Sunday, March 4, 2018

My Brother's Husband: Volume One by Gengoroh Tagame

My Brother's Husband
Volume One
by Gengoroh Tagame
translated by Anne Ishii

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Published: 2017
Publisher: Pantheon
Genre: Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Japan
Paperback: 352
Rating: 5

Volume One
Volume Two

First sentence(s):
Both the parents?
The bus flipped over on the highway and...
That's just horrible.

Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki, father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change 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 and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.


Interesting to see beefy muscular guys illustrated as with my limited manga reading I have always seen slim dudes.

My two-bits:

Fell in love with these characters. Fun way to learn a bit about gay culture in Japan as well as living in a small town there.


  1. Interesting story line and definitely timely. The graphic novel aspect is a definite plus, too.


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