Happy Cafe is a fluffy, light-hearted romantic comedy. The series is generally mellow, with the insecurities of the three main characters providing equal parts angst and sweetness. The three main characters are well developed with fun idiosyncrasies and a bit more depth than your typical shoujo manga, which is what makes this series stand out. Uru, the female protagonist, also has a bit more spine than your typical shoujo manga heroine and the focus on happiness (rather than romance) leads to stories with a surprising amount of depth and emotional resonance for this genre. Happy Cafe is up there with furuba and hanakimi as a quality shoujo manga.
"Happy Café" is a lot what "Twilight" would be if it was about cooking instead of vampires. And no, that's not the complaint it likely sounds like I just made. Not that I want to give much credit to Stephanie Meyer's poorly written and executed vampire series, but in concept it was working with a formula that was historically sound and provided room for lots of conflicts. The fact that Meyer didn't make the conflicts as interesting as they could be doesn't mean these same conflicts can't be explored … more
Romance and happiness blossoms at the Happy Cafe! Uru takes her mother's remarriage as an opportunity to work part time at the Happy Cafe. There, she befriends Ichirou and Shindou, two of the most unsociable guys she's ever met! To make matters worse, it turns out that Uru is not exactly meant for the waitressing world, as she's a huge clutz. But as this hilarious shojo tale unfolds, true happiness - and even true love - lurk just around the corner.