A man comes home one day to have his wife give him divorce papers. A woman comes home to her apartment one day to find a woman she doesn't know wrapped in a towel coming out of the shower. They both get conned by the same real estate conman on the same house, a 4LDK. So now the man, his two sons, the woman, and her two daughters live in the same house.
A divorced man, with two sons. A woman who wants a divorce, with two daughters. Put them together inside a single house given an accidental circumstance, and what do you get? Noriyuki Yamahana's take on slice-of-life, with a twist. It's a barrel of laughs, sweetness and genuine fun.
Little House with an Orange Roof (more popularly known simply as 'Orange Roof') is a story about how two people got tricked by a conman into living in one house, and the development that followed. A really simple, mundane plot that's been used since forever. But there's a rarity of finding a work telling the goodness of being a family on a manga. Orange Roof does not boast of deep philosophical views, nor of complicated characters and good-morals-preaching. Then again, that's what makes it unique.
Natchi and Shoutarou - both funny, loving, and caring. Each of them has weaknesses. However, they try to overcome what's blocking their way with the help of one another. They understand they can't do things alone. What truly amazes me is how they complement each other; when one cannot take it all, the other supports. Isn't it wonderful? This is the charm of Orange Roof - selflessness, coated in comedy (well, it seems that everyday is fun inside the house).
Is it a love story? Yes. But it doesn't just throw its love story onto you and leave the supporting cast completely devoid of any character. Actually, they're pretty interesting at some point. There's more to Orange Roof than the two main protagonists. You have the four children and their issues, for starters. How two teenagers, a soccer boy and a primadonna girl, would get along (even if it looks impossible that they will); how they would take living without the other 'original' half of their respective parents, things like that.
Enter MORE people: Natchi's younger sister (who appears more mature), her old husband's family, her mother; we've also got Shoutarou's old wife, his parents, and his co-workers. Then, there's the gossip-starved neighbors, the children's friends, and of course, the rivals of love. You can say that 64 chapters are not enough to develop all of them, but it's handled quite all right. Artwork's pretty much same-old Yamahana style. There's some nudity in here, however, even though it looks like it's your typical Rated-G for-the-family story.
Full of humor, lightheartedness, and, at some points, emotional heartwarming scenes, Orange Roof lets you take a breather and appreciate familial love and tight personal bonds. Natchi and Shoutarou proves that having that special someone by your side can make all the difference in the world. But before you can witness its magic, be prepared for wacky situations and hilarious interactions. Guffaw, smile, sit back, and enjoy.read more
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. (Desmond Tutu)
This is perhaps one of the most common plots that has been used in movies, drama and literature. But the best thing about this particular series is that it gathers an average plot, a fairly decent cast and everyday life situations and combines them in to a great family manga.
In order for a building to become a house, it needs a family. And a family is a group which not only shares a roof but shares the good and hard times together as well. These are the messages portrayed by this manga.
The characters of this series may appear to be common and easy going, but that’s the beauty of this series. They might not be special individually but together they form a great cast. Their development as a family has been portrayed beautifully. Each characters plays a decent role in this series, especially the adorable kids ^_^
The art of this manga is very good and refreshing. It is very easy to follow and it enhances the beauty of characters.
Target Audience: -
Those who like easy going, slice of life and light heart family manga will love this series.
* Don’t expect too much from this series. It is more of an appetizer rather than being a main course.
* Don’t read it in one go. The best way to enjoy it is to read it bit by bit with some high paced manga.read more
Please keep in mind I've only read 10 chapters so far, for lack of more.
It's not like the kick-off is excelling in originality. Two people have to live together because of certain circumstances, we've seen this before. What raises its value, in my opinion, is the fresh look on things. Both persons were married before and have two children. The gender distribution is very clear, which allows for pretty hilarious jokes, and at the same time for singularly heartwarming moments. The story (thus far) follows a pretty likely curve, no surprises there. All this makes it very good, but not great.
While the characters are drawn in a very clean, aesthetically appealing manner, giving the main character depth and likeability, the backgrounds are far from intricate. I like the general feel, but it could be a good deal better. It's really made up by the facial expressions, which convey the characters' emotions very well. Again, very good, not great.
The character development is the main selling point here. Starting out from seemingly bland and naive people and slowly chiseling out their little traits and worries, social surroundings and how they manage to cope with them. Being bent on build-up in stories, I think great (short of awesome) applies.
The series manages to deal with a pretty serious topic in a light and playful manner, not overly stressing the disheartening aspects. Its (mostly visual) jokes provide a nice, steady stream of smile-inducing tidbits. With every chapter leaving me waiting for more, I think the manga deserves to be called great in this respect.
Overall: 8.5 (Ratings do not allow for floating-point numbers, so I rounded to the next integer)
For a slice of life manga, this sports a lot of action-rich sequences, but this is necessary to distract from the shortcomings in the plot and art department. Still, it's a very nice-to-read, mostly lighthearted work, and thus highly recommendable.
Orange Yane no Chiisana ie is story of two divorced families living under one roof due to some circumstances?! Father with two sons and a mother with two daughters!? It is a wonderful story which will remind you abit of the brandy bunch!?
You will fall in love with the characters, they are so real and so normal!? not your stereotyped rich and beautiful people!? But normal people!? The kids are adorable when they talk they are soooooo kawaiii!?
The drawings are simple not too complicated?! crisp and clean as the saying goes?!
There are some moments where you will cry, laugh and get frustrated?! But the end you just feel an amount of joy and happiness and sense there are is some good in this world!? Even though at the start of manga there was soo much drama, gradually the characters start to open up more and start to understand each other?!
I hope you will sense the warmth i felt from this story?! I hope you like it as much as i did!?