Seven Rules for Happiness: our anime take on Shigeru Mizuki’s wisdom


‘Pursue what you enjoy – Don’t worry if other people find you foolish. Look at all the people in the world who are eccentric—they are so happy! Follow your own path.’


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When Shoyo Hinata decides to follow in the footsteps of his volleyball idol the Tiny Giant, he drags together his own school team and takes pride as its leader, even though their first match ends in an embarrassing defeat. His classmates don’t know what to make of this pipsqueak practicing a tall sport with the girls, but his hero spurs him on to create his dream;  his own unbeatable team, supporting him as their ace.

Now, having a hero is a tricky thing. While it gives you the fire to accomplish something greater than you would without their example, at the same time it can blind you to your own strengths. Fixed on his fantasy, Shoyo suffers from tunnel vision until he takes his sight off the straight path, seeking revenge on his first game rival. Winding up in the same school instead, in Shoyo’s own nightmare scenario, he soon finds that it helps him blossom, and that his unique talents, combined with his teammates’, give them true potential to be invincible.


‘Believe in the power of love – Doing what you love, being with people you love. Nothing is more important.’

Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Alphonse Elric loses his body in a disaster of alchemy. Though he’s become no more than a little soul given shelter and form by a cold metal shell, Edward is willing to sacrifice all out of love for his younger brother, and his profession as a State Alchemist. In their loneliness and heartbreak, they’ve sworn never to return to the home they lost and failed, and set out in search of a way to restore their original bodies. They travel together to save each other, and do so over and over again, fighting against calamity and villainy and sustained by their devotion to each other. Theirs is the perfect, indestructible brotherly bond, and together they can meet any challenge eye-to-eye.

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Otaku blogger, mum and hyper-pixie of the cosmic realms. Might have made that last part up. Or did I?

2 Comments on Seven Rules for Happiness: our anime take on Shigeru Mizuki’s wisdom

  1. No, no, no. It’s “Be Lazy”, not “Don’t Get Lazy”. Everyone seems to get this wrong ever since Kotaku posted it wrong on their page. But that’s a fundamental difference. Mizuki was all for relaxing, and though he drew and wrote a great amount of manga, he did this in a much longer period of time than many of his colleagues. He also slept a lot.


    • Dominic Cuthbert // June 8, 2016 at 20:36 // Reply

      Thanks for pointing this out, that’ll teach us not to take Kotaku at face value. We’re overhauling this piece soon and tying in one of our favourite new anime under the “be lazy” heading. Thanks again ^^

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