In this novelized version of the manga by the same name, Shuu, Taiga, and their brothers learn to get along in their most unusual family.
Writer/Artist: Akira Sugeno and Etsumi Ninomiya
Translation: Misay Kaye
Adaptation: Misa Kaye
What They Say:
Taiga works at a publishing company, and thanks to his sister's sudden marriage, author and Taiga's best high school friend Shu has become his brother-in-law. But then his sister suddenly disappears! Left behind, Taiga ends up taking care of his little brothers and living against his will with Shu. Their lively and raucous lives filled with trials accidentally draw them closer together. And actually, for Taiga, there's a certain feeling he had long ago that just won't disappear.. A sensitive love story.
What We Say:
Like all of DMP's light novels, this is a compact book, smaller even than a standard manga volume - close to typical paperback dimensions, but slightly wider. The print quality is good, and the art reproduction looks clean as well. There's a list of other DMP light novels included in the front, but oddly enough it looks like it hasn't been updated for a year or more.
While readable and certainly better than some of DMP's earlier light novel translations, there are some glaring grammatical errors sprinkled throughout the text. There are some points in the story that don't make sense unless the reader is familiar with the Japanese family registry system - a footnote of some kind would have been a good idea.
Contents (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Taiga Obinata has it rough. He's the head of the household, with three younger brothers to keep in line, a wild older sister who's always absent, and to top it off he's an editor for a science fiction magazine - hardly a low stress job. But his life abruptly gets much more complicated when Shuu, an old friend from high school and his magazine's star writer, shows up on his doorstep without warning one night.
That's when things get really interesting. See, Shuu and the tough-looking Yuuta (they claim to be brothers, but Taiga isn't convinced) have apparently come to live with the four Obinata brothers. Why? Because he's married to their older sister Shima! Never mind that he's hardly seen her since they got married, or that she takes off on their honeymoon by herself. Shuu's determined to make a place for himself as the older brother, despite the objections of all four Obinata brothers, but especially Taiga.
Taiga's problems with Shuu run deeper than any of their brothers know, however. Shuu doesn't connect with others easily, which led to a misunderstanding when they were in high school that left both hurt. Shuu ran away, and Taiga left him. But now as adults, with the help of their meddling siblings, can the two find a way to connect with each other and make sense of the feelings they still hold, or will the same forces that drove them apart before separate them together?
If you've read the manga, the story here is pretty much identical, with a little more insight into each character's inner thoughts and motivation, and the entire story in one volume instead of two. Unless you adore the story, they're pretty much interchangable - pick the medium you like best and go with that one. Of the two, I preferred the novel - the added depth and insight into each character made the story work much better. At it's heart it's really a very silly story - "charming" is the adjective used on the cover, and that works as well. It's fluffy, sweet, and utterly harmless, so if you're looking for a light read this isn't a bad choice.