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Marmalade Boy, Volume 1 (Marmalade Boy #1)

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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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The book starts out with Miki Koishikawa sitting down with her parents, who are both grinning like someone told them that they both won an all expenses paid million yen vacation.

"We need to tell you something, Miki," they begin, all chipper. Which is terrifying in and of itself, because "we need to tell you something" is only slightly below "we need to talk" on the "phrases that make you sh*t bricks" list. "We're getting divorced!"

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Ana Encinas
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangasleidos
Marmalade Boy, primer tomo de la serie de Wataru Yoshizumi. Ha sido toda una delicia de leer y contemplar sus ilustraciones, tanto en blanco y negro como a color. Es incluso mejor que el anime, ya que cada escena está dibujada al detalle por la autora. La trama me parece de lo más pintoresca y original que he visto/leído hasta ahora, con unos personajes como Miki y Yuu que transmiten mucha dulzura al lector. Sin lugar a dudas el manga de 'La familia crece' le hace justicia al anime.
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2009, manga

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
Giulia ❤️
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quanto mi è mancato questo cartone. E' bellissimo poter rivivere la storia e le sensazioni provate da piccina con il manga! *-*

Presto recensione sul blog! (:

Review for complete series

Not only do Miki's parents announce that they are getting a divorce, but also that they will remarry and both new couples are to share a house. Although Miki is dead set against it - her new stepbrother, Yuu, makes her think it might not be so bad after all.

Marmalade Boy is probably the most popular work of Wataru Yoshizumi - and rightly so! It stays true to many of her typical elements while leaving out a lot of things that are weaker in her other works.

The art is ado
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: solo-lettura, manga
è molto anni '90, e si vede ^^
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
adorableness overload <3
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 the sweetness on the surface. Marmalade Boy!" - Miki

Yes, this manga is really that adorable. I'm currently re-reading this manga, and I confess that I am a little bias as it was one of the first mangas (and anime) that got me hooked, so it holds a special place in my heart.

I'm really enjoying reading it again. I love that the qualities that Miki admires in Ginta - hot-headed
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
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!
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  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~
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it was all very awkward at the beginning but I ended up liking it a little bit.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marmalade-boy, 20xx
Mi infancia <3
Anne L
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute manga, just love the characters.
Julia Becker
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When our family was in Tucson last month, we visited all of the Bookmans (Tucson has three). Bookmans is a fantastic entertainment exchange that originated in Tucson but now has stores in Phoenix and Flagstaff. No Bookmans is the same, so of course we had to visit all three.

At one of the Bookmans, they had a discount manga bin and the first three volumes of Marmalade Boy were in this bin, selling at $1 a book. This series was published by the now defunct TokyoPop and thus the books are out of pr
Victoria Newman
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book to read
Emile Mirra
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, manga
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Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Daniela Lanza
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Marmalade Boy
Book Review

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
Douglas Cootey
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Ramirez
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out Marmalade Boy is a classic manga story only after I saved it from someone trying to tear it in half at a library. The nerve and disrespect some people show to books is astonishing sometimes! Once I found out the library was getting rid of it I asked to have it and they let me. Once I started reading it I was in shock by the story. The fact that the parents could be so dense as to not understand why it would be hard for Miki to be instantly okay with the fact that her parents are divo ...more
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, romance, manga
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
Aug 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, shojo_manga
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
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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