Everyone’s Getting Married (突然ですが、明日結婚します) is a josei, drama romance manga series about a successful and devoted career woman named Asuka Takanashi who has the traditional and old-fashioned dream of becoming a super supportive housewife. But when her long-time boyfriend breaks up with her to pursue other interests, her plans get quite the set-back. Then shortly thereafter, she meets a dashing and charming young newscaster named Ryū, who could be her ideal match if not for his vehement loathing of all things marriage.
I picked this manga up from the local library when I was craving something sweet and fluffy, and that is precisely what this series shall give you! Aside from a couple of minor quirks, I absolutely adored Everyone’s Getting Married. It satisfied all of my appetites and even a couple I hadn’t realised that I missed in my life. Some of the best parts of the manga include the strong career minded woman and how people support her professional life versus her homemaker wishes, the balance of comedy, drama, and romance, and the cuteness of the main coupling.
One thing that tends to be rather common in older josei manga is the constant nagging of women to get married and have children rather than being professionals. In Japan, like most other Asian nations, there are rigid gender roles that create the “foundation” of a wholesome family dynamics. The men or males go to work at the office every day and the lovely, charming women and females stay home with the apron, feeding and caring for things within the home. So, when Asuka speaks about her wishes to take on such a life, it was really refreshing to see her co-workers and comrades talking about her expertise in her specific field and how much of a future she has being a professional career woman due to her hard work and diligence. Because I wasn’t expecting such a reaction and this level of support, it became one of the most endearing traits of the storytelling for me.
There are a lot of folx who end up getting married as Asuka makes her rounds in the husband and love-hunting department. What I enjoyed about this were the variety of the couples. Not all of them agreed to have a one-income household, while others that thought they wanted two career individuals realised that they desired a different dynamic after being in a long-term relationship together. This was realistic because couples come in all shapes, sizes, situations, etc. While there are the more traditionalist people out there, there are also ones who are on the complete opposite of the spectrum or somewhere in the middle (and far and near in between). There was never any negative instigation or analysis of one choice being inferior to the other as well, and this felt rather open-minded and diverse to me.
While there is a good bit of drama and comedic effects that contribute more to that endearing vibe that I got from start to finish, I also felt that the story was somewhat lacking in the drama department, specifically with respect to conflict. The main relationship was so effortless (mostly) and the obstacles just blew around them like sand in the wind. I would have liked to see more tribulations between them so as to make their bond stronger, but that could just be my own brain seeking more lifelike touches. The lack therein doesn’t take away from the story, but it you’re looking for something more fleshed out and evocative, you probably won’t find that in Everyone’s Getting Married either.
The biggest shortcoming in this series were the time jumps, and only because they aren’t actually noted ahead of time, at least not in the first two-thirds. They are only mentioned in very brief passings, which can be a tad bit confusing if you’re binge-reading the volumes back-to-back, as I did. One moment the couple was new and then the next they had been together for a handful of years, which gave me a minor plot-shock. It’s not a huge deference, just something to keep in mind while reading.
Overall, Everyone’s Getting Married was an excellent romance manga series, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it, particularly for older readers who are more familiar with the difficulties and delights of adult dating. It’s very sweet and charming, plus the simplicity of the artwork and the vastness of white spaces amid the panels make it ideal for spring and summer reading aesthetics.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Publisher: VIZ Media (Shōjo beat)
Total Volumes: 9
Content Warnings: Sexual content (nothing too explicit), brief nudity, mention of infidelity, alcohol and food consumption.
AniList: Totsuzen desu ga Ashita Kekko Shimasu