Lenni Reviews: “Happiness” vol 3 by Shuzo Oshimi

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After being saved from death by Nora, Makoto grapples with his blood-lust. Nora insists staying with humans will give him nothing but pain but Makoto clings to his friends and family. However, Yuuki was bitten when Makoto tried to save him so when he turns, it brings some strange men to Makoto’s door, who attempt to kidnap him. And these men know about and are prepared for vampirism.

In comparison to a lot of vampire stories these days, this one is fairly subdued. I’ve seen it compared to Let the Right One In and I have to agree. Instead of being loud, flashy, or overly gory; Happiness is taking it’s time to build a moody atmosphere. And again, the art reflects the desperate nature of Makoto’s thirst and ow his perceptions have changed since being turned. Very smartly executed. 4.5 out of 5.

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