My Brother's Husband

My Brother's Husband

Graphic Novel - 2017
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"From one of Japan's most notable manga artists: a heartbreaking and redemptive tale of mourning and acceptance that compares and contrasts the contemporary nature of gay tolerance in the East and the West. Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo, married to wife Natsuki, father to young daughter Kana. Their lives are suddenly upended with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji's past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented, revelatory look at and journey into the largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it's been affected by the West, and how the next generation has the chance to change the preconceptions of and prejudices against it"--
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101871515
1101871512
Branch Call Number: 741.5952 T126M01 2017
Characteristics: 351 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Ishii, Anne

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chrisclean
Jan 09, 2020

Vol 1 and 2 are quick reads that pack an emotional punch. These volumes are short bursts of life lessons about promises, family, and healing past regrets.

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Citizen92116
Sep 09, 2019

Although I enjoyed this volume, it didn't have the impact that the first one had.

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The_Zookeeper
Mar 31, 2019

I really liked this manga. The art is amazing and I can't wait to get the next volume to see what happens to these wonderful characters.

KHCPL_Doug Feb 08, 2019

I really liked volume 1. I thought it was insightful and fun. It also was a good glimplse into the views of another culture when it comes to homosexuality. But this volume, which picks up where volume 1 leaves off, was very lackluster. There wasn't as much of a plot, and in general very little conflict. Instead, it felt like the author didn't want to let go (and I don't blame him) but in the end, really had nothing more to say on this story. It's mostly worth reading, just don't expect anything to really happen.

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EddyQubit
Nov 27, 2018

Emotional and heartbreaking, but with a hopeful domestic vibe.

VaughanPLAlison Nov 06, 2018

Since I loved the first one so much, the 2nd and last volume had a lot to live up to. And it definitely did not disappoint. Still keeping things wonderfully simple yet heartfelt, I almost cried a few times as new adventures were had, prejudices continued to be challenged and everything wrapped up nicely. A terrific follow up.

Beautiful and powerful in conveying the subject of same-sex relationships in Japanese culture. Can't wait for volume two!

OatmealThunder Oct 01, 2018

I've never read a manga before and so glad I started with this one! Sweet and touching, and the personal growth of the main character - as well as his struggle over the loss of his estranged brother - was beautifully done.

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midori_hon
Jul 02, 2018

this graphic novel was the basis for a mini series on Japanese TV. it is a straightforward and well-done portrayal of otherness in a homogenous society as seen through the eyes of a child.

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zombiegravitation
Apr 27, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, I can't wait till the release of volume 2 in September. The art style was different from the typical manga, it's one I mainly see in bara type manga. It's always refreshing to see different art styles. The story was good, it touched on many different topics such as coming to terms with sexuality, the loss of a lover, homophobia, of families of choice, the cultural differences and educating the young daughter (and her father!) on them. There was a moment that I had mixed feelings. when Mike calls himself a japanophile. I kinda have mixed feelings since most people I've met who've called themselves that often end up a bit fetishy rather than appreciative. But Mike was very respectful of the culture and about his brother in law's feelings. Overall I would recommend it.

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