement on social issues like the death penalty. But I can’t 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

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 it’s 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 don’t 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 wasn’t 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 isn’t that story.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2015, 4:17pm
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by Pipsqueak787
January 3rd, 2015, 4:51am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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!  
by midgetgem1807
December 19th, 2014, 5:12pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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  
by otakuness
December 1st, 2014, 8:55am
Rating: N/A
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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