Japanese author Akumi Agitogi originally published her supernatural romance ‘My Happy Marriage’ as a web novel before it was picked up by Fujimi Shobo in 2019 as a light novel series with illustrations by Tsukiho Tsukioka. The Tokyo-based animation studio Kinema Citrus announced that they would be doing an anime adaption with Takehiro Kubota handling directorial duties.
Netflix announced on Twitter they had acquired the rights to stream the anime to North America and other regions.
“(A)nnouncing the anime adaptation of My Happy Marriage, based on the light novels by Akumi Agitogi,” they wrote in a tweet along with a visual.
announcing the anime adaptation of My Happy Marriage, based on the light novels by Akumi Agitogi pic.twitter.com/RMVR5Sb606
— Netflix Anime (@NetflixAnime) March 13, 2023
The story combines elements of ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ and historical fiction to bring a story of a romance between a shy woman and her suitor, a harsh military officer.
Wikipedia describes the synopsis as follows,
“Taking place in the 19th century Meiji Restoration era, Miyo Saimori, who is born without supernatural talent, is forced into an existence of servitude by her abusive stepmother. When Miyo finally comes of marriageable age, though, her hopes of being whisked away to a better life crumble after she discovers her fiancé’s identity: Kiyoka Kudou, a commander apparently so cold and cruel that his previous would-be brides all fled within three days of their engagements. With no home to return to, Miyo resigns herself to her fate—and soon finds that her pale and beautiful husband-to-be is anything but the monster she expected. As they slowly open their hearts to each other, both realize the other may be their chance at finding true love and happiness.”
Square Enix publishes a manga version of ‘My Happy Marriage’ illustrated by Rito Kohsaka in both Japanese and English. Yen Press publishes the English version of the light novel.
The series is also being adapted into a 2023 live action film by director Ayuko Tsukahara.
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