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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 over 8 years ago
v.1 c.7 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven over 8 years ago
v.1 c.6 by Psycho Pandas & Storm in Heaven over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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Yes

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Average: 9.1 / 10.0 (2061 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.06 / 10.0
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April 2nd 2017, 6:18pm PST


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Year
2007

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Bunch (Coamix)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Weekly Pos #129 decreased(-15)
Monthly Pos #90 decreased(-14)
3 Month Pos #83 decreased(-20)
6 Month Pos #55 increased(+1)
Year Pos #54 increased(+5)

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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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Breathtaking   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xxkoffeexx
June 2nd, 2011, 2:04pm
Amazing work. The art was great, the characters were tangible, but the story line and dialogue was what really struck me. This is a world that so little people can witness or understand. I was reluctant to read this because I felt it would make me cry, and so I put it off in an attempt to save me heartbreak and tears or whatever. When I did read it, I read all the chapters in one go.

It didn't cast a depressing shadow over me, like I expected, but slowly realized that this was reality. Death, life, regret, love... all of these and more must exist in order to reflect what living is really about. And this manga truly shows this. In the end, I did cry, if only because it was beautiful and it made me want to go out and live life like tomorrow is my last. Absolutely wonderful story.
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Beautiful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Leatha
May 1st, 2011, 1:29pm
I think it's a beautiful story, it made me cry so much !!
I haven't been that touched by a manga or a book in a long time...
It is about two people teaching each other about life and bringing each other hope and happiness....

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I could help but hope Yuu would be save while at the same time, I think the story is so much better this way...
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Amazing but imperfect   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
April 1st, 2011, 5:22pm
I enjoyed reading this story a lot. It was deep and had the kind of melancholic undertone I like to read from time to time.
Others have probably stressed the virtues of the story better than I have, so I'll try to point out the flaws that made this manga a 9 in my book, not a 10.

First of all, the whole aspect of religion in the story does not seem to be particularly well done. I am very critical of religion, so I was going to be annoyed by this no matter the plot, but e.g. the Christian baptism of Yuu just seemed to have no purpose in the story. It didn't feel right. Or rather, it seemed to me that Yuu changed in enough subtle ways that a story-telling device as blunt as a major religious rite seemed to cheapen his growth as a character. That he called himself Augustine made me even blink with incredulity.
However, this is really only nitpicking or personal preference. The second issue annoys me far more because it strikes at the heart of the message this manga wants to send:
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There is so much wrong with the rape subplot. That Juri's mother hates her daughter so much she tells her to basically live with being raped is horrible but believable from her twisted point of view. That "nobody would believe Juri", is not.
A major theme of the story is forgiveness, and I agree that forgiving her mother rather than killing her seems to be the better choice - if we are limited to these two options. However, why was the option "call the police" never discussed? Juri was bleeding and had just been raped; her rapist would never have gotten away with it if she had reported it right away...
In the real world, one of the dangers of not reporting rapists is that they will just do it again. (Look up "Catholic sex abuse cases" on Wikipedia for a recent and ongoing example.) As far as I see, it is no different here. In fact, the rapist still lives, is still free and apparently came by to her mother's house in chapter 3. That makes no sense whatsoever.
Forgiving her mother in the twisted circumstances described in this manga makes no sense and seems to fall into one of the great dangers of the Christian call for forgiveness, which calls for it before any reparations or restitutions or whatever are made. That's not how it works, and it's not justice. Before forgiveness there must be restitution - be it putting the rapist into prison or (since we are in a manga) him having a mysterious accident or whatever.
Due to the absence thereof, Juri's forgiveness is cheapened and sends the message that "it's okay to be evil - there won't be any consequences" (both in the cases of the mother and of the rapist).

(On a sidenote, this is my first review on this site. So while I don't consider this manga a true masterpiece due to its faults, I do consider it as something quite special.)

... Last updated on April 1st, 2011, 5:28pm
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:'(   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ultimatepunk
January 30th, 2011, 7:10am
I was reluctant to even read this, because it didn't seem like something that was worth reading, but it popped up in suggestions quite a few times and I thought I should give it a chance. The drawing is not fantastical, but the story was just so amazing. Sure this may be just my opinion and many may disagree, but this was a good read and just tragic at the same time. As soon as I realized what was going to happen, I couldn't stop crying... silly i know...

Pick it up, you may just gain some insight on humanity. I know i did...As soon as I realized what was going to happen, I couldn't stop crying... silly i know...
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simply a master piece of art   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by asashou
December 31st, 2010, 4:04pm
a great story that you can't not love. here you can see the true meaning of pure love between two souls, that life isn't a fantasy dream -but in the same time not as dark as some mangaka like to show -, and that we are not angels yet we are not demons. in the last chapter i cried a lot wishing for yuu not to die but in the same time i knew that i would have hated it if it was for another ending -it was the only natural ending with all its sorrows-. and lastly i found the letter yuu wrote for juri simply a piece of art.
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Touching   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
December 27th, 2010, 7:11pm
I think this manga is one you have to kind of ignore common sense to really enjoy. Sure it's a stretch to
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meet your love on death-row, and etc etc
, but it's it was otherwise a really touching story. It's optimism wasn't in the punishment and disposal of "bad guys" but recognizing life and forgiveness.

Also, to those who are unhappy about the bad guys that aren't punished (piano tutor, bullies...), this manga isn't about that. In the end, Juri learns to forgive and live (and let live). Is that not the moral of the story? Also, with a hit-and-miss justice system, there ARE going to be those who get away (many do) and those who are perhaps wrongly convicted. That's just the unfortunate truth. Without bending/fictionalizing that truth, I think this manga did a touching job on the humane side of it all.

... Last updated on December 27th, 2010, 7:13pm
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Augustine   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shoufuu
December 15th, 2010, 9:06pm
It just pains me to think that Yuu will probably not have a decent burial, no matter how much that policeman had done for him...I feel bad for the policeman, too...It always hurts you the most getting close to someone who's going to die. Augustine...I like the name...it's nice... As well as Sylvia.
...It has a perfect ending...though sad. :'(
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Good one!   
Rating: N/A
by AceD
September 28th, 2010, 5:29am
Just one thing, its not about romance. No hypes, no cliches.

Short, sweet and Sad. True to life, u know the ending but u would still be sad.

Go for it! 8 chapters will just take half an hour of ur life, but the message will prevail ur entire life.
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I cry after reading this manga   
Rating: N/A
by rain_tears0123
September 22nd, 2010, 9:49am
I have no word more to say about my feeling. I don't care much about the punishment for anyone. I feel sad, while so much warm air and happiness beacause of the pictures of people who heal each other's heart. I love the art. It looks like a raw. Somehow, I saw the feeling and the world of two characters that way: not real, fantasy among their pain, past and happiness they gave each other. I can't stop crying for their feeling, hurtful and so much warm.
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