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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Digital Manga Publishing
  • MSRP: 12.95
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1569701577
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Happy Boys

Happy Boys Vol. #02

Happy Boys Vol. #02 Manga Review

By Matthew Warner     June 30, 2010
Release Date: April 20, 2010

Happy Boys Vol. #02
© Digital Manga Publishing

A somewhat happy, though not terribly conclusive, ending. 

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Makoto Tateno
Translation: Melanie Schoen
Adaptation: Melanie Schoen

What They Say

At the butler cafe Lady Braganza, the five apprentice butlers known as "Happy Boys" work to fulfill their mission to bring happiness to the ladies who visit the cafe and attain perfection as butlers. After intricate and extensive butler training, the young apprentices are finally beginning to perform their duties with comfort and confidence.
But one day, one of the butlers finds out a customer has a crush on him, and at Lady Braganza, the first and most important rule is to never get involved with a customer. Can he remain professional without tarnishing the butler cafe's reputation, or hurting the young lady's feelings?

The Review!

This volume opens on something a little different, as we see the members of a nearby host club annoyed about their lack of customers.  Deciding that they won’t put up with this any longer, they go to Lady Braganza and start to steal away customers.  One of the hosts, Junta, recognizes Renjo as the previous top host from the club and becomes furious at him.  However, with a little help from his fellow employees, Renjo manages to get his feelings across and resolve the situation. 
From there, we are treated to a few small chapters in which Kokoro goes to a maid café, the butlers come to believe the café is haunted, Ivory runs into and old acquaintance, and the younger butlers learn about tea.  Things wrap up with a two part arc in which Shiva is offered a position as a real butler for a young lady named Yuna.  Shiva is of course torn back and forth between wanting to support Yuna and her aging butler and staying with the people he cares about at the café, before coming to a decision that he can truly feel satisfied with.
In Summary: 
Things come together fairly well in this second and final volume, containing a good mix of both serious and silly.  A few of the characters manage to get a little more fleshed out before things wrap up, and the short little humor chapters are actually fairly funny.  However, the tea chapter drags a bit too much and ends up feeling more informative than involving, and the closing arc is a tad too predictable and inconclusive.  It’s a shame that the series has to end here as it still feels like there is a lot of potential to build, but all in all it’s not a terrible ending, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the first volume.  


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