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My Brother's Husband, Volume 1

(Otouto no Otto #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  1,455 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Ten years ago Yaichi’s twin brother moved to Canada and married a man called Mike. A month ago, he died.

Now Mike has arrived to Japan to meet Yaichi and his daughter Kana. Yaichi has to face his own preconceptions and come to terms about who his brother really was.
Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published 2015
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 "funny, affirming, sweet" stars !!

I read this to celebrate Pride Month and since I am a very wild person (NOT) I always try something new for this special time. I am a No longer a Manga virgin !!

First the illustrations are absolutely vivid and beautiful and it was a joy to flip these pages and follow along. Mike, a white Canadian visits Japan after his Japanese husband dies to visit his brother-in-law and niece. All the characters are adorable as they try to grapple with their new relation
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely adored this! Highly recommend if you're in the mood for a heartwarming manga :)
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, you know how supposedly there aren't any gay people in Russia?

Well, apparently there aren't too many in Japan, either.

But, somehow, a Japanese man named Ryoji becomes gay, despite the country's impeccable heterosexual record (was it contaminated green tea that did it?), and he flees to North America, the continent of the gays.

There he meets a hairy Canadian named Mike Flanagan, falls in love, gets married, then, unfortunately, dies too young.

The grief-stricken Canadian husband then travels t
David Schaafsma
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this first volume of a manga series about Yaichi, divorced father of Kana, formerly married to Netsuki, and twin brother of Ryoji, who was gay. Ryoji died a month ago, in Canada, where he was married to Mike Flanagan, who arrives at Yaichi's doorstep to see the Japan Ryoji had always talked about, and to visit his brother-in-law and niece! Not that this is initially easy, since Ryoji and Yaichi were estranged when Ryoji left Japan ten years ago. He reluctantly allows Mike to stay at ...more
Krista Regester
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this! What a great Manga - this was influential in the best way.
Shawn Mooney
A moving story about a gay Japanese man, recently deceased, his straight twin brother who’d never accepted his homosexuality, and his Canadian widower of a hunky husband. Were the story not set in Japan I would have found it overly sentimental and wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much; however, this is exactly the kind of story that Japan needs.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jetzt schon eins meiner absoluten Jahreshighlights!
Stewart Tame
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was every bit as warm and fun as I expected. Yaichi is a single father trying to raise his young daughter, Kana, while working from home. One day, a large, friendly, bearded Canadian, Mike Flanagan, shows up on their doorstep. He is the husband of the recently deceased Ryoji, who was Yaichi's estranged twin brother. Mike is looking to explore Ryoji's past. Kana falls madly for "Uncle Mike," and Yaichi begins to confront his unexamined prejudices about gay men and come to terms with his brot ...more
A cute slice-of-life story that I enjoyed, and would like to read more of, but which is very direct in its messages. Some of this could be due to the translation and/or the social climate of Japan (where gay marriage is not legal) versus somewhere like the US (in which there is controversy, but in which sexuality isn't really a taboo topic). The super cute little girl, Kana, is used by the author to ask blunt questions of her visiting Uncle Mike about what it's like to be gay, so that the author ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly loved this beautiful manga book from the famous Gengoroh Tagame. From what I've read, this is his first foray into G-rated content. My Brother's Husband is a sweet and simple story of a Canadian man who visits his late husband's brother and niece in Japan. Fell in love with Mike, Yaichi, and Kana. Can't wait to read Volume 2.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a ton of manga but this one looked great and had good reviews. I enjoyed the sweet story - with the thread of melancholy and grief that ran throughout. This manga taught me interesting aspects of Japanese culture that I really hadn't realized or thought about before. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know straight-laced but generally open-minded Yaichi-san, Canadian muscle bear Mike, and Yaichi's daughter Kana. Looking forward to reading volume 2!
La Biblio Geek
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Derk
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The Good: The drawing is really great. The characters have good weight to them, and the figures are realistic (although idealized) without losing their cartoon-y charm. The dudes are straight-up hunky, to use an outdated term. The one guy, Mike, is the spitting image of the men painted on the side of a bear bar I used to walk by from time to time. This is totally the "male gaze" as applied to dudes. Crotch shots, semi-nudity, and all of it dudes. There is one woman in the book, and the drawings ...more
Cindy VW
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, lgbt, contemporains
Mon premier manga !
Et après m'être habituée au sens de lecture (oui, bon, on ne rigole pas au fond !) j'ai vraiment beaucoup aimé. C'est sensible, c'est drôle, j'adore le perso de Kana, qui pose les bonnes questions, et puis cette relation qui se tisse avec Mike... C'est juste hyper touchant !
J'aime toute la réflexion qui sous-tend ce pèlerinage, cet hommage aux disparus, cette découverte d'une autre culture aussi.
La relation entre les deux frères est esquissée pour le moment, j'ai vraiment hât
Rachel Macklin
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so tender. It follows the story of Yaichi, whose brother-in-law Mike comes to Japan after the death of Yaichi's twin brother. It's a story of acceptance and love as Yacihi grows to view Mike as family through the eyes of Kana, his young daughter. I love the art in this. It's sparse in some places, yet the facial expressions have such detail. I really love that Tagame shows us the world through Kana's eyes, where oppression and discrimination simply don't make sense. This is sweet po ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a feeling this is the kind of Manga series that creeps up on you.
It starts off quiet and simple but yet full emotional baggage that is very close to bursting out.
I am a little scared that I will cry my heart out for the next few volumes but I am also ready to read my heart out of them.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rose Lemberg
So I am a queer person in same-sex marriage, and both of us are immigrants from fairly homophobic cultures (I'm from Ukraine and Russia, spouse is Hungarian). My spouseperson got this book from the library. It was sweet, but I felt it was aimed more at heterosexual people like the protagonist Yaichi, who is on a journey of finding out that gay people are not so horrible after all. I would have liked to learn about the gay person Mike (and his late partner), and perhaps that's still in the upcomi ...more
Evan Clark
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I am not generally a reader of graphic novels, manga in particular. I find that for some reason, my attention span isn't suited to the format. However...

I'll go ahead and call this an important book, especially for teenagers and young adults who are either part of the LGBT community or are seeking to understand those who are. The contrast between the adult characters and the younger ones offers an excellent way to address questions. The adults are caught up by personal and cultural h
Maggie Gordon
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, queer
Tagame is more well known for his gay erotica, but My Brother's Husband has him branching out into slice-of-life with nary a sexualised naked dude in sight. It's a story about Yaichi, father to Kana, when Mike, the husband of Yaichi's recently deceased twin comes to visit. Yaichi and his twin grew apart when they were teens, after the brother announced that he was gay. Yaichi never really thought about this until Mike ends up on his doorstop after travelling all the way from Canada. Now Yaichi h ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
À milles lieux des autres travaux du mangaka, ce premier volume est très agréable... et surtout moins léger qu'il n'y paraît. Les bases et les thèmes sont posés, particulièrement celui de la vision de l'homosexualité dans un Japon encore très conservateur. Super hâte de lire le second tome.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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I am typically not a fan of manga series, although I do admire the art and storytelling style. But after reading this fun and affirming book, I will reconsider and try other series.

Author and illustrator Gengoroh Tagame is a well known openly gay Japanese artist whose previous manga series are extremely adult orientated. Tagame typically writes gay BDSM erotic manga, but in this case he decided to write an all ages
Laura D
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
My Brother's Husband is told through the eyes of Yachi. One day a Canadian man called Mike comes to his house, Mike is the husband of Yachi's decreased twin brother. Kana, Yachi's daughter, instantly takes to Uncle Mike and is accepting and welcoming of all aspects of him.
Through the manga, Yachi starts to confront his prejudices and come to terms with his brother's death.
A beautiful manga that conveys not only cultural differences towards homosexuality between Japan and western countries li
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this on my phone so I'm not TOO sure where vol 1 ends, but loving it so far!
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not only a heartwarming slice-of-life family story, but also a really honest analysis of Japanese culture and queerness (among other social issues). This is something I wish I had read ten years ago when I had a naive idea of what gay culture was like in Japan because of yaoi.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Lovely, sweet, slice of life. The art made me 'squee' for so many reasons. I'd love to see more of his work.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I found this disappointing because the protagonist is so very biased and terrified of interacting with his brother's Canadian husband. He was quite difficult to relate to (to put it nicely), but of course his young daughter acts as a foil. She is as accepting and welcoming as he is stiff and homophobic.

Also, why can't we really get to know the Canadian husband? Let's see some character development in Volume 2, OK? I'm way more interested in his story than that of the brother, who is on a journe
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A l'annonce de cette parution, je dois bien avouer que je ne m'y suis pas intéressée plus que ça. Mais j'ai vu quelques chroniques qui m'ont donné envie. Du coup, quand on m'a proposé de le recevoir, je n'ai pas hésité ! :)

Yaichi est un jeune père célibataire qui s'occupe de Kana, sa petite fille pleine de vie. Leur quotidien va être bouleversé quand Mike Flanagan, le mari du frère jumeau de Yaichi arrive tout droit du Canada pour s'installer avec eux après le décès de Ryôji.

Ce manga traite vrai
Feliza Casano
It's really rare to read a M/M manga that's about the realities of living as a gay man in modern Japan. Tagame's beautifully-crafted story, which is told from the point of view of a man faced with hosting his younger brother's husband after his brother's death, is one of the most realistically devastating and hopeful stories available in the US market.

My Brother's Husband is a perfect manga to recommend to family members who are uncomfortable with a newly-out son or brother, as it examines the p
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Gengoroh Tagame is a Japanese manga artist who specializes in gay BDSM erotic manga, many of which depict graphic violence. The men he depicts are hypermasculine, and tend to be on the bearish side.

Born into a family descended from samurai, Tagame began his career as a manga artist in 1982, while he was studying graphic design at Tama Art University (多摩美術大学). His works have been published in sever

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Otouto no Otto (5 books)
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