Producer Kadokawa released a promotional stream announcing an adaptation of the historical romance manga My Happy Marriage. Voice actors Kaito Ishikawa (My Hero Academia’s Tenya Iida) and Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer’s Kanao Tsuyuri) took to the stage in formal kimonos.
As of now, there is no set My Happy Marriage release date, but it could be as early as this year — especially with the first volume of the English manga releasing this fall.
Based on writer Akumi Agitogi and artist Rito Kousaka’s 2018 manga by the same name, Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon is a mash-up of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast in which a young woman is forced by her cruel step-family to wed a man notorious for his cold, intense nature.
Kinema Citrus — best known for their recent work on Made in Abyss Season 2 and The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 2 — will animate the series. That alone should be enough to tell fans that the series is in good hands, especially since the newly released PV showcases some of the gorgeous visuals featured in the anime.
Those who live in Tokyo can also show their support of the new anime while enjoying tasty treats and merch of My Happy Marriage characters. From April 19th to May 8th, Princess Café in Toshima City is hosting a Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon event. Stop in for breakfast or snack on some sweets such as a fruit parfait or a matcha mont blanc — all served with an exclusive My Happy Marriage coaster.
Along with festive sodas in violet and blue Curaçao flavors, the café also offers pins, keychain charms, and acrylic stands of Miyo Saimori, Kiyoka Kudou, and the rest of the My Happy Marriage cast. There are also exclusive art prints of characters designed as wedding invitations that are perfect for collectors.
What is the plot of My Happy Marriage?
Often referred to as a ‘Cinderella tale’, Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon tells the story of Miyo Saimori, a child of a loveless marriage. Born out of an arranged union, Miyo’s life is flipped upside down after the death of her mother. Able to reconnect with and wed the true love of his life, Miyo’s father pushes her to the wayside in favor of his new family.
With a cruel stepmother, a spoiled step-sister, and a spineless father, Miyo finds herself as a servant of her own household as her family members degrade and torment her. It’s only when she reaches the age of nineteen that she’s hopeful to wed to leave her family home. The dilemma, however, is that Miyo has no prospective suitors.
To add more insult to injury, Miyo’s crush Kouji Tatsuishi — the only person to stick up for her and show her any kindness — is arranged to marry her step-sister Kaya. Miyo is, instead, forced by her father to marry into the Kudou family and to a man notorious for his coldness.
While fantasy elements play a part in the story, Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon is, at its core, a slow-burn tale that explores the blossoming relationship of two people broken by their upbringing. Will Miyo finally learn to trust others in a world that’s shown her nothing but cruelty? And has Kiyoka Kudou’s reputation been the result of his attempt to remain guarded? Read My Happy Marriage and find out!
Where can I purchase the My Happy Marriage light novel or manga?
My Happy Marriage’s manga is published by Square Enix in both Japanese and English. Set to release on September 13th, the English edition of the manga’s first volume is available for pre-order on retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Japanese readers can also pick up all three volumes now!
To purchase the first two volumes of the My Happy Marriage light novel, head on over to the Yen Press page to find available retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Currently, the second volume is on pre-order and scheduled to be released on June 2st.
There is currently five volumes of the Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon light novel available in Japanese. To purchase them directly, head on over to Kadokawa’s website. It’s unknown when the full collection will be available in English or other languages, but stay tuned for further announcements.