Otouto no Otto is a family drama that begins with the suspicious arrival of Mike, a Canadian who has come to pay respects to the family of his recently deceased Japanese husband Ryouji, whose only remaining immediate family member is Yaichi—his identical twin brother. As Mike gets accustomed to Japanese morals and the surprising idiosyncrasies of living with Yaichi and his daughter Kana, the sleepy Japanese suburb also learns the true meaning of family.
When Mike travels to Japan he does so to meet his deceased husband's family. We see his brother-in-law and niece reac to his presece and learn and grow from it. Mostly we see Yaichi go from being your typical homophobe to someone who is as a new person by the end of the 4th volume.
In My Brother's Husband we meet a special little family of 4. We have Yaichi, single stay-at-home-dad, landlord. Kana, Yaichi's daughter. Natsuki, Kana's mother. And Mike, Yaichi's brother-in-law.
We see each character (maybe with the exception of Natsuki) grow and learn about themselves and each other, in particular we see
Yaichi learn to accept Mike as his family and learn to see the wrongs done to LGB+ people in Japan.
While reading this you can easily understand that this was written by a gay man who as experienced a lot of difficult things in his home country. We meet different characters with different understandings of their own sexuality and who are at diffeent points in their acceptance of it.
My personal experinece of this was very nice. I found the characters very relatable, particularly Mike, although more related to his experiences of Japan than him being gay. As to his approach to life I wish I could be more like him.
Yaichi makes me want to believe there are good people out there who want to understand and support people like me and Mike.
Trigger warnings include daily life homophobia and death. If you still want to read this but avoid the heaviest points of either just send me a message and I'll take a look and tell you what to avoid as well and a short summary of what happened at these points so you don't miss anything.
Sorry if there're any mistakes, I'm still learning English :)
At first, I wasn't very excited about reading this manga, because I don't read gay manga and that kind of stuff. However a friend of mine didn't stop telling me it was great, so I read it. And I really enjoyed it !
The summary is very short but it explain the big lines of the story : The twin brother of the hero is dead and his husband came to visit him and his daughter. It seems to be boring because it's mostly a slice of life but I found it very interesting ! The hero
asks himself questions about homosexuality that the majority of people wonder because of this Canadian Brother-in-law. We have different points of view on homosexuality through the story, so we can confront homophobe people and people who aren't homophobe. That's very interesting because it's a subject which is still a hot topic all around the world and with this manga we can learn more about LGBT. That's a good thing.
I gave to the story 9/10
I really love the characters, especially the daughter. She is so happy that it made me smile !
The dad is very interesting too because he's thinking very much instead of just believing in prejudices.
I hope to see more development in the next chapters.
I gave to characters 8/10
I don't have anything to say about the art... It's great, the characters and decors are well drawn.
Here is my take after reading 3 volumes of the thought provoking manga Otouto no Otto by Gengorou Tagame.
My Husband's Brother is about Yachi and his daughter Kana being visited by his diseased twin brother's Canadian Husband, Mike.
The story revolves on how Yachi, a conservative and traditional Japanese, handles the openly gay Mike through a series of interaction together with his daughter and ex-wife.
I personally love how the story progress from total prejudice to acceptance. We all have the Yachi in all of us, and we wish to be just Kana not judging and unbiased.
The characters are wonderfully written and are on point on
what they should represent in the story.
The art is good enough for my taste, but the one that brings everything together is the heart and soul that Gengorou Tagame put on writing the story to capture the readers mind and attention.
This is a definite must read for all. When I mean "all", it would be those who have strong enough values to process and understand these things. In this age and generation, we need an open mind so we can help each other to become the person who we are created to be.
The story revolves around Yaichi's deceased gay brother Ryouji. The story takes place in modern Japan, thus it deals with a lot of traditional Asian mannerism towards the queer community.
The story allows readers to see the world through Yaichi eyes, who tries to understand Mike and Ryouji relationship and lively hoods.
The story also illustrates how prejudice is taught and not ingrained, through the contrast of Yaichi and his daughter. While Yaichi needed time to better understand and accept Mike's position in their family. Kana's (Yaichi daughter) innocence allowed her to grasp and understand the situation quickly and respectively.
The story itself
was cleverly done to highlight how gay men in Asia is discriminated quietly. Showcasing how social discrimination can still be harmful. It also shows how coming to terms of one's sexuality is quite challenging. This is portrayed in a chapter where a local boy sought Mike out to come out to him, cause no one else was gay and out. This starvation for similarity especially amongst gay men or Asian gay men is something I personally relate to. Yet, the author told the story in a more light-hearted manner, humanizing our struggles.
I don't really read yaoi, bara or slice of life. Due to cliches (yaoi is designed for women) and slow pace. However, this story is very educational for most readers. Encouraging people to see through prejudices and labels.