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News Shiawase Kissa 3-chōme Shōjo Manga Nears Its End
posted on 2009-06-21 23:50 EDT
4-year-long manga about girl's attempts to spread happiness at pastry café
This year's 14th issue of Hakusensha's Hana to Yume shōjo magazine has confirmed on Saturday that Kou Matsuzuki's Shiawase Kissa 3-chōme manga is approaching its end. The story follows a high school girl named Uru Takamura as she tries to make a living on her own when her mom remarries. In her determination to make people around her happy, she takes a part-time job at the Café Bonheur (Cafe Happiness) on the third block of the Shiawase (Happiness) neighborhood. There, she deals with the cafe's odd fellow part-time worker, Ichirō Nishikawa, and the equally odd pâtissier (pastry chef), Satsuki Shindō. Hakusensha has been serializing the manga since 2005, and has published 13 compiled book volumes as of April.