Anne Happy is an anime that follows a class of unfortunate students in Tennogofune Academy. They’re deemed to have bad karma and attract misfortune. Among a class filled with such students, Hibari, Hanako and Botan seem to have the worst fortune of all.
While Hibari and Botan are aware of their unfortunate situations, Hanako insists she’s lucky and sees good in everything. Depending on how one handles misfortune, something bad can be viewed as something positive. And that’s how Hanako handles her misfortunes.
The longer we dwell on our misfortunes the greater is their power to harm us.
Let’s talk about how Hibari and Botan handle their misfortunes first.
Besides her unusual crush, which she is very sensitive about, I don’t see anything out of the ordinary for Hibari. She’s cautious about her little secret and would often be embarrassed and reacted defensively if she thought she’s been exposed. Because of that, she’s always on the edge and would jump onto conclusions of how people view her.
As for Botan, she’s well aware of her frail state of health. She refers to herself less kindly than the rest of the unfortunate class members, always thinking she’s a useless person. Prone to accidents and lack of stamina, Botan is always complaining about her misfortune. As a result, she’s often gloomy and takes pity on herself.
These two characters dwell on their misfortunes a tad too much and it’s affecting their self-esteem. Their mutual friend Hanako, on the other hand, doesn’t see all the weird things that are happening to her as misfortunes but signs of good luck.
When she’s unable to get the drinks that she wanted from a vending machine, she didn’t curse her bad luck or blame the machine or the supplier (familiar?). She simply wished her prayers are answered. Also, when attempting to save a cat, Hanako ended up stuck in muddy field. She was prepared to spend the night in the muddy field before Hibari was there to save her. In this unfortunate situation, Hanako manage to smile through it all and still thinks she’s lucky.
Hanako, unlike her two friends, simply moved on from one situation to another without dwelling too much in the moment. And because of that, she’s carefree and happy.
I think I’ll probably side with Hibari’s more calculative nature, thinking about the consequences before mindlessly taking actions. Whenever bad things happen, I always think about the worst case scenarios. It’s my natural reactions to seemingly grim situations. However, Hanako is a classic example of how she’s turning her misfortunes into good fortunes.
It really isn’t about fortunes at all. It’s all about positive attitude!