Welcome to the Happy Café, where romance and happiness are the specials of the day! Meet Uru: She’s a little short, a bit disorganized, often is mistaken for an elementary school kid, and lives by herself after her mother gets remarried. When she decides to pay the bills by working part-time at the Happy Café, she meets Ichiro and Shindo, two of the most unsociable guys she’s ever met! And to make matters worse, it turns out that Uru is not exactly meant for the waitress world, as she’s a HUGE klutz. But as this hilarious shojo tale unfolds, 1 happiness–and even true love–might be lurking just around the corner…
Kou Matsuzuki’s Happy Cafe takes place in Café Bonheur where little, height wise, sixteen year old Uru decides to seek employment after witnessing customers the day before leaving the cafe in such lifted spirits. Little does she realize the two men that work there, Ichiro and Shindo, are not the rays of sunshine she thought the customers sought after.
Given the premise I was half expecting it to be loaded with slap stick humor of a ditzy girl breaking dishes in a cafe but was very pleased to see a blend of both comedic and serious moments. Not much can be said about the backgrounds for panels and during the first chapter I keep getting Ichiro and Shindo mixed up mainly because the only main difference between the physical features of the characters are their hairstyles. Though at times the simplistic art style gives way to the character’s expressions as called for in a particular moment, from smiling faces in front of the customers to the few, but worth taking note of, times when Uru is caught off guard by just a few words from Shindo. Also soaked in the moments where either the Ichiro or Shindo had a smile on their faces. One aspect that wasn’t presented in the first volume was how she juggles school, working part-time, and living on her own; though I think the last chapter eludes to this as she studying for exams.
Uru’s main ambition is to be able to do her best to make others happy, whether they be customers in the cafe or her co-workers. And I feel that she does her job quite while. After the first chapter I felt happy while seeing the plot of this series begin to unfold. This is a new series for 2010 that I will be happily keeping up with as I anxiously await the release of the next volume.