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Manga / Happiness

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Makoto Okazaki is your run of the mill high-schooler, a perfect bullying target and a closet pervert. One night he decides to return a DVD to a friend of his and ventures out into the night. He notices a person on a nearby rooftop. The person lunges at him before he is able to make sense of this, and bites into his neck, drinking blood.

Newest manga from Shuzo Oshimi, creator of The Flowers of Evil and Inside Mari.

This series contains examples of:

  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Makoto engages in this in the first chapter.
  • The Ageless: Vampires don’t seem to age in this series.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Makoto and others can walk around during the day, though it makes them dizzy and weak.
  • The Drifter: The vampires in Happiness are homeless drifters always on the go, never staying in one place for too long.
  • A God I Am Not: Yuki tells an entire cult that he’s not the God they think he is.
  • In a Single Bound: Makoto and other vampires can pull off massive jumps from rooftop to rooftop.
  • Loser Protagonist: Makoto is bullied into buying food for the popular kids on a regular basis.
  • The Men in Black: A group of them appear in chapter 15 and attempt to kidnap Makoto.
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  • Mysterious Waif: Nora the vampire girl.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They are day walking but with the sun clearly bothering them, sensing when another Vampire is near and being able to let out echoes that only other vampires can hear.
  • Religion of Evil: Sakurane creates a cult worshipping the one they call God: the vampire they are keeping locked up in the basement, Yuki.
  • Time Skip: The story skips 10 years after Makoto runs away from home, Yuki gets taken in by Sakurane, and the deaths of Shiraishi and her family.
    • Another one occurs when Makoto was captured. Apparently he's been imprisoned for 10 years and being experimented on.
  • Undead Barefooter: Nearly all the vampires go barefoot.
  • What Have I Become?: Makoto struggles to resist his vampire urges.

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