Thursday, September 16, 2010

漫画 Manga - Me & My Brothers

Tokeino, H. (2007). Me & my brothers (Vol. 1, Haruko Furukawa, Trans.). Los Angeles, CA: TOKYOPOP Inc. (Originally Published in 2002)

Plot: Sakura, a fourteen-year-old is still astonished to learn that she has four half-brothers (really stepbrothers) who show up to take care of her once her grandmother dies. Now all of them live in her grandmother's house. The eldest brother, Masahi is a novelist who enjoys cross-dressing and spoiling Sakura-chan; the next eldest Takashi is a Japanese teacher who takes the role of the serious brother; Tsuyoshi works part-time and enjoys sports; Takeshi is the youngest brother who enjoys gardening. With this lot of characters living under one roof things are bound to get interesting, especially with Masahi's obsession with Sakura's cuteness!

Genre: Drama/Comedy Manga

Reading/Interest Level: Ages 12+

Similar Titles: Azumanga Daioh, Yotsuba&!

Personal Thoughts: This entire series of 11 volumes is a quick and fun read. The series delves into family relationships and how even those not related by blood can become family. The first volume begins with Sakura dealing with the loss of her grandmother who took care of her after her own mother's death; Sakura's brother's take various roles in her life to help her cope and get used to the new situation she is in and battle her insecurities.

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