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Marmalade Boy, Volume 1 (Marmalade Boy #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  8,147 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Talk about dysfunctional! Miki is horrified to learn that her parents have swapped with another couple, and that all four now plan to live under one roof. But when her new stepbrother, Yuu, shows up, he appears to be just the one to ease her mental anguish... that is, until she sees the bitterness beneath his cool exterior. The strange romance that follows would make any l ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by TokyoPop (first published December 8th 1992)
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Kat Stark

Reread the whole series

My very first semi-incestuous manga I've ever read. It's cutesy and sweet without any of the bullshit bad boy drama. Reminds me of Kodocha actually in terms of friendship and growing up. Great characters and the storyline isn't too annoying. I still very much loved it the second time reading as well.
So how’s this for a shitty way to wake up? Miki comes downstairs one morning and is met by her parents, who flash her the peace sign and cheerfully announce that, “Hey girl! We’re getting a divorce! Huggles!”

But not just an out-of-nowhere divorce, friends.

No, that would be bad enough.

The thing is, last month when the two of them were taking a romantic Hawaiian vacation, her parents met another couple. And you know how it is, introductions were made, drinks were had by all, and the next thing yo

Finalmente dopo anni riesco ad avere tra le mani questo meraviglioso manga.

Meraviglioso è dir poco!

é stato uno dei miei primi letti..però "scroccato" da un'amica, perchè avendo visto l'anime ero rimasta insoddisfatta fino a quando lei mi dice che il manga c'era!!! (chissa perchè avevo pensato non ci fosse..ah beata innocenza!) e così l'ho letto d'un fiato!

Altro che il cartone in tv! Ora si che tutto aveva senso!

Ecco perchè era iper censurato!!! Bhè dai..due famiglie che si incontra
Finished the first volume and working on finishing reading the series! Ahhh, this reminds me of high school :)
Okay, it was all very awkward at the beginning but I ended up liking it a little bit.
this was my first obsession series! i love it, almost every second of the series! two families decide to divorce and remarry each other, and just watch the mayhem unfold. ex-girlfriends, past loves, possible new loves, trying to rekindle old loves, in just the first book!
i think i need to pick it up again, it's just that great!
Review for the whole series!


Now this series is a true shoujo classic and one of the first, popular and well-liked girls manga translated into English. The books were also made into an 76-episode anime series in the 90s. I can clearly see why it’s so popular and loved.

The manga is a delightful light romantic comedy/drama/slice-of-life series. It borders on overdramatic and tangled-relationships-mayhem, like most such genre mangas tend to fall into which span more than 5 volumes, but it ne
Lucía Sancho-Arroyo
Volver a tener estas viñetas entre mis manos ha despertado sentimientos que permanecían latentes. Sé que Miki en ocasiones es una histérica, Yu casi indescifrable, Ginta histriónico, la historia edulcorada, pero SIGO AMÁNDOLA, considerándola una de las mejores niponas en su género. Y lo que otros considerarían fallos, yo los considero la clave del éxito. Los personajes son realistas, pero exhiben ese toque claramente exagerado de los mangas y animes, que tanto nos gusta.
Esta colección recopila l
I read this back in Elementary school. It was my first jump into manga and I went INSANE. I dont think I have ever been so obsessed with a romance couple in my life. I was a horrible, pre-puberty, cant imagine holding hands with a boy mess. This book really helped me get through that with some grace. I thought it was very clever with the little side notations to teach you some japanese culture and words. Really, a great read if you are in your teens or younger. As an adult, it is a book that sho ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Kuno rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic comedy fans, love-triangle fans
I found my heart beating so fast while reading this, and I don't know why. I guess this manga is just that good, at least for me. I hope to read the rest of the manga series~
Anne L
Cute manga, just love the characters.
Douglas Cootey
My introduction to this series by Wataru Yoshizumi was with the anime, so the manga lacks the pastel moments that made the anime stand out for me. In fact, comparatively the manga art never rises above competent. Yet, the manga has its own charm found in the strong character of Miki.

In this volume we learn Miki's parents met another couple on vacation and decided to swap partners. This is shocking enough until Miki learns the other couple has a teenage boy named Yuu and that both couples have d
Judy (Geeky Reading)
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This is a must-read I'd recommend to whoever wants to read a romantic manga.

This series is cute, simple, it isn't written for people to torture their mind. This, though, isn't a bad thing, because when you start reading it you know what you're expecting to get. There is no surprise. I really enjoyed reading it because it was what I needed to read at that time. Something which would lead my mind away from my daily life, something which wasn't happening in a universe too far away from mine. They'r
Juwairiah Omar
MARMALADE BOY is about a lovely high school girl named Mikuu who falls head over heals in love for Yuu, a charming and sometimes shy young man. But theres a twist..Yuu is here stepbrother?!?!?!?! When i first began to read MARMALADE BOY i was in a bit of shock.....actually alot of shock! I could not seem to wrap the thought of a stepbrother and a stepsister falling in love with each other! But than I began to think about it...and i thought as i got older "oh. You know what. It's not like they ar ...more
Daniela Lanza

Marmalade Boy
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Marmalade Boy, (book 1) is about Miki’s parents getting divorced and she feels really upset about it. She wishes she can change what’s happening, but she doesn’t want her parents to be sad and do what Miki always says. Miki’s parents are still going to live in the same house their just going to have new partners. I think the author wrote this book to talk about her life in general. I think this probably happened in her life, and she wanted people to know what it was like
Sara Benito
Esta ha sido el primer manga que me he leído, y la verdad es que me ha gustado muchísimo. Tiene amor, amistad, humor y lo más importante, que te deja atrapado desde el principio a fin. En estos momentos estoy deseando matar a Wataru Yoshizumi por dejarme con tantas ganas de leerme el siguiente tomo a causa de ese final tan inesperado que me dejó en shock. De verdad, si nunca habéis leído manga, esta es una buenísima opción para empezar, MUY RECOMENDABLE
Ah, I love Marmalade Boy. I watched the whole anime series when I was a teenager, so I was excited to see that my public library had the English manga.

Wataru Yoshizumi's artwork is intricate and cute. The story is basically a teen soap opera with a somewhat believable twist--Miki and Yuu's respective parents meet each other on a trip to Hawaii and decide to swap partners, getting divorced and remarried. The only catch is that they are all going to live in the same house as one big family. Miki i
My tour through old manga continues....

Marmalade Boy was one of Tokyopop's first "100% Authentic Manga". In addition to presenting the material in an unflipped format, they snuck cultural information in the sidebars a mangaka usually uses to thank everybody for reading this volume. It's a great presentation and it had a tremendous impact on the US manga market.

Yoshizumi sets up an intriguing love triangle in this first volume: will Miki fall for hot-and-cold-running bad boy Yuu, who stole her fi
These aren't the worst parents in a manga series but there is so much wrong with their thought processes that it took a serious leap of faith to get past their shenanigans. Apart from that it is a fairly typical romance with the added awkwardness that the two main characters are newly minted step-siblings. I will probably keep reading it to find out what craziness the parents will pull next.
Sep 26, 2008 Jayz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Jayz by: Found it myself.
Ok, guys, this is going to be my review for the whole series (as far as I've read). I absoluely loooooved this manga. For thos of you who don't know what manga is, its a kind of book from Japan that reads right to left. Most of these are graphic novels. I dunno if they count with Mrs. W though. But anyway, this series is about a girl named Miki whos family has a unique problem. Miri's parents went on a romantic trip together and met another couple. Miri's dad ironically fell in love the the woma ...more
All Miki Koishikawa wanted was an ordinary family and that's exactly what she had until her parents decided to move in with another couple (as in switching spouses!) and turned Miki's world upside down. Now she lives in a house with four parents and her totally cute stepbrother, Yuu. It's bad enough being brought into her parents' strange soap opera, but Miki will star in a soap of her own as she deals with friends having affairs, trying to survive in school and ending up torn between her long-t ...more
This was an experimental one for Tokyopop, I swear.

This was one of the first manga they left "flipped" Japanese style, if I remember correctly, and they also left Japanese words sprinkled throughout. Bad idea.

Story-wise, it's okay at best. It's a confusing story about two couples who literally play permanent wife-swap and then all move in together for their two children to still have both parents. Oh, and it seems there is a budding romance between our horrified heroine, Miki, and her new stepbr
Excerpt -- People as Food
"You know, Yuu. You're a lot like marmalade. Even though you've got lots of bitter bits inside you, all people see is the sweetness on the surface. Marmalade boy!"
Nicole West
This series is very brady bunch with the two families living very not brady bunch with the two kids falling for each other. That's gotta look bad!
Contains Chapters 1 - 5: This series looks really interesting and I am looking forward to reading the next volume.
This series was the first Manga I ever read I loved it and still love it now definitely worth reading
Tierno y divertido. Un soplo de aire fresco para mí en este momento.
M. Rajab Al-mukarrom
aku 'kan selalu suka karya Wataru Yoshizumi. hihihi...
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Wataru Yoshizumi (吉住渉, Yoshizumi Wataru) is a Japanese mangaka. She was born as Mari Nakai (中井 真里, Nakai Mari) on June 18, 1963 in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated with a degree in economics from Hitotsubashi University.

Yoshizumi started her career as a mangaka while working as an office lady. Her debut manga was a yomikiri (short story) called "Radical Romance" that was published in 1984, in the summe
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