My Blissful Marriage Tops Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Manga 2021

My Blissful Marriage, manga cover

If you’re looking for a good book or manga recommendation, either a librarian or a bookstore clerk would probably be able to help you. So, if clerks across Japan all recommend the manga My Blissful Marriage (Watashi no Shiawase na Kekkon), they probably know what they’re talking about.

The series by Akumi Agitogi (author), Rito Kousaka (artist), and Tsukiho Tsukioka (designer) started out as a light novel. It’s a fantasy/romance story, with some Cinderella-ish overtones. We have a woman who is mistreated by her step-sister. Her parents don’t love her. She didn’t inherit the ‘abilities’ of her family. And so she gets married off. Worse yet, her new husband is rumored to be ‘cold and ruthless.’ Well, that’s just the start of the story.

My Blissful Marriage topped Honya Club’s 2021 Zenkoku Shoten’in (‘nationwide bookstore clerk’) list of recommended manga, for which they asked clerks across Japan for their opinion.

Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Manga 2021

Although My Blissful Marriage slipped past the reviewers at OTAQUEST, quite a few of the other manga on the list attracted our attention:

2) Sousou no Frieren (Funeral Frieren), by Kanehito Yamada and Abe Tsukasa

3) Mashle, by Hajime Komoto

4) Oshi no Ko, by Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari

5) The Cuckoo’s Fiancee, by Miki Yoshikawa

6) Undead Unluck, by Yoshifumi Tozuka

7) Kemuri to Mitsu (Smoke and Honey), by Hiroko Nagakura

8) Call of the Night (Yofukashi no Uta), by Kotoyama

9) Paripi Komei, by Yuuto Yotsuba and Makoto Ogawa

10) Mieruko-chan, by Tomoki Izumi

11) Shangri-La Frontier, by Katarina and Ryousuke Fuji

12) Onna no Sono Hoshi (Stars in the Women’s Garden), by Yama Wayama

13) Ninja to Gokudou (Ninja vs. Yakuza), by Shinsuke Kondo

14) Koko wa Ima Kara Rinri Desu (From Now On, We Begin Ethics), by Shiori Amase

15) Medalist, by Tsurumai Kada

Publishers’ List

Onna no Sono no Hoshi, by Yama Wayama.
Onna no Sono no Hoshi, by Yama Wayama.

Honya Club also posted a list of manga selected by publishers. Some of these are the same as the first list, but there are some differences:

1) Onna no Sono Hoshi (Stars in the Women’s Garden), by Yama Wayama

2) Karaoke Iko! (Go To Karaoke!), by Yama Wayama

3) Sousou no Frieren (Funeral Frieren), by Kanehito Yamada and Abe Tsukasa

4) Oshi no Ko, by Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari

5) Ninja to Gokudou (Ninja vs. Yakuza), by Shinsuke Kondo

6) Mizu wa Umi ni Mukatte Nagareru (Water Flows Toward the Sea), by Tajima Rettou

7) Double, by Ayako Noda

8) Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu (The Bad Guy in My Heart), nicknamed BokuYaba, by Norio Sakurai

9) Magus of the Library, by Izumi Mitsu

10) Jitensha-ya-san no Takahashi-kun (Takahashi-kun from the Bicycle shop), by Arare Matsumushi

Honya Club; My Blissful Marriage, Agitogi Akumi, Square Enix; Onna no Sono Hoshi, Yama Wayama, Shodensha
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