Oh, the feels. So many feels. I adjusted pretty well to reading the panels and book from right to left; however, my hand never got comfortable turning the pages that way. Must find Volume 2! 💗
My Brothers Husband follows the story of a man who learns of his deceased and estranged brother's husband. It focuses in dealing with internalized prejudice. It feels like the beginning of such a beautiful story. Seeing how much the character challenges his own thoughts and slowly learns to accept his brothers husband absolutely takes my breath away. I can't wait to continue the series.
Super cute, fun manga with more than a touch of melancholy. Yaichi is forced to confront his own homophobia, and that of the people around him, when the husband of his dead twin brother comes to visit. His daughter Kana is the best part of the book. I‘ll have to get volume 2 from the library soon!
This is a perfect slice of life manga all about inclusion and diversity.
I haven‘t read a manga in ages and this was a wonderful way to dive back in. One part made me want to cry and go and hug anyone who is closeted out of fear and let them know there are people out there who will not reject them.
Part of my #readharder challenge for the year.
These books were my first time reading manga and they provided for a fantastic first experience. In this 2 volume series a single father and his daughter, play host to the father‘s deceased brother‘s husband (who has traveled from Canada to Japan to meet them.) The volumes explore the hurt, pain, shame, and sense of dislocation caused by the unspoken intolerance of homosexuality in Japan (certainly applicable elsewhere.) Highly highly recommend!
This was lovely, about a Japanese single dad who is having to confront his prejudices and guilt about his dead brother, when his husband shows up from Canada. Great artwork, good story, and meaningful conversations about acceptance and living among prejudiced people. Kana is supercute; Mike is a loveable bear; Yaichi is brooding but compassionate and understanding. My favorite parts were them bonding as a family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Adorable manga about a (hairy) Canadian man Mike who's visiting Japan. Mike's the widower of Yaichi's estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Yaichi's young daughter, Kana allows for all kinds of questions Yaichi would never have been able to ask.
An interesting insight into just how conservative Japanese society is, My Brother‘s Husband is a sweet story about diversity, acceptance, the innocence of children, and the weight of social expectation. Although I think these stories are important, I felt that this one barely strayed from conventional narratives and themes, so at time it struggled to hold my attention. #readharder2019 manga
This was warm and gentle and affecting. An absolute delight. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
On to volume 2!
Confession: this is my first manga so it took me a while to adjust to reading back to front pagewise and right to left cellwise, but it was worth the effort.
One day a bearish Canadian named Mike turns up at Yaichi's home in Japan and says he is Yaichi's twin's widower, in Japan to experience the small things that made up his husband's childhood. What follows is some cultural exchange made more possible by the curious daughter Kana. (More below)
Out of January‘s 28 books read there were:
3 middle grade fiction
2 classics (one of which was a play)
3 nonfiction (two of which were audiobooks)
1 retelling of a classic
3 literary fiction
4 translated books (1 from Taiwan, 1 from Russia, 2 Japan)
12 books by authors of colour
13 books written by women (& another 5 comics written by men but illustrated by women)
Faves: The Lost Garden, Squirrel Girl, My Brother‘s Husband, Becoming
It‘s a very rare book that has me rereading it immediately after I‘m done with it. This was such a wonderful read, even if you‘re not a manga reader, I‘d definitely encourage you to read it! It was moving and heartwarming. I‘m from a country where gay marriage is illegal (like in Japan) & even a picture book like And Tango Makes Three is shelved in the adults section, so I‘m glad to see this manga about LGBTQ+ acceptance in Japan.
Whee! After a good lunch at The Kebab Shop and then test-driving a Tesla (we‘ve been thinking about getting an electric car), a new #24in48 read. I‘ve been really excited to get my hands on this manga!
It‘s 7:20am NST (5:50am EST). Usually I sleep in on the weekend but need to get going on the #24in48 readathon. Pictured are my potential reads this weekend. Trying to knock off some #readharder challenges at the same time. Happy reading!
I've been wanting to read this manga so @hyperhawk gave me it for Christmas.
It tells the story of Yaichi and his daughter Kana, who are visited in Japan by Mike- the husband of Yaichi's estranged, deceased twin brother.
The heart of the story is Yaichi trying to overcome his own prejudices about his brother's life and sexuality, but it's also a commentary on how little gay culture is discussed (or excepted) in Japan.
Awwww I love this story 🥰 So much love, so heartwarming... LGBT may still be a tough topic to speak openly in Japan, so I‘m pleasantly surprised that this graphic novel touches on this issue with comprehensive subtlety 🌈💜
New goal: persuade Casey to take up Murchie's mantle and pose with every book I read. #caseyplusbooks
Finally have a quiet day after an insane week. I picked up some yarn for a christmas present I‘m making a friend, and grabbed some comics! Going to do some #audioknitting as I re-listen to Harry Potter, catch up on Lumberjanes and read some manga. Emma is standing by to assist. She is a very diligent knitter.
In this volume, Yaichi and his daughter Kana meet Mike Flanagan. Flanagan is Yaichi‘s brother‘s widowed husband. Yaichi confronts his own thoughts and fears about homophobia, and determines how he wants to raise young Kana.
A thoughtful look at the still-closeted Japanese gay culture.
This emotionally charged and joyfully entertaining book blew me away. Looking at the relationship between a brother, his dead twin and his dead twins husband it looks at attitudes to sexuality in Japan through the eyes of the brother and his none bias daughter. All of the characters are relatable and feel real, with the brother especially coming to terms with the fact his brother was gay and how he truly felt about that. Funny and emotional.
Stayed up all night getting my work done so I could throw myself a mini-readathon today. If anyone needs anything, please don‘t hesitate to ask someone else first. 😜📚❤️
This was as great as everyone says! While it's focused on how one man confronts and begins to dismantle his homophobia after his twin brother's Canadian husband comes to visit, it also shines a light on other forms of prejudice in Japanese society and asks how they might be eliminated in turn.
On top of that, there are WONDERFUL relationships between all the characters! I especially love little Kana's attachment to Mike, but they're all gold.
An utterly charming #graphicnovel about contemporary attitudes towards same sex relationships, #translated from Japanese, and retaining the original right-to-left manga format. If you haven‘t read anything in this style before, this one has a layout that‘s easy to follow; a great place to start. According to the book flap, it‘s an all-ages title, although at my library it‘s in the adult section, probably on account of nudity. #LGBT #Queer