Three Days of Happiness

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Three Days of Happiness is a novel by Sugaru Miaki, also known as Fafoo. It’s a rewritten version of the story originally posted to 2ch.

The premise of the story revolves around a shop where one can sell away the remaining years of their life, and the consequences of doing so.

“I Say A Little Prayer” is a short related story which was posted along with the novel’s release. It spoils some things about the main story, but nothing major.

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Mikkakan no Koufuku
三日間の幸福 (メディアワークス文庫)
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Latest Release

Date Group Release
01/08/14 vgperson c13-15 + afterword
01/06/14 vgperson c10-12
01/04/14 vgperson c5-9
01/01/14 vgperson c1-4
12/25/13 vgperson I Say A Little...
05/24/13 vgperson 2ch thread
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Sumire
Sumire rated it
February 20, 2017
Status: Completed
This novel is like a good cup of coffee. One day like every other day, you walked down the same street, surrounded with the same people, and to be greeted with an interesting scent. Following that scent with curiosity, you arrived at the coffee shop only to be met with an extremely bitter taste, but as you keep drinking the aftertaste mixed in and it slowly getting better and better. It gets so good that by the time you realized, the cup is almost empty. As you tried your best... more>> to savor the remaining coffee, the taste hit you even harder and finally as you drink down the last drop, you climaxed like never before, not even your best lover could accomplish such a feat. Sadly, after climaxing, the emptiness that was left behind was so huge, it's like an addiction, and you starting to want more. You tried asking the staffs for more but was told that this is the last one they will ever make. You fall into the depths of despair. You then go around drinking the coffee that is popular right now, trying your best to smooth the urge, but the taste was so bad it make you want to puke. Disappointed with the current trendy coffee, you rushed back home to sleep, hoping that the pain would go away with your consciousness. But as you open the door to your apartment, it's there, right on the table, the coffee called "Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria" and "The Lazy King", made especially by your lover, and you began to think, "That coffee is good, so good I could kill for more, but still, only number 3 on my list." And with that thought in mind, you got to sleep, a real good night sleep, not minding the tons of caffeine you just poured down your throat. That's basically what this novel is to me. <<less
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Grarg
Grarg rated it
April 13, 2016
Status: --
Can't believe there's no review. Honestly one of the best short stories I've ever read. It's a perfect mix of nihilism, tragedy, and life-affirming hope. It's impossible to say too much without spoiling it but I'll give you a introductory synopsis:

The story byline talks about the monetary value of life but that's just a premise to get things going. The protagonist find an odd shop where one can sell his life for money and he does just that, leaving himself only a few months. That, however, is just the starting... more>> line. The real story stems from that and explores the value of life, the nature of happiness, and the ability to find joy in not only the world around you, but more importantly, the people. <<less
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clowred
clowred rated it
September 16, 2016
Status: Completed
I... like many others have regrets. Maybe at some point I fell in love with someone but I was to afraid to admit it, even to myself. Because of this life never went the direction I thought it would when I was younger. I'm just an empty shell of the dream I expected to become. But now, after seeing how a path can be created even through sacrifices, I fell like there is still a path even for the older me, a path towards happiness.
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Ragearo
Ragearo rated it
June 29, 2016
Status: --
Pretty amazing story. I can completely understand the MC's viewpoint. Not that I feel the same way he does about life or anything, but the psychology behind his personality, viewpoints, and actions all just makes sense to me. He feels like a very real character because the author did an incredible job in making the characters and interactions all very real. I find this incredible because usually, even with a decent story that I enjoy a lot, I usually find it difficult to fully "buy into" something about the story.... more>> The discrepancy for me usually has to do with character interactions seeming out of place or being just plain illogical to me. The dialogues and interactions all feel genuine and well thought out. Aside from the supernatural aspects, it felt like a biographical snippet of someone's life. <<less
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Firedrakon
Firedrakon rated it
April 20, 2017
Status: --
I do not know how I am going to manage to write a review.
Nevermind, I decided I'll make a spoiler-free review first for people looking to try this light novel:
- To start off, I have to say that this series is incredibly emotional. It manages to sway your emotions with but a single sentence. This goes to show the author's mastering of conveying meaning. Not one word in this book felt out of place of useless, in fact.
- The story itself is going to make you cry... more>> one way or another, either from sadness or happiness. That probably sounds like a strange point, but really: the timing of the actions in the story and everything else is simply too good to be true and manages to surprise the reader often.
- The characters have depth when looked closer onto, and each makes a contribution to the story. Of course, the main character is still the protagonist, but when you take a moment to look back on the book you notice that it was a story made possible also by minor characters, which is very charming.
- The total number of pages (at least, in the version I had) was 230, and it was definitely worth it. As an avid reader, once finishing this book I decided to join this site JUST to give a review like this. That should speak on its own: these were the most well-spent pages I have read in my life because the story grew inside of me. I really love it.

If I had to describe the story as a person, it would be a nurse. A nurse who once spoke to me in December. I'd tell the nurse I was slowly recouping from my sickness and was feeling 'ok'. The nurse would tell me a story to pass time. Every day, I would wait for the nurse to come, to hear the continuation. I would lend her all my attention, and never shift my eyes from hr lips as the words came out of her mouth. In March, at the start of spring, I'd separate from the nurse once I finished listening to her story, and got discharged from the hospital. But I would never, ever forget the nurse, who came to tell me about the story and the amazing developments of the story she told.

I loved this book with all my soul. If I could forget it and read it again without knowing the contents, I would. A thousand times over. <<less
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kkgoh
kkgoh rated it
January 5, 2019
Status: afterword
What is your life worth, and does it change as you near death?

That's the key premise and author's perspective of a young down-and-out man who trades the remaining years of his life for monetary gain. As the protagonist Kusunoki slowly counts down his remaining days and goes over a list of to-dos, he (together with his observer Miyagi) slowly discovers out what truly matters to him. It's a heartbreakingly beautiful novel of magical realism that covers a range of difficult topics including self-worth in an increasingly capitalistic society, meanings of life, regret, happiness and death. While the Hollywood movie "The Bucket List" covered the slowly fading lives of worldly old men, "Three Days of Happiness" focuses on what happens if the same death scenario occurred for a young man who has led a less-than-fulfilling life. The novel offers no easy answers for the reader, except that even a "fool" can experience life to it's fullest before death. Since the story was compiled from 2chan forum threads in Japan, there's considerably less polish to the writing style and vocabulary. That said, there are amazing lines. ... more>>
Spoiler

"Why did nearly half of people feel better seeing my idiotic actions?
Maybe the reason was surprisingly simple.
Because I looked like I was having the time of my life.
That might have been it."

"Just like money is pointless once I die, so is fame."
"Don't you want to be eternal?"
"Even if I am eternal in a world without me, that's nothing to be glad about, " I said.

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There is a little side story "I Say A Little Prayer" that provides a POV from the observer Miyagi. I'd suggest reading that right after Chapter 10 so it ties in with the timeline. The novel has been adapted to a manga, but as of end 2018 I believe it's only up to Chapter 13, just a few chapters shy of the end. I'd encourage readers to check it out as well. <<less
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ISumimasenI
ISumimasenI rated it
March 10, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly deserves the rating it holds.I had never felt so many mixed emotions reading a conclusion, I felt sadness, sympathy, despair and yet happiness.

A must read work in this site that will stay with you much longer than all those xianxias and isekais here.
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villainrage
villainrage rated it
October 2, 2018
Status: afterword
This book has touched me in ways I myself do not understand, to the point that I had to create an account just to write a review.

Perhaps because I can identify with the characters so much and to some extent have gone through the same thoughts as the MC and have asked the same questions myself as to "how much my life is worth".

That aside, this book although may seem short is very much thought provoking, will make you ponder on how you define happiness or on for you what... more>> is it that is most valuable.

To give you an idea on the depth of this novel, I'll quote a paragraph in the book that made me really think:

Spoiler

However happy or sad something is, you'll soon forget it if you don't get a chance to recall it. What people don't realize is that they've forgotten about forgetting. If everyone really preserved the happiest memory from their past perfectly, they'd only be sadder living in their relatively hollow present. And if everyone preserved the worst memory from their past perfectly, well, they'd still be sad. Everyone just remembers what it's inconvenient not to remember."

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Isabelle
Isabelle rated it
May 19, 2018
Status: --
Well, how could I say that this was one of the best readings of my life? I have become so identified with the character that it becomes pathetic, for there is nothing more explicit than the obvious difference between us. In my opinion, it is much better than I would ever have been. Even so, I persist in the idea that this is, yes, my future. I will not sell my time, nor will the opportunity arise, I will not have the love of Miyagi, but he is no use... more>> to me: she does not love me. Here I have the consolation that I can lean on death, that it is worth showing others that they are important to you, and that I really will not get anything waiting. Mr. Author, I love your characters, and in a way, I love a part of you.

For those who will still read, know that there are few things in life that are worth more than this story. <<less
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_dreamlesscloud_
_dreamlesscloud_ rated it
July 18, 2019
Status: Completed
This is one of my favorite novels I've ever read.

There's something about Japanese light novels that usually portrays the human nature and the like that I am really fond of. Even if reading them incites sadness and melancholy within me, I find comfort in the midst of it. I can say to myself that I'll come back to read this novel again after some time, when the 'magic' has worn off.

Hats off to the author and the translator.
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Dudduls
Dudduls rated it
August 21, 2018
Status: --
Kinda wanted to kill myself in the beginning chapters, as the drama added to my bad psychism of the exams period.

Luckily I read until the end, cried, and felt lost at the beauty of this work.

The afterword is beautiful and sad, making my vision on life and death expand.

Seriously an amazing work from an author who I hope will find his happiness as well.

Gonna curl up like a shrimp and cry in my bed now, with much to think about.
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ViraVera
ViraVera
April 6, 2018
Status: Completed
What a great story! It is so good that I don't have anything to say about it because I'll either spoil something or give some sort of false expectations. You just have to read this for yourself. I recommend starting at chapter 1 and returning to "I Say A Little Prayer" after reading the main story.
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wynto12
wynto12 rated it
November 7, 2017
Status: Completed
I can't explain the amount of feels I have right now. The characters, the story, the events. It was too good. The MC is relatable. And the Heroine too. Still crying, even tho 20 minutes has already passed since I've finished. Definitely a recommendation for those who'd like a good story.
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Nitpicking Reader
Nitpicking Reader rated it
February 25, 2017
Status: Completed
What a novel...

All I have to say about this novel is:

A BEAUTIFUL tragedy and awsome story that made me -a 23 YO man- cry like a little girl...

... more>> Hope you'll give it a try and enjoy it like I did (you can even learn from the story)

edit: I forgot to say but you can either read the "2ch" version or the novel version, personally I've read both, in this order : the novel first then "I say little prayer" then the 2ch version, which is the opposite... but having done so I highly recommend to either do it in my order or just read the novel version (same for the author's 1st novel "Starting over) <<less
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Nedrey
Nedrey rated it
May 15, 2018
Status: afterword
A story of an imperfect man trying to attach a meaning to life. Some words that can be used to describe this story are: thought-provoking, emotional, deep, sensational, etc., but these all still fall short of the essence of it. Right after reading this novel, I, unfortunately, do not have the mental focus to properly describe this story; however, as the other comments have already mentioned, it was definitely well-worth my time. The translation quality is certainly great, the idea novel, and the story-telling amazing. It's one of those rare... more>> stories that just hit you in the gut; though, rather than hitting you than just hitting you in the gut, it also squeezes out your brain juices and pushes on your tear glands. <<less
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sakura_0625
sakura_0625 rated it
May 14, 2018
Status: --
This novel is so satisfying. After reading this, I feel that I wouldn't want to read anything anymore. The ending can't be considered perfect but it was so fitting for the novel. The pacing was so great and the translation can't be better. One of the best novel that I have read.
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rozenmaiden
rozenmaiden rated it
April 29, 2018
Status: Completed
"Do you want to sell your lifespan for some money?" ask her.

That sentence is the beginning of this novel and it'll be main focus of this novel. This novel will be asking you to reconsider what are you thinking about your life. What have I done wrong, or I could do it better if I know.

The protagonist is one of so-called failure of society. The protagonist does nothing but part-time works, but still, he can't satisfied his hunger. Until he stumbles to a person that told him about lifespan selling.... more>> And the story begins.

I give it 5 for

  1. Plot of Novel: The Plot of Novel is something surreal, yet executed fairly good. The plot is bland in the beginning, but it'll become better and better as the protagonist grows as a human.
  2. Chara Development: The development of the protagonist is, actually, realistic and interesting. From someone who is withdrawn from society to someone who can chat amiably to a stranger. And Other charatcers isn't bland, they have some depth in the personality.
  3. Romance: The romance isn't kind of 'i LOVE YOU SO MUCASHAHDHCCAC'. No. It's mature, a bit painful, but nonetheless, heart-warming yet sorrowful.
  4. Ending: the ending isn't exactly a good ending, but for this novel, the ending is perfect. In first place, this novel isn't a happy-go-lucky novel.
This Novel is emotionally driven, just like I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, with some difference in behavior and background. But nonethelessly, Read this Novel, and you won't regret it. 5/5 <<less
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jeganz
jeganz rated it
March 18, 2018
Status: --
A fun read. Not my type of story but I'm glad I read this.

I did not expect the MC to be a good guy based on his future life. A good story with a pretty satisfying end.
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