I… I don’t even know. It’s a manga about people. People who die. People who die and are reborn. People who die and are reborn for a week. People who die and are reborn for a week as kittens. “Start With A Happy Ending” is this manga.
Before my usual “analysis”, I want to talk about what happened to be yesterday.
I was reading this in the college cafeteria, hanging out with my Breakfast Club. One guy in our group notices the cover.
“THAT’S A HENTAI!”
Now, you know me. I may read manga about nipple-sucking Christians, gay airports, and stories that always amount to panties, but… well, you know I’m not stupid enough to read them in public. Someone could see the cover.
So I read things with a more pleasant cover. Look at it. Isn’t it nice? Isn’t it? Does this look like a hentai? At all? No. It does not.
“Um… no it’s not. It’s just a manga.”
“Of course it is! Do you know what a ‘Happy Ending’ is?”
“You have a dirty mind, son.”
“Plus, she’s barely dressed!”
“Not only is she dressed, she’s also covering herself with more clothes.”
“Lemme take a picture of you reading that hentai!”
So I had no choice but to put it away. Why do I share this story? Because I don’t like this ignorance. I’m not the Hentai Connoisseur, I’m the Manga Connoisseur. Even though the title “Nipple Wizard” interests me, I’m not willing to go out of my way to buy it. I try to keep things here marginally clean.
Is this a “Ohhhhh, you just say that since you love Japan!” I don’t. I’ve never been to Japan. I could hate it. Maybe it smells like Limburger cheese. But it is very photogenic. So I don’t like it when people think such a beautifully photographed country is nothing but smut. Did you know that they ban live-action porn? That’s why hentai exists. I don’t know, maybe I’m just misinformed. But the only one with a dirty mind here, Mr. John Bender, is YOU.
Now, the review.
Plot: People die and are reborn as kittens! They have one week to realize what their lives have been missing, and better the way of life for the people that they love! It’s all very sweet and cute.
Except, oh, I don’t know…
SOMEONE DIES IN EACH CHAPTER.
It’s kinda disturbing, really. Like, a few high school girls die. It’s upsetting.
Sure, they have a happy ending, but the beginning is a huge bummer. So the title is a lie.
Actually, the Cat God is the one who gives people the option to mend their ways. I must say, this is probably the best religious belief that I’ve ever heard. All you have to do is be kind to cats and you get a satisfactory afterlife? Sign me up! Plus, kittens.
You might wonder, “What do they care if they don’t realize what was missing in their lives? They’re still dead.” They explain that, actually. See, if you don’t mend your ways and realize what went wrong, you’ll fall into the same lifestyle as the previous one. So it’s nice to have that explained.
What I’m mixed on is the fact that they stay dead. Doesn’t it seem like a ton of… well, doesn’t it seem like everything ever has had the dead character come back to life? Okay, most things. Half. This manga keeps them dead.
Now, I like it because it’s honest. It doesn’t… *AHEM!* pussyfoot around the issue. Then again, it’s still a huge bummer to see this many people dying. Oh well.
Also, the endings differ. Some choose to be reincarnated as kittens. Others to live as humans, meeting their past friends later in life. That’s-a nice-a variety-a!
There’s not much else to say, but this: The art style is weak, but cute. The plots follow the same pattern, but it’s not a bad pattern. It’s a huge bummer, but very sweet. It’s all a contradiction, but it still works.
Overall Opinion: It’s very sweet, but if you don’t like kittens, stay away. You fiend.
Rating: A BOX FULL OF KITTENS!